Vue Zone home monitor

This item appears on page 77 of the February 2012 issue.

Vue Zone wireless video-monitoring systems allow people to check on their home or pets while traveling. Through cameras placed in your home, video images (live or recordings) can be accessed over the Internet with a laptop or smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry or Android).

Priced $150-$240, the various packages include cameras, wall mounts and a base unit. Each system can handle up to 50 extra cameras (plain camera, $79.95, and motion-activated, $99.95).

The free “Basic” service plan includes the live feed and up to 25 e-mail alerts each month. “Premier” service, $49.95 per year, has options like motion-activated cameras; pan and zoom capability; the ability to view cameras on a smartphone, and the ability to share the feed.

Note: roaming charges may be applied by mobile service providers if accessing the Internet by phone when traveling.

VueZone systems can be purchased through VueZone, Costco or