The Mi Home Security Camera 360 is an excellent device for the home users. It packs several cool features that make it one of the best Wi-Fi security cameras available in India. You can control it from the comforts of your phone. However, setting up the Mi Home Security Camera and connecting it to the app can be a tricky affair for some.
We have listed down the steps needed to set up the Mi Home Security Camera 360.
And the story doesn't end there. We have also made a list of the first things you should change to get the most out of the Mi security camera.
Let's get started.
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Setting up Mi Security Camera 360
Quite obviously, you'll need the Mi Home app to set up the Mi Security Camera 360.
Step 1: Once you have downloaded the app, you'll need to log-in to it using your Mi credentials. You can either sign in using your number or your email address.
Once done, you'll see a small plus icon at the top-right corner of the app's homepage. Tap on it to add the device.
At this point, you can either choose to add the device automatically or manually. Though the first method seems feasible, the latter is more suitable for this camera.
Tap on Camera and select your camera from the list.
Step 2: Next, you'll be asked to reset the device. To do so, plug the camera to a power source. The camera will first calibrate itself by rotating horizontally and vertically. Once done, press and hold the Reset button at the base until you see the LED light near the lens blink Orange.
Once done, hit the Next button, and choose the Wi-Fi network from the list. Now, comes the tricky part.
The Mi Home app will present you with a QR code, which you need to scan using the tiny camera. It should not take much time. However, it is a time-consuming affair and can around 5-7 minutes for the camera to register the QR code and then scan it.
To achieve faster results, tweak your phone's brightness to the highest level and hold the phone in front of the camera at a distance of around 15 cms.
Once the scan is registered, the Mi Home Camera's LED light will turn Blue. And so begins the process of setting up the camera.
Pro Tip: The camera scans the code faster if the phone has an LCD screen. For phones with AMOLED screens, the operation can take up to 15 minutes.
Step 3: Once you add the device to the Wi-Fi network, the app will ask you to choose a room for the device. Enter a name or choose one from the available names and hit the Next button. That's it. You have completed the setup process.
Now, tap on the small circular icon to point the camera to the area of your choice. And whenever you want to record a particular snippet, just press the Video button.
Other than that, you can also pick the recording on the Mi Security Camera 360. By default, it picks up Auto and you can choose between HD and Low.
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Additional Settings of the Mi Security Camera 360
1. Tweaking the Camera Settings
By default, the Mi Security camera has a series of settings, which are good for basic monitoring. But should you want to get the most out of this camera, you'll have to dive into the Settings (three-dot menu on the top-right corner).
The first and foremost setting that you should change is the Wide Dynamic Range mode. That feature enhances the quality of the video by balancing the overexposed and underexposed areas.
These settings are available under Camera Settings > Image Settings. Once in, toggle the switch for Wide dynamic range mode.
2. Enabling Sleep Mode
Since the Mi Security camera is an indoor camera, you wouldn't want it enabled at all times, especially when you are at home. At least I wouldn't.
Apart from motion alerts (which we'll see soon), it can also eat up space on your SD card. Hence, the best way is to put the camera in sleep mode.
To do so, tap on the Shortcuts icon at the bottom-right corner and tap on the first icon. Simple, see.
However, if you find it cumbersome to do that daily, you can also set a Sleep Schedule. For that, tap on Camera settings > Sleep Settings and tap on Scheduled sleep time.
Enter the start time and end time as per your preference, and that's it.
3. Modify the Night Vision Settings
The Mi Security camera also lets you switch to colored footage even in low light conditions. Head over to Camera settings > Night-vision Settings and toggle the switch for Full-color with low light.
4. Set up Motion Alerts
Last but not least, let's have a look at the Motion Alert Settings, one of the most important settings. The camera notifies you via the app if it detects any motion and at the same time, it'll start recording the footage.
Even if you do not have a microSD card installed (which you should), the clip will be encrypted and stored in the cloud for 7 days. This option is not enabled by default, and you'll have to turn it on manually.
To do so, tap on the Monitoring icon at the bottom ribbon. Tap on the Home monitoring button at the bottom to activate the Home Surveillance Assistant.
The sensors of the Mi Home Security camera are pretty up to the mark, and it'll also alert you even if the sensor is activated by something as trivial as a mosquito (yes, it has happened multiple times). Hence, the best bet is to crank down the sensitivity level a bit.
To do so, tap on Alert sensitivity and select Low from the available settings. And while you are at it, you can also modify the Alarm interval.
Buying a gadget to buy and setting it up are two different stories. The excitement of getting a new gadget can be completely erased if the setup process is a nightmare. Thankfully, if you are careful with the steps, installing and setting up the Mi Home Security Camera 360 can be an easy task.
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