• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    OMNA 180 HD Camera

    • Written by Brian B from STOCKPORT

    I bought the Omna 180 after online investigations. First let me say that the camera is nicely designed and packaged and priced competitively... but. Setup was fairly easy. Bluetooth connection between iPhone and Cam was automatic and downloading the Omna App from the AppStore and registering for an Omna Account all worked fine although it took a few attempts to update the firmware. However, the camera needs a hub - an iPad or Apple TV. I chose Apple TV since iPads are designed for portability, not to be left at home operating as a hub, and try as I might I couldn't get it to connect through my BT Router to the Apple TV box. Just wouldn't do it... So I decided to forget Apple HomeKit and use the Omna Web Account instead - no hub required. I finally managed to access my camera remotely and was able to travel around town and remain in contact with the cam. You can tell if you're connected because a blue cloud icon appears in the My Home screen of the Omna App. So I thought I was winning. Then I went to the airport to fly back overseas where I work, hence why I wanted a security cam in the first place. Omna App was still working as I boarded the plane, but not when I got to my destination and it hasn't connected since. I thought it may be a GeoLocation or IP address problem so I tried a VPN. No luck. Omna Help could only suggest that I setup the cam again which I can't do from 3,000 miles away. Failure all round really. Disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I cannot connect the cam to my network

    • Written by Sang F from Maida Vale

    It is so frustrating! I have sitting next to this cam for 30 min and it keeps saying there is an error.
    Is there any trick to setting this cam to my network?
    Now I want my money back.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The camera is excellent, but you can't view recordings remotely.

    • Written by Merul P from BRIGHTON

    Camera was easy to setup and works well in all light conditions. If you're on the same Wifi network, you can view SD card recordings easily enough, but not if you're away.

    This means that when I receive Homekit alerts, all I can do is check a live stream, but not what view the recording that triggered the motion alert. A bit pointless.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    High hopes cruelly dashed

    • Written by Andrew A from Chiswick

    It was with great excitement that I read about this first camera to be compatible with Apple's HomeKit. The long and the short of it is - don't buy this camera, it simply does not work, either as a camera in its own right (frequent episodes of the camera becoming non-responsive whilst I was in the house and near the camera) or a piece of kit on the HomeKit network (I could not get it recognised and view it remotely despite many hours of troubleshooting and following guidance from Apple and other sites). I suspect Apple have a long way to go to get remote access via HomeKit working for this and many other products. Hopefully, in time, it will just work; that time is not now.

    21 of 40 people found this useful