Piper was developed by the Ottawa, Canada team of iControl Networks. This company started in 2003 and focused on solutions that improved the home’s energy management and security. They wanted to make everything more convenient for their customers and did this through home automation. Alarm.com acquired Piper and iControl Networks in 2017.
The 105-dB siren is one of the loudest that you’ll find in a home security system, and it’s more than enough to make the bad guys think twice about robbing your home.
Get a better view of what’s going on with the 180-degree camera.
See more detail by interacting with the video recordings.
Communicate with people on the other end of the camera with a two-way talk feature.
This full-featured app has three security modes for easy arming and disarming. You can choose home, away and vacation with preconfigured settings. The app lets you know when notable events happen, like the siren going off. You can receive these notices through a phone call, email, text message or push notification. Get video on demand from your mobile device. You can connect five Pipers to the app.
Smart switch, micro smart switch, or dimmer switch to connect your home furnishings and appliances to the Piper.
Know the exact conditions of your home with the sensors included in the Piper.
You don’t have to pay anything for these short event videos.
Integrate your Piper with the rest of your smart home systems.
You can set up complex automation with the help of IFTTT, which ties Piper in with other services.
Piper supports DIY setup – all you need to do is get the app, plug in your device, and connect it to your wireless network. The process is self-explanatory, and all the controls are user-friendly.
The customer service options for Piper is handled through phone and email, along with a knowledge base that answers many questions about basic functionality. Since Piper only has two products, the representatives have a lot of expertise with them.
If you like smart home and home security products that don’t come with a monthly fee, then you’re going to love the value that Piper brings. You only have to worry about the equipment cost, and then you get all the functionality for the life of the product.
The Piper Classic is the base-level device that has 2-megapixel video, a 180-degree view, and support for panning, tilting, zooming and quad views. It has a two-way microphone and a 105-dB siren to keep your home safe. Motion, temperature, humidity, light, and sound sensors are included on this home security device. It connects to your home network via 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and is compatible with Series 300 Z-Wave controllers.
This upgraded device has all the features of the Classic model, but improves video quality to 3.4 megapixels, has an enhanced immersive video features, adds night vision and is compatible with Series 500 Z-Wave controllers.
You can create a security perimeter by putting these sensors on vulnerable entry points in your home.
Piper supplies a lot of features packed into a single device, but it does fall short of what you might expect from a home security system, especially when it comes to video quality. The lack of a subscription is useful for people who want to make a one-time purchase.