iZON Remote Room Monitor [Review]
Recently, we got our hands on the iZON Remote Room Monitor from Stem. Basically, it is a small camera that you can access from anywhere, over the internet, via the Stem app. It works on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The iZON has audio and motion sensing, and will send you a notification when it detects something. It is really easy to set.
Stem:Connect is a dedicated app for viewing and controlling the iZON Remote Room Monitor from Stem Innovation.
iZON enables you to stream live video and audio to your iPod, iPhone or iPad, and record automatically to your free, private YouTube account.
View live video from anywhere in the world over Edge, 3G or Wi-Fi networks.
iZON owners can use Stem:Connect to:
-Set up a free Stem Account to securely access iZON video over Edge, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
-Monitor the people, places and things most important to you whenever you need to step away.
-Enable motion and/or noise detection and receive alerts and push notifications when an event occurs.
-Record video clips automatically to your private YouTube account, or manually record clips at any time.
-Set up multiple iZON cameras on a single network, or install iZON in different locations and view them all in one place.
The Stem:Connect App walks you through a few simple steps to get your iZON Remote Room Monitor online. iZON can join your personal Wi-Fi network and provide live, streaming audio and video available from wherever you go, anywhere in the world with your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad.* Easily configure motion or noise detection and iZON will record clips of events to your YouTube account, and/or send you alerts and push notifications on your iOS device to notify you when events been detected. Enjoy peace of mind wherever you roam — with iZON and the Stem:Connect App!
The iZON is actually a really great product. Now, this is the first network camera for an iDevice that I have used, so I can’t compare it to other products, but I like the iZON. The camera itself has a small footprint and can be set on a shelf, or mounted on a wall. It is wireless, except for the power, which is similar to the charger for in iPhone, but with a longer cord. The base is a little magnetic dome, and you can position the camera anyway you want. Once it is set up, the camera can be accessed from anywhere in the world, over WiFi, 3G, or EDGE.
The brightest feature of this for me, was how easy it is to set up. The Stem app, which is free in the App Store, walks you through the whole process. There are no special DNS settings to mess with, or special ports you need to set up. Everything is automatically configured in the app. Once plugged in, the iZON emits it’s own WiFI signal. You connect to the camera to set up your home network, and configure the settings. The app has a simple but elegant design and is easy to navigate to view you cameras and settings. Another nice feature is the ability to record your camera’s video right to a private YouTube account. I didn’t try this feature, but this would come in really handy if you get a notification of motion detected, and witness a break in. You can hit record and have the evidence of the crime, right on YouTube.
Overall, I would recommend this product. If you’re looking to set up some simple security in your home, or just want to use this as a baby monitor, this is a great product. At a price point of $129.95, it is an affordable solution for the small business, or new home owner.