After having the O2 Home View installed in our home for some time, we’ve been able to really put it through it’s paces and get to test the kit out.
We had the O2 Home View installed in our home around a month ago, which has really given us a chance to use the equipment in real life and see how effective it is for our everyday living.
One of the best things about the Home View kit was that it was all installed for us. There was no need for us to have any specialist tools or read lots of instructions as the engineer took care of everything.
What’s included in Home View?
We had an open and close sensor added to the front door. The sensor blended in with the door so we couldn’t even see they were there. The sensor is able to send a message to us when the door opens (so we know when the kids are home from school, or even open the door when they’re not meant to).
There was a presence sensor fitted in a corner of the living room. There was not drilling to keep it up on the wall (which I was really concerned about being in rented accommodation). Instead, the engineer was able to stick it to the corner of the wall. This will also be handy if we’d need to take it down again in the future.
Two cameras were set up. The main one was in the living room and is a Samsung SmartCam wide-view camera which gives us a clear view of the whole living room. The lens has an 128° field of view so it picks up so much in the shot!
The second camera was set up in our kitchen. It has a panoramic view (like a fish eye – 180° field of view) so we can get a huge amount of room in the shot. At certain angles we could actually see the whole width of the house from the front door to the back gate in the garden. It can even record at night and in low light.
All the tech is combined together with the home hub. This is very similar in size to our WiFi hub and actually connects into it.
It didn’t take long at all for the technician from O2 to put everything where it should be, then we were left to use the kit.
Using O2 Home View
From a day to day point of view, we don’t even notice the cameras and sensors in our home. They blend in well to their surroundings and just became part of the furniture.
While it does just sit there, the magic really happens when you log into the Home View via your O2 account. Here you can get to look into what the kit is actually doing and set up parameters for any alerts we wanted to set. I was also able to track what was going on via the app.
Peace of mind
I’m not always at home when my daughter gets back from school and she is a little forgetful when it comes to sending me a text or calling to tell me she’s safe. You would have thought with the amount of times I’ve told her, but her mind is clearly on just getting back and starting to
watch TV do homework.
Being able to set up the door sensors meant that I got a text message as soon as the door was opened. I then knew she was back (and could always log into my O2 account and check on the camera that she was ok from time to time).
It’s not just our daughter coming in from school we worry about but our youngest trying to leave. While she isn’t a practising escape artist, she has been getting very curious about opening the front door. I have been there the majority of the time when she does this, but am really worried she’ll open the door to a complete stranger, or even let herself out and have a wonder.
While the easy option would be to put a bolt on the door, as renters, we’re not able to readily make holes in the front door without losing our deposit. The door sensors that come with the Home View work a treat and it sent me a message straight away when she has opened the door while I was upstairs.
I’m sure she’ll grow out of the phase soon, but in the mean time, it has been a wonderful warning system.
I felt really safe knowing the cameras were working while we were out. Although I feel that we live in a quite and safe area, you never know what’s going to happen.
We were able to set the camera up with the sensors so it would start working if someone entered the house while we were away. Luckily this hasn’t even happened, so we just had to do test run with the kids running back and forward between rooms – they had fun!
While the cameras did not pick up any activity over the times when we’ve been out (thankfully we’ve not been robbed!), the cameras did prove to me that they worked.
I set them up one afternoon while I was working upstairs. I have left a sausage roll from my local butcher on the side and was planning to eat it after finishing off a small job. Unfortunately when I got back to the kitchen, I found some rather large bite marks missing and much of the pastry picked off.
The doors were locked so no one had got in, and my children (and wife) denied all knowledge of eating it.
Luckily, the cameras were able to help me find a culprit…….
While many of the different bits of smart technology out there on the market for home monitoring will set you back a tonne, this option form O2 isn’t so bad. For the peace of mind, and extra benefits (like being able to see who pinched my sausage roll!), it’s getting on track so my home feels protected.
Rather than having to buy all the kit outright, O2 have put together packages of the best bits, and have offered it on a monthly basis.
The monthly instalments run as 24 month contract from £20 / month, which is really reasonable. It’s far more cost effective than having to spend out in a lump sum on all the high tech kit. You don’t even need to be an O2 mobile customer to be able to get your home set up with the latest home control equipment.
I loved being able to use this kit from O2 and really like the control I feel I have on the security of my home.
Written in collaboration with O2