Yale Light & Siren test: a bright door camera?

The field of video surveillance (indoor or outdoor) is vast, with many brands having entered the market in recent years, but it is a company far from being new to the subject that we are happy to present to you today. : Yale. Founded in 1840, the company bears the name of Linus Yale, the creator of the cylindrical pin lock that we all use every day for which he is famous in the field of security. The leitmotif of the brand has since been to improve daily life by securing goods in order to have more peace of mind. Today we have chosen the front door camera Yale Light & Siren which has the merit of going out of the ordinary. Indeed, this wired-powered Wi-Fi camera is intended to monitor the entrance doors and has a small siren on board to sound the alarm!

Yale SV-DAFX-B_EU - Front Door Camera - Light and Siren - Motion Detection - Two Way Chat - HD Live View

Price as of: May 26, 2022 11 h 04 min

Yale Light & Siren: the outdoor camera in all its glory

Unboxing

Yellow is the brand's reference color. A solar and luminous yellow that contrasts perfectly with the black of the front door camera Yale Light & Siren. At the bottom right, we immediately see the highlighting of its compatibility with Google Assistant, but no indication on Alexa with which it is however well compatible, you will see it soon, do not worry.

The box is wrapped in a sleeve that you have to push to extract the cardboard box containing the camera. If the visual is pleasant, the quality of the packaging is just as good in glossy cardboard. On the back, the main functions are described:  light, siren, motion detection and audio. On one side are listed the main characteristics, on the other side that of the contents of the box.

Inside, we find the black version of the Yale Light & Siren door camera which, you should know, also exists in white. Below the outdoor camera, a perforated box contains the power cable, attached to the camera, the mounting bracket and its screws, and the power supply. The presentation is neat and we can't wait to detail each piece.

Let's start with the camera itself.

  • The face :

The Yale Light & Siren is an all-black plastic cube measuring 7.5 7.5 cm x cm for 5 cm deep. She weights 264 grams which is already a beautiful baby, but it is less heavy than a Konyks Camini Go which displays 285 grams. On the front, below the Yale logo, we find the eyes of the camera, or more exactly its lens and its motion detector. Below, its "nose" is none other than the microphone which will allow communication with any person placed near the camera. In the lower part, the mouth? Lost ! These are the LEDs. Two will project a luminous flux of 160 lumens over 8 meters to allow night vision as in broad daylight. Here, no infra-red LED, no black and white image, you will be entitled to color 24 hours a day and that's good! But, you will see below that it is even better than good ... Between the two illuminating LEDs, a small LED serves as an operating indicator. So, don't you think he looks good on that door camera? We do!

La Yale Light & Siren is powered by an integral electric cable. Designed for outdoor installation thanks to a IP65  it is not an obligation (who can do the most, can do the least), she will also be able to find a place even more easily indoors. Indeed it will be necessary to be able to supply it continuously. The cable is a comfortable length of 3 meters and ends with a USB socket. An AC adapter of 10W, 5V, 2A  is provided. It is to be mounted on its support which can be placed or fixed on a wall or a ceiling. It will suffice to adjust its orientation with the fixing screw and possibly invert the image.

  • The sides :
    • on the left: the product label with the serial number reference. Note the good, it will be used again. The CE standard is also clearly displayed.
    • on the right: a black sticker on which an arrow is printed in black to indicate that the cover must be opened on that side (not sure that many see this indication, but it has the merit of existing). The hatch opens with a small rod to help but if you have good fingernails that will too.
  • In the back :

The cable outlet is protected by a rubberized end cap to provide protection. Count 0.5 cm more. Below, the screw thread for fixing to the support.

  • Above :

The access hatch opens like a box either with the small tool but with the nail, it is also feasible, to allow access to the reset button if needed. Pressing it for 10 seconds resets the camera. There is also the slot for inserting an SD card up to 128GB (not supplied). Here the choice was made not to not offer cloud storage. So no additional subscription to pay.

  • Below :

A loudspeaker so that your interlocutor can hear you. Remember that the camera has a two-way audio mode allowing to interact with the visitor. But the speaker can also broadcast a alarm siren in case of detection or on manual action on your part and will send an output volume of 80 dB. Well we must admit that it is not not very powerful, but it can be enough of a deterrent.

  • The support :

The holder is made of very thick plastic and measures 8.5 cm high when the fixing screw is lifted to 7.7 cm wide et 9.6 cm deep (screws included) for a weight of 70 grams. This can be tilted vertically and can rotate 360 ​​°. A tightening screw maintains the chosen angle and a nut that of the camera. Four foam cabochons protect the drill holes if you do not use them, choosing to simply put it. This is good, it does not break the aestheticism.

  • Tooling :

To mount the camera on a wall, you need to use screws and wall plugs. You will find some 5 packs comprising both in 3 products. Enough to take four to set up the support and to have enough elements to also fix the cable. For this purpose it is attached 9 cable ties. So there are two screws and two dowels left just in case .. A drill guide is provided, a very good idea. Finally, we have the traditional very well pictorial and multilingual installation guide.

Having done the tour, let's move on to the traditional technical sheet.

Technical sheet :

Brand : YALE
Reference : SV-DAFX-B-EU
Appellation : Front door camera
Materials : Plastic
Camera dimension  L x W x D: 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 5 cm
Camera weight : 264 g
Support dimension  L x W x H: 7.7 cm x 9.6 cm x 8.5 cm
Support weight : 70 g
Vertical rotation : yes manually
Horizontal rotation : yes manually
Color : black
Video resolution : SD and full DH 1080p
Angle of vision : 133 ° diagonal, 11 ° horizontal and 58 ° vertical.
Night vision : up to 8 meters
Lighting : LED 160lm
Mermaid : 80 dB
Audio : Bidirectional
Warehousing : possible on micro SD card up to 128GB (not supplied)
IP : 65
Log in : Wireless
Frequency : 2.4GHz
Power Input : 100-240 V - 50 / 60Hz, 0.3 A
Power Supply Output : 5 V - 2 A
Engime : 10 W
Cable length : 3 meters
Food : Wired
Voice assistants :  Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Yale Light & Siren: light and siren are in the game

Installation

This is the application YaleView which manages the brand's cameras. It is available on the stores Android et iOS. If you don't already have the app installed, now is the time to do so and register.

This done, accept the file access request photos for capture storage and don't forget to turn on GPS to continue. The country is normally already pre-selected. Continue by entering an email and a password (this will be the one for the account). Instantly an email is sent with a verification code that should be copied on the next page. Finally, we arrive on the blank home page of any device.

From there, device recording becomes fairly standard for a camera.

Press the "+" top right. On the page " Add device ", you are asked to pass the QR code in front of the camera eye. So how to say? The problem will be to get to target it well ... If we succeeded the first time, we had to carry out several uninstalls and reinstallation for the test, and it was sometimes difficult to find the right angle of capture. Fortunately, the Yale Light & Siren can also be installed via its serial number (remember the unboxing), a much easier and above all fast procedure in our opinion. It exists, do not deprive yourself of it!

Advice: take a picture of the serial number which is on the label to the right of the camera, it is written small, you can zoom in with your smartphone and write it down… No worries, however, you can type lowercase letters for letters. We will also describe this procedure.

Click below the QR code on add serial number. Enter this one. The camera model and its serial number are included. On the next page it is asked toindicate a password for the camera. He must be different from the account. This being done, the camera is added. You can rename it, it is even recommended, if not compulsory, in order to ask your voice assistant to display the flow to you on his screen! Note that if you skip the summer time setting here, you can come back to it later in the settings.

The installation is complete. Note that we did not need to inform our Wi-Fi network by this procedure, unlike the one using the QR code, where we had to do it.

Now let's take a look at the app and what it offers.

Using the Yale Light & Siren Camera

On home page, at the top, it is proposed to receive or not the detection notifications if the mode " do not disturb " is activated. In yellow, they are activated, in gray they are deactivated. Beside, the two lines allow a large or small display tilting. The application offers the possibility of displaying the feeds of several cameras these must be accessible from the home page as is the case for TP-Link Tapo cameras when installing a second camera . The "+" is to add new devices.

The name given is repeated. If a SD card is used it appears on the right with a checked icon. The two points provide access to shortcuts for settings in the “settings” menu: message and video settings, sharing and device details.

We will see the others later, let's go into the central part which displays a visual of the last live stream by clicking on it. Two inlays will then be displayed corresponding to the last two detections made. To update the display of these keep your finger pressed on the page and lower it.

By entering the stream we discover the presentation. The name of the camera is listed on the upper banner. Next to the rectangle with the arrow towards the outside, allows you to share the camera with a third person who will receive an email invitation. We will come back to the toothed wheel in detail later.

Let's continue with the central image.

The speed of the stream (HD or SD) is indicated as well as the time stamp. Note that you will have to go to the settings to switch to summer time.

At the bottom of the picture :

  • On the left a button pause allows you to activate or deactivate the broadcast.
  • Le square. next to it allows you to switch from a single screen to a multiple screen if you have several cameras of the brand. It is a real plus to be able to display four different streams at the same time.
  • The pictogram next to it HD / SD allows you to switch from one poster to another. The speed of the stream is affected but to be honest, we have not noticed any difference in latency when it comes to transmitting it to the application. In either case, count 1 second. Which is very powerful.
  • The button loud speaker allows you to enable / disable listening to what is happening around your camera from your smartphone (remember to adjust the sound volume of it).
  • On the right the button of tilt en landscape mode. Note that the switchover also takes place if you turn the smartphone and that the action is allowed in its settings. When the image switches to full screen mode, by clicking on the right of the screen, a small menu composed of four buttons is available: siren and light which can be activated independently of one another or associated, the toggle in multi-screen display, always in landscape mode for more visual comfort and a padlock allowing the display to be locked.

The video quality in Full HD as in SD is very good. We will note all the same a slight swerve "Fisheye" but less present than on other brands of camera.

In night vision, LED lighting is efficient and allows the Yale Light & Siren to see there practically as in broad daylight. We find the colors not faded.

Below the image, an intermediate area called " see history »Allows you to access the recordings made on the SD card. A red band informs you of the events detected and a blue indicates the periods recorded continuously.

In the lower part, the quick actions proposed are:

  • Instant : allows you to take a snapshot.
  • Speak : give Yale permission to record audio content and you have a microphone to talk to whoever is near the camera.
  • Save : starts a recording of the live stream. It will end up saved in "local files". But it is not accessible directly from this page. You will have to return to the home page, then go to " soft »At the bottom right and there access to local files is possible.
  • Mermaid : you can click on it and it is 80 dB which will be emitted at the output of the camera by the loudspeaker. Honestly, the noise is unpleasant, but it's not very powerful.
  • Light Spot : turns on the 2 LEDs at your request, which will project their 160 lm flux over a distance of 8 meters. Diffused lighting is of very good quality. We can see it perfectly.

The actions resume what is conventionally found on camera applications. We will just regret theno direct access to newspapers premises requiring manipulation to access it.

Let's go back up and find the toothed wheel which gives access to the various parameters of the Yale Light & Siren camera.

We find here:

  • The name of the camera : opens the device settings page. If you haven't already done so, enter a basic name because Alexa don't know the name Yale. Give a simple name. You can also access the serial number reference and the possibility of having a camera label including the QR code, but this time of a respectable size. This can possibly be used in case of uninstallation / reinstallation. This is also where you can change device password.
  • Notifications : activate to receive an alert when motion is detected and / or when the device is offline. Your smartphone will tell you from which camera the detection is made, the timestamp and especially what we like, a visual of the detection made.
  • Arming setting : you can program the activation and deactivation according to a predefined schedule. In active yellow, in disabled gray. You will also configure the detection sensitivity in the section. here 6 levels are offered which is very practical to refine at best. But above all the detection zones. and that is very good. As the viewing angle is important, you can fine-tune the setting so that you don't get bombarded with unnecessary notifications. See the possible settings below.
  • Local registration plan : if you have inserted a micro SD card, you can choose here continuous recording or only on detection as well as the quality of the stream: HD or SD.
  • White indicator setting : it is light. It can be deactivated or activated with 4 intensity levels. That's a good point.  
  • Siren setting : you can configure the activation of the audible alarm at the same time as the detection and define a diffusion time among the three available: 10, 20 or 30 seconds.
  • Plus : placed last, this menu is not uninteresting. Indeed, if the camera is fixed on a ceiling, it will be necessary to reverse the diffusion of the image to view it in the right direction. This is where it happens. As the time zone setting in summer time. Remember to enable DST so that the recordings get stuck with the right timing.

To set the detection area setting, a highly developed grid is proposed. This allows a choice of active areas (or not) very extensive and as close as possible to the needs. Depending on the desired coverage, you can configure by exclusion or addition by inverting the choice and using the eraser. Remember to save at the end!

Now let's go back to the home page and see the menu " Message" page (in French).

This is where you will find the recordings made and alerts such as that of the withdrawal of the device SD card. Click on the single photo, this will open the log of detections. We are talking about detections, not video recordings or snapshots taken at your initiative. The actions you perform are stored in "local files" in the "me" menu. We can regret these multiple archiving locations making the search more complex at least at the start, but once you have your bearings, that is no longer a problem of course. Especially since at the time of capture, it is proposed to view it immediately by clicking on it. The mention the reference "Display in Local File" is well specified, it is true, but navigation is then not very intuitive.

Finally the last menu available from the home page at the bottom right: Moi.

In this menu, « My device«  returns you to the "Device details", this is the parameter menu seen above. As indicated above, we find the "Local files«  or you will be able to view the snapshots and videos that you have taken. Section « Tool«  concerns your Wi-Fi with detection that gives you connection time, receive and send speeds. In « Parameters«  you have the option to change the account password, delete the device or the account. Be careful if you delete for a recreation, a daily attempt limit exists and if you reach it… you will have to wait until the next day to recreate the account (this was our case with the QR code problem at the start of this test)!

In short, the Yale View application is really complete, quite easy to use, but it takes a little time to discover all the subtleties.

Regarding the sound volume, if it is announced at 80 dB, at 30 cm it already drops to 70 dB. Not sure that outside the neighbors hear if the installation is done by thinking "alarm signal". On the other hand, if you install it in a veranda or in your interior, unless it is a mansion, its triggering will undoubtedly alert you. Finally, note that this is an additional system because the brand also offers complete alarm systems. The Yale Light & Siren camera will then be a perfect complement.

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With Amazon Alexa

Yale app logo

To use the camera with Alexa and Echo Show, you have to install the skill Yale View and link his account to that ofAmazon. Once done, it is not a device that will go up but three !

Indeed, after asking Alexa detect your new camera, you will be surprised to see in fact also the light and Mermaid in addition to camera. And that is great! But what is that for? Well, light and siren can be integrated into a routine as an action (not as a trigger though). The camera itself cannot be integrated into the routines for the moment, but it is possible to view its live stream on the screen of a Echo Show 10 for example. It will suffice to ask:

  • « Alexa displays [camera name] " for the stream to arrive on your screen.
  • « Alexa stop " ou « Alexa Home " if ever she is a little recalcitrant at the first interjection, but Yale has nothing to do with it then ...

As we told you it is necessary to rename the devices because the assistant does not understand the Yale name that we had initially chosen. Take a more common name.

Although the app displays the opposite, the lights and sirens of the Yale Light & Siren respond perfectly to our vocal requests or digital presses on the application. To find them more easily, you can integrate them into a group.

On the video side, the color rendering of the Yale door camera is very good. No pixelation. The most to note is the possibility of zooming on the screen of the Echo Show. We will notice a very slight Fish Eye effect, but it is very common on this type of camera.

With Google Assistant

Here too, you have to install theYale View add-on so that the three devices go up. Click on the " +", Then" configure a device " and finally " Works with Google". You can integrate it in a room as well as in the application Alexa to better find and manage them. The Yale Light & Siren camera cannot be integrated into Google Home routines, only the light and the siren are.

Image quality is just as good on a Nest Hub than on the screen of an Echo Show. However, there were some buffering that we did not encounter with Alexa. Furthermore, Google cannot zoom. It's unfortunate, but related to the Mountain View wizard.

Here is a small comparison with the two screens ...

In use, detection is immediate. Count 3 or 4 seconds to receive the notification, which is very very correct. We appreciate having a capture in the pop up notification, as on a Ring Indoor Cam camera for example, it is very practical to identify a more or less good situation. the delay between two notifications detection is approximately one minute, which in the sector average. The possibility of independently managing the light or the siren is an undeniable plus. They are both integrated into routines which makes it possible to associate them why not with another motion detector which goes back to it well in one or the other of the applications of the voice assistants. The quality of the stream is very good and switching from Full HD 1080p to SD (without further details) does not harm the image received.

In conclusion, the Yale Light & Siren camera is efficient and offers very good images. Designed for outdoor installation with its IP65 and a practical 3-meter cable, this compact camera can also be used perfectly indoors, or even “in between” in an airlock or veranda. The ideal is still to use it under a porch where you can benefit from a surveillance camera for your door but also a siren and lighting able to scare away unwanted people. The Yale View app is well designed, the feed display is very good and very responsive. It will be noted with pleasure that on Echo Show, a zoom is possible, which is appreciable. For a physical device, you have three available, two of which can be integrated into the routines of your voice assistant. This is great, but we regret that we cannot do the same with the camera. It would indeed have been interesting to be able to create a routine with the camera as the trigger for the lighting or even the siren.

Offered at 129.99 € in black and white, the price of the Yale Light & Siren is not trivial, but at this price you have a quality product, a beautiful image quality which will always be in "color" thanks to the two LEDs that illuminate perfectly, a secure siren, the possibility of recording locally on a micro-SD card and a quality application compatible with voice assistants. A very complete product therefore.

Yale Light & Siren - SV-DAFX-W EU

€129.99
7

Installation

7.0/10

Design

7.0/10

Functionalities

7.0/10

Application

7.0/10

Price quality

7.0/10

Most

  • Zoom possible on Echo Show
  • Choice between 6 sensitivity levels
  • Setting the siren time
  • Powerful lighting
  • 3 devices in 1

The lessers

  • Camera not integrable in routines
  • High price
  • No direct access from the main page to the detection log
Simple user and novice fallen into the pot Alexa, this one fascinates me and thanks to the boys, Jean-Christophe and Alexien Modo, I learn a little more every day. Loving the different aspects ofAlexa, I turned to skills to share my discoveries with you.