Definitely NOT a complete solution, but the Piper NV has added much peace of mind with the added benefit of home automation without the fuss. I love it so much I have two!
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WHAT IS IT?
- Built-in peace of mind
- siren, motion & sound detection, 180 degree camera with night vision
- can be used as z-wave home automation hub
- 2-way audio to check in at home
- home vitals monitor (temp, light, humidity, sound, motion record)
WHY IT MATTERS:
- peace of mind – but will not replace true monitored security system
WHO IT’S FOR:
- family, pet owners, anyone with space to protect (home or business)
WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST ME?
- Had house broken into
- Paranoid home-owner & uber-geek with monitored home security system for over 30 years
- all-in-one design
- simple initial setup
- great online support
- reliable (over 2 years without major complaint)
- no recurring fees
- live video on demand & triggered recordings to the cloud
- anti-theft battery backup (with screw)
- z-wave compatible = can become your home automation hub
- ifttt integration
- fisheye lens distortion / limited resolution
- all units are ganged: can’t activate just 1 in multi-piper house (all or nothing)
- no outdoor solution
- many false positives with sound detection (but can easily turn it off)
- ifttt timers not accurate (but not the fault of Piper)
QUIRKS & QUESTIONABLES:
- Piper unit may act strange when batteries are low. If experiencing random weirdness, try replacing batteries.
- Admittedly I have a lot of Z-wave appliances hooked up (4 door/window sensors, 4 switches, 1 water sensor and a motion sensor), but have had some z-wave appliances not respond to Piper “rules” or commands. Solution was to force remove ALL z-wave appliances, then add them one at a time again. Happened twice but solution worked in both cases. Tedious but do-able.
TIPS, TRICKS & RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES:
Tip: don’t place in rooms/floors where you want privacy
- not a replacement for real police-response monitored alarm system (we have both) – remember you require wifi to have it notify you
- fisheye lens is not of best resolution
- night vision mode is useful but not detailed
- Z-wave tip: have mine set to boil water and turn on my nightlight when movement is detected in the kitchen (kids are awake)
- Z-wave tip: have motion detector in garage: can tell if someone is in garage prior to entering house
- Z-wave tip: have front house lights wired via micro-switch to turn on/off house lights anywhere in the world
- Z-wave tip: can hook smart power plug up to heater to prevent frozen pipes in winter