Motorola Homesight Overview of Components
Motorola is not a name traditionally associated with custom home installation products. However, a company well-known for its networking and communications hardware & software is more suited for this market than people may think. When I first heard of the Motorola homesight system I was hit by the overall impression - "well that makes a lot of sense." I mean, why should a company so good at making network hardware not apply that knowledge towards home monitoring and control?
The homesight system is designed to secure your home and allow both local and remote monitoring as well as system status and activity recording. It works with an existing broadband connection and features an 802.11g networked series of sensors and control components. As shown above, the homesight system is comprised of cameras (wired and wireless, day and night), sensors (door, temperature, motion and water), sirens, and control devices like repeaters, keypads, and power controllers.
We received a complete system with all components in order to fully configure a home with every module and sensor. Following is a brief description of each unit:
Easy Start Kit (HMEZ2000)
This features the 802.11g Wireless System Controller with AC adapter as well as a wireless camera, wireless door/window sensor and all the trimmings (2 AC adapters, mounting hardware, software, AAA batteries, etc). You MUST have this kit (or the similar HMEZ1000 kit to use the Motorola homesight system.
Wired Camera (HMVC3020)
The wired camera captures color still or video images with sound and has a 60' range (cable included). Mounting hardware is provided for wall mounting the unit.
Wireless Camera - Day (HMVC3075)
This color camera handles stills or video and also captures audio from within a 6 feet radius. Its included passive infrared motion detector registers motion up to 20' away from the camera at a minimum viewing angle of 90-degrees. It comes with an AC adapter and mounting hardware.
Wireless Camera - Day/Night (HMVC3050)
This color infrared camera handles stills or video and also captures audio from within a 6 feet radius. Its included passive infrared motion detector registers motion up to 20' away from the camera at a minimum viewing angle of 90-degrees. It comes with an AC adapter and mounting hardware.
Wireless Door/Window Sensor (HMSM4140)
Using a magnetic seal, this sensor can be utilized on doors (standard, sliding, or French) or windows to alert homeowners when any entries are opened. It comes with AAA batteries and mounting hardware.
Wireless Temperature Sensor (HMSM4150)
The temperature probe on this wireless sensor can alert homeowners of a breached temperature threshold (high or low). It is perfect for wine cellars, attics where AC units may be susceptible to leaking, or even greenhouses. It comes with AAA batteries and mounting hardware.
Wireless Water Sensor (HMSM4160)
Putting the Wireless Water Sensor near your hot water heater, basement or other water-sensitive areas will allow you to be alerted in the event a water leak is detected by the system. Anyone who has had their home flooded will appreciate the convenience of this product. It comes with AAA batteries and mounting hardware.
Wireless Motion Detector (HMSM4050)
This completely wireless motion sensor can be fully battery operated and mounted anywhere you wish to trigger a security system event. These are perfect for hallways or locations that are not already covered by a Day or Day/Night Camera. It comes with AA batteries and mounting hardware (includes a tabletop adapter.)
Wireless Siren (HMAD8000)
No security system would be complete without the preventative measure of a siren. The Wireless Siren is able to be placed anywhere there is an AC outlet. In this way, you do have limitless locations where the unit can be placed.
Wireless Power Controller (HMDC5025)
Want to remotely turn on or schedule a floor lamp while you are on vacation? The Wireless Power Control allows wireless control over any appliance or light as well as configuration of the system to automatically control the device according to preset parameters.
Wireless Keypad Keys (HMSC7075)
Purchasable in packs of 2, adding additional keys (16 max) to the homesight system allows family members, babysitters, contractors and/or houseguests to have the ability to arm and disarm the homesight system without the use of a PC or having to remember any complex keycodes or passwords.
Wireless Keypad Kit (HMSC7050)
This kit makes arming and disarming the homesight system incredibly easy. With the use of a simple Keypad Key you can arm or disarm the system without the hassle of codes or passwords. The Keypad Kit comes with two keys and additional keys can be purchased in sets of 2. The Keypad is backlit, so selecting "Arm" or "Disarm" is easy - even in the dark. The unit can be battery powered or can be connected to an included AC adapter. AA batteries are included along with mounting hardware.
Wireless Repeater (HMAC9100)
In the event that your house has interior block walls or square footage that makes it difficult for the furthest areas to interact with the Wireless System Controller, the Wireless Repeater can be used to extend the range of the system. This kit includes mounting hardware and an AC adapter.
To begin setting up the Motorola homesight you'll need to purchase, at minimum, the Easy Start Kit (HMEZ2000) for $299.99 which includes the wireless system controller (the brains of the wireless networking system), a wireless camera, wireless door/window sensor, two power adapters, and the installation and configuration software. There are also some included options like an 8' AC adapter extension cable and mounting hardware for permanently installing the camera and door/window sensor.
The system requirements are easy to meet. Any Pentium 3 processor, or better, running Windows XP or 2000 will work just fine. The homesight software is not compatible with Macintosh computers. You connect the wireless system controller to your PC via USB (2.0 preferred) connection.