The concept of Guardzilla is an affordable, self-monitored surveillance camera system with remote viewing capabilities and voice over controls. It touts itself as an inexpensive security solutions helping home and small business owners add security at a fraction of a cost of current home security leaders. It's easy to install, plug and play features make it available to anyone with a wi-fi connection and electrical outlet. Is it possible to get great security from such an easy to install and cheaply priced product? Let's start by comparing the pro's and con's of Guardzilla to know if it's a good buy or a just a cheap security solution not worth throwing your hard earned money away on.
Price: Guardzilla is advertised at $99 per unit with 2 days of free video storage. While this looks like a good price it's actually pretty deceiving depending on your security needs. If one unit is all you need to watch your front door or keep an eye on your sports car in the garage then $99 for one unit is a great deal, but if you want to keep an eye on multiple entry points then the $99 per unit price can easily add up. Also, the ongoing cost can sneak up on you. For free you will receive the smart phone application to view your video footage , 2 days of storage with no audio and notifications when the system picks up motion at your home. If you need to access video past the 2 day point you will pay either $4.99 for 7 days of storage or $8.99 for 30 days with both options carrying a 1 month auto-renew which basically means you give a 30 day cancellation notice.
Installation: Guardzilla couldn't be easier to install. You simply plug the device into the wall, allow it to access your wi-fi and download a smart phone application. At first glance that is easy, but what if you don't have a strong wi-fi signal where you want to place it or an outlet? The front door is a number one location for security cameras, but not every foyer has an electrical outlet, good place to install a camera or a strong signal from a homes wi-fi connection. Depending on where you want to place Guardzilla will determine if it is a good buy for you.
Monitoring: Guardzilla is a self- monitored device. This means that it will report to you when it senses motion and send you video clips of the motion at which point you are responsible for calling the police to inform them of a burglary. Sounds simple, right? What if your in the middle of a presentation at work, your phone is in your purse, your on the beach enjoying a long awaited vacation or any other scenario that you has you not looking at your phone. Then self-monitoring is useless. Now let's imagine you were in front of your phone, received a picture of burglars stealing your TV and are ready to take action. Your next step is to call the police and report the break-in. After you've called 911 and spent 10 minutes explaining to the operator that your home is being broken into and no your not home, you are safe and yes you are sure about this because you saw it on your Guardzilla then the operator will dispatch your local police department. Hopefully, they will get there in the next 20 minutes and usually by the time they arrive, Mr. Burglar is gone.You will, however, have the footage to show them and this is a great help with their efforts to apprehend said burglar and make a case file for other are break-ins.
Functionality: Guardzilla does offer a good video quality with night vision and a fairly loud siren about the strength of a smoke detector. However, it's motion capability has been reported as inadequate and not always great at picking up humans past a 20 ft. range.
Best uses: We recommend Guardzilla in addition to standard home alarm monitoring and as an outstanding device for senior care, baby/ child monitoring and to cover specialty needs such as keeping an eye on boats, RV's, pools and other unique areas of your home. Seniors who live alone and need medical care or whose family members are not nearby can greatly benefit from Guardzillas video service. This is the best senior care device I've seen so far and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to keep an eye on aging family members. The device works in the same capacity for keeping an eye on the nanny or babysitter while your away or to receive notices of when your children come home from school.
If you are looking to protect your home and you want video service the best combination would be a basic alarm system with basic monitoring which average $25 per month and will include immediate access to your local police department via your alarm monitoring station. Then add a product like Guardzilla to solve your video needs instead of paying a higher price with your alarm company. An upgrade to video monitoring with an alarm company would cost roughly $99-$199 per unit plus an average of $40 per month. As you can see Guardzilla's price of $99 with no ongoing fees is a much better rate.
Guardzilla offers useful video imagining and solves some security problems, but is far from keeping your home and family safe.
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