As you may know I have a Piper security device, and quite like it. I have written a lot on this which you can find through this tag – Piper. it has been a while since I last shared anything, but I had a number of things that happened recently that I thought worth sharing.
I had a short power outage while I was on the road and while most of my gear is protected with the various UPS equipment I have my Piper was not. So when the power came back, Piper did not. I have shared this with you in the past, but there has been several updates and it has not been fixed. I also learned something else with this update, and that is when Piper comes back on it is not armed and so it is not safeguarding your world. I have complained on both of these to the vendor.
Piper Update v1.0.7
I saw this update the other day and was curious to see what it included. So here it is for you.
I think the key bit here is the battery level reporting, and the Bedside mode. I also think the real-time status updates is useful. I think the Bedside mode is cool. Check it out.
You can get this from the main screen – just pull the moon out.
You can move into and out of the Bedside mode quite easily. Sort of cool and depending on your investment with Piper it can be quite handy.
This release seems to be adding more Z-Wave support. I have said in the past that Piper was a security product that did some home automation and they seem to be improving that.
Also, if you did not hear elsewhere, Piper has a new price. It was $299 and is $199 now. See the selection here.
I like my Piper. I have not bought a second one as I am also waiting for the Canary to arrive. I like how Canary has a few extra sensors (like Night Vision) and it has a ‘cloud’ that does some analysis. That has some serious upside to it over time. Plus it looks like I will be able to check out my Canary from a web browser and that is useful. But I have seen elsewhere even with the additional cloud related stuff it will not require it to alert us to an alarm condition. So I hope soon to test out Canary and it will determine if I get another Piper or not!
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