Have you ever wondered what exactly happens with the nanny and your kids while you are not home?
The term “Nanny Cam” has become synonymous with hidden cameras. These cameras offer very little real preventive security for homes and businesses, but they can provide a very credible tool to identify the perpetrators of damage inside the home if used correctly. However, these cameras are appropriately named as they also function to keep an eye on those who keep an eye on your children.
How to set up a Nanny Cam?
1. Hide the spy camera
If you want your spy camera to be truly effective, you will need to find a suitable place that will allow it to remain well hidden. You can’t place it just anywhere and its placement is one of the most important aspects of its use. This decision needs to be made based on a specific situation you want to monitor. For example, if you think that your spouse is cheating on you, then you will have to hide it in the bedroom and allow it to frame precisely that area. Or you could place a second microcamera in front of or on the sides of the sofa in the living room.
In other words, your spy camera is like a viewfinder: it must point exactly there where you think a betrayal or any other behavior you want to capture on video can take place. And if you decide to place only one, make sure that there are no obstacles between the target and the area you intend to spy on. Our advice, however, is to think about the installing multiple spy micro cameras, to be sure of catching that person in the act.
2. What power source to use?
The next element to consider is the power source so that the system that allows your spy cam receives the energy necessary to function. If you have decided to buy a battery-powered spy camera, this problem obviously does not arise, as these are completely self-sufficient devices. Conversely, if the small camera receives energy through a cable, the situation becomes complicated, because you will necessarily have to figure out how to hide the power supply and cable. Furthermore, the reduced cable length and the possible absence of a power outlet in the immediate vicinity will make hiding it even more complex.
Since we do not know the layout of your home, it will be up to you to find a solution to solve this situation. But keep this rule in mind: whatever your decision, cables and power supplies must be perfectly hidden, because otherwise it will be easy to notice them, and then you will not have solved any of your issues.
Connectivity is also important, for the cam to connect to the home Internet network. Since thanks to this system you can access the video at any time and in any place, a simple connection to the web will suffice.
The simplest and smartest choice is a wifi micro camera, as it will be able to connect to the network wirelessly, without cables. Alternatively, you can use a small camera with Ethernet input, but in that case, the usual problem arises again: a wire that runs to the router that is very difficult to hide.
When it comes to connectivity, it is important to remember another element, namely the presence (or possible absence) of storage space.
Mini camera equipped with a micro-SD card slot:
One of the options is inserting a micro-SD card so that the device will be able to record videos and save them inside. If you want you can buy a card with more available space and record even more videos.
Mini camera with internal memory:
In this case, the storage space is integrated into the device, so you can record, but you cannot choose to expand the memory.
Mini camera without storage space:
This device cannot record videos, unless you connect it to a recording device, such as a DVR.
4. Put yourself in the shoes of whom you will spy on
Before placing your micro camera, try to put yourself in the shoes of who you are spying on to understand if it is well hidden or if there is a risk of it being discovered. If you have chosen to take your sofa back into the living room, settle on it and look around. Your aim is to try to understand what area will the device focus so that you minimize the risk of the device to be discovered.