Hands-On: Samsung’s WiFi SmartCam Security Camera
We spy on the SNH-1011, another very affordable WiFi security option.
April 15, 2013 by Rachel Cericola

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. The camera measures a mere 4,5 inches high and about 2 inches wide, making it easy to wedge into a shelf or cabinet. There’s also a mounting option, if needed.

To get the camera up and running, just attach the included power adapter to the camera and plug it into an outlet. You’re going to want to do this somewhere near your router, since the camera needs to be connected to that—just temporarily, though. Once you plug it in, it should take about a minute for the LED on the front to go from red to blue to green. From there, follow the camera’s Quick Start Guide to create an online account. For this process, you’re going to need the camera’s serial number, which is located on the back of the camera and the side of the box. Seriously, the whole thing takes all of five minutes.

Right off the bat, I received a message that the camera had a firmware update, which was very quick. If you want to use your WiFi network, that can be set up through your online account. Once you have that setup, you can unplug the camera and place it wherever you’d like.

A shot of my living room using the Samsung SmartCam.

Now, there’s one thing I found sort of annoying about Samsung’s website and iOS app. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you’re going to be asked to input the Private Key you were asked to establish. This is sort of like a password. I don’t know about you, but when I log into a site, I really only like to do it once—maybe twice if something is glitchy. Between the Wi-Fi setup, the software update and just setting up the account in general, I think that I typed this thing in six times. Well, I guess I’ll never forget it, at least!

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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