When you leave your pets at home, it’s natural to worry whether they’re OK. But now you don’t have to wonder anymore, as you can check what they’re getting up to whenever you like.

All you need is a smartphone or tablet, an internet connection, and the BT Smart Home Cam 100. Follow these steps, and you can check in on your pets whenever the need arises.

Setting up the Smart Cam

BT Smart Home Hub 100 setup

The BT Smart Home Cam 100 connects to your home Wi-Fi network and lets you stream video from it to almost anywhere in the world. But first, you’ll need to set it up.

Before you do that, download the BT Home Cam app from either Apple’s App Store or Google Play. But don’t launch the app right away. First, you’ll need to get the BT Smart Home Cam 100 up and running.

To do so, plug it in to the mains, and slide the switch on the back to the ‘setup’ option. Open the Wi-Fi settings on your smartphone or tablet, and connect to the Smart Home Cam’s Wi-Fi signal (it’ll be called HomeCam-XXXX). If the Home Cam doesn’t appear as an option, or you’re struggling to connect, move your device closer to it.

Now it’s time to open the app on your smartphone or tablet. Follow the instructions on-screen to choose your home Wi-Fi network and create an account if you don’t already have one. You can also name the camera, maybe something like ‘Lounge camera’.

When you’re done, slide the switch on the back of the camera to ‘Camera’. Wait for the Network light to glow solid green, then log into the app and you’re ready to start monitoring your pets.

You can also access the camera from more than one device. Just download the app to every device you’d like to use, and enter the same login details.

Setting the motion detector to suit the size of your pet

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Thanks to the motion detection feature, you’ll be notified if there are any unexpected movements in the house. To set up this feature, head to the settings section, where you can adjust how sensitive the motion detector is.

If you set it up so that any movement sets off the motion detector, you’ll find yourself getting notifications every time your pet moves. This can be distracting, so you can set it so that only big disturbances alert you: that way you’ll only be notified if a person enters the house – through the front door or otherwise.

It might take some experimenting with before you find the right balance between sensitivity and security.

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Using the app to check on your pets remotely

BT Smart Home Cam 100 app

Open the app, and you can watch a live view of whatever your camera can see. You can even capture still images from the video, should your pet be doing something adorable.

Plus the Smart Home Cam 100 is equipped with night vision and a 93-degree field of vision, so you’ll be able to see what’s happening at all times.

Choosing how frequently to monitor them


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This part is completely up to you. Some people only want to see if something is wrong, while others like to check in with their pets multiple times a day.

You can share the video stream with friends and family who can see what you’re seeing as long as they have access to a web browser. You can even hook up multiple cameras to cover multiple angles, or more than one room. Happy watching!

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