One of the limitations of most DIY smart home security systems is kind of a biggie: Most of them don’t include video recording features. If the alarm goes off and you’re not home (or, worse, you’re in bed) do you automatically trust that the alarm is legitimate and call 911? Or do you verify the intrusion is real by seeing what happened on video?
Home8 hopes it’s the latter, putting a video camera right in the box as a default, and integrating it directly with its home security hardware and app.
Inside the Home8 starter kit you’ll find a hub (Home8 calls it a “Security Shuttle”), the aforementioned tiny HD camera, two window/door sensors, an infrared motion sensor, and a keychain remote. That’s a lot of gear, and once you extract it all from an innumerable number of plastic bags, installation is fairly painless. The hub connects to your router via ethernet. The sensors all include lithium-ion batteries that install without much fuss. Note however that the camera requires USB or wall power—and the cord is quite short, so plan accordingly.
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