A warning. It’s very likely that this device has little to no network security in effect. And even if it did, it’s almost guaranteed that there are numerous security flaws in the generic chipset these sort of devices use. Connecting this to WiFi could not only allow some stranger to view the web cam but, if they are the least bit clever, allow them access to your entire network (unless you have this on a different VLAN). As an IT person, I would NEVER connect this to my network.
@Selerik@squishybrain@werehatrack I kinda do live in the middle of no where. I still don’t want an internet facing camera in my home. And companies build products like this so their app/functionality require internet access. Big no-no for me. I do have home security cameras, but my firewall does not allow them to the internet - I view them remotely with a VPN connection to home.
@nicholfd@Selerik@werehatrack I know some folks here are joking but it isn’t the WiFi that gets hacked, it’s the device’s internet connection. Just connecting this to your router makes your entire network vulnerable. Even if this cheap device was engineered properly for good security (almost certainly not the case), it’s only a matter of time before some vulnerability is discovered and there’s very little chance that that will ever be patched.
Even if this cheap device was engineered properly for good security (almost certainly not the case), it’s only a matter of time before some vulnerability is discovered and there’s very little chance that that will ever be patched.
If it connects via the neighbor’s wifi, his network gets hacked. I’m much less worried about someone being able to see or listen in on what’s going on here; we do remarkably little that would give anyone a handle on anything.
That said, I don’t wish my neighbors ill, so I would not actually connect a random Thing to their wifi. (But I did config an old router to latch on to one of them once, and report itself with a name of AllYourFileBilongUs.)
@Kidsandliz, speakin of cool ideas,…my comments take a long, long pause before they post & e.g., I was considering buying this, but as I sat waitin for my comment to post, I Changed My Mind! Maybe it’s a cool idea for the meh team to shorten that pause, so I, or some tight wad like me does Not have that fn time to think about the matter of making that stupid purchase!!
@somf69@werehatrack, I guess you’ve never petted, or feed a dog that wasn’t yours, or previously yours 'cause if you had, you would know they move in were the love & food are, just like cats, JSYK!! Also, rats, mice, raccoons, or possums, etc don’t need the love, just the food, baby!!
So far, all of the dogs that have shown up on my doorstep had an owner looking for them. The cats were nearly all free agents looking for a gig, or they were momcats with a litter that presented me with the necessity to prevent that from happening over and over. One of the momcats and too many of the former kittens remain here.
@joelmw He looks like a such a sweet baby. It’s so sad when they die… For a split second I thought that was my cat Tigger (except the strips under his eyes are darker than Tigger’s). They look so very alike - even how they sprawl.
Before reading the comments to see if my question was already asked, or covered, I will post this question. The specs stated ‘Automatic feeding’, or Manual, so how often does the Auto dispense the treats? I buy a 16oz jug of Temptations [& it ain’t cheap], so how often does it refill the bowl/does it have a dispensing timer? I can’t afford 500ML (= ½ Qt+, or 16oz+)$ of Temptations per fn day,…I’m just saying!! BTW, where is my Inside Grill/Griddle & what in the hell does ‘griddle’ even mean,…just asking for my crazy ass wife ¿?
Hongsa Smart Pet camera Feeder is a piece of junk. Won’t link to my WiFi. Puts me in a loop of constantly repeating the same step with no success. Deleted app, reinstalled, restarted phone, etc. Manual has an email address, no response after 3 days.
I’m completely happy with this purr-chase (haha). It works well, to give my cat multiple feeds a day so his urge to eat everything then barf it up is controlled. I had no problems at all with the app or connecting to the device. It’s password protected. You can set up as many auto feeds as you want (or if there’s a limit, I haven’t hit it), and manually dispense the food too.
The only issue I had was my auto feed schedule erased when I updated the software. And if you leave the app open in the background, upon returning to it in certain states it will crash, but it only takes 5 seconds or so to reopen it.
Does anyone know of a Hongsa customer service? My unit worked great and then it didn’t. While Meh Customer service was kind enough to send me another, which works great I might add, I hate to throw something so barely used away. This bad unit is stuck at “please config network”. I can get my phone to connect to the “PET-1680*” network, once I return to the app the UID will not appear and the app says “Please connect to device WiFi”. I know I am doing it right because the replacement unit works like a charm. I think if I could figure out the UID I could set this up manually. Anyone else have a problem like this?
I guess this may just end up in the trash… bummer.
This is a great product! I loved it for my doggy, Parker. When he heard the sound of falling treats he was there. It also kept him a bit healthy and active by getting up to come to the food. I also thought it was neat that he could hear my voice when I’m away, to calm his separation anxiety. unfortunately, he is no longer with me. I gifted this product to another dog owner and they loved it as well. If I get another pet, I will definitely get this product again. Thank you.