Global technology conglomerate Samsung has launched a number of successful products. Their known in the smart-home world for SmartThings, a smart hub that was purchased as a startup and has grown under the Samsung brand. Recently, the company has made their way into the stand-alone security camera space with the Wisenet Smartcam AI Home Security System. (Yes, the name is that long.)
Wisenet Smartcam is not sold as a single camera, but as a unit of one indoor and two outdoor cameras, operating via a small device known as the Station Hub. Users can purchase the single camera for $199, or the entire setup for $399. Though this price seems reasonable for three cameras and a small hub, we explore how Wisenet performs.
What are the Specs?
All of the features operate via the central hub, known as Station Hub. Wisnet’s cameras have also been named Station Cameras. The Station Hub can pair with one indoor camera and seven outdoor cameras. The hub control the arming and disarming of the cameras connected to the system, and device scheduling.
Aside from serving as a smart hub. Station Hub is also a local cloud storage device for the cameras to connect to. Storage is not built-in, but users can add a microSD card (of up to 128GB), to their hub. The Station Hub must be plugged into an outlet and connected to WiFi or Ethernet at all times.
Outdoor camera specs:
- Record at 720p at 15 fps
- Viewing angle of 110-degrees
- Night vision that sees up to 24 feet
- Waterproof and dustproof
- Comes with four CR123 batteries
- Battery powered, can be placed anywhere WiFi reaches
Indoor Camera Specs
- Three hours of battery when streaming continuously
- 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second
- 24 foot night vision range
- 130-degree wide angle lens
Both cameras have audio and motion detection, but though the outdoor camera has a microphone for audio recording and two-way talk, it does not do well at detecting loud sounds.
Since the outdoor cameras are battery-powered, Wisenet says they turn off when the devices aren’t detecting motion to conserve batteries, but will the device wake up in time in the event of an intruder?
Works Best Using the Station Hub
The indoor Station Cameras do their best work by working in unison with the Station Hub. Wisenet recommends placing the Station Camera on top of the Station Hub, but the camera can be removed and placed around the home to fill your needs.
This device is shaped like a hockey puck and sits on top of the Station Hub. The pairing works together to create an indoor camera that is capable of panning 350-degrees, and the device can track and follow motion on its own.
On the bottom of the Station Camera is a screw hole that allows users to connect the device to tripods and other camera mounts that are of similar sizes. But if the camera is not placed on the Station Hub, it will lose its ability to pan.
Takeaway: Smart not Wise
There aren’t any product specs that make the Wisenet camera stand out from competitors in the space like Arlo, Nest, and Canary. Users have reported trouble with the app, including not being able to download clips from the SD card on their phone, and the app sometimes fails to show entire events.
Wisenet has no cloud storage option, only local, which happens via the SD in the Station Hub. You can choose to either record individual event clips or have the device record continuously. Wisenet also lacks the integration with home automation tools that many similar products provide.
Wisenet is not a bad option for a stand-alone camera, but it isn’t as good as its competitors. It’s also worth remembering that stand-alone cameras don’t fully protect a home. They rely on users responding and receiving push alert notifications. These are devices that are not monitored by central monitoring stations and authorities will only be alerted of a break-in if you report it.
If you’re a fan of the Samsung brand and believe Wisenet can grow into a useful tool for you, purchase it. Otherwise, I suggest going with the device’s competitors.
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