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Motorola Homesight Home Monitoring and Control System, Easy Start Kit, HMEZ1000
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- 0.33-inch color CMOS image sensor camera wirelessly transmits data
- Built-in infrared motion detection and built-in microphone
- Weather-resistant for indoor and outdoor applications
- Features auto brightness, contrast, and white-balance adjustment settings
- System includes one wireless camera, base station, and all required software and hardware
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 6 x 6 inches|
|Item Weight||9 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
The Motorola HMEZ1000 base station connects to your PC via USB cable connection, and operates on a 2.4 GHz wireless signal. This unit can support up to three wired cameras (such as the HMWC1020), six wireless cameras (such as the HMWL1010), and eight wireless sensors (such as the HMTS1050 temperature sensor and the HMDS1040 door and window sensor). The HMEZ1000 runs on 12-volts DC power via an included adapter, can operate on both the NTSC and PAL TV system standards, and has an operating temperature ranging from -10 to 40 degrees Celsius.
The Motorola HMEZ1000's wireless camera utilizes a 0.33-inch color CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensor and a 4.3-millimeter fixed lens to achieve a resolution of 360 horizontal TVL (TV lines). This color camera with integrated IR motion detection has a S/N (signal to noise) ratio of 48 dB or better, and can receive a picture down to a minimum illumination of three Lux. Operating on the NTSC signal system, the HMEZ1000's camera transmits in the 2.4 GHz frequency range and typically allows reception up to 250-feet outdoors and 60-feet indoors. This camera has an 80-degree field of view (for both motion detection and picture reception), and a focal range from two-feet to infinity. This unit features auto brightness, contrast and white-balance picture quality adjustment settings, as well as a high-speed electronic shutter ranging from 1/60 to 1/15,000 of a second. The Motorola HMEZ1000's camera runs on power supplied via its included eight-foot AC adapter.
- Range: 250-feet outdoors, 60-feet indoors
- Sensitivity: minimum illumination of 3 Lux
- S/N ratio: minimum of 48 dB
- Resolution: 360 TVL
- Camera operating temperature: -10 to 40 degrees Celsius
- Dimensions: 3.25 x 4.5 x 7.3 inches (W x D x H)
About Surveillance Camera Technical Features
Lux rating is the measurement used to indicate how sensitive a camera is to light, and stands for the level of light reflected off a piece of paper by a candle from one meter away. Thus a sensitivity of three Lux would mean a camera could generate an acceptable picture of a piece-of-paper-sized object that was illuminated by the equivalent of three candles from one meter away. The lower the Lux level, the better the camera's ability to work in low-light conditions. The camera's resolution should be greater than or equal to the resolution supported by the system's recorder or monitor. The S/N, or signal to noise ratio, is an important measure of a camera's quality. A poor camera, low-light conditions or poor wiring causes "noise" which consumes processing power and disk space. A camera with a wide dynamic range is ideal, especially for recording areas in which both indoor and outdoor light are present. CCD (charge-coupled device) sensors provide high-quality images that are less susceptible to noise. CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors offer less image quality, but are usually more cost-effective and energy efficient.
What's in the Box
Base station/gateway, wireless camera, 2 power adapters, AC adapter extension cable (8 feet), mounting hardware, quick start guide, and CD-ROM (Home Monitoring and Control Software, user's guide, device quick start guide).
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Top Customer Reviews
My CDROM exibited a CRC error, after many promises of a replacement CD, I still don't have it - 4 months in waiting - a friend loaned me theirs.
The range on the transmitter is extremely poor, anything bigger than a 1 bedroom apartment and you're in trouble - as far as monitoring baby goes - FORGET IT - low light ability of the camera is nill. The noise level and artifacts increase exponentially.
There are other products in the X10 world that are an order of magnitude above this product. Let's hope that this is the first generation of the product and the quality will improve with the next rev.
I would no recommend this product - bypass and wait until next version.
From my perspective,
1) The hardware (HW) seems to be pretty decent
2) The software (SW) is lacking in many of the basics; thus, the SW cripples the MOT Home Security System
If I didn't get such a huge discount [ as a Motorolan ], I would not have bought it - considering the state of the SW.
The HW was easy to set up, and so was the SW for that matter. I was really pleased with the HW. The physical profile of the HW devices is thin. I have no problems with the HW. On the other hand, I was very disappointed in the SW.
The SW is a Java app which runs on Windows. The Java issue is secondary, so I'll stay away from it. My main issue with the SW is that it does not allow for user-defined processes (i.e. NOT Motorola SW-defined processes) to be executed upon a given event. For example - the SW only allows you to perform a few actions, such as having the Motorola HW take a snapshot or sending an email. The SW will NOT allow you to run a user-defined process. Why is that important? Well, many people have existing systems (e.g. X10 modules or IR). If you wanted to "turn on" lights or alarms, you can NOT with the Motorola SW. Just imagine not being able to automate anything outside the Motorola HW. Yeah - this could have been by design - to force a purchase of Motorola products. If it was, it was short-sighted.
Conclusion - stay away from it until the SW contains a feature that will allow user-defined processes.
The phone support couldnt get the problem solved (it doesnt help that the box come swith 2 CDs that have slightly different set-ups on them!), and escalated the issue. I did get a call back within 20 minutes which was impressive, the solution (which I was in the process of trying anyway) was to try it on another computer. This time it worked. The problem however was my phone system caused interference making the pictures jumpy. Solution was to turn of the phones...oh hang on I sort of need those on to recieve calls! Well with no solution in the works, even the Motorola tech suggested that if I was not happy with the product to return it.
I really hope they do get the bugs and choppy slow software working, as this has the look and beginnings of a wonderful product.
I am just really bummed now. If you have no computer know-how don't even bother trying this product it will just make you insane.
Updates are easy to find on the Motorola website and are free to download. This system integrates and works with the Motorola Homesight system.
Easy to setup
Good distance for wireless
Doesn't work with non-motorola hardware
Broad use of the 2.4Ghz spectrum.
1.) The remote monitoring capability requires a rediculously expensive subscription to [...] at a minimum of [...] per year. (although you may be able to bypass this via a VPN connection to the computer it's attached to) but you will lose the capability to have notifications sent to your cell phone or email.
2.) Device setup via HomeSite software is awkward and not as intuitive or felxible as I was hoping it would be.
3.) The magnetic contact that my package came with always gives me problems with Motorola's HomeSite software until I arm the system then open and close the door/window it's attached to. It also seems to lose the signal reporting a false positive as if someone opened and closed the door when in fact it had been closed the whole time.
4.) When installing this system on a second computer which I actually wanted it to be perminently installed on, my 2nd computer could not detect the new device from the install CD. This may be a problem with the computer, but all the same, I've had trouble installing other Motorola devices not related to this security system on my computers and I chalk that up to crappy programming.
5.) The standard camera this ships with DOES require quite a bit of light in order to make anything out. Motorola does make a day/night camera which might be more reliable.
On a plus note, this system is quite expandable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This had the potential to be useful but failed. the software is terrible, and the wireless sensors go about 30 feet max. Read morePublished on July 3, 2009 by Rat9
Do NOT waste your money on this trash!!! Words cannot even begin to describe my frustration with this product, and with Motorola's technical support for this either. Read morePublished on July 18, 2008 by OFLKGM
product does not work, is outdated and I will never buy from this company and or website again.Published on April 9, 2008 by colleen pluto
I have read many reviews saying how good this item is, but I must disagree. I installed it perfectly out of the box and it ran fine. Read morePublished on June 16, 2007 by TSGTech
I love this system. The software made it easy to set up and and the camera signal was perfect. No need to run wires throughout my whole house, wireless transmitter works well. Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by Ben Bradford
I was able to set this up with my computer and installing it in place and everything within 1 hour of opening the box. VERY EASY TO USE!
It's FANTASTIC!!! Read more
I just bought one of the starter systems with the controller and one wireless camera. All I really wanted was a camera at the back of my garage that could allow me to monitor... Read morePublished on November 2, 2006 by FGD