UNBOXED: Reviewing the Robbi Wi-Fi Camera
Contrary to popular belief, most home invasions occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and most burglars will use the front door. Although burglary has actually been on the decline according to FBI data (likely because of the rise in security cameras), it can happen to anyone, and it’s important to be prepared. With an indoor security camera like Robbi, you’re not only preparing to catch an individual in the act, but with the siren feature, you can also successfully deter criminals before they ever even make it inside.
The Robbi Smart Camera connects with the Momentum app to give users a real-time look at their home from anywhere, day or night. Creating an account, connecting to Wi-Fi and setting up the camera only takes a few minutes, but you may also want to make some rules and adjust the settings. Personally, I keep my camera on low for both sound and motion detection. Out of the box, my camera was set to high motion detection, and it was picking up headlights that would leak in from the nearby window. Admittedly though, I live on a very busy 4-lane highway so this hyper-sensitivity may actually be a good thing for those who live on quiet streets.
In addition to low motion and audio detection, I also established the door as a motion zone by highlighting the area within the app. This helped the camera avoid family members that were walking about since the camera captures a wide viewing angle. Even with these settings, there remained a few times that the camera would pick up motion or sound that I didn’t want. So to take things even further, I created rules within the Momentum app.
With my newfound knowledge of when most burglaries occur, I set up the Robbi to record video and send notifications for the days of the week and times when our home is empty. That way, I avoided mishaps from people walking by, lights turning on, the TV, etc. I also set the camera to record during the middle of the night while we’re asleep. Since my family follows a regular schedule, it was easy to come up with rules that could be used at all times. But for people whose schedules often vary, the rules can easily be adjusted at any time.
The Momentum app offers free video storage for 24 hours and unlimited video downloads, but you can also store videos on the cloud or on a micro-SD card. Since I had a ledge to position the Robbi, I didn’t need to fasten it to the wall. I did, however, secure the camera into place using the adhesive sticker which seems to hold well. The USB cord is extremely long and gave me plenty of reach between the outlet and the camera’s positioning.
Once I tailored the Robbi to my personal preferences, it provided comfort and reassurance without the annoyance of constant alerts. Each person will undoubtedly need to make unique adjustments for their home, but luckily the Momentum app makes it pretty easy.
The Robbi is available at Amazon and Walmart for $38.88, which is a very reasonable price point considering the camera’s high-quality video.