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Sunday
Sep062015

Motorola Focus85 WiFi app-controlled security camera

I decided it was time to take another look at a WiFi camera that I can move and control remotely though an app on my phone. A couple of years ago I had a lot of fun with another WiFi camera watching cars attempting to get along my snowy street while I was safe and sound hundreds of miles away. That camera though was SD and prone to locking up. It was also quite complicated to set up and I could never get the motion activated alerts to work.

What a difference a couple of years makes, the Focus85 is a simple to set up 720p camera, with notifications and two way communication.  When I checked the app from my office to see what was going on outside the house the other day, I could also hear what record was being played on the HiFi. Having an intercom back to the house could have its uses, but I also think if someone heard a voice coming from behind the curtains they might jump a mile. 

The full video review is below - and yes I was suffering from a sore throat during this voice over.

I got mine in-store at Costco (in August 2015) - other purchasing links are below.  

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1PUE0i9
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1NW9wPl
Ebay: http://goo.gl/NpcFru

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Reader Comments (9)

Does the remote camera access go through a third party's servers as some sort of proxy, or can it work over a VPN into your home network?

September 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Nice review, thanks.

As is often the case with these sort of devices, the compression artifacts make the video look a bit chunky - does it look the same 'live' or is it compounded by YouTube compression?

As another viewer has already posted, can this work in standalone mode?

if it requires a central server, my concern is that Hubble will just stop trading if everyone uses their free service and not the paid one - or just move on to a newer, incompatible format.

September 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdermot

Oh, I can think of sooo many great pranks I could use this for! [evil grin]

September 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

I got one from costco tried to install and had problems i called the no in the quick guide and they couldnt help but thought it could be a camera fault and advised i take it back. Costco took it back and i got a new one from them again i tried to load it and again i had to call them. I was advised to call back in 2hours time not sure if the person understood the problem. I called again and still they couldnt help and said it would have to be passed on to hubble which could take days for them to get back to me . Not sure if i should take it back and get a different make.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMitsi

If my friend gave me her camera amd she had a cloud account for this camera would she get my live feed if i hook it up to my wifi?

July 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCamera

Is it worth removing the spam adverts from the comments?

July 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I usually do...but for some reason I wasn't alerted about these.

July 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Would I be able to configure and operate this camera in a WiFi network without Internet connection (or without the vendors servers, when they are out of operation in a few years time)?

September 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermh

Some work being done here to make this camera more useful:

http://atom0s.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=45

October 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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