Honeywell is known in the security industry for various smart appliances and security products, including thermostats and leak detectors. They recently released their Lyric C1, the latest in Honeywell home security devices.
Lyric C1 is a flexible home security tool that offers many of the product specs that will appeal to those looking for a DIY (do-it-yourself) home security solution. But does the device fit the needs of homeowners? We take a look.
Inside the Product Specs
Lyric C1 is a small device. It’s priced at $199.99 and only 7 x 7 x 6.2 inches, weighing one pound. It has a sleek white finish and attaches to a ball socket to a magnetic stand. Users can either place the camera on a table or other flat surface, or they can mount the camera in their home.
Aside from placement options, the camera itself doesn’t have much mobility. It can tilt up and down slightly, but no more. It has a 135-degree wide-angle lens, which should be enough for most rooms.
Honeywell’s security camera option streams live HD video 24/7 (though users must click to view on the app in 90 second spurts), and does so in 720p HD resolution. Night vision is enabled, as well as a geofencing feature that activates and deactivates the camera when users are nearby. Two-way audio can be used to communicate with loved ones, animals, or intruders in the home.
Alert Notifications and Honeywell Application
Similar to most smart cameras on the market, Honeywell’s Lyric C1 works by sending users push alert notifications once it’s connected to the Honeywell application. If users purchase other Honeywell devices, they can integrate the camera with those devices.
Motion zones can be sent to enable push alerts for certain areas of the home, which is a good option if users want to eliminate notifications from areas where only their animals could set off alarms. The C1 can also detect specific sounds, like those of a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, and users will be informed with specific alerts.
Sound alerts can be adjusted to pick up sound anywhere between 10 to 100 decibels, and anytime sound or motion is detected, the camera will record for 30 seconds and send an alert notification.
Here’s Where the Flexibility Comes In
Honeywell offers three different video storage options. Users can opt for local storage via an 8GB SD card that comes with the device, they can choose 24 hour free cloud storage, or 7 and 30 paid plans. Users can even mix and match local and paid options to suit their needs.
Setting up the device is as simple as plugging in a few wires, connecting to and configuring the application.
This Sounds Good, but is it Secure?
From the outset, this sounds like a good device. Honeywell Lyric C1 covers each area a homeowner may need for their home, with flexible options, the ability to move the device around, and decent product specs. The only problem is, for $199, you aren’t getting a complete home security system.
Lyric C1 is unmonitored. Users will receive push alert notifications, but it’s up to them to respond to a burglary or incident in the home. No police, fire, or other emergency responders will head to the home unless you alert them yourself.
What if WiFi is interrupted? What if alerts don’t go through or you miss one because you’re sitting in the movie theater? Something as crucial as home security shouldn’t be left to push alert notifications.
Always Opt for the Pros
Though devices like Honeywell Lyric C1 are enticing and seem to cover all of the needs you may have in the home, upon further inspection, they’re only scratching the surface.
When it comes to something as crucial as protecting home, family and property, we encourage you to always stick to the pros.