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Monday, August 22, 2016

Home8 Smart Garage Starter Kit Review and Giveaway

Do you want a home security system without being locked into a long term monitoring contract? Do you want to be able to trust without question the person or people monitoring your system? I had a chance to review the Home8 Smart Garage Starter Kit which is a step in the right direction for your home security system. It offers this and more.
The starter kit comes with a hub, camera, and garage door opener. It serves as the basis for your new home security system. Home8 offers other components to fill out the rest of one's needs, like door, window, and motion sensors, more cameras, and even a medication monitoring system.

Despite the mess of wires, setup of the system was actually comparably easy. The big white thing in the middle is the shuttle intelligent hub. Follow the other two white plugs to see the other components. The hub gets wired into your router. After downloading the Home8 app from your Android/iOS app store, you can then setup the connected devices. For the camera, you scan the QR code on the back of the device and it is automatically connected to the hub. You can then hang the device anywhere within range of the hub. The garage door opener doesn't require any extra setup on the hub end, but can be connected to your garage door opener in multiple ways. I chose the direct connection to the garage door opener as that was where the power source was located. The other options involved setup where your existing wall button is located. I didn't have a power source there so didn't consider those options.
The mini cube HD camera was easy to install in the garage. In theory, it can go anywhere in the home where you want a camera that will report on any motion detected, where the system sends you a push notification to your phone to see what's going on. Picture quality is HD but brightness of area determines how well you can see what's going on. Basically, when the camera detects anything when armed, you'll get an SMS message to your phone, such that you can then follow link in message to see video of what triggered the alarm. You can then easily call 911 directly from the app if necessary.

What the garage door opener buys you is the ability to get SMS messages whenever the garage door opens or closes. Combined with the camera, you can see if you left the garage door opener. And, more importantly perhaps, you can open or close the garage door from your phone now.

Security of the system should be brought up as you don't want anyone hacking into the system to see video inside your home, or use the system to perhaps open your garage door when you're not at home. It relies on a closed network with advanced security measures to protect your privacy. The app comes with free access for a single user (yourself) to monitor your new security setup. If however you want additional people to monitor the system, there are monthly fees associated with that. But, as long as you stick to a single user / single location setup, you're home free.
Overall, I like the system and was pleasantly surprised at how easy setup was. The monitoring of the security system yourself from your own phone will be something to get used to. I do think it makes sense to upgrade to group level monitoring where you can designate other people to watch out for you when you're unavailable, at $10 / month.
And, now for the giveaway. You can win your very own Home8 Smart Garage Starter Kit from Mivatek. The giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18+. It runs from now until 11:59pm EDT on 9/10/16. Good luck. (You can also enter a Home8 Security Camera giveaway that ends on 9/4.)



Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Java John Z's is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

74 comments:

  1. I really like that there's no monitoring contract, so you save money in the long run! Also like that there's a camera, so you can see what's what!

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  2. The HD surveillance. With the world the way it is today, you can never be too careful.

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  3. I like that there's no contract and it works through an app of your phone

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  4. I like the automation. I like that you can operate your garage door anywhere you have an internet connection.

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  5. The best think I like, is the fact that I can monitor my garage if I'm away on vacation.

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  6. I really like the Mini Cube HD Camera because it features motion detection, night-vision, 2-way audio and removable flash storage.

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  7. I love the camera so I can see from anywhere that we are.

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  8. Night Vision is always a good thing

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  9. LOVE THAT I CAN CHECK TO SEE IF I SHUT THE GARAGE DOOR FROM ANYWHERE

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  10. I like that I can monitor it on my phone when I'm away from my house.

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  11. the fact that you can use your smart phone is a great feature

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  12. I like that the camera connects with your phone

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  13. Two things are the Bank-level Video Security AND Video Storage are features I look forward to exploring more.

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  14. I like that you can add additional components, so you don't outgrow it

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  15. I love that there is no contract and I really like the security shuttle

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  16. I like knowing there is a camera for security.

    Samantha Daleo (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  17. There are few things more important than feeling safe and security especially in your own home.In order to view your cameras using cellular data, outside of your home (anywhere in the world where you have cell coverage), you need not do anything. You can add couple more cameras if you like.

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  18. I like the motion detection video.

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  19. You can use it with your smart phone

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  20. I like to be able confirm my garage door is shut!

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  21. Being able to see while I am away

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  22. Bridge-Connect and support Multiple protocols

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  23. Being able to see things going while I'm not home.

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  24. i like the camera and the fact there is a siren

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  25. I like that I could operate my garage wherever I am

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  26. I like that the camera connects with your phone

    AngelaNicoleW@hotmail.com

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  27. I like the security siren. Thanks for the chance.

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  28. the ease of installation and the use of smart phone

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  29. I love that you use you phone with it. So cool.

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  30. I love that the camera has night vision. That's super helpful!

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  31. The camera! It isn't just a camera, offers 2 way communication as well. That is a fantastic feature!

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  32. I love that it is easy to install and lets you operate your existing garage door controls* with your smartphone.

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  33. I like that you can monitor using yout phone.

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  34. I like the motion detection and control from your smart phone...

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  35. I like that it allows you to visually verify if you’ve left your garage door open accidentally once you’ve driven away.

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  36. I like that it has a siren that acts as a deterrent

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  37. I really like that you can monitor things from your phone. I think thats awesome!

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  38. The fact that the basic system has no monthly fees is a big selling point to me.

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  39. i like the camera with night vision. that would be awesome.

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  40. I like that the camera could watch my home while I'm away.

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  41. The feature I like is that you can operate it remotely with your smartphone

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  42. I like how it works through a phone app. That is super convenient and the system would give me peace of mind.

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  43. I love that you can monitor from your smart phone

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  44. Easy set up~ Thats a big plus in my book!

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  45. you are not locked into a contract - easy set up

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  46. I like that more than one person can have control of the app.

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  47. I like that the Ultra-Secure Security Shuttle operates under the control of your smart phone.

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  48. I love the fact that its an all in one system meaning it detects sound and motion and will trigger the alarm.

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  49. That it includes a 1 X Mini Cube HD Camera.

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  50. I love that the camera has night vision

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  51. I like the fact that I can view the camera through my phone, open/close my garage...

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  52. I love the smart phone access feature.

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  53. I like the Mini Cube HD camera for security

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  54. The ability to monitor from my phone is most appealing to me!

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  55. I like the text alerts! You can call 911 while you're away, GREAT idea!

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  56. Did I leave the door open? If so, I can close remotely.

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