Reviewing the Vue Personal Video Network

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The Vue Personal Video Network is a $299 wireless video surveillance system that’s easy to install and use. You get a base station that hooks into your router, two small cameras, and four magnetic mounting bases that can be affixed to a wall or ceiling with adhesive, screws, or nails.

If simplicity’s what you’re after, you’ll definitely appreciate the Vue system. Once the cameras are set up and in position, access to your video feeds via Vue’s website is a no-brainer. Once logged in, you can view the live feed from each camera, share live streams with friends and family, and record video for downloading later. You can even upload recorded video to YouTube.

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You won’t get sound with your recorded video, though, and there’s no automatic motion-sensing recording either. So if someone breaks into your house and the cameras weren’t rolling, you’re out of luck. And perhaps the most glaring omission is that there’s no mobile version of the Vue website, so if you want to check in on your cameras while you’re out running errands, you’ll need to find a computer with a Flash-enabled web browser.

So for $299 you’ve got a very easy to set up, very easy to use Nanny-cam. The little cameras are cute, unobtrusive, and easy to move around, the website is a snap, and setup takes about five minutes. Those of you searching for a more robust surveillance solution with motion detection and sound recording will want to look elsewhere.

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