Product: Archerfish Solo Wireless Intelligent Video Surveillance System
Price: $300, and a $6/month service fee for premium features
The Archerfish Solo purports to be the simplest, most customizable surveillance unit available on the consumer market. We put it through its paces in this installment of the Unplggd Test Lab.
Assembly & Setup:
Setting up the Archerfish was very simple. The unit itself comes with loose cables, which are simple to insert into their respective holes for mounting the camera. A microSD card slips into the side for easy recorded footage. Users plug the camera directly into the router for initial setup, after which it works wirelessly.
This stage is where I hit a tiny snag. We use a MAC address filter on our home wireless network -- only approved devices are allowed to connect -- and even though I set it to allow the Archerfish, it wouldn't work without my turning the filter off completely.
Once that was sorted, installing the camera was a simple process. It can be oriented any way that's necessary, such as from a ceiling or on a shelf. The camera feels sturdy, but it's very lightweight.
The next step is to log into the online panel to set up the camera's "zones". It can monitor three different zones for different types of activity, within timeframes set by the user. For office use, that might mean checking for cars and humans at the front door during the day for deliveries, and the sidewalk outside for human activity at night.
After setting up the camera's zones and choosing what type of alerts you'd like (email with stills or video clips), the Archerfish Solo is ready to go. I found it to be extremely responsive to "events" (people and cars entering the set zones) and enjoyed getting emails with videos showing the comings and goings outside my house.
It's also very easy to log on through the Archerfish site to check on the camera feed, and to pull data from the SD card for reviewing at home.
- Compact, lightweight but sturdy design
- Easy configuration
- Web interface means no special software is required
- Super customizable "zones" and email alerts for activity mean you don't waste time reviewing hours of footage
- Small resolution (640x480), though suitable for general tracking and surveillance
- Poor low light visuals without supporting outside light
- Some trouble with connecting to router with security settings
The Bottom Line (& Who Should Buy)
The camera is very well-suited for people who need surveillance for home or office but don't have the time or savviness to mess with complicated systems. Reviews of the Archerfish Solo unit note that many tech problems can be quickly solved by the company's tech support, who can temporarily take over users' computers for troubleshooting purposes.
Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.