Piper Home Security Review

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Last Updated 6/22/2016

The Piper Home Security system is a High Definition camera, motion sensor, temperature sensor, the zwave control (home automation controller) all in one unit. Prices range from $170-$299 (see lowest price)

Additionally, it has a two-way speaker and siren built in. It is possible just to have one device or link up to 5 to provide a more extensive network.

Piper Classic All-in-One Security System with Video Monitoring Camera Review

All Pipers (classic and Nv) come pre-programmed to work straight from the box with minimal setup and installation required. To see the security event, it records video clips when movement is detected and sends a notification to your phone. The video clips are kept for free in the cloud.

Key Features

  • Intruder Deterrent Siren - Set Piper to sound its powerful 105 dB siren when a security mode is breached
  • 180° Immersive View Camera - See everything with panoramic view and pan/tilt/zoom capabilities
  • 105 dB Siren - Hear the powerful intruder-deterrent siren when a security mode is breached
  • Motion and Sound Detection - Make sure no one slips by undetected with a precise built-in motion sensor and a high-quality microphone for loud sound detection
  • 2-Way Audio - Use the audio system to check in and interact with your family or pets
  • Motion/Sound Detection - Make sure no one slips by undetected with a precise built-in motion sensor and high-quality microphone
  • Full Customizable Security Modes - Take control of your home with three easy-to-use security modes: home, away, and vacation
  • Wireless Accessories - Expand the functionality of your home security with more powerful features.

System Includes

  • Pan, Tilt, Zoom & Quad-view
  • Motion, Temperature, Humidity, Light, Sound Sensors
  • 2-3.4 Megapixels
  • 105 dB siren
  • Microphone
  • Speaker
  • 180 degree view

Technical

  • 7.5W AC/DC Wall Adapter
  • 3 AA Battery Backup

Strengths 

  • No monthly fees or contract
  • Only uploads when there is an episode it saves on bandwidth and uses limitations
  • Good budget option for flats and small dwellings
  • Battery backup for when there is a power outage
  • So can’t as it could be with a method that stores on a local drive be taken by a burglar the video is saved on the system
  • 1000 video clips are saved free of charge on the business’s cloud servers
  • Is easily portable to take when you transfer
  • It can manage up to 232 z-wave apparatus giving you an outstanding opportunity to automate your dwelling
  • Easy install and to set up and can be done with the little technical skill needed in less than 30 minutes







Weakness

  • You can’t record video or take photos locally nor is it possible to download without help in the cloud from Piper
  • The program can be slow to open at times
  • You can’t use your PC to monitor and control the system
  • Only a small of range of z-wave devices are tested to work with it
  • You can't establish a schedule for the alarm to be armed or disarmed
  • The system does not have duress code or a separate panic button. There's a virtual panic button within the program
  • You're dependent on the business’s servers being up to be able to monitor and get notifications
  • There are no smoke, CO, fire or flooding sensors. However, It does have humidity and temperature detectors
  • The big noise sensor is very sensitive, and you may discover that you will get a lot of tellings and the siren.
  • Does not work with Blackberry or Windows cellphones
  • Once it has found an event you will need to do this manually via the App there's no auto reset. It means if you miss no further video will be recorded perhaps missing files that are essential to the telling

Overview

Weight

0.71 lb Pounds

Ergonomics

Ergonomics

Durability

Durability

Maintenance

Maintenance

Reliability

Reliability

Upgrades Available 

Availability

Who Is This For?

Piper is an excellent solution for home and a modest apartment, but it has some shortcomings that negate its ability to be a security alternative that is completely integrated. The unit has some excellent features but having less night vision, the grainy video and being unable to download the video clips (without help) are unsatisfactory. Additionally, there isn't any backup system for when the internet is down.

The cloud storage, the 180-degree camera view, the two-way communicator and motion detector, the home automation control and the quick set up are superb, but it can be an expensive alternative if you might have a larger house and require more than one room to be monitored. They do need to address the problems for it to be a full home security system, although you don’t have to pay any ongoing fees which help to counter some of the new prices. It is, however, an affordable security system for flats, apartments and small homes with some limitations.

Packages

Piper Home Security

Piper Classic 

Piper Nv

Piper Nv with Door/Window Sensors

Type

Wireless 

Wireless 

Wireless 

Connection

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

Sensors 

Yes (No Door/Window Sensors)

Yes (No Door/Window Sensors)

Yes

Sirens

Indoor Only

Indoor Only

Indoor Only

Remote Monitoring

Limited- one phone only

Limited- one phone only

Limited- one phone only

Smartphone App

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max Devices to be Added

5

5

5

Contracts 

No

No

No

Hidden Fees

No

No

No

Camera Integration

Yes

Yes

Yes

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