Security Camera / Outdoor Light Tested (Kuna)

By John Scanlan, Published Mar 04, 2016, 12:00am EST

A new device, named Kuna, "aims to prevent break-ins before they happen!"

We bought one and tested it out, examining the following key elements:

  • Accuracy of break-in detection
  • Quality of audio / interaction
  • Light controls
  • Installation process and limitations
  • Recorded video accessibility
  • Live video viewing / problems

Strengths ** ****

*** **** ********* ******** of **** *** *** motion ********* ********. ** our *******, ** *** very ******** / ******** in ********* ******** *********** the ****. ******, ** essentially ********** *** **** for * ******** ** Kuna ***** ************* '****' the ****'* ***** **** a ******* ********.

*******, *** ***** *** interaction **** ******** *** app ****** **** *** clearly, ****** ** **** to ****** ******** **** anywhere ******* ***** ** the ****.

*******, ************ *** ********** simple, **** *** * non-technical ****, ********* ******* with ******** **** *****.

Downsides ** ****

*******, * ****** ** important ********* *****:

  • **** ***** ****** ********* broke ** / *** issues.
  • ******** ***** ***** ******* minutes ** ******, ***** may ** ********* / frustrating ********** ** *** have ******** ** ***** and *** ****** ** check **.
  • *******, ******* *** ******* price, ** **** *** email. **** ** *********** 3 **** ***** ** getting * ******** (*** not * ********) ** the **** ***** ****** problem.
  • **** *** * ****** footprint **** ******** ***** which *** ***** ** issue ************* **** ************

Recommendations / ****** ***

**** ** ********** *********** and, ** **** ****, is * ****** '********' than **** (*** **** ***** ******** ******) *** *** **** and ******** ***** ****** are **** ********.

***** *** ** *****, it ***** **** '******* break-ins' ****** **** ****** but, ** ******, ** will ** ******* ** the ***** ****.

Physical ********

*** **** ******** ** ******** power **** *** *********** outdoor ***** **** ** being ********. *** *** looks **** * *********** outdoor ****** ***** *** bottom ** *** ****-***** houses *** ******, ****** detection ***, *** * blue *** ****** ***** that *** ** ****** off. *** ******* *** microphone *** ******* ** the ****** ** *** back-plate, ****** *** *****.  The **** ****** *** a *** ****** ***, and * ***** ***** lock **** ****** *** lens ** ******** ***** you *** ** ** your ******* ********.

*** ***** ***** ********* the ******** ********:

** ****** *** **** Crasftsman, **** ** *** of *** ****** ** ***** new ******** ****** ******.  The **** ***** ** three ***** *******; *********, Traditional, *** ************.   These ****** ******* *** the **** ******** **** the **** ********** ***** that **** ***** ** the ******* **** ** design.  

**** **** ***** * partner *******, *** *********, which ** * ***** price, ******-**** ***** ******** to ***** *** ********** of **** **** **** camera.  **** ** **** commonly **** ***** *** have ****** ******** **** entrance and **** ******** ******, but ** *** **** two ******* ** *** associated ****. 

Installation ********

**** ***** ** ******** to ******* **** ******** outdoor ***** *** ********* a ******* ****** ************ ****.  It **** ** ***** fifteen ******* **** ** complete *** ******** ************, and **** ******* ** to *** ** ** and * ******** *** ********* would **** ** ******* total.  ** *** ****** straight *******; ******* *** old ***** ***** *** same ******** ******** *** existing *****. ***** *** no **** *** ******** or *** ***** ****-*******, although ** **** *** a ****** **** ***** than **** ******** ****** which *** ** ** issue.

Install / ********** ********* *******

*** ******* **** ** mentioned ** ******* ******** reviews ** *** ******* is *** **** ** the ****-*****/******** *******.  ** the ******** ***** *** can *** *** *** footprint ** *** ***** against *** ***** ******** block on ** ***** ***** like ** ************.  **** won't ** ** ***** on * ***** ***** applications but ** *** **** (*** many ******) *** ******** is ******: ** *** begin ** ******** *** project ** *********, ***** matching, ************, ************ ** keep ** **** *** imperfection?

 

*****

*** **** *** ** purchased********* ~$***, *** *** Companion [**** ** ****** available] ***** ** ~$***.  They **** **** ***** different ************ ***** **** range **** $*/***** - $30/month.  

***** ** ** *** ********* the ************ **** ****, you *** ******** ** use **** ** *** features ******* ***********.  **** is ********* ** **** detail ** *** ** their ***** [**** ** longer *********].  

Technical & ******* ******

**** * **** ************ is ******** *** *** immediately **** *** **** stream, ******* *** **** have ** **** ******* minutes ** **** *** recorded *****. ** *** cause **** ******* **** an ***** ** ********, the **** **** ***** nothing ** **** **** should **** ********* ****** detection *** *** *** not *********** **** *** recording.  *****, *** ****** only ******* ********* ****** detection *** ****, *** this ** *** ****** when *** ***** *** live ****** *** ** not *** ******** **** would **** ********* **, the **** ******* **** is ** ***** *** recorded *****.  **** *** do **** *** **** see *** ***** *****.

   

*** **** ********* ***** encountered *** * ********** problem **** ******* * clear **** ******. ** ****** good ****** ******** * laptop *** **** ** *** a **** ********* *** analysis **** **** ******** a ****** ****** ** -** *** where *** ***** ** installed.  *** ****** ** only ***** ** ** from *** ****. ** an ****** ** *** if *** ******* ***** stop ** ****** *** *** other ******* ******* ** no *****.  *** ***** devices ** *** **** ******* were *********** ******** ****** this **** *** ****.  *** problem ** ******** ** the ****. *** ***** below *********** *** *******:

**** **** *** ******* ********* support *** **** ****. We ********* ** ***** them, *** ******** ******* error, ***** *****:

** *** ***** *** we **** **** ** successfully *** ***** ******* form, *** ******** ** email **** ****** ** hrs (* **** **** our ******* *******). ***** *************** was ****** ******* ** our **** ******* *** ISP ****** **** *** Kuna. ** ******* ***** request **** ** ***** support **** *** ***** haven't **** *********** ** the ***********/************* ** ****. [Test ******* ***** **** Results: Wired: **** ** ** down ** **** ** 18 **** ****: **** ** ms **** ** **** up ** ****  (******** next ** *** ****)]

Motion *********

*** ***** *** **** to ****** ****** ************ at ** ** ****** testing **** *********** *** to **, *** ******* value. ** **** *** one ***** ********* ****** five **** ** *******, and ***** ******** *** setting ** ** ** false ****** **** **********.

*** *********

**** *** ******** ********* above ***** ***** **** **** features **** ****** ****, like *** *** ****** detection **** ** * busy ***.  ***** **** is * ******** ******* with ****** *********** ************ we installed **** ** * ****. In *** ******* ***** you *** *** *** ******* porch, *******, ****, ********, and ******. *** ****** did *** ****** ****** traffic ** ********** ******* on *** ********.  ** consistently ******* ****** ** ~20ft, ***** **** ******** cars ******* **** *** driveway *** ****** ******* up ** *** ***** door. *** *** **** see ****** ** *** edge ** *** *****, **** on * ***** *** (22 *** *****) ****** detection **** ******* ********* once. *** *********** *** set ** ** **** it ******* *********, ** then ***** ** ** 70 *** **** *** seen it ******* ******* *****. The **** ******** * way *****, ***** **** the **** ****** ****** you ** ****** *** then ***** ** *** mic **** ** ***** to ********. *** ****** is ******* **' **** my ******* *** ***** was ***** ** **** directions ** **** ********.

** **** ***** **** 3 *********** ******** ** an ***** **** *****.  If *** **** ** scare *** * ******** intruder *** ******** ****** also *** * ***** in ***** **** * 100 ******* ***** ***** sounds ***** **** *** light ********.  *** ****** in *** **** *** controlled **** *** ****** app, ******** ******* **** on/off **** * *** of *** ****** ** you *** ******** *** lights ** **** ** at * ******* **** and **** *** ** a ******* ****, * good ******* ** * light **** ******** ******** power *** *** ******, ****, PIR, *********, *** ***** technologies **** ****** ** when *** **** ** turn **** ******* ****** off.

Mobile *** ********

*** ****** *** ** the **** ********* **** the **** *****, *** in *** ***** ***** we **** ******* *** features:

Settings *** ************* *** *** ****** ***

**** ***** ***** *** information ***** *** *** settings ****** *** ****** app:

 

 

Comments (10)

I've installed a few WiFi doorbells such as Skybell and Ring. In each case, people should expect a push notification on their phone(s) whenever they come and go from the door where these are installed. This unit will do the same and some people will see this as irritating. The WiFi doorbells have an option to turn off the motion detector and rely solely on the person pushing the button. Doing so on the Kuna defeats the purpose.

With Skybell and Ring, most of the time, when you receive a push notification on your phone, and by the time you navigate the app to look, you may not see anyone. This happens more often than not. It's because postal carriers, delivery people and others may not linger on the porch long enough to see them in live view.

Don't expect WiFi devices like this to work each and every time. Now and then I'll get a notification, navigate the smartphone app and find no WiFi signal strength at the unit's site. By the time I try again, and it works, whatever triggered it is no longer present.

Despite these issues, I think these types of WiFi devices are a step in the right direction.

'Despite these issues, I think these types of WiFi devices are a step in the right direction.'

Well said, I just wish the quality/functionality & support for consumer gear would move at the same pace as the ideas.

That is one "Big Kahuna"!

Great report. Did you test the Dusk/Dawn light activation switch? Did it function properly?

Thanks!

It worked well, but we did not test over different seasons, DST, etc to see how that would adjust.

Scheduling also worked well, as did manual operation of the lights. We did notice that recording at night added a haze (the camera is directly below the light bulb).

$100,000 question: Are you still using it?

Yes, but will not be long term.

Do we know who manufacturers the camera?

Update: Kuna has released new firmware with additional features: Kuna AI. The claim is that Kuna will now be able to report how many people are present as well as (beta) identify vehicle color and vehicle body type. In the future they will offer delivery and emergency vehicle identification. Unlike existing features, Kuna AI requires a subscription.  The settings for Kuna AI features are controlled within the same Kuna App, shown below:

It looks like they have phone support now. This was on their website Contact Us page:

Maximus: Monday - Friday, 8am to 5:30pm PT, (855) 275-0412

Toucan: Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5pm PT, (888) 788-6888

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