"iSmartAlarm's new camera sets out to secure the smart home"
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iSmartAlarm's new camera sets out to secure the smart home
I am cnet's [UNKNOWN].
Here is the iSmart Alarm iCamera Keep.
Now this is the second generation camera for the C3 smart security system.
We first reviewed iSmart Alarm back in 2013, and at that time, the camera that came with the kit as an optional accessory was a bit of a letdown.
It was glitchy, it was tough to get started with.
The setup was not easy.
This camera now.
Things are a lot better.
You've got a much easier set up process.
You just plug it into your phone and let it register.
It takes less than a minute to register to your Wi-Fi network and hop on to the app there.
I tested that app multiple locations and a couple of different Wi-Fi networks and every time it was a piece of cake.
So very satisfied with the set up.
Additionally monitoring the video feed in the app was very smooth.
Even on LTE off the wi-fi network I could look at my video feed in a smooth, seemless fashion.
Didn't have much lag.
Didn't have any difficulty panning and tilting the camera which you can do by swiping over the video feed in the app.
The camera features a resolution of 720p.
It also has a built-in night vision for seeing in the dark, and built-in motion and sound sensors that you can set to alert you if the camera sees or hear something.
The live video feed with smooth and seamless, the motion and sound alert came through whenever I wanted them to.
Also nice is that you can use this camera as a stand alone device.
You don't need an existing iSmartAlarm system in order to set it up.
You can just buy the camera on its own and have it running through the app without a CubeOne base station and the other iSmartAlarm sensors.
You could also integrate it with those, though, and use the motion and sound sensor to trigger the alarm.
Now that level of performance and functionality is very good considering the price of this device at $150.
It's cheaper than Drop Cam, cheaper than Piper and Canary.
The thing that you're missing though by paying less is that this camera does not yet have the ability to save video clips.
So whenever it detects sound or motion it won't automatically start recording.
You can open the app up and view the live feed and see what's happening and you can snap a screenshot of what's happening but you can't tell it to record even manually.
iSmartAlarm is planning on debuting a huge overhaul of the app version 2.0 in February.
And that will include options for cloud storage and also local storage by plugging a USB drive into the back of the device.
Also down the line iSmartAlarm is planning compatibility with Thread, with Home Kit with Nets and even an [INAUDIBLE] channel.
So a lot of new stuff coming in 2015 for this system.
We'll be paying attention and letting you know how it works in the near future.
Be sure and check out my full written review of the iCamera KEEP.
I'll be sure and update that in February, once we know how that video storage functionality works.
And also check out the rest of our smart home reviews, at cnet.com.
For CNET appliances, I'm Rye Chris
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