• 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great little cam

    • Written by Stephen F from Grantham

    Couldn't be easier to set up, like other HomeKit devices. Very high build quality. High definition video/pics. Good app to support it. On that subject: I now have 4 D-link apps (!) - about time they integrated. Not really a problem as I will mostly use the Home app on a daily basis. Strange that this is about £30 cheaper on the Apple Store than on Amazon. The Eve Smoke is also cheaper here. Anyhow, it's a really nice all-round security camera - and it has a very long, good quality, cable (a gripe I have with many other manufacturers). For the price here, on the Apple Store, I certainly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Remote Access Away From Home

    • Written by Ian M from LONDON

    Good camera ... but ... if you don't have Apple TV & you want to access your camera remotely while you're away on holiday you cannot take your iPad away with you too.
    In other words, you can use your iPad as a Home Hub (instead of Apple TV) but then the iPad has to stay in your property ... see Apple support article support.apple.com ref. HT207057, which states "The device that you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.".
    When I'm away for a few days I typically take my phone & also my iPad with me ... if you don't have Apple TV then taking both your phone + iPad with you means you cannot access your camera remotely ...
    You'd either need to a) leave your iPad at home, b) buy Apple TV, or c) buy / use another iPad as a home hub, in order to access the camera remotely.
    At least, that's what I'm finding so far ... you cannot simply triangulate phone to Omna Cloud to Camera over the Internet.

    4 of 4 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.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Really Well & Increases Home Security

    • Written by David P from MELKSHAM

    We wanted a remote camera for the home which enabled monitoring and could link up with other HomeKit items to provide security options. Within 10 minutes of unpacking and inserting the SD card I had downloaded the app, attached it to my iPhone, integrated with HomeKit and setup security options for when in or out of the house. I have no experience of using this sort of kit so followed the basic instructions and all was so easy. Other reviewers moaning about missing features are missing the point - It Does What It Says On The Tin!

    3 of 4 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.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good enough yet with so much potential

    • Written by Ben W from Greenhithe, Kent

    The good:
    180° field of view is insane! See your whole room, no really!
    Video can be recorded to an SD card which is accessible on your iPhone even when you're away provided you have an AppleTV (4th Gen). 2 full days of HD video has taken up 1% of my 128GB microSD card which cost less than £40. For security, your video is not sent to anyone's servers too.
    The night vision is epic with 2 powerful IR LEDs. It easily lights up the whole room in pitch black darkness. Look out for objects in the foreground that may reflect the IR light causing the image to go dark.
    A long power lead gives flexibility with positioning
    There are multiple options for HomeKit automation. Motion sensing offers good control with a 9 segment choice of where to detect movement within the camera's field of view. A hidden gem comes if you use a 3rd party app like 'Eve' (from Elgato) as you can set sound (noise) thresholds to trigger a HomeKit scene too.

    The bad:
    No wall mount available to accurately position the camera from high in the room looking down.
    Recording to SD results in hundreds of 20 second clips throughout the day. Very hard to navigate your footage.
    When motion is sensed, lighting scenes can be triggered, but setting omna to turn them off when motion is no longer sensed is awful. Lights turn on for about 2 seconds and turn off and then it won't respond until the 'retrigger' timer has elapsed (say for 30 seconds). This bug REALLY needs addressing to make it a usable HomeKit motion sensor.

    I'd like to see the ability to view a time lapse of the day and for the video to be stitched together into larger time chunks than 20 seconds. It'd be great if you could skim through time lapse footage and where you stop you can play your footage and skip forward and back through all the footage. I hate that the video is recorded as 20 second clips. I won't be returning mine in the hope the software improves.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy with the purchase!

    • Written by Irfan M from London

    Overall I really like the camera design, it looks a good solid product by D-Link. Very easy to setup using Apple Home app, very good step by D-Link to provide it's own "Omna app" which is full of features like Motion detection, SD card recording etc.. certainly worth to mention 180 degree lens on the camera which cover a lot of area for live view, 2-way audio on the camera is also very useful and it works perfectly. Hopefully D-Link will provide the automation/remote access using Omna app soon, as remote access is certainly a key feature for Home surveillance/security. would recommend anyone to buy this product.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Work well as long as you are aware of HomeKit limitations

    • Written by Phil H from London

    How much you can see of a room and the detail is incredible with this camera. Also, the 2-way audio is probably the best on any home monitoring camera available. If you have an Apple Watch, you can see the live view as well as talk/listen, which is pretty amazing. The downside at the moment is the need to also have one of the latest Apple TV or iPad to be able to see the live view when you are away from home, which is currently a limitation of HomeKit. So to sum up, As long as you have an Apple TV or iPad supports HomeKit, you would not be disappointed.

    34 of 37 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.

    22 of 42 people found this useful