Thank you Ooma Butterfleye for sponsoring this post.
There is a huge problem when it comes to in-home security cameras, especially if you ask my husband, who usually won’t let one inside. As a very private person, he is not on board with a camera recording his every action inside his own home. Privacy is a big concern for individuals like my husband. They want to be able to look in on the house when they are away, yet still, maintain their privacy when they are home. In order to gain this level of privacy and security, you may have to set up complicated applets in IFTTT, or constantly unplug or plug devices in, which of course, you would always remember to do, right?
Now that the kids are back in school, I decided to get a job again. I have been an IT Manager for over 15 years. For most of my career, I have been able to work from home. I left the IT industry about 2 years ago to work on personal projects, but with summer over it seemed like a great time to get back at it. The job I have taken will take me outside the home for the first time in years. My children are old enough to get themselves to and from school. One child rides his bike and the other rides the bus.
A security camera can help communicate with kids while at work
My new job is set up to allow me to be home when my kids start to arrive from school, but sometimes things run late. I love having a security camera inside the house to check in on them when I can’t make it home in time! When I get alerted that my children are home, I can open up the app for our security camera and chat with them quickly through the camera and tell them to get started on their chores.
Automatic privacy features in the Ooma Butterfleye
Having tried a plethora of indoor security cameras, I truly have finally found my Holy Grail of indoor security cameras, and it does way more than just record what is going on inside your home. The Ooma Butterfleye is a Smart Home Security Camera, that blends in well with our decor and truly lives up to the term smart.
The main reason this camera is so great is the automatic privacy feature. Once I showed how this works to my husband, he no longer had issues about the camera being set up, which has literally never happened before.
In the settings within the Ooma Butterfleye app you can enable the “Auto Privacy Mode” if you have the $10/month subscription. This allows you to set a geographical area that will automatically turn the camera on when you leave, and turn it back off when you return home.
With my husband no longer worried about his privacy when he is at home, we can concentrate on keeping our home safe when we are away. This is especially true if our kids return home from school to an empty house occasionally.
Easy setup within the app
The Ooma Butterfleye is super simple to set up and runs through a mobile-first application that is available on Android or iOS. The app will walk you through setting up your new camera. Once you have it connected to the network it will allow you 7 days worth of cloud storage absolutely free. However, to take advantage of some of its more advanced features like the geolocation privacy features, you will want to sign up for a subscription, which will also give you 30 days worth of video data.
Additional features of the Ooma Butterfleye
The app will alert you to various events like your pet wandering by the camera, loud noises being detected, and of course regular motion. You can open the app and view the 5 seconds prior to the event so you can see exactly what happened.
The Ooma Butterfleye goes a step above this though and can recognize regular visitors to your home and alert you to their presence. As the camera discovers new faces it will notify you that it has found someone new, don’t worry, the camera won’t leave you for this new person. You can identify the person through the app, and in the future, it will tell you that You have entered the room, or your spouse, or your kids, and as previously mentioned, even your pet.
While the camera can still function while disconnected from power, this feature is mainly used to keep the camera running during a power or internet outage. With its internal storage and battery backup, the camera will continue to detect events and record them for a short period of time until power and internet are restored to the device. The battery backup is not meant to be used all the time though, so you will want to find a place where you will be able to plug it into an outlet.
Both my husband and I sleep better at night with his privacy concerns resolved without having to sacrifice my security concerns with one simple device.
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com