Lowest Price: $269.99
Manufacturer Recommended Price: $269.99
Summary: The Smanos W020i Wi-Fi Alarm System is a good DIY home security system. It is quite easy to install and it can be expanded. But the camera isn’t that good and it can’t be integrated with other smart home devices.
• It has a loud siren
• It is easy to install
• The door sensors are responsive
• It has a low-profile control panel
• It doesn’t have any motion detection
• It doesn’t have email alerts
• It has a poor low-light vision
• It cannot interact with other smart home devices
The Smanos W020i Alarm System is a cost-effective DIY home security system. With systems like this, you will spend less money and avoid the contracts that are necessary for a professional monitoring service. The system comes with a keychain remote, a pair of window and door sensors and an HD Wi-Fi security camera. Other components like water detectors, motion detectors, and additional window and door sensors can be added if you choose to. The Smanos W020i Alarm System uses its own wireless protocol. This means that it doesn’t support third-party devices like sensors, cameras and lights. The image quality of the camera is also poor.
Features and Design
The Smanos W020i Alarm System has two door/window sensors, a control panel, a keychain remote and an IP6-rated Wi-Fi camera. The control panel is the nerve center of the system. It connects to the camera and your home Wi-Fi using 802.11n circuitry. It communicates with the sensors and other accessories using 915RF transmitters.
The camera measures 4.1 by 1.7 by 1.7 inches. It is attached to an adjustable base that is round. It has a mounting arm that lets one place it on a flat surface or attach it to a wall using mounting screws that are included. The camera captures 720p video at 30 frames per second and it has a 110⁰ field of view. It makes use of a Sony 1/3 inch CMOS sensor and it operates on the 2.4 GHz band using 802.11n circuitry. The camera has a reset button and a microSD card slot on the right. There is also a power jack on the back. The camera records and saves videos in increments of 20 minutes. It stores these videos on the microSD card. You will have to buy the memory card yourself as it is not included. It can use microSD cards of up to 32 Gb. These can store up to 2 days of footage. When the memory card is full, the camera begins to overwrite the oldest segments.
The window/door sensor transmitter of the system is 1.1 inches wide and 2.8 inches long. It has a magnet that is 0.5 inches wide and 2.2 inches long. The sensor transmitter has a small activity LED on the front that glows red whenever the sensor is triggered. It also has a tamper switch at the back that triggers an alarm anytime one attempts to remove it from the location where it was installed. Both pieces are installed using a double-sided tape.
The control panel measures 1.6 by 4.6 by 4.7 inches and it has a white finish. It has a light ring on top. The light ring turns red when the system is armed, green when the system is disarmed and blue when the system is in home armed mode. When the system is in home armed mode, the control panel won’t receive signals from specific sensors so you will be able to move freely round the house without tripping any of the alarms. The control panel can handle thirty sensors and ten unique remotes.
The system can be armed with an Android or iOS app. The included keychain remote can also be used. The keychain remote measures 2.7 by 1.5 inches and it has sports button for disarming, arming and home-arming. The device also has an SOS button that activates the internal and the optional external sirens.
The extra accessories are a bit costly. Each window/door sensor costs $14.99 while a pair of remotes costs $49.95. To compare, the SimpliSafe Home Security System charge $14.99 for each door and window sensor while a keychain remote costs $24.99. Extra water and flood detectors, outdoor and indoor motion sensors, outdoor sensors and a wireless keypad controller for the system. You have more options with the SimpliSafe system that offers everything listed above along with CO and smoke detectors, freeze sensor to avoid ruptured pipes and glass-break sensor. But the SimpliSafe system has no camera as at now.
The Smanos W020i system doesn’t interact with third party smart home sensors, cameras and lighting systems. It does not support IFTTT which is an internet service that uses event recipes to trigger home automation devices.
The smartphone app doesn’t look fancy but it gets the job done. It has a home page with options for disarming, arming and home-arming the system. It also has a picture of the control panel. Any button that is active will be red and the LED ring on the control panel picture will change whenever any mode is changed. At the top left corner, there is a Wi-Fi button that is used to change the network settings. On the right, there is a camera button that leads to a screen where live videos can be watched by pressing the play button. At the bottom of the video screen, there are four buttons for recording video, muting the speaker, taking snapshots and initiating two-way conversations. If you flip your phone sideways, the image will switch to a full-screen landscape view with buttons on the right. If you tap the three-bar icon in the left corner, you can view snapshots and recorded video. You can also add more cameras and go back to the homepage.
System settings can be edited if you swipe left on the homepage. This will open a menu where you can add accessories and edit accessory names. You can also specify entry and exit delay times and change the volume of the ring time and internal siren. You can also set up a timed disarm and arm schedule for specific sensors and view a history of arming specifications and alerts. When a sensor is triggered, the Smanos W020i system gives out a loud audio alert and a push notification. The system does not support email alerts.
Performance and Installation
It is quite easy to setup the W020i. One just needs to download the app, plug in the control panel and press the Wi-Fi button on the panel until it beeps and the light ring starts to flash blue and red. You will then select the W020i panel’s SSID in the Wi-Fi settings menu of your phone and then use the drop-down arrow to select your Wi-Fi router. Enter a password and then select start. You will be connected in less than 30 seconds. It is easy to pair the remote and the sensors. Tap the plus sign in the edit accessories menu and separate the magnet from the sensor. Now you are paired. To pair the remote, press a button while you are in pairing mode.
You can then plug in the camera and allow the LED indicator to blink red and connect to the SSID using the Wi-Fi settings of your phone. You can tap the “add new camera” option and enter the Wi-Fi SSID and password when you are asked. After 15 seconds, the indicator will turn blue and the camera will be connected.
When tested, the window/door sensors of the W020i worked perfectly well. You will receive push notifications immediately they are tampered with. The internal siren of the control panel will let you know whenever an event is taking place. When the siren is set to high, the siren will be extremely loud.
The camera isn’t that good. When tested, it outputs 720p HD video with no distortion when the viewing area is lit but it doesn’t work that well in poor lighting conditions. On cloudy days, the camera couldn’t see much beyond five-foot range and the image details were too dark. The night vision of the camera is bad as it doesn’t make use of IR LEDs like the camera that comes with some other home security systems. You can make out the shape of the person but the image is so dark that you can’t identify the person.
The Smanos W020i home security system works fine as a low budget device. It is easy to install and the window/door sensors are responsive. It has great expansion options. It comes with a 720p HD camera with microSD card slot for storage. But the camera night and low light quality are too dark. The camera doesn’t have a motion sensor but it can be bought as an additional component.
If you need a more comprehensive system, you should consider getting the SimpliSafe Home Security System. It has an economy package that costs just $259.99 which is cheaper than the Smanos W020i system. The SimpliSafe system is also easy to install and has a no-contract monitoring system. It also comes with a motion detector and three window and door sensors. It has extra add-on components like freeze detectors, smoke detectors and glass break detectors. But it doesn’t have a camera. If you don’t want a system without a camera, you can opt for the iSmartAlarm which is a little more expensive but it comes with a better camera than the Smanos W020i system with pan and tilt features. If you need a full system you can also opt for the Vivint Sky which costs $49.99. It is more expensive but you get round-the-clock monitoring and you have a technician who will come to your home and install everything for you without any effort on your part.