Monitoring your home from anywhere with an intelligent surveillance camera is an increasingly attractive proposition. Recently and taking advantage of a trip to the other side of the planet, I tried the Lyric C1 from Honeywell , a well known company in the U.S. that now offers its home automation products in Europe.
Honeywell Lyric C1: technical specifications
- Proximity sensor.
- Infrared for low light vision.
- Video streaming at 720p.
- 135-degree viewing angle.
- Microphone and speaker.
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.5 x 11.5 cm.
- To use streaming outside the home you need to connect to the WiFi network.
- SD card slot with 8GB card included and 256-bit encryption
- Compatible with HomeKit: NO.
- Power supply: micro-USB cable included.
- Price: 108 euros at Amazon.
Installation and commissioning
The Honeywell Lyric C1 surveillance camera is simple to install and configure. First of all, we have to choose a place to place it that has a good view of the room to be monitored. It should be close to the electrical outlet, although it has a fairly long cable.
The Lyric C1 comes with everything you need to get up and running right out of the box
One of the aspects I like the most is its construction in two pieces. The body of the camera is separated from its foot and they are joined in a magnetic way when you fit one with the other. This union allows the camera to be oriented vertically at an angle that we want. For horizontal orientation, we will have to move the camera itself. That foot has a rubber surface that allows it to hold better where we place it.
If you prefer, you can hang it on the wall bracket that is included. The micro-USB power cable is inserted in the bottom base and is not disturbing whether it is hanging or on its stand. As soon as it is installed, you will need to download its corresponding app from the App Store (free) onto your iPhone and follow the steps for its configuration.
As a connected camera, it’s imperative that you set it up to link to your home WiFi network. If at any time there’s no connection to your network for whatever reason, the camera has an encrypted 8GB micro SD card to store everything in the room there. The truth is that the Lyric C1 comes with everything you need to make it work in the box, both the wall mount and the SD card, and that is to be welcomed.
Controlling your home from 6,000 miles away
Being connected to the network, you can check the status of your home or office at any time. The Lyric C1 can be configured so that the motion detection is activated and starts recording when changes occur in certain areas and not in others. This way, if there is a window or terrace in your field of view that has trees or plants, your movement will not trigger the recording.
Cámara de vigilancia Lyric C1 de Honeywell, 108 euros.
When you have everything ready, you can go anywhere without worrying about what will be happening in the room. In my case, I configured the Lyric C1 when I left for a trip to California recently, during which I was able to check the status of my room when I had access to a WiFi network (I didn’t have data roaming on this trip).
The camera’s infrared sensor allows you to monitor your home or office even at night
It didn’t matter if it was low light or dark, because this surveillance camera has an infrared sensor. In the image above you can see how the motion detection was triggered by a lamp connected to the HomeKit. This integration will be discussed below.
Compatibility with HomeKit promised… not yet delivered
Honeywell launched the Lyric camera range in early 2017, at which time promised its integration with HomeKit and Apple’s home automation platform. As I write these lines, the promised upgrade has not yet arrived. The truth is that it is a pity, since this integration has many advantages.
Despite this, there is a way for the surveillance camera to work in coordination with HomeKit… more or less. For my trip, I created an automation for the light bulb I have in the living room. From the Home app of my iPhone, I programmed it to turn on at dusk and turn off at 23:00 hours every day. A very recommendable security measure.
Honeywell promised the integration with HomeKit earlier this year, but the upgrade has not yet come
This command triggered the camera when in motion detection mode. Automatically, the system sent me an email with a snapshot showing the room. As a reminder, this is a feature that gives you some peace of mind from the other side of the world.
The Lyric C1 has a lot of good stuff and for its current price, it’s a buy to keep in mind if you’re thinking of adding surveillance somewhere. Just don’t wait for its integration with HomeKit, because it may never do it.