Alarm Clock Spy Camera

An alarm clock spy camera is one of the newest devices on the market designed to hide a camera in your home. You can use it to monitor the activities of your spouse or another family member who is currently staying in the home. It can also help protect you against burglars who may try to come in and snatch your belongings. There are some things you should keep in mind when shopping for the right type of hidden cameras, especially those designed to look like a regular alarm clock.

The first thing you want to think about is the image quality. If you are investing in hidden cameras, you will definitely want those that will produce high quality images for you to look back on. It would be pointless to have a camera in your home if are not able to determine who is snooping around. It is recommended that you select one that takes 30 frames per second or contains 380 lines of resolution. Settings such as these are what many private investigators use in their own professional environment.

Next, consider whether you want the alarm clock spy camera to record video in color or black and white. Black and white tends to perform better in low light, so you may want to opt for that choice over color if you will be depending on your hidden camera at night. Color can be chosen if you will be relying on the device in the daytime.

You will also want to make sure that the alarm clock spy camera does indeed look like an alarm clock. It needs to have a radio, snooze button, and all of the other features that come on most clocks. If it does not have these, it could quickly be noticed as something else. Even if some of the features do not work, you want it to appear to be an alarm clock as much as possible.

Check into the method of storage for the alarm clock spy cameras you are thinking about buying. Make sure it has a storage option that will be easy to use. Most people prefer hidden cameras to be a DVR and use a micro SD card that is included with the device. The slot for these tiny memory cards will be smaller and less noticeable than the openings for the standard sized SD cards.

Overall, the best thing to do when shopping for an alarm clock spy camera is to decide your needs. If you want to use it during the night to catch a thief trying to steal your valuable items while you are asleep, you will want to purchase one that has significant features for low light. On the other hand, if you will just be using it during the day to keep your possessions safe, you can be a bit lax on some of the requirements for your hidden cameras.

Recluse Black Box Hidden Camera Released!

On May 15th the new SluethGear Recluse Black Box Hidden Camera will be released to the public. This exclusive hidden camera system is now featuring:

• Built-in heat sensors that activate the recording unit when an intruder is detected, allowing for longer battery life.

• Invisible Infrared sensors capable of capturing action in total darkness.

• Expanded SD card storage capacity from 32Gb to 64Gb.

The Uses for the Recluse Black Box Hidden Camera by SleuthGear are never-ending; whether you want to see what is happening in your office day and night, capture activity in your home when you are away, or see if your employees are working when you’re out of the shop.  The enclosed DVR and hidden camera blend perfectly into any environment, so you can go anywhere and still record anything without attracting any attention.   Get the answers you need with the Recluse Black Box Hidden Camera.

How Do Hidden Spy Cameras Work?

Hidden spy camera technology can be very confusing and it can seem so overwhelming you don’t even try to understand how it works.  We are going to break it down and make it very easy to understand.  There are exceptions for this basic explanation but understanding the basics will make those exceptions easier to understand.

There are three basic components that make a hidden spy camera : 1) the camera,2) a recording device ( VCR or DVR), and 3) a monitor to watch your recorded video.

1)      The camera is pretty simply to understand. It is usually a board camera installed in an everyday object. You want the object to blend into its surroundings and there are hundreds of choices ranging from DVD players, any kind of clock you can think of, iPod docking stations, plants, picture frames, tissue boxes, and the list goes on for you to choose from.

The camera can be wired, which means your spy camera connects directly to your recording device (DVR or VCR) using a cable. The spy camera can also be wireless. A wireless spy camera has a built in transmitter, which transmits a signal to a receiver that is connected to your recording device.

2)      The recording device is the DVR or VCR which is needed to record the video your spy camera captures.

3)      The monitor is needed to watch your video. Just plug your DVR or VCR into your monitor to view the video.  Your camera captures the video, your recording device records what the camera captures, and you monitor is what you watch the video on.

If you are using a DVR card and have a computer, then the DVR card will turn your computer into a DVR and monitor.

A very simple hidden spy camera to use is the self-recording spy camera. These units have a built in DVR, so there are no wires or receivers to connect.  Just place the self-recording hidden spy camera in place, turn it on and the unit will record the video onto a SD card.  Pop out the SD card, plug it into a computer and watch your video. Very simple.

This will give you a better understanding on how a hidden spy camera works so when it comes time to purchase one you have a better understanding of what you will need and how it works.

Hidden Camera Finds Honest Business Man

In Scotch Plains, NJ Doug Lynch is the owner of A-1 Basement Solutions. Mr. Lynch was one of eight contractors called by the Today Show to check a woman’s house for mold was part of an hidden camera undercover investigation by Rossen Reports on whether mold contractors are charging for unneeded work.

Five of the dishonest contractors said she had a mold problem and was charging up to $10,000 to clean it up. Three of them said she didn’t have mold.

Doug Lynch was the only contractor to actually do the test to determine that there wasn’t mold in the house.

It is a simple test but very effective one. It’s done with what Lynch calls a mold stick – it’s a plastic tube that encases a cotton swab. At the top is a plastic vial in a bulb shape. Lynch bends the bulb to crack the seal, and then a chemical wets the cotton swab, turning it green. He rubs the swab on the suspected mold. If the swab stays green, it’s not mold. If it turns gray, it’s dormant mold. If it turns purple, it’s active mold.

After testing the suspected areas twice, Lynch told the woman she definitely did not have mold in her home.

“We conduct all of our business with honesty and integrity that can withstand hidden camera investigation,” he said. “This is why we have an A-plus rating with Better Business Bureau. It’s why we’re on Angie’s List’s honor roll – because we always do exemplary work.”

In today’s news you tend to hear all bad news and bad reports of businesses.  The Today Show used a hidden camera to show that there are honest businesses out there too.  Hidden cameras are a needed tool for every home and business to find the GOOD and bad.

Feuding Spouses Using Spy Cams During Divorce

The spy cam has become a pivotal instrument for feuding spouses. Divorce lawyers have seen spy cam technology playing an important role in their cases.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, with more than 80 percent of the nation’s top divorce attorneys say they’ve seen an increase in the role electronic data and social networking sites play in divorces.

One of the major reasons is that do-it-yourself surveillance has become relatively cheap and easy. Spy cams can cost less than $300 and you can purchase a spy cam in almost any object in your home.  A wall clock, iPod docking station, backpack, or smoke detector are just a few popular items you can find a spy can installed into.

Lawyers are instructing divorcing couples to purchase a hidden spy camera to place in an area where they can record custody exchange of the children.  If the exchange happens in an outside area, a body worn camera makes recording mobile.   We have even heard of teddy bear hidden cameras being given to the children so events can be recorded when the suspicious spouse is not around.

Feuding spouses and lawyers do not want to leave anything to chance.  The “he said, she said” game cannot be played when video evidence has the undeniable proof.  With the ease of use and quality they bring spy cams are a major tool lawyers and parents are using in divorce proceedings.

Spy Cam Sales Are Growing!

The use of a hidden camera spy cam for home surveillance is growing at a high rate.  When it comes to answering those unanswered question, hiring a private investigator can be very expensive.   So like most do it yourselfers buying a hidden camera has become the most economical and efficient way to answer those questions.

When you hear the saying “all is fair in love and war” ex-spouses and current spouses are using the ever improving spy cam technology to find out the facts.  But this is just one of many uses that give answers to those unanswered questions.

You’re at work until 5:00pm and the kids get home at 3:00pm from school, are they home safely? Mom is in a nursing facility and she seems to be scared of her nurses. Her property keeps coming up missing.  Are the contractors working or going through your belongings?  Are my employees working or goofing off?  Need evidence that it really is happening?  These are just a few more reasons spy cam sales are growing.

Everyone has seen and heard of the teddy bear spy cam, but today spy cams can be purchased in almost any common household product and come with amazing features and clarity.  Night vision to see what’s happening in a dark room, built in digital video recorders (DVR), and yes you can even stream your video live on the internet to see the action from work or your smart phone.

Need to blend your spy camera into your home office?  They come in wall clocks, deck clocks, pencil sharpeners, lamps, fans, iPod docking stations, and air fresheners to name a few. A quick search on the internet will bring you hundreds of spy cam styles and options to fit any room in your home.

How Do I Set Up My SleuthGear Digital WI-FI Remote View Spy Cam Using Windows?

So you purchased a SleuthGear WI-FI Hidden Camera spy cam and would like step by step instructions to set up the remote view option.  It seems complicated but following these simple instructions can guide any do-it-yourselfer through the process.  Just go step by step and soon you will be viewing your video live from anywhere you have a internet connection.

  1. Connect the receiver to your router or modem with the provided ethernet cable. If you have a router and a modem connect the receiver to the router.
  1. Install “DVR Finder” from the cd to your Windows computer. Make sure your computer is connected (wireless or hardwired) to the same router the receiver is connected to.
  1. In DVR Finder click the search box on the right hand side. If nothing comes up power cycle the router and receiver. Wait until you establish an internet connection then try again.
  1. When DVR Finder locations the receiver under Device Name it will read Video Server with the IP address to the right. (Write down the IP the address on a sheet of paper and label it receiver IP address. You will need this information later)
  1. Click on Video Server in DVR Finder and it will highlight the whole line blue. Then click Connect DVR on the right under Search.
  1. A web browser will now open with a log in box asking for a user name and password. Put in “root” for the user name and “root” for the password and click Ok.
  1. The next screen will show the cameras image. If it the image says “disconnected” or “camera out of range” repair the camera and receiver and the image will come up.
  1. Click “Control Panel Login” below the image. The control panel is where you can access recorded video, change video settings, network settings, etc.
  1. Click “Network Setup” on the left side then click “Type” below. Here you will see “Sever Port: 80”. This will come in to play later.
  1. Now you need to access the port forwarding section of your router to allow the video to broadcast to the internet. It is recommended to open port 30,000 or above. Please consult the manufacturer for the router or router manual for details as to where this section is.
  1. You can also go to www.portforward.com to find step by step instructions on access the port forward section of your router. On portforward.com scroll to the bottom and find your router model number and click on it. On the next screen in the top left corner click “Click here to skip this advertisement…” On the next screen click the orange “Default Guide” in the last sentence. Here you will find step by step instructions on how to open a port for your router. When selecting the port number or port range use port 30000 to 30001. For the IP address find the piece of paper with the IP address you wrote down for step 4.
  1. After completing the port forwarding process next is to check and see if the port is open by going to http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/open-ports/ . On this screen you will see your external IP address “69.x.x.x”. Write this down on a sheet of paper and label it “External IP Address” Every router has its own IP address just like your house has its own address.
  2. Now delete Port Number 80 and put in Port Number 30000 then click “Check”.
  3. If it says Port 30000 is open you set it up correctly! If it says closed check your port forward setting again because the port isn’t open.
  4. Go back to the cameras “Control Panel” and go back to “Network Setup : Type” where you left off on number 9.
  5. Change the “Server Port” to 30000 and click “Save”.
  1. Now that port 30000 in your router is open and your receiver is sending the video feed through port 30000 your video is now being broadcasted to the internet.
  1. To view the video feed when you are away from your receiver open your internet browser on a computer or smart phone.
  1. Where you would type in a website address put in the external IP address you wrote down on step number 12 “69.x.x.x”. Then put a colon “:” and the port number “30000”. “69.x.x.x:30000”.
  1. A log in box will come up asking for a user name and password. Put in “root” for the user name and “root” for the password.
  1. Now the cameras live stream image will be displayed. Click on “Control Panel” to access the recorded video and camera settings.

Congratulations your done! That wasn’t that bad. Now sit back and view your spy cam video feed LIVE!

5.8 GHz Wireless Spy Camera System

If you’re looking for an Interference free wireless spy camera, this 5.8 GHz spy camera is the latest system and is perfect whether you need a nanny cam, hidden camera for home, granny cam, or business security system.

This is the next-generation digital technology.  5.8Ghz circuitry will ensures no lost video due to external wireless devices, such as WiFi, wireless routers, and cordless phones. The transmitter uses the 5800MHz (5.8GHz) channels to help eliminate interference and has a range of up to 50m.

Setting up this unit is effortless.  Simply connect the included AC adapter to the camera, and then attach the wireless receiver to the VCR or television.  That’s all there is to it.

Just like other spy cameras it is easily concealed. Spy camera surveillance has never been easier.  The spy cameras tiny size makes hiding not a problem.  Hide in a plant, a book, a car, garage, or your office, the only requirement is to make sure the small lens is facing the desired target.  When properly placed, the wide camera angle will give you a complete view of a normal size room. Best of all, for covert needs in mind, the kit includes 9v battery clips to allow the camera to be powered via 9v battery instead of requiring an AC adapter.

Specifications

Receiving frequency: 5.8GHz

Power: DC 8V/800mA

Camera: Color 380 Line CMOS

Receiver

Size: 115 x 60 x 20 mm

Weight: 150 g

Power consumption: < 2 Watts

 

Unit Includes

1 Full Color Miniature 5.8GHz Wireless Video Camera

1 Perfectly Matched 5.8GHz Wireless Receiver

1 Video Cable For Receiver To VCR/TV Hook Up

2 AC Adapters (1 for camera, 1 for receiver)

1 9v Adapter (for camera)

Hidden Camera Allowed Us To See The Unseen

We are posting a story sent to us from a parent that used a hidden camera to see what activities their teenage sons were engaging in when they were away.

I was in a situation that was new to me.  My teenage sons just didn’t seem believable when I asked “did you have a party when your mother and I were gone last weekend?” of course their answer was “NO”.  I know that is a stretch for teenage boys but they have always been pretty honest with us and even though we hear stories about teenagers, like most parents, our kids were different. (so we thought)

On our next adventure out of town my wife and I decided to purchase a hidden camera to place in the family room to see what we normally wouldn’t be able to see.  I liked the fact that they come in everyday items that blend right into any room and this one was motion activated so it wasn’t just recording when no one was in the room.  The boys had no idea that we were recording ever move and our eyes were on them. (Not that we didn’t trust them but those stories are out there)

After returning, the boys said it was a pretty boring weekend.  Nothing to do but play video games, listen to some music and watch a few movies. We retrieved the SD card, plug it in and started viewing the events of the weekend.

Well we were right; the boys were being honest with us.  They did play video games, listen to music, and watch a few movies.  But they failed to mention that a number of their friends were at the house playing those video games, listening to the music, and watching the movies with them.  The party was on and let’s just says some experimenting was going on with a few beverages.

After viewing what was captured on the hidden camera.  We called in the boys to discuss what we saw, without telling them how we knew what we knew.  To say they were pale, nervous, and shocked that we knew everything would be an understatement.

To this day they still have no idea that there was a hidden camera was in the family room and now when we go away they actually do play video games, listen to music, and watch movies.  But now it’s just the two of them. The hidden camera did give us eyes to see the unseen and gave us otherwise unknown knowledge of what was happening when we were away.

Spy Camera Terms

Technical terms associated with spy cameras can be confusing.  By knowing the basic terms and their simple definitions can make choosing the right spy camera for you much easier.

***Micro SD – A Micro SD card different than a plain SD card is teeny, measuring just 15 X 11 X 1…millimeters, not inches. It is a portable memory source used in many electronics.

***CMOS – (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) economical low resolution imaging camera (200 TV lines ~ 300 TV lines) w/ extremely low power consumption.  As a rule, CMOS cameras are relatively inexpensive and have very good battery life.

***Recording Format – Refers to a format for encoding data for storage on a storage medium.

*** Kbps – When you see Kbps in connection with a spy camera, it is making reference to the data transfer speed. The higher the number or Kbps, the faster the transfer speed.

*** FPS – FPS stands for Frames Per Second and refers to the frame rate at which an imaging device (camera) will produce consecutive images.  For spy cameras, the lower the FPS, the poorer the quality of the picture.

*** Lux – This is a measure of light intensity.  Lux refers to the minimum amount of light necessary for the camera to take pictures. The lower the lux, the more sensitive the camera. 1 lux 1 candle

*** RCA – A type of electrical connector used to carry audio and video signals.

*** PAL/NTSC—This refers to two of the main television broadcast standards used around the world: PAL and NTSC. These are not interchangeable as they are incompatible, so PAL won’t work in a country using NTSC and vice versa. NTSC video tape format will play in all USA video players.

***Fixed Lens – A fixed focal length lens cannot zoom. The focus is fixed. A fixed focal length lens usually allows more light to pass through the lens at a given focal length than a varifocal, or zoom lens. This can be important in low light situations.

*** Plug and Play Connection – It is an RCA Video plug and a power plug on the camera for easy connection to VCR or TV. This is done by running the RCA (Aux) line into the VIDEO IN of the VCR or TV. The TV or VCR must be set on the correct channel to view the VIDEO IN picture.

*** DVR Card – DVR Cards enable the user to convert their computer into a Digital Video Recorder. The DVR Card(s) is typically installed in an available PCI slot of a computer.

*** DVR – Digital Video Recorder. A video recorder that stores video digitally on to its hard disk, no tape required.

*** CCTV Camera – Standard rectangular shape camera used for overt security. a/k/a: security camera.

*** CCD Camera – (Charged Coupled Device) imaging camera with high resolution over 380 TV lines in B/W and 330 TV lines in color.

These are just a few terms and simple definitions that should help you better understand your spy camera