YI Wireless Indoor Security Surveillance System

Last updated date: October 8, 2019

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YI Wireless Indoor Security Surveillance System

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Overall Take

The YI Wireless Indoor Security Surveillance System is extremely easy to set up and pair to most any device. The multiple mounting options make it simple to set up almost anywhere on any surface. The 2-way audio is a great option, enhanced by effective noise filtering. In our analysis of 186 expert reviews, the YI YI Wireless Indoor Security Surveillance System placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pet Camera for a detailed review of all the top pet camera.

Expert Summarized Score
21 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6,118 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
YI’s PTZ Dome Camera is a popular choice and one of Amazon’s best sellers.
- A Secure Life
February 22, 2019 | Full review
Quick and versatile installation. Place YI where it suits you best: Vertical, Wall Mount or Ceiling. Simple and Flexible Storage
- Goriosi
Without a doubt the biggest bonus here is the 345-degree horizontal and 115-degree vertical rotation, which can be controlled remotely using the Yi Home application. You can program up to 8 hotspots within the full field of coverage, and the Yi Dome will periodically focus and center on each of them in sequence.
- SafeMonk
It’s cute and looks like the type of tech you can count on to stay in touch with kids and pets when you can’t be at home.
- SafeWise
August 1, 2019 | Full review
The YI Dome is an excellent value IP camera that provides some of the most important security features at a fraction of the cost. With a spectacular field of view and built in cloud storage, top of the line features come standard. The integrated app leaves all the advanced features easy to configure, and a tracking sensor means you will not only be alerted to motion but capture the action as well.
- V Best Reviews
May 9, 2017 | Full review
Designed with 360-degree coverage and a high definition lens, this YI pet camera helps you stay connected with your pet. Two-way audio communication allows you to check in while activity alerts provide real-time updates when motion is detected.
- Safety
It offers mechanical pan, motion, tilt, sound and motion detection features with local and cloud-based storage abilities.
- The Keen Hunter
For security and usability, Dome Cameras have the power to store the footages corrected in the cloud. They also have an easy to use interface and stable WIFI connectivity.
- OpenSumo Guide
You will be amazed by the HD quality and 720p resolution of this wireless security camera that comes with wide-angle glass lens for clearer images captured all the time. As for the night vision, there are 8 built-in IR LED beads, which can extend the distance of viewing to about 3 meters in absolute darkness. With a responsive mic and built-in noise filter, the audio remains sharp and clear.
- TenBestProduct
The ability to store footage either on cloud-based storage or on microSD cards, you have complete control over where your recorded video goes.
- Paw Castle
The camera includes 8 infrared LEDs with an infrared sensor that works even in pitch dark for up to 3 meters range.
- Deqto
The microphone has a built-in anti-noise filter, which improves the two-way audio experience, while the unobtrusive advanced night vision system makes this camera an ideal choice for a baby monitor.
- Best Cheap Reviews
May 9, 2017 | Full review
YI Dome Camera is a low-cost solution and an easy to setup unit.
- WirelesSHack
May 20, 2019 | Full review
Its embedded high sensitivity microphone and high-fidelity speakers remain true to the human voice coupled with an optimization algorithm effectively filters out any ambient noise.
- Home Network Help
We provide the most efficient compression and the highest protection of data, so you can be sure that your footage is secure
May 7, 2018 | Full review
Good image quality, easy to pair with phone.
- The SMB Guide
July 3, 2019 | Full review
With the motion detection, you can set your camera up to notify you for motion and you’ll get an alert sent to your phone.
- Pup Life Today
July 9, 2019 | Full review
The motion and sound detection alerts make this camera more worthy as the notification is sent to your phone when you are off to any place other than home. Baby crying or any uninvited invader can be caught on tape and be recorded. The amazing thing is that it doesn’t affect the storage, as it offers the Activity Alerts free for 7 days. The storage is free for 7 days without fixing any micro SD card or subscribing to the YI Cloud.
- Norco Alarms
This little design gives you a lot of convenience with multiple installation options! Mount it from any surface vertical or horizontal!
- TreeHousePuppies
The YI dome home security camera is very easy to install. You can easily set up on your table in front of the door. This camera has no any difficult feature to install because of wireless. Dome security camera has a mobile viewing option.
- GetLockers
YI Dome is an incredible piece of electronics that you will be glad you invested in. It provides full 360-degree footage which is the unique aspect of this camera. It also encrypts footage before it is saved to cloud thus protecting your privacy.
- Budget Report
What experts didn't like
We’re concerned about YI’s lack of security: customer complaints say YI compromises their privacy.
- A Secure Life
February 22, 2019 | Full review
The application is a privacy nightmare
- SafeMonk
Limited night vision range
- SafeWise
August 1, 2019 | Full review
There are several ads that come with the app you download for this camera
- TenBestProduct
Requires stable Wi-Fi connection to connect through the app
- Paw Castle
The YI app posts major privacy and security threats
- Deqto
App requires a lot of administrative and security permission to use.
- Best Cheap Reviews
May 9, 2017 | Full review
Access permissions, difficult to set up.
- The SMB Guide
July 3, 2019 | Full review
Requires proper Wi-Fi protection and needs firmware versions to match with the camera version.
- GetLockers
Videos are not of the best quality but are still viewable
- Budget Report

From The Manufacturer

360° complete coverage smart home system YI Dome camera is your 360° complete coverage smart home system. With YI you are in touch with your home wherever you are. Rotation: bidirectional rotation supports a 345° horizontal rotation range, and 115° vertical rotation range. With a 112° wide-angle lens, YI Dome Cam captures the full scene with practically zero blind spot. Automatically returns to “auto-masking” mode for extra sense of security ensuring no recording without your permission. Store up to 8 positions as bookmarks and easily return to them at a touch of a button. Choose to auto-cruise horizontally 360° or make pit stops at your selected bookmarks. Protection: YI Dome camera keeps you connected with your family always. Check-in with your family through 2-way audio by connecting to live video. Take quick snapshots and easily record videos. With a 360° viewing angle, every spot is covered. Enhanced night vision stays awake while you sleep: with 8 built-in 940nm (non-invasive) infrared LEDs, YI Dome Cam night vision can shoot in the dark for a range up to 3 meters YI home App: monitor your home with YI home App. View YI Dome camera along with your other YI home camera family in one integrated app. Our motion detection algorithm is YI Dome CAM's safety hallmark. Movements can be accurately picked up and activity alerts are immediately sent to the app. 10 seconds smart motion tracking keeps up with everything, so you don’t have to. Ease of use: Quick and versatile installation. Place YI where it suits you best: vertical, wall mount or Ceiling. Simple and Flexible storage options: local and Cloud (to be available soon) --package include-- 1 x YI Dome camera 1 x adaptor 1 x USB Cable 1 x base tray 2 x screw 1 x Manual

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An Overview On Pet Camera

One of the great things about owning a pet is the reaction you get when you walk in the door. After a long day, it’s good to get slobbery, yappy proof that somebody missed you. (OK, maybe that happens less often with cats — but they’re still nice to snuggle up to.)

The flip side of that is knowing they’re lonely all that time, and maybe wondering what mischief they’re up to. Well, it’s modern technology to the rescue as usual. A good pet camera can not only let you keep tabs on your fur baby, but interact with them, too.

Pretty much any remotely controlled camera can let you supervise your favorite guard dog or cat, and video quality can vary a lot among the cheaper models. 720p is a good baseline resolution, though most cams have some HD video capability. If you want a better view of your pet’s antics (or maybe clearer evidence of little “accidents” they may cause), maybe consider a sharper 1080p picture. Some upscale pet cameras even include the option for two-way video, allowing your dog or cat to see you while you look in on them.

Stationary cameras are at the low end of the price spectrum, but they’re not as common these days. And since even the laziest cats won’t stay put for an entire day, it’s best to invest in a cam with some range of motion. Modern pet or security cameras allow you to pan left or right, giving you a field of vision that can stretch up to 360 degrees. Most will also tilt up or down to a lesser degree.

For especially active animals, our home improvement expert Vicki Liston recommends considering a camera with motion sensors and tracking capabilities: “Instead of checking in and wasting time when nothing is happening, some models will send you an alert if it senses motion or noise, like barking. Once you receive this alert, you’ll be able to check the video and see what the commotion is all about (and whether or not your neighbor was telling the truth about your dog barking all day),” she says.

Want to hear what your pet has to say during the day? Audio feeds are a common capability on pet cams, and some even have a speaker built in so that the two of you can have a conversation. Again, barking is a concern for pet owners in densely populated areas. Pricier cameras might include audio detection tech, ranging from the ability to send alerts in case of loud noises to algorithms that can distinguish the sound of a yapping dog. In either case, they can provide a double dose of security, letting you know when your pup is upset and if there might be an intruder around the house.

Those are the most common features, but there are a ton of others. The latest puppy cams can let you play simple games remotely with your dog, and spit out treats to award good behavior. Cat-centric cams might have a laser pointer that you can control with an app, allowing you to amuse and/or confound your favorite feline. There are even cameras that use spritzes of aromatherapy to soothe excitable dogs. The makers of these pet cameras know there’s little we won’t do for our furry friends, so the sky’s the limit.

DWYM Fun Fact

What do you get the pet who has everything? A pet of their very own … who’s also secretly a spy. For the those who truly don’t want to let their puppy go for a second during that long workday, there’s the Vava Mobile Pet Cam. As the name implies, it’s a camera that rolls on tiny treads, controlled like an RC car by a remote app. With two-way audio, it allows you to ask Fido who a good boy is from anywhere in the house. It comes equipped with all the toys, including a laser pointer and even a feather for teasing cats.

The Pet Camera Buying Guide

  • High-ticket pet cameras might have a little extra sticker-shock when you set it up. Pairing up your camera to another device or video storage might require you to purchase the manufacturer’s app or subscribe to a storage service. Liston says to do your homework before you buy, especially if you’re on a budget. “Does the cam you like only allow you to use all its bells and whistles if you also purchase the subscription plan? Does the subscription plan include cloud storage for a certain period of time? Does it limit the video to one user at a time or can multiple members of a household stream the camera feed? Consider the additional cost of subscriptions with the camera’s features to see which model best fits your needs.”
  • To get the most out of your pet camera, place it in an area where it will do the most good. For most rooms, that’s going to be relatively high up in a corner (provided they can be mounted that way). This allows even stationary cameras to cover a wide swath. You might need to mount them closer to the ground if they include interactive games or treat dispensers, but Liston urges caution there, too: “For those with problem-solving pets, it’s best to place or wall-mount treat-dispensing pet cameras just out of reach. The camera may be chewed on, knocked over and pummeled over and over in an attempt to get at the entire cache of deliciousness inside,” she says.
  • Most pet cameras will trumpet their hi-res video as a big selling point, but more pixels isn’t always a plus. Keep in mind that constantly streaming super-HD video can put a strain on your Wi-Fi. Do you really need to see every whisker on your cat for the entire eight-hour workday? If your wireless capability isn’t the best, you might want to consider a more modest camera resolution.