Guarding My Home with Deep Sentinel DS2: A Detailed 30-Day Review

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In an era where security cameras are ubiquitous but often passive, Deep Sentinel steps in as a proactive safeguard for your home. Unlike traditional systems, Deep Sentinel boasts a team of vigilant security guards who actively monitor your property and intervene when suspicious activity is detected. Join me as I delve into our month-long experience testing the Deep Sentinel DS2 three-camera system to uncover its strengths, weaknesses, and overall effectiveness.

Deep Sentinel's secret weapon: The human element

Deep Sentinel's standout feature is its integration of live security guards who respond to potential threats in real time. Upon detecting motion, the cameras transmit footage to a monitoring center where trained professionals assess the situation and intervene if necessary. This proactive monitoring sets Deep Sentinel apart from other DIY camera options—and other full-blown home security systems—providing a sense of security unmatched by most monitored systems.

What's in the box

Deep Sentinel DS2 3-camera pack:

  • 3 cameras
  • 1 hub with built-in battery charger
  • Mounting hardware
  • 1 installation kit
  • 1 yard sign, sticker kit

Installation and setup

Setting up the Deep Sentinel DS2 Wireless System was straightforward, taking approximately an hour to complete. The kit includes three cameras, a hub, and all necessary mounting equipment. During installation, the importance of a robust network connection became evident, as the system relies heavily on seamless communication between the cameras and the monitoring center.

Check out our Deep Sentinel Installation Guide for full details.

Deep Sentinel DS2 specs

  • 130° field of view (FOV)
  • Mini motion-activated LED floodlight
  • 1080p HD resolution
  • Battery, USB port, and solar power options
  • NXP ARM Cortex A53 AI processor
  • 2-way 102db audio
  • Heat rating: 122°F (49°C)
  • Cold rating: -4°F (-20°C)
  • Water rating: IP65
  • 64GB hard drive
  • 12V output, supports 100-240V AC

Minimum upload speed:

  • 5 Mbps for the Hub
  • 1.5 Mbps for each camera

Phone support:

  • iOS 11 and later (iPhone 6 and later)
  • Android Oreo and later (Google Pixel 2/ 2XL, Samsung Galaxy S8/ S9, and LG V30)

System supports up to six wireless security cameras + 1 hub.

Functionality and performance

Equipped with advanced motion detection and AI capabilities, Deep Sentinel cameras effectively identify potential threats and prompt immediate action from the monitoring team. The system's two-way communication allows guards to interact with individuals on your property, effectively deterring unwanted activity. However, occasional connectivity issues were encountered, particularly with cameras located farther from the hub.

Privacy questions

While the concept of active monitoring initially raised privacy concerns (we got called out multiple times on our own front porch), we were happy to discover Deep Sentinel's privacy mode feature. Users can toggle this setting to limit access to live feeds (like when you're home hanging out on the porch) without compromising security.

Drawbacks

Despite its innovative approach, Deep Sentinel is not without its drawbacks. The system's outdoor-only configuration and reliance on a strong network connection may limit its suitability for certain environments. Additionally, the cost of monitoring services and equipment may deter budget-conscious consumers.

My verdict: Deep Sentinel delivers proactive security, but it's pricey

Deep Sentinel excels in providing proactive security solutions for those prioritizing safety and peace of mind. With its live monitoring capabilities and swift response times, the system offers unparalleled protection against potential threats. However, prospective buyers should consider factors such as cost and network reliability before committing.

Deep Sentinel DS2 system costs

  • 1 camera pack, $299 + $100/mo. live monitoring service
  • 2 camera pack, $499 + $150/mo.
  • 3 camera pack, $699 + $200/mo.
  • 4 camera pack, $899 + $250/mo.
  • 5 camera pack, $1,099 + $300/mo.
  • 6 camera pack, $1,299 + $350/mo.
Proactive Home Security
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DS2 Wireless Camera System
Starting at
$299 + $100/mo.

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

In conclusion, Deep Sentinel emerges as a top contender in the realm of home security systems, offering a unique blend of technology and human oversight. While not ideal for every situation, its effectiveness in deterring criminal activity and providing round-the-clock surveillance makes it a valuable asset for those seeking robust protection for their property.

Katie McEntire
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Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.

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