Vera Home Automation is focused on the security of your property. Noobie directs the spotlight on Vera Control’s products and services in this feature. Read on below to learn more about this smart device!
Vera Home Automation & How It Works
What is Vera Home Automation?
Much like the Wink home automation system, Vera is a line of smart gadgets for home security. Vera Control, the company behind Vera home automation, prides itself as a low-cost security system provider rather than a tech system. Its product line consists of cameras and sensors that provide security and cost-effective installation pricing. In fact, there are no monthly contract lock-ins.
Pros of the Vera System
1. The Product is Cost Effective
The most valuable Vera hub starts at $99. That’s $30 cheaper than Samsung’s SmartThings Hub which will set you back $129.99.
2. Tech Support is Excellent
Vera home automation systems buyers can reach their tech support via phone, chat or e-mail. There is also an extensive documentation of common user questions if you want to work through any issues on your own.
3. The Vera Offers Easy Modes of Operation
Since a home automation system is made up of a lot of different devices syncing together, sometimes it can be difficult. The Vera home automation system works off an app which is automatically configured to work in scenarios like “Away” and “At Home.”
Each scenario activates specific a feature. For example, if you choose “Away” the Vera home automation system will turn the lights on or off to simulate as if someone is home.
Cons of the Vera Smart Home System
1. Only works with Z-Wave Products
If you’re eyeing products manufactured for the Zigbee protocol, you’re out of luck if you already own a Vera system. The Vera hubs only work with Z-Wave and don’t appear to have cross-platform support.
2. The Hub Comes Alone
Although Vera’s hubs are cost-effective, they don’t come with any extra devices. One of its competitors, the Samsung SmartThings may be pricey, but it also provides their clients with two sensors.
3. Lacks Variety
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Vera’s home security options are solid, but if you’re looking for gadgets like a refrigerator egg counter, a wearable smart device, or a baby monitor, you’ll have to find elsewhere.
4. Vera’s Controller App is Bulky
Vera’s controller app has 2.5 stars on Google Play. We found it a bit bulky and difficult to utilize. If you like customizing the behaviors of your smart gadgets, you may find it hard to do so on this application.
Vera Devices, Bundles, and Services
1. Vera Control VistaCam 700 Wireless Camera
The Vera Control VistaCam comes with a built-in motion sensor and 8-GB storage. It catches images and films them in 720p digital quality. When it doesn’t detect an Internet connection, it automatically stores pictures in its storage and uploads footage when the connection is restored.
Retail Price: $93.00
2. Vera VistaCam 1100 Wireless Outdoor Surveillance Camera
This Vera camera works well for outdoor security and performs well both wirelessly or mounted with cables.
Retail Price: $179.95
3. Vera Control Smart Home Security Bundle Standard with Controller, Cameras- 3 Devices
If you want to set up protection immediately, this bundle includes two cameras and a hub. Both of the cameras are VistaCam 700 units which can also work well at night thanks to infra-red vision.
4. Vera Z-Wave Expandable Business Control System
This bundle is perfect for guarding your brick-and-mortar store when you’re out on errands or out in the back doing the inventory. It includes a door lock, motion sensors, and cameras.
5. Vera’s Services: VeraProtect and VeraSentinel
— Vera Control, Ltd. (@VeraLovers) July 6, 2017
Although they promise not to charge monthly bills, they do have add-on security monitoring services in VeraProtect and VeraSentinel. VeraProtect is for emergency monitoring while VeraSentinel adds more eyes to your system by adding a remote team to watch your feed for you. The teams will contact the authorities or emergency services if need be.
Here’s Vera Control’s video on getting started with the VeraEdge:
Vera Control promises a fuss-free installation and an impeccable after-sales technical support experience. Although it doesn’t come with too many bells and whistles, reviews of its customers attest to the rock-solid support they received from the maker of the products. Vera home automation keeps it direct and simple for its customers. Isn’t straightforward and simple what home automation should be all about?
What do you think of the Vera home automation system? Would you get one for your home? Why or why not? Comment down below.