I have Nest Products, Thermostat (Awesome Product already paid for itself in savings) and two cameras mounted outside. ISSUE: Uses a lot of bandwidth for each camera and shuts off/loses connection often. I called them and they were very nice folks who connected me to an expert techie. This is when I was told of the bandwidth issue. My home is in the country and 5mbs is tops! each camera needs 2mbs so forget streaming movies or other devices. I lowered the resolution to minimum 360 and still have bandwidth issues. I bought an extender for my wifi( my house is 1200 sq ft) and the router is in the attic and 35′ away from farthest point. Awesome Cameras, Ingenious but has freeking wires running outside house to electricity, unplug camera and house is yours! The Nest folks were very concerned and gave me a credit on next years subscription! To see live feed and talk or listen not both at a time you need a subscription of $100 a yr and $50 a year for the two cameras! I think they consulted Apple on how to squeeze money beyond the purchase as both never stop costing you for a clever popular product. Overall I like the Cameras in spite of drawbacks and cost but am looking for a better option at a better price. AND WIRELESS MEANS WIRELESS NOT SOME WIRES!!!!!
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11ac adds features that increases throughput at short distances to the router, not very useful for security cams that are all over the house and behind multiple walls. Why spend money and add complications if 11n is fast enough to stream your video?
Remote control and application – When a wireless camera is stationed far from the monitor and user, the ability to shift angles and focus areas without having to physically do it comes in handy. It is useful for monitoring large areas in alternating angles now and then. Wireless surveillance system usually comes with a software or application where it allows users to control and manipulate the settings or the unit position. This way, users will have access to the video feed anytime, anywhere using the internet. The system may also be programmed to send alerts via email as it is not realistic to observe the video footages on the monitor every time.
Although capabilities vary from device to device, security cameras allow you to monitor what’s going on in your home through live or recorded video. But not all cameras are created equally. Some have alarms or can send you notifications when they detect activity, some offer two-way audio, some are meant to monitor your baby, and some even double as full-on home automation hubs.
The Defender-Digital-Wireless-Security-Recording comes with a 7 inch LCD monitor, SD card recording, and a long range night vision camera and a DVR. The unit is available with one or two cameras, with or without the monitor. The digital technology provides for clear images to be recorded and the wireless capabilities allow the homeowner to view the images from anywhere they have Wi-Fi access. The lack of wires makes the installation and set up fast and easy. The SD card includes a 2GB card that can record up to 350 minutes of footage. The Defender-Digital-Wireless-Security-Recording records both audio and video. The long range night vision provides 18 infrared LED’s to provide clear pictures up to 40 feet away. There is a 2 way intercom that allows you to monitor the camera with a built in microphone. The LCD monitor allows you to watch previously recorded video with ease. You can display from 1 to 5 images as a time.
The night vision now seems to actually use a lens filter in addition to just the IR lights. I can hear an audible “click” when switching to night vision, and can see the lens change color a bit. The night vision picture is very sharp. However the “click” may be annoying to some who are looking for discreetly switching modes.
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Unfortunately, as a security camera, it has significant shortcomings. For one thing, the battery is supposed to last up to two months, but in our experience it’s highly variable, perhaps due to weak WiFi signal strength. In comparison, the Arlo Pro can go for up to six months on a charge and exhibited no issues during our testing. Worse, several of the Canary Flex’s best features simply don’t work. Not yet, anyway. Case in point: there’s a speaker on the camera, but it’s not enabled, so you don’t get two-way audio. Canary says it will be activated “in the coming months,” but for now it’s a no-go. Video quality isn’t a strong point, either; it’s fine in daylight, but truly atrocious at night.
“During our test period, we got word of many outdoor Wi-Fi cameras currently in the works. One that we’d love to get a closer look at is the Blink XT. The original Blink was our indoor budget pick, and this $99 outdoor model seems like another standout. It promises 1080p images, Amazon Alexa integration, and a two-year battery life. When it’s released early this year, we will get a unit for a closer look.”
In summary, “$8.33 a month for continuous 10 days recording” versus “free 7 days but only record-on-motion, 10-second clip limit, no activity zones, remember to recharge, watch out it doesn’t freeze or overheat” –I think Nest wins, at least as an “Upgrade Pick”, not as a paltry “Runners Up”.
Thanks for reporting. We didn’t run into any issues like this during testing, but we’ll keep an eye for similar reports. The Logi Circle is still our top pick for indoor use, so we’re glad to hear that it’s working out for you.
Why does the Arlo Pro take so long to start recording after it is triggered? This seems to be a fatal problem. Why wasn’t this mentioned in the above review? Any input on this problem would be appreciated. Thanks.
The Nest has good specs but it’s basically a weatherproofed indoor camera. It has two major flaws not specified in the article. First, this ‘security’ camera is attached with a magnet for heavens sake, you can knock it off with a stick. Second the temperature specs are also ‘indoor’, maxing at 104F, making it useless in Arizona and many parts of NM and TX.
Other benefits are operating temperatures; Nest has a higher and lower operating temperature range than the Arlo Pro, so it can endure in hotter and colder climates. Nest also let’s me be notified *only* when there’s motion on my stairs (Zone A) as opposed to every time a car or pedestrian pass by.