Jabbakam security camera and monitoring service


We have previously looked at the Y-Cam Bullet network camera, which uses the Jabbakam service to allow users to check surveillance footage from anywhere online.

Now Jabbakam is promoting its own camera to use with the same service.

While standard security cameras can show live images, the Jabbakam records footage and stores it online.

whenever the camera detects movement, it starts recording, and afterwards it emails the user to let them know there is new footage to view through their online account.

The camera costs £60, but you will need to sign up to one of three monthly service plans to be able to record and view captured video online.

The cheapest of these costs £6 per month and will keep for 14 days any video it records, while the most expensive deal costs £14 per month and stores videos for 90 days.

The service is charged on a month-by-month basis so it is easy to cancel without losing out.

How to Register for Jabbakam?

When a user signs up to Jabbakam and chooses a service bundle the system creates an online account from which the user can view videos.

The camera came with nothing other than the device itself, a network cable for plugging it into your home’s router (it’s not able to work over a wireless network) and a power lead.

There is a small motion sensor at the front of the device for detecting movement to trigger recordings.

The camera can be fixed to a wall, though no screws were included, but unlike the Y-Cam Bullet it may only be used indoors, and while it can be pointed out of a window, for instance, it has no night-vision setting so is only useful in the daytime or in lit areas.

Set up was about as easy as it gets: we plugged the camera into our router and connected the power lead – that was it.

We were immediately able to log into our Jabbakam account and view the footage we had recorded.

Videos aren’t continuous but instead they record still images at short intervals, so the results can look slightly choppy – if you are looking for smooth video then this won’t be the camera for you.

Images were of reasonable quality and they can be downloaded if you’d like to keep them beyond the time limit of the service plan.

One clever feature is that footage can be shared between with a network of users, so it would be easy to create a neighbourhood watch-style recording scheme, for instance.

However, each camera requires its own service plan so this would be an expensive way of setting up multiple cameras.

Jabbakam was easy to set up and use, but its limitations mean it’s not for everyone.