Lorex Smart Home Security Center Review: Self-Monitoring, No Fees

The value-priced Lorex Smart Home Security Center (model HC64A) consists of a touchscreen console, two indoor / outdoor cameras, and a Wi-Fi range extender. The system can be expanded with up to six additional cameras, as well as door / window and motion sensors and a video doorbell, provided they are all manufactured by Lorex. But you will need to monitor this security system yourself, as there is no option to pay professionals to do it for you.

Lorex offers this console in nine other kits with different combinations of cameras and sensors, ranging in price from $ 350 (two outdoor cameras, but no range extender) to almost $ 800 (four cameras, a reflector camera, and a video doorbell). ). For this review, I augmented the HC64A kit with a USB-powered camera, a doorbell camera, and a motion detector.

Measuring 7.1 x 7.5 x 3.3 inches (HxWxD), the console easily fits on any desk, kitchen counter, or even a bookshelf. Its foldable antennas help bring in weak Wi-Fi signals, but add 2.3 inches to its height. The center of attention is its 7-inch, 720p angled screen that can display up to four video streams simultaneously.

three camera shots on the lorex smart home console Brian Nadel / IDG

The Lorex Smart Home Security Center console supports up to eight cameras, but can only display four video streams at a time.

The system has a dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi adapter on board, as well as a Bluetooth LE radio. Supports a variety of Lorex indoor and outdoor home security cameras, including a camera / reflector combo. The company does not sell door locks, thermostats, smoke detectors, or air quality sensors, and the hub cannot connect to generic smart home devices that use the Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols. As such, it is a better security camera system than a whole smart home system.

This Lorex hardware works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant, but cannot directly stream video to an Amazon Echo or Google Nest smart display. you may Cast the camera signals to a TV that has an Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast connected. It is not compatible with Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem, and Lorex is not part of the Connectivity Standards Alliance’s Matter initiative to standardize smart home hardware and software.

lorex smart home security center timeline Brian Nadel / IDG

You can activate various actions from the touch screen or the app, including the sound of the siren on board a camera.

The console has built-in storage in the form of a microSD card slot, but the system has no built-in redundancy. Battery powered cameras will continue to operate during a power outage, but the Home Center display will turn off (unless you connect it to an uninterruptible power source). Also, the console cannot connect to an LTE mobile data network during a broadband outage.

Inside the Lorex Smart Home Security Center

Based in Canada, Lorex has a long history in video monitoring devices and sells a line of digital video recorders and industrial security cameras. The Home Center screen can connect with up to eight cameras and 32 sensors, while its screen can display four simultaneous video streams. Displays a battery gauge at the top right of each stream to show the charge level of the wireless cameras.

Beneath the surface, the Home Center uses Android 8.0 software, 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM, and includes a 64GB micro SD card (supports cards up to 256GB). If that’s not enough storage for your needs, it’s easy to add up to a terabyte of data by installing an M.2 SSD drive in the back of the console.


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