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Honeywell - Wireless Home Automation Kit - White

Model: RCHS5230WF1008WSKU: 6290760

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs improvements

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    Honestreviewer151987
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    Packaging: The starter kit comes with 2 sensors and couple of extenders along with a key fob. The included key-chain remote could use a few more inches of plastic, as it's too small to be a remote and too large to fit on a bundle of keys. This is not a very useful for me as I use phone to switch status. Setup: It took me less than 10 minutes to set up the Honeywell Smart Home Starter Kit. We will need to download the Honeywell Home app for iPhone or Android device. The setup wizard on the app was pretty simple and straight forward to complete the installation. Camera quality is quite good. The live camera feed is great for peeking in while you're not at home. Honeywell needs to improve facial recognition feature. I registered my face, but the Honeywell smart home security base station camera could not recognize me specifically, even as I stuck my face directly in front of the camera. It wasn't until I re-registered my face that the camera was able to accurately identify me. This feature is also limited to two face profiles, which seems extremely limited for any household. There is no professional monitoring available with the Honeywell smart home security kit which is a downside. Though we can get added benefits by paying a monthly membership fee - videos stored on Honeywell cloud. While the system is armed, an LED at the bottom of the base station will slowly pulse green. If a door is opened in the house, the base will switch to a white light and begin an accelerating 1-minute countdown. The 85-decibel alarm will sound off at the end, and while it's certainly alarming to anyone standing near it, the sound is not loud enough to attract attention from outsiders. I could barely hear the alarm over construction at my neighbor's house next door. The 85-decibel alarm is certainly alarming to anyone standing near it, but it's not loud enough to attract attention from outsiders. Honeywell has programmed some proprietary voice-activated security commands into the base station, which we can engage by saying, "OK, Security." When you use phrases like "I'm leaving" and "Bedtime," the base station will switch to Away and Night modes, respectively. Bottom Line: For do-it-yourself smart home security systems to be worthy buys, they have to be easy to set up and user-friendly. The Honeywell Smart Home Security starter kit certainly meets that criteria, but it simply costs too much for all the other stuff that's bundled in. The security camera works fine, but its facial recognition features are subpar for a device in this category. This product can have more improvements.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HONEYWELL Steppin' Up

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    greenrita
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    For a number of years, I have been anxious to cut the cord to eliminate the annually rising cost of my conventional security subscription service. Although Honeywell doesn't allow a full divorce from the expense of a monitoring solution, the monthly subscription is a fraction of what I currently pay. And, so far, I don't see a need to subscribe for full cloud storage; so, I subscribed for a trial period to test features available on the Honeywell basic plan ~ $14.95/mth. Depending on the status of your psyche about emails and tech related tasks, the increase in independence from an expensive monitoring service requires an increased level of interaction to establish parameters and preferences. To minimize frustration, I scheduled a block of time to integrate this new set of app management duties into my already hectic life. As happened to me, a couple of snags required calls to customer service. New tech is always a trade off when we sacrifice our privacy for convenience. So, I was pleased that when I did not want 147 degrees of 1080p HD coverage of my activities, I was able to rotate the cuff over the camera to protect my privacy and turn off the microphone. But, I found that when the base station is unplugged, the back-up battery keeps coverage running for hours, good for when there's a power outage but not good if you want to disable the base station or the very intense alarm and don't have time for a 911 tech call. And, when the battery fully discharges, your solar/wind install kicks on that power wall for the'total smart home prepper few'. LoL! Though I have 3 doors I'd like to cover, I mounted the set of 2 access sensors that come with the unit at my back and front doors to compare to my existing service. Voice recognition of humans is already afforded via Alexa and Amazon; but, looking forward to a fix so I can stream music and cell phone service. For those with animal companions, I learned a forthcoming upgrade will deliver 'audio detection analysis' to give barking dogs a pass and, I suspect, your birds, cats, komodo dragons, et al. Moreover, I learned another new upgrade will be able to segregate the audio of your smoke and radon alarm as 'not intruder'. But, for those sensitive to EMFs (electro magnetic fields), bear in mind that, to quote the manual: "the system complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 cm between the radiator and your body." But, every "body", dependent on blood type genetics and your current load of environmental toxins, has variances in tolerance for EMFs. So, know your limits before adding another load, especially if you are trying to sleep near the base station. The price point is ball park with the competition; but, looking forward to the updates that will make the base station compatible with other expandables such as the Apple Home Kit and other popular potentials. With the promised downloads installed, the start-up price is worth getting off the my more expensive monthly contract, especially with included features i.e. facial recognition, geofencing, sounds and lights to deter intruders and the ability to support multiple viewers via the app from any location. To side step the expense of add-ons, I have to evaluate the compatibility of cameras I have on hand with the Honeywell platform, something I should have thought about before signing on. But, when fully integrated with the basics, the separate purchases required for 1 additional door contact and 2 windows may still be a better deal than my long term contract.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid hardware-based security suite

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    Kris1973
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    HARDWARE: I'm impressed by the fit and finish of the hardware. The door sensors provide multiple mounting options with extenders for the sensors and holes to mount with screws if desired (screws not included). The camera base station is a nice unit. It works well and looks nice when placed in a central location in the home. The key fob has been of little use to us, as we use our phones to control the unit, but it seems to be of good quality and has excellent range. SOFTWARE: Here the picture is less rosy but it's easy to update and improve the software (hopefully). I found the default setting of alerting on every sensor trip (every open and close of the door, for example) to be very intrusive on my phone. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a way to set time of day (or any other) limitations on these notifications: It's either on or off. We have also had a two scary moments where the house has been empty, but the camera has alerted us to the presence of a "person" in our home. We returned to find no sign that anyone was in our home and the camera's saved video for the event also shows no indication of an actual person or indeed of any of the reported movement. These glitches aside, I have been able to configure the device to add a little peace of mind without the expense of a full security service subscription or the annoyance of constant alerts on my phone as family members check the mailbox - it just takes a little work with the default settings and reviewing video of the occasional false alarm. We haven't taken advantage of the paid Honeywell service to augment the capabilities of the system yet as we haven't seen the need. However we may consider the expense once the movement and person-recognition features become a little more refined in the software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Honeywell Support

      Hi Kris1973! We truly appreciate the time you took to share your feedback and to give us the opportunity to make improvement for future products. We take your customer experience very seriously, Honeywell is committed to constantly improving and this would not be possible without your voice. Thank you again and have a great day. Honeywell

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a nice DIY security system

    Posted
    nickcal
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    I've had the opportunity to work with lots of different home security set-ups. Some of them are just simple cameras and other include motion sensors for windows. I've tried to make my home as secure as possible with the aide of smart devices and connected apps. Since I've had a lot of experience with home security systems, I was excited to test out the new Honeywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit. The starter kit's made up of: a camera base station with Amazon Alexa built-in, remote control key fob, two access sensors for windows and doors, mobile app with video and alerts. The Camera Base Station features a 2MP HD camera with 1080p image sensor, 147o wide-angle view, night vision, and motion detection. Audio is captured using a 5W omnidirectional speaker and 3 microphone arrays and 2-way audio and an 85dB alarm are also included on the camera base station. The base station is the brain for the rest of the system. Any motion detected from the sensors are filtered through the base station, which sends the notifications to your phone. It connects to devices through Z-Wave. One of the unique features of the Honeywell system is facial recognition and scheduling. You can program the camera to recognize certain faces and when they should be appearing. For example, if your child gets home from school the same time every day, you can tell the camera to notice that time and face as'safe'. That way when they arrive at home when you are gone, the system doesn't alert you to potential invaders. On the other hand, if your child comes home from school with a friend, the camera will see that person as a foreign face and send an alert to your phone. Setting up the system is pretty painless. First you download the Honeywell Home app. One of the things I noticed right away was that the app will ask for access to your HomeKit data if you are using an iOs device. This is because the app controls all of Honeywell's smart home products - some of which are HomeKit compatible. The Smart Home Security Starter Kit's not compatible with HomeKit, but it will connect with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Once you've the app downloaded and your account set-up, you connect the camera base by showing it a QR code generated in the app. This is the easiest way I've experienced to connect a smart device to an app. This process took a total of about 2 minutes. The door/window sensors are installed with the help of 3M tape. These are quite a bit larger than some other sensors I've used, but their battery is supposed to last up to 4 years without needing to change the batteries. The key fob can set the alarm system to one of its four modes - Home, Away, Night, and Off. This is a big convenience when you don't want to pull your phone out of your bag or pocket when you've already got your keys out. Once I had the system set-up, I found that it worked pretty well. I had the camera set up in my living room and I was constantly getting notifications for movement. The door/window sensors also worked well although I did notice that when the door sensor was tripped, I had approximately 30 seconds to disarm the system, while the window sensor caused the alarm to immediately sound. I also thought that the camera provided a very clear image and video captured from the motion that was caught by the camera. I love being able arm the system by telling the voice assistant to do it. It's a very easy way to make sure your system is ready for any unwelcome guests. My final opinion is that it's a great do-it-yourself security system but it's a bit pricey at $450 for the starter kit. I can recommend the system based on its ease of use and successful testing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great DIY Home Security System

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    SimpleLiving
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    This is an excellent DIY wireless all-in-one home security system. The best part about this system is that there is no long-term contract or monthly fees. With this method, you purchase the starter kit system, do the self-monitoring, and add additional easy to connect devices. The starter kit system contains the basics: the camera base station (hub), two access sensors for windows & doors, and a remote-control key fob. The setup is straightforward and only took a few minutes. I just plugged the camera base station, download the app, follow the app instructions to complete the installation and connect the other sensors, cameras, and devices. All sensors are battery operated, so more struggles with wires or plugs. I had to create a Honeywell Home account to complete the setup. The app has a feature to invite additional users to the security system by just entering their email. The other users must also download the app and create a Honeywell Home account to gain access and manage the security system. The hub is the crucial component and comes integrated with Amazon's Alexa and allows the system to be automated. Its wide-angle camera produces HD quality videos and records sounds. I was impressed that while viewing the camera video, I can zoom in and out. The apps allow two-way audio communication to your home. The hub has both a speaker and a mic, but I am not sure if the additional motion viewer cameras come with a speaker or mic. You can ask Alexa for weather, news, and other information but it does not play Amazon's music (not supported on this device). The hub allows connection to other Honeywell smart products and third-party z-wave products so that you can connect a thermostat, leak sensor, lights, locks, garage openers and more. The hub lit up that can be seen from the outside, and it helps deter a break-in. The alarm is loud enough to scare away an intruder. Overall, I am satisfied with this DIY smart home security system. It is simple to use, does an excellent job of protecting your home and is a good smart device to upgrade home. The best part of this self-monitoring system is that there is no long-term contracts or fees.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Starter System For Basic Home Monitoring

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    DotNetJon
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    I've never owned a home security system before, so this unit's my first attempt at setting one up myself. The package contains the base station w/ camera and Alexa functionality, 2 window/door sensors, and a 4 function keyfob. I personally think the price is a bit high for what you get, so it would be best to wait for a sale in my opinion. I was surprised to find only 2 sensors... would be a better deal if they had 4-6 included in the kit. I actually had a business trip planned a couple days after receiving the kit, so I was excited to test it out on my trip! The night before my trip I got everything setup and configured in less than a couple hours. I had a bit of trouble with making the sensors fit correctly on one of my doors, because of the way it was built, but other than that, the setup and configuration were very straight-forward. I downloaded the app on my Android phone, setup my account with Honeywell, and setup the Amazon Alexa to my Amazon account without any issues. I already have an Alexa, so that part was painless. The app lets you configure the base station, and setup the door/window sensors. There are 4 modes the security system can toggle between: Home, Away, Night, and Off. The Geofence capability is nice, and very easy to setup so that when you are within a certain area it automatically switches the system to Home, and Away when you are outside the defined area. I did find the minimum area to be a bit large (about a 2 block radius for me), and wish it could be smaller so when I'm at the neighbors across the street it would see me as away. Just have to remember to set it to Away manually using the app, or keyfob, or using a voice command through Alexa. So, back to my business trip! It was very cool to know when motion was detected in my house! It was also an extra sense of comfort being able to check in and "talk to" my pets through the app. I decided to subscribe to the $4.99 plan so that I could have a 30 day video history and 1500 video clips. First month is free, so I can cancel in a month if I don't feel it's necessary. The free plan allows 24 hours of video history, and there is a $14.99 plan for 60 days, 3000 clips, and unlimited extra cameras. The video clips record automatically when in Away mode, and are 30 seconds long. The app has a nice history view where you can review all the notifications, and video clips in chronological order. You can adjust the base station volume using the app, setup the wifi connection, add/remove users, devices, and change settings like whether or not the camera is on is Home and Night modes, change the Entry/Exit delay in 15 sec intervals up to 60 seconds so the system gives you a bit of time to open and close a door before sounding the alarm. I plan on adding a couple outside motion detectors and a few more window sensors. The video was fairly clear, although sometimes not the easiest to see on the phone screen. It would be nice to be able to set the length of the motion detected clips to longer than 30 seconds. I think overall there are many things that could be improved upon in the application, but it does the job fairly well. There is facial recognition, but it was a bit tricky to setup and took several attempts at certain angles it wants you to position your face at while it's mapping it out. You can add individuals and get notifications when that person is detected. If I had to recommend this to a friend, I would tell them to look at a few options before deciding on a system. For my needs, it's better than what I had (nothing), and offers some pretty neat / useful features! So far I'm enjoying the system, and am looking forward to seeing what features Honeywell adds over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Does the job but is the cost justified?

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    Crasher
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    The Honeywell home wireless kit is supposed to be an entry level smart home automation system that provides built in home security with Alexa to help serve as your assistant. And while it may serve to provide its base function the question really remains for the consumer is, is the cost really worth all the hype? In this review im going to go over its functions and how well they work. My goal is to hopefully provide some insight as to rather or not this will end up being a good buy. First off lets talk about what you can expect to receive out of the box. Keep in mind that this is a starter kit only. You will get the base station, which serves as your camera and Alexa built in, power cord, wireless keypad, two sets of window/door sensors and instructions. Set up is done very easy and the free app, which is pretty much necessary, will walk you through the set up. I had mine all set up and ready to go in five minutes and that includes mounting the sensors. Mounting of the sensors can be done one of two ways, you can drill them in however no screws are provided or simply pull off the adhesive strip they come with and stick them on (this is the route I went). Through the app you can label what sensors are where i.e. front door, window, etc. Location does play a part in how the alarm will react. For example sensors placed at a door and labeled as a door will cause the alarm to do a countdown if the security system is tripped. This gives you about 30 secs to disarm it. Sensors placed on windows won't give you a countdown but will sound the alarm immediately if they are tripped once the alarm is set. This is a pretty smart design and one that I was surprised to see. You have different entry/exit delay settings you can have to fit your style. You can choose from 15,30,45, and 60 second countdowns. Now through the app there are a few functions you can control. You can control how you wish to arm the system, which there are four functions provided. Home, away, night and off. Home means your sensors won't activate the alarm however every time a sensor is activated it will give you a little ring from the base station letting you know that someone opened a door or window. The camera won't be on or record in home mode however there is an option to change that if you would like it to record in this mode. Away mode will arm the system and trigger the alarm if any of your door/window sensors are tripped. In this mode the camera will record anything that triggers its motion sense. The camera itself won't set the alarm off with its motion sense so if you have pets you don't have to worry about them activating the alarm. Night mode is the same as away mode with only one slight difference. In night mode the camera won't record if it detects motion unless the alarm is going off. However there is an option to change this if you would like it to record while you are sleeping. The off/on mode simply powers the system completely off so that no recording or functions are taking place. This function seems more for use of party's or simply if you want some privacy. There is night vision built in and well....its night vision. The quality is ok and everything you would expect to receive for night vision. As the sun goes down and night vision comes on video quality does drop but quality will all depend on your available light source for the camera to function. The app also allows for Geofencing. What Geofencing does is it allows you to set a perimeter around your home however big you want it to detect when you are near. It can be as small as a city block or as wide as a 100 miles out. What this does is when the alarm is armed it will automatically disarm it for you once you enter the set perimeter via gps. This is kinda of a nice feature to have so you don't have to fumble around with the key fob or pull out your phone to disarm via the app. The app will also let you set up people detection and set up what times you wish it to be active. This was one area that I felt was pointless and dumb. You only get a 2 hour window that camera will monitor faces. All it really does is lets you know under your notices that a person was recognized in your home and uploads the video clip. There is an area where you can supposedly train it to recognize people such as family or friends but as of right now that function is very basic and doesn't seem to work well. Maybe they will improve this function with future updates. So to recap the only real difference about people recognition is its labeling. Depending on your set up, when motion is tripped the camera will record either way, however if it is within that 2 hour window of people detection then it will simply label it as person detected if it detects a person, that's it! Now lets talk function of the actual system. First lets talk about the base station. The base station houses Alexa and if you have an Alexa app simply say "hey Alexa" followed by whatever you wanna ask. If you own an Alexa you already know the drill so I won't waste time on it. There is a mute button there and an action button in the center. If your base station is flashing amber or red or is acting weird simply tap on the center of the head and the base station will alert you to any problems it may be facing and how to correct it. The base station also has a built in volume control. Simply move your finger around the edge of the top of its head either clockwise or counterclockwise to raise and lower volume. The base station also has a rotating window that will close the camera lens shut in case you don't want it recording whatever it is your doing. There is a built in two-way mic also. So if you are at work and you see your kids in the kitchen you can talk to them and they can talk to you. Sound quality was actually very clear and the mic worked pretty good. The volume is a little low when using the app to talk to someone through the camera however voice quality is crystal clear and can be heard easily. The security system also allows for push notifications through the app. This is a nice feature to have because you want to stay on top of what is going on in your home however I think they kind of over did it just a bit. You get a notice for everything, and I mean everything. When the alarm is tripped the siren is very loud and high pitched. If you have any dogs the pitch of the sound will definitely get there attention. When the alarm is triggered the bottom of the base station will light up red and rotate similar to a police light. When the alarm goes off you will get a push notification letting you know what is going on and then you will be given two actions at that point. You can either silence the alarm and shut it off or another button is present on the app that simply says "call". If you push this button it will call the police for you on your phone. The base station also has a few smart commands you can give it as well. For example if your leaving for work you can say "ok security, im leaving" and it will automatically arm the system for the Away setting. Now just like all systems there is a price plan. You start off on the free plan which gives you 24 hour of cloud storage supports only 1 camera and 50 clips of video. The next two plans $4.99/mo and $14.99/mo. The 4.99 plan still only supports one camera but gives you 30 days of storage at 1500 clips. The 14.99 plan lets you hook up unlimited cameras and gives 60 days of storage at 3000 clips. Here's my final verdict. This is pretty much your basic set up and there really is nothing break away from this design that warrants this price point. While this set up does what it was intended to do it just doesn't seem practical for any home owner seeing as how one camera and two sensor is simply not enough. Whats even worse than that's the fact that they force you in to the $14.99/mo plan if you wish to add any more cameras on this system. So here is why I gave this 2 stars. I actually own 3 other security camera systems and none of them require you to enroll in their membership if you wish to add more cameras to your system. Not only that but at this price point I own a system that was about the same in cost and came with 4 cameras that all streamed 1080 with 4 window/door sensors. Simply put I felt Honeywell is doing their consumers an injustice by offering this entry level set up when there are many other competitors out there doing it cheaper while offering more hardware without forcing you in to a monthly plan. The only real use I could see anyone benefiting from this would be someone who lives in an apartment with only two entry ways. Other than that this just is not going to work for anyone who owns a home unless your willing to shell out more money for more hardware plus enroll in the $14.99/mo plan. Save your money and go with a different set up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Honeywell Support

      Hi Crasher! We take your customer experience very seriously and we truly appreciate the time you took to leave your feedback after working with this product. It is invaluable as we are always looking for ways to improve and this would not be possible without your voice. We would like to take a look further into this for you. At your convenience, please send us an email to honeywellhomestech@honeywell.com We have opened a case #00776759 for you. Thanks! Honeywell

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent, but not worth the price

    Posted
    MadSquabbles
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    I used to having a self-monitored DIY system since that's what we've had for the last 13 years. Why pay someone to call the cops when I can do it myself when my alarm calls me (old one could call any specified number). So being as old as it was I figured why not get something a lot more modern. First of all, set up was a breeze. Turn it on, connect it to Amazon for the Alexa features (more features to come soon, like music), pair the fobs, motion sensor, and portal sensors - I bought an extra FOB and have orderded 4 more door/window sensors and just waiting for them to arrive. First thing I noticed about these sensors are that they're huuuuuge! My old sensors are about 2.5"x1" and use three watch batteries. These new sensors are roughly 1.5"x4" and use a lithum battery. I don't know if the lithum battery is better, but the watch batteries haven't been changed in 13yrs and the signal is strong enough to reach from one end of the house to the other. The smaller sensors are barely noticeable, but the huge sensors are big eye sore! That said the portal sensors work well. They have to be no further than .25" apart - I tested it and going even .375" caused quite a bit of miss readings on opening and closing - which is reported every dang time by the app. Door open, door closed, door open, door closed. Makes we want to revoke the notification permissions, but then I'll lose the ability to be warned when a real alarm comes in. Door open should be enough of a notification. If I wanna know if it's closed I should be able to just check the app instead of being bugged every time the door moves. The motion sensor is a bust. I think you have to be a pale person with white clothes in a bright room for it to register movement. My signal is strong and even when I put the sensor on top of the base it wouldn't reliably sense motion. The base unit senses motion very well with it's camera. Because of this I can't use the facial recognition since I now have to put the base unit in the more vulnerable area and the poor performing sensor at the front door. Another note, I now have two tears in my wall because of the motion sensor. I placed it where I wanted it and did the test, failed, check signal and it said poor, so I took it off the wall and moved it. Second location same problems, this time part of the all came off. Moved it to a third spot - same poor signal and results, another hole... then I saw the signal change to strong while I was holding where the second hole was. I doesn't give an immediate result for signal strength - I'd say it's about 30 seconds or more before it tells you the real signal. They freaking could have used a spinning "Hold on there" icon until it actually got the real signal instead of giving a false weak signal for a long period. After figuring that out I put it back in the original spot (which it doesn't stick to well anymore since it had parts of the other wall on it) and it said strong this time after I waited a while. Still doesn't sense worth a cuss. The base station is pretty nice and the camera performs exceptionally well. You can set it to use 720 or 1080 to ease up on bandwidth. It doesn't record all the time, but only when motion is sensed. I haven't checked to see how long it records and if it keep recording while motion is sensed (unlike that popular doorbell that only records for 30s whether or not the motion is still chilling in front of the camera). Even at 720 the video quality is very good, far better than the doorbell at the same res. I haven't checked the bitrate but the doorbell is ~800kb/s. Watching the bandwidth it seem the Honeywell may be about 1.5Mb/s but I haven't verified. 1080 has uploaded up to 4Mb/s but I'm not sure if that's my limit or theirs since I have this going through a cell connection. Speaking of connection it's ridiculous how so many of these devices don't allow advanced network settings. It's DIY yet they don't let the network be DIYed. I had to set up a rule in my router DNSMasq to route the unit to a different gateway - it has it's own hotspot and router that are connected to a UPS to keep it going when the power goes out. Seems all these Smart devices think we're to dumb to know how to set up a network. I recently reviewed a scanner that won't even let you connect without WPS which is disabled on all my routers and I WILL NOT enable it. The app is a weird one. It like inception where you have windows inside of windows and back arrows inside of the embedded window with it's own back arrow. There were quite a few times I hit the wrong back arrow (the main one) and then have to tap again to hit the correct arrow. There features are extremely bare. I like options and tweaking and signal strength (which you can do but not as easily as if it were just a menu option), adjust sensitivity on sensors, etc. It just not enough control for a DIYer. There is Geofencing which I haven't tested because 1) I don't know how it would work with multiple people who work on different schedules 2) wife doesn't wanna use the phone app (hence why I wasted $25 for another FOB). It would be nice to use, but being able to check the status while you're away is just as good. A couple features I'd like to see added are a glass break sensor. Since it has a mic it seems it should be easy to add with a firmware update. Another would be the ability to have custom alarms or alarms that go off when a knock or doorbell is rung - like a dog barking or any other random noise to make it seem like someone's home. The mic is already there. Make it more useful than for tell it to arm the system or tell me the weather. Honestly, if I had to buy it I'dn't. It's just too expensive for the features (some of which were unreliable) and the extra sensors run up the bill also (extra $200 for me - coulda bought a whole new system for that money! @@@@@@@ . One good thing about "Smart" devices is that things can improve with firmware. Maybe in a few months I'll learn to love it... right now it's not much of an improvement over a 13yr old system in guarding the house - the Alexa stuff is just useless fluff since the security is weak.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Honeywell Support

      Hi MadSquabbles! Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. These comments go a long way and will be forwarded for further review. Thank you for helping make Honeywell better. -Jordan Honeywell