Abode Cam 2 Setup Guide

Abode Cam 2 Setup Guide


Pairing Guide

The Abode Cam 2 requires a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network to pair and operate correctly.

Pairing the camera as a stand-alone device (no hub)

You can use the Abode Cam 2 as standalone device which does not require an Abode hub. A smartphone with the Abode App installed is required to perform setup. Search for "Abode" in the Google Play or Apple App Store to download the application.

  1. Open the Abode app and create a new account
  2. Power up the camera using the included USB Cable and AC wall adapter or a 5V USB port. Wait up to 30 seconds for the device to warm up.
  3. Navigate to your devices list and select “Add Device”
  4. Choose Abode Cam 2. Follow in-app prompts to add the camera to your account.
  5. After successfully adding your Abode Cam 2 to your account the camera may be powered down and re-installed in desired location and re-powered. Video stream and recorded clips from the camera will be accessible on the Abode app Dashboard.

Pairing the camera to an existing Abode system (Iota Hub or Security Hub)
  1. Open the Abode app and login to your account
  2. Power up the camera using the included USB Cable and AC wall adapter or a 5V USB port. Wait up to 30 seconds for the device to warm up.
  3. Navigate to your devices list and select “Add Device”
  4. Choose Abode Cam 2. Follow in-app prompts to add the camera to your account.
  5. After successfully adding your Abode Cam 2 to your account the camera may be powered down and re-installed in desired location and re-powered. Video stream and recorded clips from the camera will be accessible on the Abode app Dashboard.

Installation Guide

  1. Plan Cable Path
    Before installing, plan an ideal cable path. It’s recommended to mount the camera out of direct sunlight and under a shelter for the best image quality. Leave enough length to install and adjust the camera angle.

  2. Install Mount Screw (if using the built-in mount)
    If mounting the camera on a wall or ceiling you may use the included mount screw. Use a 1/16" (2mm) drill bit to drill a pilot hole for the screw. Install the screw into the pilot hole using a Philips screw driver, leaving just enough of the screw head exposed to firmly slide the camera mount over.

For drywall or masonry installation

Sse the included wall anchor and a 7/32" (5.5mm) drill bit to drill a pilot hole. Gently hammer the wall anger into the pilot hole. Install the screw into the wall anchor hole using a Philips screw driver, leaving just enough of the screw head exposed to firmly slide the camera mount over.

  1. Mount Camera
    Using the locating wall hook on the back of the camera mount, slide the camera over the exposed screw head. If the camera is loose, or if the camera does not slide over the screw, use a screwdriver to adjust the screw in or out as needed. The USB cable can be routed though the opening on the camera mount, and down the notch on the back of mount.

Parts Overview

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  1. Lens
  2. Microphone
  3. Wall hook
  4. USB power port

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  1. Status light
  2. Reset button
  3. Speaker
  4. Adjustable mount
  5. USB power cable (6 feet, 1.8 meters)
  6. AC wall adapter
  7. Mount screw & wall anchor

Using Abode Cam 2

The Abode Cam 2 can be used and access in a variety of ways as follows:

  • Live Stream - bring up a live stream of the current field of view of the camera - from the mobile app tap on the thumbnail on the main dashboard, or navigate to to Devices and locate the camera there.
  • Record Clips - Short video clips can be recorded for later viewing, or downloading to an external device. Clips can be manually actioned by the record button from the Live Stream view, recorded based on motion events, or triggered by a CUE automations.
  • 24/7 Recording - An additional add on for Standard and Pro Plan customers, this services allows the camera to be continually recording, and up to 10 days of footage stored and reviewed. Clips can be saved from the footage.

Motion Detection and Clip Recording

The Abode Cam 2 has a motion detection feature that is different than a traditional PIR motion sensor. It will detect movement based on pixel changes to the image in the field of view. Due to this, you may find that a change to lighting in the field of view is reported as 'motion' due to the change of color in the pixels.

The camera has 3 motion settings - Off, All Motion and Smart Detect (Beta).

Off will not record any clips from any motion detected

All Motion will record a clip based on enough pixels changing in the field of vision to trigger the camera to report motion. The area viewed can be restricted to a key area through use of the Detection Zone, if you need a specific are monitored only.

Smart Detect (Beta) will operate in the same way as All Motion, but prior to reporting an event, will process the change, and only report if it detects a human presence. This is useful if the are being viewed has a lot of other traffic and you want to minimise reports to only human movement.

Clip Recording

The Abode Cam 2 requires 3 separate events to record a clip:

Start Motion Event - motion being detected
Stop Motion Event - motion NOT detected
Cool Down - time between Stop Motion, and ready for next clip

Understanding these events can answer come common questions such as "why did my camera only record one clip when I walked by 3 times" or "my camera is not recording clips"

A Start Motion Event is defined by motion being detected - as per the section above.

A Stop Motion Event is defined by the opposite of the section above - i.e. A person has moved through and out of the image, therefore the pixels cease to change.

Cooldown - after each clip, there is a 90 second cooldown before the camera is ready to capture another clip.

If there is constant motion - i.e. a tree constantly swaying in the wind - you may find you only have minimal clips recorded, as there is constant movement in the clip, and a Stop Motion Event does not occur.

If there is Start and Stop Events, you need to be aware of the cooldown timer - you are unlikely to have clips in consecutive minutes. A camera set to record a clip, requires the following as an example:

Start Motion at 02:00:00pm
Clip triggered to record until 02:00:15pm
Stop Motion Event within the time frame
Cooldown of 90 seconds until 02:01:45pm
A new Start Motion Event to record another clip

Some users may be concerned about missing footage through the cooldown period (for example). For those situations, we recommend activating the 24/7 recording feature, which allows cameras to record at all times, with up to 10 days storage.

This does come at an additional add on cost, due to the large amounts of storage required for this service.

Reducing Recorded Clip Clutter

Cameras located in high traffic areas, or areas subjected to a lot of movement, may be subject to a large amount of clips being recorded that need to be reviewed, taking up a lot of time.

There are 2 key features within the camera settings to help reduce this.

Detection Zone - the use of a detection zone allow the user to reduce the detectable area of the camera. By using this, you can eliminate areas in the field of view that may report movement - trees moving etc, and allow focus only on key areas that you want monitored.

Detection Zones are only applicable when the camera is set to 'All Motion'. Smart Detection Events outside of the Detection Zone will still be reported/captured.

Smart Detection - By using this feature, rather than the "All Motion' setting, you can specify what you want recording and reported through to the app, rather than having every single Motion Event recorded.
This service can be set to recorded/report any combination of People, Pets or Packages, depending on your requirements, and reduce a lot of the unnecessary clips recorded.

Color Night Vision

The Abode Cam 2 carries a night time colour feature. This is dependant however on the amount of ambient light present in the field of view.

The camera will calculate the amount of light available, and make a choice for the best image based on this, and swap to either colour, or a crisp monochrome image.


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