QR codes on back of each camera help make setup easier. Push-to-talk capability from smartphone app. Very clear picture. Interfaces easily with Wink, Echo and Alexa and allows users to control their Nest thermostats through Alexa. Resolution can be set lower to save bandwidth.
Licensing each camera to a single cloud subscription is problematic and not easily solved by customer support. Vulnerable to reflection (when aimed through window glass for example) and light glare. Cameras tend to run hot and can drop offline. Motion detector is often too sensitive.
Weather resistance is flawless through winter storms and summer heat. Comes with a weather-sealed power cord attached. Clear intercom audio quality and sharp video image. Night vision view is crisp 1080p.
Without a subscription, zone detection options are unavailable. No memory card slot. Large plug at end of power cord can be difficult to thread through openings or conduits. Cloud subscribers with low internet speeds will have to set video resolution very low.
Simple to set up, by placing on a flat surface. Wide-angle lens gets a good view of a room, with clear and crisp resolution. Good motion sensor and infrared view.
Alerts sound every 30 minutes – too little for some, too much for others. Wi-Fi may have trouble connecting to certain routers. Unit can heat up while on.
Easy to set up, from unpacking to app installation. Can take as little as 5 minutes to activate once in place. Sensor-activated camera also responds to voice, and speaker plus microphone allows users to talk and listen to visitors via the app. Works well in all kinds of weather.
Cloud-based storage subscription is a pricey extra starting at $100 a year. Without a subscription, its features are extremely limited. High resolution setting can tax the camera. Network connectivity can be spotty. Can be easily unplugged or removed from mount.
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