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You can also remotely control the video device via the monitor device, which means you can switch cameras and toggle video, audio, and motion detection on or off.

Although its video capabilities could use a little work, Presence’s features make it one of the best free home surveillance apps on the market.

To view your live stream on the monitor device, open up the Presence app and tap the camera device’s name under the “Remote Cameras” section.

The app may take a moment to connect (or it may take a couple of tries), but it should eventually display a view of the live stream if both ends have a decent connection.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app on your Android device, registering is a snap (all you need is an email address and a password).

Setting up your PC is even easier: Just login to the Recorder Web Tool at i Cam

Audio streaming is clear and crisp, though it can have a lag of up to two seconds.It doesn’t have the same two-way features as Presence, so you can’t communicate with your child, dog, or burglar-friend while you’re watching them via live stream.However, it has a motion detection feature, which recognizes motion in front of the camera and sends a sound alert to your phone.I tested several apps and found just two that are excellent at what they do and super easy to set up. Presence (free; i OS) can turn it into a Wi-Fi or cellular network-powered live streaming video feed that you can view remotely.Presence isn’t just a video camera app, though—it has surveillance features, such as motion detection alerts (you can set Presence to alert you when the streaming device picks up motion) and two-way video and audio capabilities.From the monitor device, you can start a two-way video/audio conversation with the video device.

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