Sharp Cloud Alarm/Security System Review

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If you are looking for a security system which will help you monitor what’s happening at home, than Sharp’s Cloud SmartHome System is worth to check out.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Here, I say ‘monitoring system’ based on the starter kit set which includes two HD IP cameras, two door/window sensors, an OverCloud Processing Unit (OPU), a remote control and 16GB USB flash drive.

The basic set for the system.
The basic set for the system.

These items provide basic monitoring value and they are great to provide a more detailed information about any security breach at home. If you add in the additional security features, then you will have a complete alarm system at home which allows you not only to monitor your home from afar, but also allow you to alert neighbors if there is an intrusion at your home.

The complete Sharp security and monitoring system.
The complete Sharp security and monitoring system.

For the purpose of this review, I was provided with the alarm kit which gave me an additional number of door sensors, a siren, a panic button and a motion Sensor(PIR) unit, on top of an additional remote control.

FIXING THE ALARM, HOW HARD IS IT?
Now, the words ‘fixing an alarm system’ does sound scary as many would think that it is very difficult, but yet Sharp has decided to ease their alarm system installation by giving their customers one small sized booklet which tells you how to get the whole system running.

The online manual, easily downloadable here if you lost the provided booklet.
The online manual, easily downloadable here if you lost the provided booklet.

The instructions in this booklet are clear and precise, and it was really just a matter of plugging in the OPU, and using the Sharp Security App installed from the Google Store to scan the QR codes of each components attached to your alarm system.

How the app icon looks like, and how it looks like when you open it.
How the app icon looks like, and how it looks like when you open it.

To be honest, at some point, it was like scanning items you purchased at the supermarket and it was quite fun!

Fixing the system around the house was not too hard either as every component came with strong adhesive tape, and it was just a matter of deciding where you’d want to put the sensors and cameras. Nonetheless, installation of the HD IP cameras do require a power source, so that somewhat limits the possible locations you can put the HD IP cameras. The only consolation from this limitation is the long power cable provided.

The whole process of installation takes less than an hour, but if you plan to do some internal wiring for the HD IP cameras, then it might take longer.

USING THE SHARP SECURITY SYSTEM
There are a few things I love about the Sharp Cloud Smarthome Security System with the biggest one being the inclusion of the HD IP cameras in its basic package. This means that I get to see what’s happening at home when the alarm is triggered, and I get to monitor my whole house when I am away, or lazy to go out.

The clear and sharp display from the cameras
The clear and sharp display from the cameras

The current alarm system I have does not allow this, and when the alarm system is triggered, I will be clueless of what’s on-going until I reach home. Unfortunately however, this favourite component of mine has a huge flaw which comes when there is a power outage. A power outage would mean the cameras would stop working and this means no visuals on the property at all. Of course this could be addressed by installing a third party back up power system, but it would be nice if Sharp did include such things altogether.

But the power outage for the camera is nothing major as other main functions of the security system still function normally despite power disruptions. This includes the motion sensors, the door sensors and the notification when these sensors are disabled.

FLAWS
While I’d love to say the all is good with the security system Sharp is offering, I can’t because like everything in this world, there are some flaws, and this system has two in my opinion.

For one, you might experience higher data usage when using the Sharp Security App as it feeds you direct footage from your HD cameras at home. Sharp pre-warns you about this, so they are aware of it.

The warning you get when you open the app.
The warning you get when you open the app.

Secondly, the unavailbilty of a siren box which can ‘scream’ loudly upon a security breach somewhat concerns me because the visibility of such siren boxes not only shows the house is protected, but also acts as a deterrent for anyone to plant mischievous ideas on the house. Granted, the siren provided is very loud (110db), but I kind of like that siren box which immediately tells everyone my house has a security system.

CONCLUSION
The Sharp Cloud SmartHome System isn’t a bad system but it isn’t exactly perfect.

Some of the options available for purchase
Some of the options available for purchase

To get the most out of this system, I’d recommend purchasing the Starter Kit and Alarm Kit hence providing you visual and also alarm sensors at main doors and windows.

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