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Installation warning - read this one
on April 3, 2012
Before I mention my slight warning, The nighttime viewing without my exterior wall-mounted front light on is dark. However, I would still have no issues distinguishing whether the person is non / invited guest. It works great with the light on, and I have yet to use it during the day, as I just got done with the install.
My image stays on for 9 seconds, and yes pressing it during that time while not shut it off like you would imagine. It takes 4 AA batteries that are included.
As another reviewer mentioned, the unit will not look right if used in the vertical orientation because of their logo and the power button "image". The power button should have been able to be rotated, but in my quick attempt, I could not make it happen. Also, the power button does not need the "image" on it because there is only ONE button on the whole unit; any guesses what it that ONE button may be for?!?! The fix to make everybody happy would be for them to construct it with a rotatable power button, and just put their logo on it. Or better yet, remove the logo entirely, and maybe just flash it on the screen before / after the camera's view is displayed.
I used a half inch drill bit, and then had to increase the diameter ever-so-slightly to get it to a true 14mm. I just used a regular (round) smaller drill bit, to shave out the cut-out. I just used it by applying even pressure for all 360 degrees, and pushed the drill back and forth in a sawing motion.
The "correct side up" red arrow was slightly off in my case. But easily resolved with repetitive test-fits while plugging in and checking out the display each time.
Finally, on to my main installation gripping, which is really more of a manufacturer's issue, but had I known I could have adjusted to resolve it, but maybe now you can pre-resolve it. I am just assuming this is true for all models, and mine is not a one-off / lemon. I drilled the hole perfectly centered where my vertical and horizontal stiles come together in the middle of my wooden door. The panels in between all the stiles are thinner and sculpted / ornamental. When I put it all together, I glanced at its final resting place, no do-overs, and I hoped what I saw was just my imagination or an illusion (since I mounted it lower than my eye level).
The MANUFACTURER did not place the drilled hole in the absolute center of the unit! WTH! The final dimensions from the top and bottom of the unit to the adjacent thinner panels are off by an 1/8th of an inch. I know its not much, but I notice it, and it is in a noticeable place, on a "nice" front entry wood door. But there is no excuse, they should have centered it; how hard could it be?
Well easy fix for you, not me. And please, carefully measure the unit and verify that yours is not centered as well and is off the same dimensions I mention before proceeding with this simple solution.
MARK THE CENTER OF WHERE YOU WANT IT MOUNTED, AND DRILL ONLY 1/16TH OF AN INCH ABOVE IT! WTH!