Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Night Vision, 180-degree Video Camera, Black

Piper nv Wise House Security Technique with Night Vision, 180-degree Video Camera, Black

  • Intelligent property safety method with no contracts or month to month charges required
  • Higher resolution 180-degree immersive see camera with night vision, for dwell and recorded video
  • Movement/sound detection, temperature/light/humidity sensors, 2-way audio and 105 dB siren
  • Simple setup and simple to use, get text/e mail alerts and verify in from your smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android) 
  • Connects via Wi-Fi, battery backup, large grade SSL video encryption, compatible with Z-Wave wireless equipment car-rearms to capture a number of events, pet adjustable movement detection, wise arming powered by Life360

Piper nv is the only wireless portable security program that focuses on what issues most to you – appropriate out of the box and with no month to month fees. With Piper nv’s day/evening HD camera and optional wireless add-ons, you can see, hear and know precisely what’s happening in your residence or office making use of your smartphone or tablet. Get alerts by electronic mail, text, phone or push notifications when Piper nv detects activities that are essential to you. Piper nv has been thoughtfully created to keep away from the pitf

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Piper nv Intelligent Home Protection Method with Night Vision, 180-degree Video Camera, Black

7 Responses to Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Night Vision, 180-degree Video Camera, Black

  1. Tim says:
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    139 of 145 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Full marks for ingenuity, May 3, 2015
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    Barredbard (Middle Kingdom) –

    This review is from: Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Night Vision, 180-degree Video Camera, Black (Tools & Home Improvement)

    Intro

    (For the cliffnotes version, just scroll down to impressions). It was a while before the Piper NV arrived at Amazon.com, even while it remained available directly from its maker’s website, and so my original review of the NV was posted with the classic Piper. I bought mine directly from its maker. NV is ostensibly a moniker for “night vision” or “new version.” Having recently moved into a house, security was of paramount interest to me. I work 12-hour days, and at least once a year, I travel. I wanted a security system that could alert me of nefarious occurrences at the house in my absence. As far as a home is concerned, ignorance is not bliss; au contraire, I’d very much like to know. I compared many different DIY systems, from Smarthings to the Canary which I think might be ideal for a one bedroom apartment or a hotel. I ultimately opted for the Piper because it was the closest thing to a stand alone security system. I didn’t just want automated products of which there are so many; if I had, I believe Smarthings would have been the better choice.

    I wanted automated products tailored specifically towards security, and the Piper won me over with not just its features, but with the fact that it can serve as a hub for Z-wave products that control door/window sensors and lighting as are necessary for security. The new Piper costs $67 more for the promise of a better camera with night vision and a faster processor. Since I was already going to need them anyways, I added two door/window sensors and one smart switch for controlling the living room lamp. It arrived reliably by Fed Ex 2 days after purchase. Packaging was minimalistic. The Piper – a chic, glossy-looking device – was already mounted on its stainless steel stand. Per the sparse instructions, I detached the stand, accessed the battery compartment, and inserted the included batteries. Knowing that I was going to be experimenting with the system, I declined to put the included screw in the battery compartment so that I could deactivate the alarm if needed as I toyed with it.

    I then plugged it into the wall with the included adapter. A button on my black Piper glowed blue, and then a computer voice informed me that Piper was ready. Then I was off to download the app from Google play. Everything about the Piper is controlled from the app. The app did not immediately connect as I was going through set up. I rebooted my phone. It then found my home network with ease. On prompt, I promptly named my Piper “The Sticky Web” for the traps I planned to use it to lay. While the smart switch connected to the Piper with singular ease – just access the “Settings > Add/Remove Z-Wave Accessories > Add > Start and then push the button on the device to be added – the two door/window sensors gave me a run for my money. I was ultimately able to connect to them about 20 minutes after the fact. I named one “front door” and the other “back door.” My doors are antiquated, and they have decorative ridges running around them that prevent the sensors from aligning flush against each other as recommended. But I brought them as close together as could. After a few tries with the double sided adhesive tape, the app indicated that both the front door and back door were closed. And then we were off and running.

    Impressions

    The Good:

    Modes: Piper has 4 convenient modes; “away,” “vacation,” “stay” and “off.” Each mode can be preconfigured with its own rules. For example, in “Stay” mode, I have mine configured to turn on the living room lamp if it detects movement, but not to sound the alarm unless any door is opened. If I meet that lovely mysterious stranger and – all hypothetically – we make it to my place, I won’t wake up to find my wallet missing. And the stranger gone. Not without angry alarm bells, anyways. For my “away” mode, the alarm is set to go off if motion is detected, if a loud sound is heard, or if any of the doors are opened.

    Camera: This offers a 180 degree “fisheye” view, which can be sectioned off into 4 quadrants while viewing live video, with each quadrant capable of “pinch” zoom. It’s a remarkable feature, although it detracts from the picture quality; see below.

    Form Factor: The form factor is sleek and toned down, although not exactly inconspicuous with the unblinking eye of the camera, and the warning glow of red.

    The Alarm: The alarm is loud enough to bring the walls of Jericho down and send an invading army running for the hills. It is beyond loud, particularly given its rather small form factor. Moreover, it cannot be easily snuffed out, given that if the Piper is unplugged while the alarm is going off, it switches to the battery mode automatically. And since the batteries are to be screwed in, it would take quite some time to find a…

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    May 4, 2015 9:48:13 AM PDT

    Piper Team says:

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    Hi Barred,

    Thank you so much for choosing Piper to secure your home! We appreciate your well-thought out review and look forward to continue monitoring your home while you enjoy peace of mind.

    Just a quick note: you can quickly disarm the alarm by clicking the “X” in the circle to the left of the house button.

    Please email godumo@icontrol.com when you get the chance, as I’d love to hear more about your Piper experience!

    -Grace from The Piper Team

     
  3. Anonymous says:
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    83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice product, but Piper should add this software feature…, May 13, 2015
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    mensadoc (Austin, Texas) –

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    The Piper is a great product, beautifully designed, simple to set up, and simple to use.
    Unfortunately, I had to return mine because it lacks an “auto-reset” feature, i.e., once it’s been triggered and records a 35-second video clip, it stops monitoring until you’ve MANUALLY reset it from your iPhone. If you’re busy, don’t notice the alarm, and don’t reset Piper, you now have NO ALARM and no subsequent video clips if there’s new motion a few minutes later.
    I’ve suggested to Piper that they upgrade the software to allow the user to select an “auto-reset” feature. If they do that, I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.

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    Piper Team says:

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    Hi Mensadoc,

    Thank you very much for your feedback, I will pass it on to our product management team. Please subscribe to our newsletter or follow our blog to be the first to know whenever features are updated or added!

    -The Piper Team

     
  5. Anonymous says:
    39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great DIY Alternative for Home Security, May 8, 2015
    By 
    Tim

    This review is from: Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Night Vision, 180-degree Video Camera, Black (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I cancelled ADT about a month ago… and despite not being under contract, apparently “the fine print” still indicated that I owed them 30 days notice to terminate. As such, I took that 30 days as an opportunity to “audition” a Piper NV, and to cut to the chase, I liked it so much that last week I ordered a second one (for a “multi-piper setup”), and 3 aeon aeotec z-wave devices (two door sensors and one wall outlet sensor, more on those below). I’m new to home automation, and new to DIY-home-security, so this review may not be particularly useful to experienced users with a large knowledge base and lots of experience on these matters. Hopefully newbies find it useful.

    As far as home security goes, I think there are some important limitations to understand about Piper (and other similar options). This system only works if your router is working. That means your router needs to be powered on, and your ISP (cable, DSL, etc) signal needs to be functioning, and Piper needs to have a good solid connection with your router. In my housing development, all of our wiring (power, cable, etc) are underground, so we lose power/internet very infrequently, and when we do, signal is generally rerouted successfully to us quite quickly. And long before I bought a piper, I was tired of wifi signal problems in my house, so I went out and bought a really great router that provides strong signal range/speeds throughout my home. So none of these have been a problem for me yet, and I don’t expect them to be in the coming weeks/months/years. Your mileage may vary based on your situation…

    In the event that you do lose power, Piper still functions for (I believe the claim is) something like 6 hours on standard AA batteries, a set of which come with the unit. If during the power outage you have a break-in, Piper (running on batteries) will not be able to notify you (via text/call/push notification), nor will it be able to upload video of the break-in to the cloud, until power is restored to your router. It will, however, store that 30-second-clip in some sort of internal memory, and if/when a connection with the internet is restored, then notify you and upload to the cloud. I think this is an important limitation to be aware of.

    Setting up a Piper NV was very simple. From the moment I began to unpack the shipping box to the moment my Piper NV was online and functioning, couldn’t have been more than 5 minutes tops. The Piper app is the tool with which you do almost everything with piper, from initial setup for your network, to configuring the “rules” for how it will behave for each of the 3 programmable settings (that Piper has named “home”, “away”, and “vacation”, but you can use them for whatever application you choose). For multiple-users (my wife and I, for example), anyone that downloads the Piper app and then provides the proper e-mail/password at login, now has access and can arm/disarm/view your Piper. In addition, you *can* if you choose, set up a “trusted circle” of outsiders who do not have access to view/configure your piper, but will be called, e-mailed or texted if/when various events are detected, based on the settings you configure within the app.

    My experiences with Piper tech support have been overwhelmingly positive. They have been both very responsive AND very knowledgable, whenever I had questions or problems. Both pre-and-post purchase.

    Setup for the Z-wave devices was not nearly as simple as setup of the Piper itself, however, when I finally gave up on solving the problem myself and e-mailed Piper for help, they e-mailed me directions that fixed my problems almost instantly. Once I read their instructions, it had reminded me of another review for the classic “Piper” that I had also read here on Amazon, so perhaps the following will be helpful for others. Sometimes, when you can’t get a z-wave device to add (and this is incredibly counter-intuitive), the thing you need to do is go through the “remove” process (seriously). Yes, the device currently doesn’t show up on your list of connected devices. However, start to “remove” with the app, and when prompted, click the z-wave button on the device you’re stuggling to get to connect 4-5 times. You will get prompted on-screen that the device has been removed (even though it wasn’t connected). After that, try to add it again… wait for the prompt, and click the z-wave button 4-5 times, and sure enough, both devices that I had struggled with worked, first-try. Very odd, but as long as it works, I’m ok with it.

    I also want to mention that we have a cat in the house. It turns out that, according to Tech Support, what Piper is “sensing” when it detects movement is a heat signature. The app allows you…

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