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Indoor Wi Fi security cameras offer a costeffective way to keep tabs on your home while you’re away. But unless they’re paired with a complete security system such as Vivint, it’s up to you to monitor actions and call the authorities in case of a break in. Enter the LG Smart Security Wireless Camera LHC5200WI, an indoor Wi Fi camera that offers 24/7 monitoring by ADT’s Canopy service. This camera is ideal for renters, apartment dwellers, and homeowners who want commit to a contract or pay for professional installation. It installs in minutes, comes with many sensors, and doubles as a home automation hub. It’s also our Editors’ Choice for professionally monitored home surveillance cameras. Home security cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but the LHC5200WI is easily one of the most uniquelooking models we’ve seen. The black, cone shaped camera stands three inches high and measures five inches an implanted micro USB power port. It’s intended to be placed out in the open, and you’d have to look very closely to recognize it as a security device. The lens sits behind a black cover near the top of the housing and is sandwiched by two IR LEDs that provide up to 15 feet of night vision. Just below the lens is a thin, curved LED strip that blinks blue when in Bluetooth pairing mode, blue and green when connecting to Wi Fi, hard green when a Wi Fi connection is successful, amber when downloading an update, and amber and green when installing an update. Inside the housing is a 5-megapixel sensor with a motion, temperature, and humidity sensors, a microphone and speaker for two way communication, and a 93dB siren. There’s also Z Wave circuitry for controlling smart home devices like light dimmers, water sensors, and smart switches from Aetoec, Eaton, and GE. As of this writing, the number of compatible devices was around ten, but a spokesperson promised that more will be added. You control the LHC5200WI using ADT’s Canopy app for Android and iOS mobile devices. The app is free but offers restricted functionality unless you subscribe to the ADT Intrusion Detection plan. as an example, you won’t get email alerts, you can’t arm and disarm the system, and you can’t control Z Wave devices or run Activities without the subscription. But the biggest benefit of signing up is ADT’s 24/7 monitoring service, which contacts you when an alarm is activated and dispatches the local authorities if you don’t react. As with the SimpliSafe Home Security System, ADT Canopy’s Intrusion Detection costs $19.99 per month and doesn’t require a contract, which means you may be able to use it when you need it. By way of comparison, Protect America’s landline monitoring service is also $19.99 per month but requires a three year contract, and the LiveWatch Plug & Protect IQ 2.0 Mobile Pro plan goes for $34.99 per month and requires a one year contract. You may be able to view live video and change camera settings using the ADT Canopy app, but if you want to view event triggered recordings, you must subscribe to an ADT Secure Video Storage plan that costs $9.99 per month for seven days of storage or $29.99 per month for 30 days of storage. A combo plan that includes Intrusion Detection and seven days of secure video storage goes for $24.99 per month.