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The new Piper nv ($279) model builds upon their success of the original Piper product ($199) and sports an upgraded camera plus night vision technology to automate and monitor your home. Piper nv sits on a shelf, table, or hangs on a wall to monitor your house. It features an HD webcam plus built-in temperature, humidity, light, and sound sensors. The unit also functions as a Z-wave hub for controlling lights and electrical appliances.
Piper nv vs Original Piper
The new Piper nv model, shown in black on their website (but available in both white and black) sports an upgraded HD camera. Both models feature a 180° viewing angle, but the new nv model has a 3.4 megapixel camera versus the original Piper’s 2 megapixel camera.
Immediately upon taking Piper nv out of the box, I realized that another improvement has been made to the camera housing. In the original model, the camera lens is protected by a clear plastic dome. The dome was susceptible to glare, reducing video quality when overhead lights reflected off the dome. In the NV model, the camera lens protrudes from the unit for maximum viewing angle and there is no plastic dome over the lens.
While the photos from original Piper were sufficient for monitoring our home, Piper nv appear more crisp, picking up a bit more detail.
It is also far more capable of capturing a photo in a dark room.
Setting up Piper nv
It was extremely simple to add another Piper to our home. Whether it’s your first Piper or your third, an iPhone or Android app guides you through the installation and setup process. Piper’s multi-colored light on the front of the unit provides status as well as the phone app. The app pushes your home WiFi settings down to the unit, allowing it to securely connect to your home WiFi.
How Piper nv works
Piper’s z-wave controller allows you to use the Piper as a home-automation hub for controlling lights, monitoring door or window sensors. Like a “big fancy” home security system, Piper can set off an alarm and send an alert to your phone if someone opens a door or window.
Piper’s user interface contains different modes for home, away, and vacation. Depending on what mode your Piper is set to, the device triggers different rules for monitoring door/window activity, motion, sound, or temperature changes. Lights and appliances can be controlled with rules such as “turn on at 6 PM, turn off at 10 PM.”
If something happens, such as a door opening, the Piper unit can turn on a 150dB internal siren, start recording video, send alerts to your smartphone, send email, send a text, or even place phone calls.
This compact and powerful system has no monthly fee whatsoever. It’s really a very powerful product.
Is it everything you’ve ever wished for? Pretty close.
What doesn’t it do?
Despite it’s wealth of sensors and data collection, there is currently no way to export or access the data from the device. Piper’s original funding website talks about plans for a public API, but nothing exists currently. If you are a fan of the website “If-This-Then-That”, you will be disappointed because there is no way to integrate Piper into your IFTT automation scripts.
Piper nv improves picture quality and reduces glare over the original product. Whichever model you choose, Piper is a powerful self-monitored home security system and home automation hub.
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You can also visit these blogs for more chances to win a Piper nv of your own!
- Piper nv: Automate & Monitor Your Home in Less than 10 Minutes by Thien Kim of I’m Not the Nanny
- Piper nv Home Security Camera by Michele McGraw of Scraps of My Geek Life
- A Daily Pinch
To learn more about Piper, visit their website, follow them on Twitter or Facebook, or read my past posts:
- How Do You Secure your Home While Away? Piper nv Automates & Monitors Your Home
- Why Piper is More Than a Home Security System: Exciting Platform, Different Functions, Attractive Package & Affordably Priced
- My Family’s Experiences with Piper as a Tool for Home Automation and Security
I was compensated for taking the time to evaluate Piper but all opinions are my own.