Guardzillaby Guardzilla

  • Guardzilla
  • Guardzilla
  • Guardzilla
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
65%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Guardzilla is inexpensive compared to other Wi-Fi-based one-box security systems.
  • Options include night vision, a pet-screening mode, geofencing to automatically arm the system when the phone goes off-site, and two-way audio communication using the cell phone app.
  • The app's Panic mode sounds the siren.

CONS

  • This home security device is buggy; users reported several features did not work as advertised.
  • The low-res camera cannot pan, tilt or zoom.
  • A microSD card is needed to record video, and you can only view video with an external card reader.
The low-cost, Wi-Fi-connected Guardzilla delivers basic home security with a camera that snaps stills and a siren that sounds when its motion sensor detects an intruder. You can opt to record video by inserting a microSD card into an onboard slot, but you can't view the video remotely. You manage the Guardzilla with a free smartphone app.
NameGuardzillaArloiSmartAlarm Preferred PackagePiper NVCanary
ManufacturerGuardzillaNetgeariSmartAlarmIcontrolCanary
Techwalla Score
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78%

Guardzilla makes a fine budget webcam and will do the job, but there are others on the market with a few more features.

Guardzilla makes a fine budget webcam and will do the job, but there are others on the market with a few more features.

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70%

Unfortunately, the camera has a relatively low resolution and doesn't support pan, tilt, or zoom (PTZ) movements. And you can't watch record…

Unfortunately, the camera has a relatively low resolution and doesn't support pan, tilt, or zoom (PTZ) movements. And you can't watch recorded video from within the app. Still, it's a solid option for security hounds on a budget.

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60%

Even with its many bugs, the Guardzilla still earns its keep given its sub-$100 price tag. Those needing a very simple security setup and wh…

Even with its many bugs, the Guardzilla still earns its keep given its sub-$100 price tag. Those needing a very simple security setup and who have appropriate expectations should find it acceptable.

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50%

Sadly, Guardzilla doesn't quite live up to its name, as inconsistent-motion notifications hurt its security potential. Skip it if you're loo…

Sadly, Guardzilla doesn't quite live up to its name, as inconsistent-motion notifications hurt its security potential. Skip it if you're looking for reliable alerts, but it does make a fine webcam if you just want to spy on a mischievous pet while you're at work.

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With the detection being hit or miss at times, I definitely wouldn’t rely on it being the only security measure but more of a supplement to …

With the detection being hit or miss at times, I definitely wouldn’t rely on it being the only security measure but more of a supplement to other methods.

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When we tested the device, motion sensitivity is pretty dependable and works well. Five sensitivity levels are available, and the Guardzill…

When we tested the device, motion sensitivity is pretty dependable and works well. Five sensitivity levels are available, and the Guardzilla delivers 640 x 480 pixel resolution for the images it captures, so photo quality is really good.

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