I am looking to incorporate indoor cameras. I want to start with 1-2 camera to monitor the new baby nursery and main entrance/living space. I prefer 2-way audio too. I have looked first into direct ST integration. I like Arlo Pro, and I plan on adding those to the outside, but they are currently out of the budget I have also looked into SmartCam Plus and Pro. My brother has the Pro to monitor his baby, and he likes it, but he has no ST or any HA features, so this is a dedicated monitoring camera. Then I came across the Plus version which is a lot more affordable (can get 1 for $69 refb) seems to have similar features, but I can’t find whether is works on both 2.4 and 5.0 frequencies. They also seem pretty simple to install too.
Do you have any other suggestions?
If you have any of the above what’s your experience?
Watch out for the refurbished Samsung Plus. The model number of all those I’ve seen end with “BM”. SmartThings on their site list that they only support the models ending with “BN”. I’m haven’t seen any confirmation either way that a “BM” will or will not work.
I agree on the one-way audio. But the total wire-free capability is king for me. I actually placed one looking at my kids door. I have an early morning snacker on my hands. And there are no outlets near that door. So this is a great feature.
I believe another reason for Blink is their 2 year battery life on standared use. Arlo eats batteries like a T-rex. I swapped mine out for Blink. And the only true advantage they had on Blink is now gone…their external cammeras. Now Blink has the XT cammeras which will be sold by end of this month. And now they will also have a cellular/wifi capable module for when your network goes out.