Controlling your home from any point with an intelligent surveillance camera is an increasingly attractive proposal. Recently, and taking advantage of a trip to the other side of the planet, I have tried Honeywell’s Lyric C1, a well-known company in the USA that now offers its domotic products in Europe.
Honeywell Lyric C1: technical specifications
- Proximity sensor.
- Infrared for low light vision.
- Video streaming at 720p.
- 135 degree viewing angle.
- Microphone and speaker.
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.5 x 11.5 cm.
- To use streaming away from home you need to connect it to the WiFi network.
- Slot for SD card with 8GB card included and with 256 bit encryption.
- Compatible with HomeKit: NO.
- Power: micro-USB cable included.
- Price: 108 euros on Amazon.
Installation and commissioning
The Lyric C1 surveillance camera from Honeywell is simple to install and configure. In the first place, we will have to choose a place to place it that has a good overview of the room to watch. It should be near the power outlet, although it has a fairly long cable.
One of the aspects that I like the most is its construction in two pieces. The body of the camera is separated from your foot and they are joined magnetically when you fit one with the other. This union allows the camera to be oriented vertically at an angle that we want. For horizontal orientation, we must move the camera itself. That foot has a rubber surface that allows it to hold better where we place it.
If you prefer, you can hang it on the wall bracket that is included. The micro-USB power cable is inserted in the lower base and does not bother both if it is hung and in its base. As soon as it is installed, you must download its corresponding app from the App Store (free) on your iPhone and follow the steps of its configuration.
Being a camera connected, it is essential that you configure it to link to your home WiFi network. If at any time there is no connection to your network for whatever reason, the camera has an 8GB micro SD card encrypted to store everything that happens in the room. The truth is that the Lyric C1 brings everything you need to work in the box, both the wall mount and the SD card, and that is appreciated.
Controlling your home 9,000 kilometers away
By being connected to the network, you can check the status of your home or office at any time. The Lyric C1 can be configured so that motion detection is activated and starts recording when changes occur in certain areas and not in others. In this way, if there is a window or terrace in your field of vision that has trees or plants, its movement will not trigger the recording.
When you have everything ready, you can go anywhere without worrying about what is happening in the room. In my case, I configured the Lyric C1 when I left for a trip to California recently, during which I was able to check the situation in my room when I had access to a WiFi network (I did not have data roaming on this trip).
It did not matter if there was little light or outside at night, because this surveillance camera has an infrared sensor. In the image above you can see how the detection of movement was triggered by a lamp connected to HomeKit. We will talk about this integration below.
Compatibility with promised HomeKit… that still does not arrive
Honeywell launched the Lyric range of cameras in early 2017, at which time it promised its integration with HomeKit and Apple’s home automation platform. As I write these lines, the promised update has not yet arrived. The truth is that it is a pity, since this integration has many advantages.
Despite this, there is a way for the surveillance camera to work in coordination with HomeKit… more or less. For my trip, I created an automation for the light bulb that I have in the living room. From the Casa app on my iPhone, I programmed it to light up at nightfall and turn off at 11pm each day. A highly recommended security measure.
This command triggered the camera when in motion detection mode. Automatically, the system sent me an email with a screenshot showing the room. As a reminder, it is a functionality that gives you some peace of mind from the other side of the world.
The Lyric C1 has many good things and for its current price, it is a purchase to keep in mind if you are thinking of adding surveillance to somewhere. Just do not wait for your integration with HomeKit to arrive, because you may never do it.
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