If you’re a home security fiend like me, you’ve probably heard of Alarm.com. They provide the app for many security systems, like Brinks, Link Interactive, Protect America, and Alarm Grid to name a few. I got the ADC-V522IR indoor camera with my Link Interactive security system, but it’s also available on Amazon as a stand-alone product. Of course, you’ll need to pay a monthly subscription to Alarm.com to use the camera along with the mobile app.
In this review, I’ll tell you what I think of the camera- its video, audio, and night vision qualities, its smart platform integrations, artificial intelligence, and storage, and finally, the Alarm.com mobile app. Let’s begin!
Alarm.com's ADC-VR55IR has 1080p video, night vision, and a wireless connection.
Alarm.com’s ADC-VR55IR camera makes a lot of promises, some of which I find intriguing like:
- 1080p HD video
- Wireless connection
- East set-up
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Night vision
I must say that so far, I’m unimpressed. These are all qualities that most modern security cameras have, so nothing is really jumping out at me so far. But let’s actually open the box before making a judgment.
Alarm.com’s ADC-VR55IR is made of white plastic with a glossy black finish for the camera’s face. The design itself is short and squat, as the camera rests almost directly over its base. Honestly, I’m not in love with the ADC-VR55IR’s aesthetics- it appears very outdated, especially compared to the super sleek cameras like the Nest Cam IQ Indoor. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The camera can be mounted or placed on a flat surface, and like I said before, it’s completely wireless. I love the lack of wires, but I’m wondering how long the battery life is- I don’t want to be stuck without a working security camera just because my battery has gone out.
Where would I be in this world without Security Baron’s necessary features test? I don’t just judge cameras from afar. I actually test them out and make sure they’re up to our very high standards. Let’s see how the ADC-V522IR stacks up.
The ADC-V522IR has 1080p HD video, the industry standard. Unfortunately, the camera cannot zoom and the field of view is slightly more narrow than I’d like at 113 degrees. Despite its shortcomings, the video display itself is pretty clear, so I’m happy to give the ADC-V522IR full marks for this category.
Alarm.com's ADC-VR55IR has 1080p video, night vision, and a wireless connection.
With only two infrared LED sensors, I was initially a bit suspicious of the ADC-V522IR’s night vision. However, when I started livestreaming, I was pleased to see that it was decent- not the best I’ve ever seen, but not the worst either. I’ll give the ADC-V522IR full marks for its night vision.
Hallelujah! The ADC-V522IR has two-way audio, which means that I can communicate with whoever I’m recording by using my mobile app. This is a great way to scare away intruders, or just communicate with people from anywhere (without vocal strain). Full marks for audio!
I love a camera with both cloud and local storage. That’s why I’m so pleased with the ADC-V522IR. Along with local storage, you’ll get 1000 motion-activated clips every month. The length of the clips does not matter- the camera will simple record when there’s motion. For an extra $5 a month, you can have an additional 5000 clips. This seems like pretty good pricing, but I’m a little concerned that the camera will capture footage I don’t care about, like a car whizzing by or my cat playing with her toy mouse. I prefer a camera with heat and pet detection, as it would only capture humans. But, as I remind myself daily, nobody and nothing is perfect! Full marks for storage.
Smart Platform Integration
I’m happy to say that the ADC-V522IR integrates with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Considering how many security systems it fits into, having both Amazon and Google integrations makes sense. No matter which ecosystem you’re a part of, you’ll be able to command your camera through your voice alone. Now, if only everybody could be that obedient…full marks for smart platform integration.
Unfortunately, the ADC-V522IR lacks any artificial intelligence capabilities. Like I said before, that means that you’ll probably get some irrelevant notifications. I wish the camera had person detection or at the very least pet detection. Some cameras can even tell your loved ones from intruders! For the lack of A.I technology, I have to give the ADC-V522IR no marks for this category.
Setting up the ADC-V522IR was pretty easy. First, I had to connect the camera’s AC adapter to the back of the camera to enter WPS mode. After various blinking lights and buttons, the light on my ADC-V522IR flashed green. From there, all I had to do was go on the Alarm.com website to add the camera to my system. Although I’m a bit disappointed that Alarm.com does not utilize its mobile app more in the installation process, I can’t say I had much trouble setting up the ADC-V522IR. Full marks for convenience.
At just under $105, this is certainly an affordable camera, but it gets the job done. While the artificial intelligence and heat detection was lacking, the camera held its own on every other category. The worst thing I can say about it is that you won’t be getting smart, specific notifications, so the Alarm.com app may be a bit of a burden. But, overall, the ADC-V522IR is a very functional camera, so I’ll give it full marks for value.
Now that we’ve talked about the ADC-V522IR itself, let’s talk about the Alarm.com mobile app. With the app, you’ll be able to livestream footage, watch recorded clips, view images of important activity, and see your entire system’s history. You’ll also receive notifications in the form of e-mail, text, or push notifications.
The app fared pretty well online, with ratings of 4.4 on both the Apple and Google Play stores. Considering people can be pretty cruel online, this is a fantastic sign. I see that most of the ratings are a perfect five stars, so clearly this app works pretty well. Like the majority of people, I found the app easy to use and helpful.
With a plethora of cameras to choose from, it can be hard deciding which indoor camera is right for you. I’m comparing the ADC-V522IR to the Honeywell Lyric 2, and the YI Home Security Camera.
Honeywell Lyric 2
The Honeywell Lyric 2 is an old favorite of mine, and with 1080p HD video, six times optical zoom, and an 145 degree field of view, it’s no surprise why. Clearly, the video quality beats the V522IR’s lack of zoom and narrow field of view, but the Lyric 2 loses points for its disappointing night vision.
Both cameras have two-way audio plus cloud and local storage. The V522IR, however, loses by the smallest of hairs as the Lyric 2 will charge you only $4.99 for a month of cloud storage versus $5 for an additional 5,000 clips. Plus, the Lyric 2 gives you a free SD card, which is downright generous.
While the V522IR integrates with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home, the Lyric 2 only integrates with Alexa, making the V522IR the clear winner for smart platform integration. Neither camera has any artificial intelligence capabilities, so I’ll have to give them a tie for that category. Overall, I’d go with the V522IR over the Lyric 2 due to its superior night vision, but these cameras are pretty neck-in-neck.
Want to learn more? Read our full review of the Honeywell Lyric 2.
Amazon Cloud Cam
Next, I’ll compare the V522IR to the Amazon Cloud Cam. In terms of video, the Cloud Cam takes the cake. It has 1080p HD, an 120 degree field of view, and the ability to zoom in eight times– you can’t get much better than that. In the same vein, the Cloud Cam has four times the amount of infrared LED lights as the V522IR with a whopping eight, which is definitely apparent in its superior night vision. Both cameras have two-way audio, so that was a tie.
The V522IR redeems itself in terms of storage and smart platform integration. To my dismay, the Amazon Cloud Cam has no local storage and only gives you 24 hours of free cloud storage. Beyond that, you can invest in a monthly subscription for cloud storage of seven, 14, or 30 days. These subscriptions aren’t the cheapest, with a month of cloud storage costing $20 a month or $200 a year. The subscription comes with other features as well, which I’ll get to in a minute. As far as smart platform integration goes, the V522IR wins again as the Cloud Cam only pairs with the Amazon ecosystem.
Now let’s talk about artificial intelligence. Neither camera comes with any A.I abilities, but the Amazon Cloud Cam wins by at least offering person detection with its monthly subscription. That means that you’ll receive smarter, more specific notifications only when a person enters the area you’re recording. Although I’m disappointed person detection isn’t included with either camera, I’m glad to see the Cloud Cam at least makes it an option. For that reason, I’m going to recommend the Cloud Cam over the V522IR, but if A.I isn’t important to you, then go with the V522IR- it’s less expensive and has better storage and smart platform integrations.
To learn more, read our review of the Amazon Cloud Cam.
YI Home Security Camera
The YI Home Security Camera is another great indoor camera option. Like the V522IR, it has 1080p HD vision, and a field of view only one degree less at 112 degrees. However, it does beat the V522IR when it comes to zoom- the YI camera can zoom in four times! This will definitely come in handy if there’s ever an intrusion, so the YI wins for video.
Night-vision wise, the YI has four times the amount of infrared LED lights as the V522IR does, so the winner is clear. Both cameras have two-way audio, making it a draw.
Both cameras have cloud and local storage, but the YI’s cloud storage is more expensive than that of the V522IR. While they do give you seven days of free cloud storage, you’ll have to pay either $9.99 a month for 14 days of storage or $14.99 for a month, nearly three times as much as the V522IR for the same time period. Purely because of the price difference, the V522IR wins the storage category.
Unfortunately, the YI Home Security Camera does not have any smart platform integrations or artificial intelligence features, so the V522IR wins by default. If superior video is important to you, I’d go with the YI, but otherwise, the V522IR wins by a hair for its integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Home and its low cloud storage prices.
Want more information? Check out our review of the YI Home Security Camera.
For even more great options, read our review of the best home security cameras.
Is the ADC-V522IR the right indoor security camera for you? It might be if you’re excited about:
- 1080p HD video
- Decent night vision
- Two-way audio
- Cloud and local storage
- Integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
- Easy setup
- Affordable price
- User-friendly app
However, if you’re not looking for the following, run in the other direction:
- Required monthly subscription fee
- Outdated design
- No ability to zoom
- Narrow field of view of 113 degrees
- No artificial intelligence capabilities
I hope this article helped you to come to a conclusion either way! Please let me know if you have any additional questions or comments.