In Take Control of Home Security Cameras, networking and security expert Glenn Fleishman shows you how to make smart choices about buying and configuring cameras that take into account technical details, video quality, system integration, your own privacy and that of others, and internet security.
As you read this book, you’ll:
- Figure out which features are right for you
- Configure your system securely to ensure that you and people you authorize are the only ones with access to live and stored video
- Find out how to build a system entirely offline, in which no video or live streams make their way to the internet at all
- Understand the different kinds of cloud-based storage of video, and which you might be comfortable with
- Learn about Apple HomeKit Secure Video, a new option available for iPhone and iPad users and certain camera systems (including Logitech Circle 2 and Eufy cameras) that provides the highest level of privacy currently available in cloud storage
- Get to know features found in home security cameras, and how they affect the quality and nature of video you capture
- Set your system so that alerts only appear for the kinds of motion, sound, or other triggers that meet your threshold
- Avoid becoming part of the surveillance state—or opt into a limited and controlled part of it with a fuller understanding of what that means
- Learn about the legal aspects and limits of recording audio and video, and how they might (or might not) help catch criminals
- Get in-depth insight into over 10 of the most popular home security video cameras and systems, including Amazon Blink and Ring, Eufy, Google Nest, NETGEAR Arlo, Logitech Circle, Wyze, and several others
- Figure out whether you want a multi-camera system that records video on your network or smart cameras that stream events or continuous video to the internet
What’s New in Version 1.3
This version incorporates the latest feature changes to home security cameras and software, and changes to the devices manufacturers make available in their line-ups.
Other changes include:
- Doorbell cameras: The section on doorbell cameras, “Ding, Dong! Who’s There?”, has been revised and expanded. I’ve also added a sidebar that gets into the electrical issues of using analog doorbell wiring for a doorbell camera in “Doorbell Cameras May Require or Allow Special Wiring.”
- Apple HomeKit Secure Video and iCloud+: Apple changed the name of its paid tiers of storage. The free 5 GB tier is still iCloud, but the 50 GB, 200 GB, and 2 TB tiers ($0.99, $2.99, and $9.99 per month, respectively) are all called iCloud+. All three tiers now include support for HomeKit Secure Video. See “Use HomeKit to Store Video and Trigger Alerts.” Changes were made throughout as well.
- Use an Apple TV to view video: I’ve added a short section that explains how to use an Apple TV with tvOS 13 or later to view video from HomeKit-connected cameras. See “View Video with an Apple TV.”
- Google name changes: Google Home now refers only to the app Google offers to control their hardware; previously, Google also released smart speakers as Google Home devices, but now uses Nest for their branding. See “Google Assistant, Nest, and Home.”
- Expanded encryption in transit: I expanded the section about how data and video used by cameras is encrypted in transit to better explain the layers of options available. See “Encrypt Data in Transit.”
- Pandemic changes: Earlier versions of this book made different assumptions about the behavior people might engage in under the pandemic when the form of its transmission was less well understood. The book has been updated to reflect how we live now.
- Removed centralized camera systems: In previous versions of this book, I covered camera systems that had a central wired or wireless hub with a network video recorder. In the past, such systems were the only affordable way to install a lot of cameras and record continuous video. “Smart” cameras, the kind covered throughout this book, and the ecosystems that support them, now come in enough variety and low-enough cost to avoid the many tradeoffs of centralized systems.
- Reduced the scope of camera systems: In previous editions, we tried to keep abreast of all the changes to pricing, features, and models across about a dozen different major camera systems. That’s proved to be impossible unless we updated the book monthly. Instead, we’ve improved recommendations and links to cameras throughout the book, and slimmed down “Camera Models” to provide the most useful information that isn’t constantly changing.
Posted by Joe Kissell on April 23, 2021
Glenn Fleishman joined Chuck Joiner on MacVoices in a massive, three-part series to discuss updates to several of his books, including Take Control of Your M-Series Mac, Take Control of Securing Your Mac, Take Control of Your Apple ID, and Take Control of Home Security Cameras. The three episodes are:
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Posted by Joe Kissell on March 5, 2020
Glenn Fleishman joined Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to talk about his new book Take Control of Home Security Cameras. He’ll tell you about the many variables involved in choosing a camera system and what his book covers.