For those that live in an apartment, especially, or otherwise can't have severe installation of a security system this is a great buy. This camera is everything I hope it would be, but it did have initial setup hiccups that would have been easier with a troubleshooting manual.
For those that live in an apartment, especially, or otherwise can't have severe installation of a security system this is a great buy. This camera is everything I hope it would be, but it did have initial setup hiccups that would have been easier with a troubleshooting manual. This is an updated review. When I'm away from home, I can access the feed at any time. As I live in an apartment, this product is a must, and I appreciate that the motion detector ability allows me to know when maintenance workers or anyone else is entering my home. Pros: - All it needs is a power outlet, if needed to be placed well away from an outlet. It will work off the wi-fi (see more details below). - The Visual Specs are amazing (see more details below). You have options to switch from HD, Standard, and Smooth resolution. I can zoom in to look at my dog in the sunroom and swipe the screen to turn the camera back towards the door for motion detection. - I can speak through the microphone via my phone. If recording, my voice does not quite register through the microphone, but I can easily hear the surroundings when the mic is turned off. (Not a necessary feature, but I like it) - The audio is quite good, though again not as necessary for myself. I submitted an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and through this review, hoping to get a response as soon as possible to keep a possible return available (which I am glad was not necessary). This is a hefty slice into a wallet, so I appreciated their response, which they answered within 24 hours, though that might alter given the amount of questions and comments they receive. My initial issues with the device (The instructions are split between those in the small manual given with the product and those on your phone): WI-FI In the instructions, the user is advised to Press the reset button, input the product (standard) password, input the wi-fi name and password, and submit that information. This takes roughly two minutes. If successful, you should receive a screen that lists: 1. change password; 2. wi-fi connection -> success. After this, you can go into settings -> network -> Wi-Fi, and see confirm whether a connection was made. According to the response I received, I should be able to disconnect the ethernet cable after this. Problem: I did this (including the reset), and upon receiving a response from TaoTronics/Sunvalley I did all those steps again. To be perfectly honest, it still did not allow me to unplug the ethernet cable. Within three minutes the device (yes it can speak) stated that I needed to make a connection again. When you are in the network screen from settings you will notice at the very bottom there is a button, slightly covered over by the toolbar at the bottom of the app. It says "Apply." Once this is done (and it failed again the first time for me with the message from the device), it will allow you to see the feed without being plugged in with the ethernet cable. Please note: the button "Apply" is EVERYTHING with this product. MOTION DETECTION Motion detection says its enabled as soon as you click on "Motion and Notification" in Settings and then click "Motion Detection." Again. It's not. Taotronic's advice on this was spot on: "Here are tips to setup motion detection:Settings→Motion and Notification→Motion detection→Apply→return to Motion and Notification→Turn alert on I guess you might miss the final step: Turn alert on, or if you didn't miss that step, we suggest you try another app named MIPC to see if the problem still, if the problem still, please feel free to write back to us." Again. "Apply" is everything. VIDEO NOT WORKING WHEN DISCONNECTED FROM THE SAME WI-FI THE DEVICE IS ON This was the biggest problem I had, and was the make or break of whether I wanted to keep this device. Again, TaoTronics's advice saved me here. The manual you are given suggests that you download the "E-HAWK" app, which is absolutely necessary for configuring your device towards wi-fi and other things. The interesting thing about this problem was that only the live feed is affected when away from home; you can still record and create snapshots and see those when away from home. Otherwise, the screen will be black and you can't see anything. Taotronics Solution: Download the "MIPC" App (just type into your app store or google play store). It works like a charm. All you have to do is scan the QC code on your device (or manually put the log-in information in), and then ensure that you put the NEW password you put in (when you were doing the wi-fi). Otherwise, the QC code alone will say password incorrect. All in all, I have to give this five stars, despite the headaches. I felt pretty stupid for getting this product wrong, particularly since it is described as "Anyone can set up the camera." My ego can take the hit though and I hope this review and experience helps someone else. I don't want to be alone in the land of stupidity.