Ajax StarterKit Cam with MotionCam Review: New Features in the Ajax Systems Security System

The Ukrainian company Ajax Systems, a developer of security systems of the same name, presented an updated version

your security system.A couple of years ago, the company set a course for a “smart” home, based on the idea that their system (which, by the way, is also sold in European markets) is a good foundation on which new functions can be built. In the current update, Ajax added automation scripts in its own Malevich operating system, allowing you to perform certain actions when “scenario” cases occur, expanded the functions of the Button button, released a new motion sensor with MotionCam photo recording, and allowed more ReX radio signal amplifiers to be connected to one hub. In this review I will share my impressions of the update.

Note: about two years ago we came out veryA detailed overview of the Ajax Systems security system. This text will focus on updating, but if you are not familiar with the capabilities of the system, be sure to read the detailed review, since almost everything in it is still relevant.

What is included?

A lot of boxes with devices came to the review - without this, you can’t test the new features of the operating system.

  • Hub 2 central (to work with MotionCam it is he who is needed),
  • motion sensor with MotionCam,
  • DoorProtect Opening Sensor,
  • Keychain SpaceControl,
  • Smart Socket,
  • Button Button

The first four are included with the StarterKit Cam,which costs 7500 UAH. The last two were needed to test new automation scenarios. Hub 2 can be bought separately for 4100 UAH, MotionCam will cost 2200 UAH. If you already have one hub and do not plan to part with it, then keep in mind that you can add two or more to the application to protect several objects.


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What do they look like and what are they for?

Design... I think you can see for yourself.Everything is white, smooth, don’t complain. There is an alternative in black. These are definitely not devices that you would want to hide out of sight out of horror. They will not disrupt the modern design, will not attract unnecessary attention, and will not offend family members with their appearance. Probably the only place where Ajax Systems gadgets will look strange is some old, terrible apartment that has not seen modernity for several decades. Too much contrast.

The box with each gadget contains a complete set of everything you need to install &#8211; fastenings, cables, etc. The lifespan of the installed batteries lasts for several years.

What is interesting about the update?

This is my first experience with Ajax, andthe review was not easy. To install this zoo of devices, you need at most 30 minutes. The hub needs to be connected to power (by the way, it can also work without it, but only for 16 hours) and to the Internet, and added to the application via a QR code. The device supports three independent communication channels - Ethernet and two SIM cards that transmit data over a 2G network, including photo recording; up to 100 devices, up to 50 rooms, up to 50 users and up to 9 security systems can be connected to it. That is, he has enough technological stock not only for an apartment, but also for a large commercial facility.

Hub 2 allows you to quickly respond not only tointrusion into the premises, but also to everyday problems - such as fire or flooding. Network range &#8211; up to 2000 m. To work with MotionCam, this particular model is needed, since it has support for the second new Wings communication protocol, through which images are transferred to the user’s device, and which works in parallel with Jeweler.


 


 


 

 

A smart socket changes the color of the backlight todepending on energy consumption. If everything is turned off - the diode shines green, if it works at maximum speeds - purple. I basically only included a heater in it (by the way, it also shows the amount of consumed energy and current strength), and most of all I liked that the outlet can be turned off remotely and turned on according to a schedule.


 


 


 


 

 

OS updates have largely affected the outlet, for(and for other Ajax automation devices - Relay and WallSwitch) many scenarios appeared. For example, in the event of flooding or a fire, when the sensor detects movement or when the guard mode starts. When testing, I chose the most obvious option - to turn off the outlet as soon as the protection is turned on. Why waste energy when, in theory, no one is home or when everyone is sleeping.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

The same panic button Button as a girl,Now she has matured and acquired new capabilities - managing automation devices. In the application settings, you can set different functions for a short and long press. If you want, he will call for help, if you want &#8211; will turn everything off. In management mode, it has scripts for other devices on the network. In my case - only for the outlet. Scripts are not compatible with alarm mode.


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Keychain SpaceControl is designed to enable / disable / switch security modes, night mode.


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

The DoorProtect wireless door open sensor consists of two parts (in the photo below), it reports a hacked door or window. It is installed on all types of doors, including on a metal base.


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 

 

MotionCam looks like a motion sensorMotionProtect (which in turn costs about 1100 UAH), only it also has a built-in camera module. Especially for the new sensor, Ajax developed another proprietary data transfer protocol and it uses two: Jeweler for reporting alarms and Wings for transmitting photos. Network range &#8211; 1700 m in open space, the camera takes pictures even in the dark and transmits pictures within 9 seconds. I haven’t timed it in practice, but, in my opinion, everything happens instantly. For those who monitor notifications and respond in a timely manner, this is a real way to save time and nerves. The device has a built-in battery that will last four years (or up to 2.5 years if the entry delay feature is enabled), and the charge status can always be tracked in the app. The sensor also has a number of anti-burglary functions - it will notify you if someone tries to jam it or tear it away from the mount, and there is protection against forgery.


 


 


 


 

 

The camera only works when it is turned onarmed mode and alarm detected. There are three sensitivity levels. On average, even a slight movement of the hand does not go unnoticed by MotionCam, the response is instantaneous. It does not react to the movement of objects less than 20 kg and 50 cm, so it will work fine in apartments with a cat. The motion detection range is 12 meters, the maximum image resolution is 640x480 pixels.

There is one nuance associated with the operation of the device. Although the sensor responds to movement on either side of itself, the camera cannot capture what is directly below it, for obvious reasons. The horizontal viewing angle of the MotionCam is 88.5 °. Therefore, it is worth placing the device indoors exactly as shown in the picture. Recommended height - 2.4 m.


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With MotionCam it’s about the same story as withsocket &#8211; connecting and controlling the gadget is so simple that it’s hard to figure out how to describe it. The device is simply added to the application and from that moment it is ready to use. Then in the settings you can adjust some nuances for yourself. Decide how many pictures the camera will send when triggered (you can from one to five), adjust the sensitivity, picture quality, etc. (all in the screenshots below).


 


 


 


 


 

 

For this sensor, alarm scenarios are configured in another in the menu.

In the dry residue

Ajax got a worthy update in the line,however, the company is enviably constant in this regard. Scripts are generally free, and if you are already using this company’s system and have the necessary sensors included, then new features will not cost anything. If you already have a set of Ajax devices, then you should decide for yourself whether it’s worth paying extra for new functions (Hub 2 and MotionCam will cost about 6,000 UAH) or whether there is no particular need for this yet. If you are just thinking about buying a security system for an apartment or small office and are looking towards Ajax, then when choosing between the basic kit without MotionCam and with it, I would advise you to pay attention to the second option, since the difference in price is not so great ( about 20%), and there are many additional benefits.

4 reasons to buy Ajax StarterKit Cam:

  • support for the Ukrainian manufacturer, who definitely deserves it;
  • The best ecosystem on the market (including a convenient and functional application);
  • you are tired of struggling with your current security system and the compatibility problems of its components;
  • Updating your existing Ajax home system to get new features.

3 reasons not to buy Ajax StarterKit Cam:

  • you want to first practice on cats of cheap security systems;
  • you do not need photofixation functions from the security system;
  • You already have an Ajax security system and you are pleased with its current capabilities.