Best Smart Home Technology in 2019

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Staying on the cutting edge of technology is something most people are passionate about. Over the past few years, smart home gadgets have become extremely popular. In fact, experts predict that nearly 500 billion smart home devices will be sold and shipped this year. If you are in the process of making your home more … Read more

Smart HD IP Camera Review

Smart HD wifi camera parts

These days there are loads of WiFi baby monitor camera’s on the market, but what should you look for when purchasing one?

For me, I want something that is reasonably priced, good quality, simple to use and something that my son is not going to be put off sleeping with it in the room (this has happened with one baby monitor camera we had!).

Finding the right product

Having looked around at these baby monitors, I found one from EsiCam which is excellently priced, very good quality, not only easy to setup and use, but also has many different ways of mounting the camera and it is shaped like a panda so my son didn’t even notice it!

Cost

The cost may differ depending upon which country you are in, but in the US it sells for around $40 and in the UK around £50. Given the one that I bought a while ago (which my son completely refuses to have in his room at night!) was over £150, this is a very good price for the technology that you are getting.

Hardware

Upon unboxing the product, it is very clear that it has been packaged very well and all the parts are well protected within the foam packaging:

Smart HD wifi camera box
Smart HD WiFi camera box
Smart HD wifi camera hardware
Smart HD WiFi camera hardware

Included hardware includes:

  • Smart HD WiFi camera
  • Power Adapter
  • User Guide
  • Installation Bracket
  • Screws and extend tubes
  • WiFi antenna (if required)

It is also very helpful that included is a US, UK and European plug converters.

The installation bracket is particularly useful as this allows you to mount the camera pretty much anywhere you want to include the wall or ceiling.

Smart HD wifi camera parts
Smart HD WiFi camera parts

Software

Included with the product is a smart phone application that can be used with the following operating systems:

  • Apple iOS
  • Android

Just scan the QR code included in the instructions and install the app.

Setup within the app is very simple and all you need to do is to follow the step by step instructions. If you are connecting wirelessly, ensure that you have your WiFi security code as you will need this.

Networking and Storage

It has the ability to be connected wirelessly to your home internet connection or through using a RJ45 Ethernet cable should you wish.

It also has a TF card slot to enable you to record to a SD memory card.

What other features does it have?

It has a number of other features to help you monitor your little one including:

  • HD 1080P Camera Quality
  • Pan Tilt
  • Motion Detection
  • Alarm
  • Recording (using SD card and TF slot)
  • Two-Way Talk
  • Night Vision

What does the camera look like?

As I stated at the top of this review, the actual camera itself is designed to look like a panda and has little black rubber ears!

Smart HD wifi camera
Smart HD WiFi camera

Note that this photo was taken on my iPhone (I’m no professional photographer!) and with the protective plastic still on.

Where can I buy one?

You can head over to Amazon and purchase a EsiCam Baby Monitor there. This also gives you the confidence of purchasing with Amazon.

KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell Review

Security Doorbell

One of the really useful technological advances of the last few years has to be the release of smart doorbells.

They allow you to not only secure your home with both a visual and vocal interaction with someone who comes to your home, but can also prove themselves to be invaluable when couriers come knocking with your online order parcels.

I for one hate having to either go searching around the neighbourhood to see which neighbour has actually got the parcel or even worse, having to get up early on a Saturday morning to go to the local post office to collect it.

So smart doorbell technology is great for the modern consumer who is probably purchasing 90% of their items online.

But how do you choose one?

So you have decided that you need a smart doorbell (why wouldn’t you), but when you go over to Amazon and search for smart doorbells, hundreds are returned to you, all at differing costs, shapes and sizes.

For me, I want something that is very simple to fit, setup and use as quickly as possible after it arrives. I don’t want the cheapest (you should never just buy cheap tech!), but I don’t want to be ripped off either.

KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell

This leads us to the KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell. We have recently tested this device and we were extremely impressed with it. Not only is it a very reasonable cost, but the quality is great, it is very simple to fit to your door and it does everything that you need it to do.

Hardware

Once you have opened up the packaging, you get what is effectively three pieces of hardware, the doorbell unit itself, the back plate to fix to a door and the wall plugs and screws. The back plate screws where you want to place the doorbell and the unit simply slides onto the back plate – very simple, very quick.

Software

In the box, there is a detailed instruction manual which has the QR scan codes for the smart phone application that you will need for the device. The app is available for the following operating systems:

  • Apple iOS
  • Android

Simply scan the QR code relevant to your smart phone device and install the app. You are then ready to configure the XSH app so that your smart doorbell can connect to your home wireless internet connection.

All you have to do in the app is to add the device on the app, select your home wireless internet connection and enter the password and that’s it. Super quick, super simple.

What does it do?

Now that you have your new smart doorbell installed and ready to use – what does it actually do? Well, it’s simple, it takes the old fashioned method of someone ringing your doorbell, but adds video and audio so that you can two-way talk to the person at your door.

Do it is so much more than that – you talk to the person at your door through the app on your mobile device, so you don’t even have to be at home to answer your door. This is where the security part comes into play. Not everyone who knocks on your door may be there with good intentions. They could be checking out if you are in the house or not or what times you are out of the house. When we are answering the door, they will think that you are in and leave you well alone!

And what about couriers as mentioned earlier? Nothing worse than popping out for ten minutes and missing your courier, with the KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell, you can pop out in to the garden, to the shops or even to work for the day, answer the door to your courier and kindly ask them to leave the parcel in the porch, rear garden or with a trusted neighbour.

Other Features

Some other features of this device include:

  • 720p Lens
  • 166 degree Wide Angle
  • PIR Motion Detection
  • Night Vision
  • Free Cloud Service
  • TF Card Slot

How is it Powered?

You do not need to worry about any difficult electronics or wiring, just put 2 x AA batteries in the device and it is ready to go!

What’s in the box?

When you purchase a KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell, you will get receive a well packaged box with the following:

  • Smart Wifi Doorbell
  • Doorbell Back Plate
  • Wall Plugs and Screws
  • Instruction Manual

What does it look like?

Here are a few photos I have taken of my smart doorbell whilst unboxing it:

KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell Box
KiDuff Smart Wifi Doorbell Box
KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell front
KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell Front and Fittings
KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell Rear Battery Compartment
KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell Rear Battery Compartment
KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell Rear and Back Plate
KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell Rear and Back Plate

Conclusion

In conclusion, smart doorbell’s are a modern piece of technology that everyone can now both easily afford and fit themselves. The benefits are great and after testing out the KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell, we would very highly recommend it.

You can purchase the KuDiff Smart Wifi Doorbell by visiting their website here.