So with great anticipation you open the box, first thing that strikes you is this is a masterclass in packaging. The camera, cables and manual are all safe and snug in a Styrofoam block to seriously reduce any chance of damage in transit, so far I am impressed.
There is inside both a detailed user manual as well as a card giving just the bullet points for a speedy set up, time to test that card and see if it is effective.
First step is to connect the power supply and the internet cable to the camera.
A simple registration form, name, email and how many did you buy (you can have up to 64 on the network if you so need).
Download the app for your platform; choices include Windows, Android and iPhone with Mac coming soon. Install and then run your app. Following the bullet points you can quickly set up the camera with your new app and connect to it and viola! Technicolor images of whatever your camera is point at are blazed across your PC.
Now it maybe that I am not technically literate, but as set up was so simple I am thinking it is not a technical issue but the camera supplied to me seemed resolutely determined not to move either up or down. Left and right was no problem, I was able to use the sweep function and the manual control but no joy up or down. I think my camera maybe poorly 😦
Next step was the setting up of the WiFi so that I can move the camera to a position that is useful opposed to sitting beside me at my PC. Again this was a preference thing and the addition of my WiFi enabled router and internet provider password and viola, done. Disconnect cables and reinstate the power and the camera boots and again Technicolor images abound.
Now I was able to place the camera anyway, albeit near a power supply socket, and control it from the PC, easy. Full of myself I next decided to synch it with my lap top so that I can have remote access when away from my desk. It took me less than 2 minutes to set up the laptop to see images, it really is idiot proof. Though still no joy on that up and down movement issue.
I did however fail at my last mission, to set it up on my android phone. I scanned the QR code and was taken to their website, I installed the android app, and it clearly stated it was downloaded and installed, however I cannot for the life of me find the app, or widget or any mention of it on my phone. The bullet points say after downloading app just open it and pick the camera you want to connect to, however I can’t get to that step… so I cannot comment as to the wonders of fully mobile monitoring of the WatchBot camera at present, maybe tomorrow when I have calmed down I will have another go.
The camera itself is compact, lightweight and discrete and virtually silent when moving, tucked up in the corner of a room or your garage it is unlikely to get noticed.
The video you take can be saved to your hard drive for future viewing, making this WatchBot an extremely powerful tool in your home security arsenal. You can set up a sweep cycle so it constantly scans from side to side, and allegedly up and down! If you want to you can also enable audio, and even two way communications. However I have saved the best to last, you can set up your WatchBot to monitor an area with a motion detector enabled. If triggered the WatchBot will start to record video and save it to your PC, but not only that it will take a snap shot of what it has detected and then email that image to you to see if you are happy about what it has noticed. In the advent of a burglary you would be able to contact the police within seconds of the break in; that could be invaluable in the apprehension of the criminals. It even has infra red just in case the light is low or its night time. What a powerful little tool, still impressed.
As an example here is a short clip of my WatchBot on patrol using horizontal sweep function. He is watching over the garage and the “Porsche” 😉
I would absolutely recommend the WatchBot camera to you for use; it has the ability to bring a level of peace and security to your life that you may well never have experienced before. Imagine with up to 64 cameras in your control nothing would move in your castle without you knowing about it, and after all they do say that knowledge in power.
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* I received one WatchBot for free for review purpose. All opinions about the products are honest and my own.The competition as stated above is solely run by WatchBot themselves. We are just passing on the good news and take no responsibilities for any prizes not received.