Every home should have a security camera for safety reason, but choosing one can be confusing, as there are so many products available on the market. Moreover, this is especially difficult if you have no knowledge about home security and home automation, but luckily, we are here to help. We will review one of the best products on the market, the Piper NV camera, which represents a blend of security camera and home automation system. Check out my post about more pet surveillance cameras!
About this Product
The Piper NV camera is certainly an interesting product that combines two in one and thus, provides everything your home needs. As a result, it features many things other similar products cannot provide.
This brand is nicely and elegantly designed with a curved plastic exterior and can be either white or black, depending on your preference. The Piper NV camera has an AC port at the back, including an enclosure for AA batteries for backup power. In this way, you don’t have to worry about someone breaking into your house and unplugging your camera. In case the worst scenario does happen and someone unplugs your camera, you will get a notification.
This camera features a microphone, which enables you to hear everything going on around the camera. Thus, you don’t have to worry about missing something and in addition, you are also able to transmit your voice. You are able to watch live video on your smartphone or tablet using an iOS or Android app, although you cannot access the device using a Web browser. You are also able to control the camera through the apps’ dashboard, which is the main control panel for the device.
Compared to other cameras available on the market, the Piper NV camera is pretty large (5.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide), but you won’t be bothered by its presence because it’s hardly visible when you position the camera on a shelf. That said, the camera can be attached to an aluminum stand or a wall mount.
The second generation of Piper’s home security and home automation devices features an improved camera and overall, the product is a great improvement. It features night vision capabilities, as well, something the previous Piper device didn’t have. The image is pretty clear at night as it is during the day. This will help you sleep knowing that no one can sneak around your house without your camera detecting it.
Furthermore, the Piper NV also features temperature sensors to detect a potential intruder. In the Piper app, set a temperature threshold so that you’ll know whenever the temperature gets higher or lower than the one you selected.
• Home security and home automation system in one device
• Includes an enclosure for AA batteries for backup power
• Night vision capabilities
• High-quality image
• Aluminum stand and wall mount included in the box
• Transmits voice
• 3.4-megapixel camera features a 180-degree field of view
Setting up the Piper NV camera is very easy, even if you have no related experience. However, just in case you are having trouble, here is a 3-step Quick Start Guide to read and follow.
First, you need to remove the stand and install the AA batteries that are included. Next, attach the power cable and plug the camera into a wall outlet. Afterwards, press the power button on the back of the device. You will need to download the Piper mobile app and then follow the on-screen instructions to connect the camera to your Wi-Fi.
In other words, you need to create an account in order to interact with the device. As you can see, the process is simple and should not take much time.
• Easy setup and easy to use
• Night vision
• Integrated alarm system
• Multiple security modes
• Remotely controls Z-wave compatible home accessories
• More expensive than similar products
• The camera cannot be tilted or rotated
• There is no Web-based control
• Problems connecting to the camera can occur
Like any other product, the Piper NV is not flawless too, but we would be dishonest if we didn’t emphasize how minor these flaws really are. After carefully examining all the pros and cons of buying a Piper NV camera, we must admit that it is a pretty amazing, high-quality product.
On the other hand, if you are looking for an inexpensive product, you may want to consider a different model. A great advantage of the Piper NV camera is that it secures and automates your home, so it is definitely worth considering.