Best Internet Connected Camera To Check In On Grandma?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by CostaMoses, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. CostaMoses macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2014
    My Grandma is 93 years old and is slowing down quite a bit and has been in and out of the hospital the last few weeks.

    She is stubborn and doesn't want in home care, but we need to be able check in on her often, in case she falls again and can't get to a phone. She is open to the idea of a few internet connected cameras in her home that we could check in on. I was wondering if anyone has any good recommendations.

    Here are the features we would need:
    - decent enough resolution to actually see what is happening
    - audio included in the feed. 2 way audio would be ideal, if that is possible
    - ability to connect at least 3 or 4 cameras to the same network and access them all from the same app or website.
    - password protected, so weirdos are less likely to be able to see the video feed
    - a decent amount of cloud storage for footage (wish list)
    - night vision (wish list)

    Do those seem like realistic requests?

    Thanks for any insights you may have. The people on this forum are usually really helpful and I appreciate it a ton.

  2. CostaMoses thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2014
    I looked at the Logitech Circle, Nest cam, Oco and Arlo cameras. The Arlo looks ideal, but is not available until January 29th. The next best option is the Oco. Does anyone have experience with Oco? If so, I'd love to hear about it.
  3. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    My 77-year-old young at heart mom won't move closer to me or my brother, and she's a retired nurse who's a bit stubborn so we're stuck with monitoring her. It wasn't "cheap", but we went with a system of few HD IP cameras, accessory microphones, and NVR (network video recorder) from Lorex, a subsidiary of FLIR. The night vision of those units is amazing. FLIR has a Cloud app for both Android and iOS, plus access via IP.

    We have friend who's 84, also a stubborn former nurse, but she's fallen several times and broken her hip a couple of times - and, more recently, developed BPPV (which I developed temporarily after a bad bike wreck - it's downright scary!). She gets by with Life Alert - phone only, and she's got a mobile remote she wears around her neck. I have to admit, Life Alert's service has been excellent and very proactive in keeping our friend "monitored" - they've dispatched an ambulance 3 times to her location in the past year after she's fallen and couldn't get up.

    I hope this helps.
  4. CostaMoses thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2014
    Thank you, Campyguy! I don't know anything about HD IP cameras, so I'll spend some time researching them tonight or tomorrow.

    I appreciate your help!
  5. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    I bought 2 foscam as baby monitor... it was kinda difficult to setup... it uses QR code for iphone/ipad which is the easy part however; you are required to download plugin in a computer in order to view it in a browser. The app used ghost xcode (app that can steal your information in the background) too. Short story...stay away from China brand.

    I bought Nest cam and it took me 30 secs to view the camera on iPhone AND computer. Super easy... I believe they are on promotion now too (black Friday).

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