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Last Edited by newmark
December 5, 2017
It's really annoying when retailers hawk add-on things like credit card sign-ups in this Wiki section that's supposed to be helpful. GearBest posted here trying to egg everyone on into signing up for PayPal Credit, for which they would receive a bonus commission.
Purchased it on Oct 16 and received it one week ago (?), so not bad in term of shipping speed. From the tag, it suggested mine was manufactured in Sep this year. Here is my user experience:
1. You need to install "MiHome" iOS app (my case) or counterpart app for Android system.
2. Must select China Mainland as the server to enable the adding of the camera. No, you can't find this camera option at all if electing "US" as the server (I disagree -- I chose US as the server and was able to enter the add-camera wizard from both the android and iOS app --jasonbuechler)
3. The camera works but there is significant delay, 3-5 sec lag is very normal. There is a preview step which offers a small size screen (likely low resolution), the delay there is better, ~1 sec.
4. You often get trouble to "Enter the device" (= enter full screen view mode).
If you are having issues of "connection error" or "device couldn't initialize". It was having issues probably because I initially tried to use the US server to connect, and the camera must've saved that bad setting. The trick was to do a FULL RESET, which I did by holding the reset button until I heard the motor click, and then the camera will recalibrate the motors, a good indication that a full reset was done. Then it's just the usual steps mentioned everywhere online. When opening the app the first time, make sure to select Mainland China server
Overall, you will feel frustrated at the result mostly due to the delay and fail to enter the full screen mode. However, if you want to find a US version, be cautious that you are likely to pay $200 (e.g. Netgear Arlo) instead of $20. That is, you get what you are paying for. If you just need a toy to play with or really want to give a try about the technology (e.g. remotely access the home camera when you are on travel or at work), it is not a bad toy. After trying 3~5 times, I assume you will see the video, but just keep your expectation reasonably low. I have never get fluent playing even when all the camera, phone and router are close to each other.