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Logitech today announced the launch of a new accessory for the wired and wire-free versions of its Logitech Circle 2 camera, the Magnetic Mount.

With the Magnetic Mount, which attaches right to the bottom of a Logitech Circle 2 camera, you can stick the Logitech Circle 2 on any magnetic surface, like a refrigerator, a metal door frame, a light fixture, a rain gutter, or any other compatible metal.

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We were able to test the Magnetic Mount ahead of its launch, and Logitech has made sure to equip it with a strong magnet that offers a solid attachment to any flat surface. We mounted the camera on a variety of magnetic surfaces, including a refrigerator and the metal frame of a mirror, and were pleased with the sturdy connection.

The Magnetic Mount increases the number of places and ways you can position a Logitech Circle 2 camera, allowing it to get into some areas where it previously would have been tough to mount.

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You can use this with a wired or a wireless camera, but it's going to work best with the wire-free options just because there's no need for a plug and there's no cord that gets in the way.

If you want to mount the Logitech Circle 2 in an area where there's no magnetic surface, the Magnetic Mount is still worth checking out. Logitech ships the Magnetic Mount with an adhesive-backed metal plate that can be attached anywhere. You'll want to be careful where you put this metal plate though, because Logitech says it's one time use only and has the potential to damage delicate surfaces.

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Logitech's Magnetic Mount joins several other mounting options for the Logitech 2 cameras including the Window Mount and the Plug Mount.

You can purchase the new Magnetic Mount from the Logitech website for $19.99. The Circle 2 camera is priced at $139.99 for the wired version and $149.99 for the wire-free version.

Article Link: Logitech Releases New Magnetic Mount for Logitech Circle 2 Camera
 

tliede20

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Logitech today announced the launch of a new accessory for the wired and wire-free versions of its Logitech Circle 2 camera, the Magnetic Mount.

With the Magnetic Mount, which attaches right to the bottom of a Logitech Circle 2 camera, you can stick the Logitech Circle 2 on any magnetic surface, like a refrigerator, a metal door frame, a light fixture, a rain gutter, or any other compatible metal.

logitechmagneticmount-800x608.jpg

We were able to test the Magnetic Mount ahead of its launch, and Logitech has made sure to equip it with a strong magnet that offers a solid attachment to any flat surface. We mounted the camera on a variety of magnetic surfaces, including a refrigerator and the metal frame of a mirror, and were pleased with the sturdy connection.

The Magnetic Mount increases the number of places and ways you can position a Logitech Circle 2 camera, allowing it to get into some areas where it previously would have been tough to mount.

logitechmagneticmount2-800x508.jpg

You can use this with a wired or a wireless camera, but it's going to work best with the wire-free options just because there's no need for a plug and there's no cord that gets in the way.

If you want to mount the Logitech Circle 2 in an area where there's no magnetic surface, the Magnetic Mount is still worth checking out. Logitech ships the Magnetic Mount with an adhesive-backed metal plate that can be attached anywhere. You'll want to be careful where you put this metal plate though, because Logitech says it's one time use only and has the potential to damage delicate surfaces.

logitechmagneticmount3-800x528.jpg

Logitech's Magnetic Mount joins several other mounting options for the Logitech 2 cameras including the Window Mount and the Plug Mount.

You can purchase the new Magnetic Mount from the Logitech website for $19.99. The Circle 2 camera is priced at $139.99 for the wired version and $149.99 for the wire-free version.

Article Link: Logitech Releases New Magnetic Mount for Logitech Circle 2 Camera

This camera sucks, I much prefer my best camera, just wish that had HomeKit
 

twistedpixel8

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Got 2 for outdoor use, really like them. And they've been running smoothly for about 9 months.

What sucks about them?

I bought the wireless ones and they were garbage. The hardware was top-notch, exceptional build quality... devastatingly let down by shockingly poor software. The live feed took a good minute to load (because the “long battery life” is done by shutting the whole system down except for the IR sensor so it has to boot-up every time you want to view the feed).

Settings were saved asynchronously but not actually checked at any point so while the app showed the settings were saved, you had to actually go back out and into the settings again to verify.

Maybe they’ve improved them and maybe the wired ones are great but I returned mine.
 

Keane16

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I bought the wireless ones and they were garbage. The hardware was top-notch, exceptional build quality... devastatingly let down by shockingly poor software. The live feed took a good minute to load (because the “long battery life” is done by shutting the whole system down except for the IR sensor so it has to boot-up every time you want to view the feed).

Settings were saved asynchronously but not actually checked at any point so while the app showed the settings were saved, you had to actually go back out and into the settings again to verify.

Maybe they’ve improved them and maybe the wired ones are great but I returned mine.

Ah yes, I should've clarified I have the wired ones. A friend had a similar poor experience with the wireless version.

They've been updating the app every month or so, Settings seem to save fine for me. And the feed loads quickly enough (still not instant - but I guess it will always have a delay when off the home network).

I've heard for live feed speed the OMNA by D-Link is supposed to be better, but has other drawbacks (not as good a camera).

This user has good experience and nice write up:

https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...features-in-app-update.2072712/#post-25691656
 

twistedpixel8

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Ah yes, I should've clarified I have the wired ones. A friend had a similar poor experience with the wireless version.

They've been updating the app every month or so, Settings seem to save fine for me. And the feed loads quickly enough (still not instant - but I guess it will always have a delay when off the home network).

I've heard for live feed speed the OMNA by D-Link is supposed to be better, but has other drawbacks (not as good a camera).

This user has good experience and nice write up:

https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...features-in-app-update.2072712/#post-25691656

Yeah I expected the wired ones to be better as they’re always on.

By the way, I meant over a minute to load on my local network! I didn’t even test remotely but I imagine it’s unbearable!

I did really like the Circle 2’s hardware so maybe I’ll give the wired ones a shot. Crystal clear video (once it actually loaded!!) I’m also eyeing up NEST’s new 4K outdoor ones though. The new cheaper susbscriptions are very tempting - at least in the UK.
 

Keane16

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Yeah I expected the wired ones to be better as they’re always on.

By the way, I meant over a minute to load on my local network! I didn’t even test remotely but I imagine it’s unbearable!

I did really like the Circle 2’s hardware so maybe I’ll give the wired ones a shot. Crystal clear video (once it actually loaded!!) I’m also eyeing up NEST’s new 4K outdoor ones though. The new cheaper susbscriptions are very tempting - at least in the UK.

Wow a minute is unacceptable.

Just tested mine, I'm on full bars of 4G and it took about 4 to 5 seconds to get the live feed up.

Yeah it's the quality of the video that impressed me most when I first saw my friends. Even in 720p mode it's pretty good.

And also agree with the multi-cam subscription prices. Much better.
 

tliede20

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Sorry I should’ve clarified, I have the wired one but have the same problems. I can’t even get the camera feed to load on my phone. Not a huge fan of the software, can’t even zoom in. >.<
[doublepost=1526484357][/doublepost]If my Nest Camera had HomeKit, it’s be perfect.
 

IJ Reilly

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It should be noted that the wireless Circle 2 cams are not compatible with Homekit. Only the wired work.

BTW, your refrigerator is not magnetic. A magnet sticks to it because it's a ferrous metal.
 

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Vasilioskn

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I have one for my backyard and I find it works better when closer to the router. The OMNA doesn’t need to be as close through my experience.
 

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I have an original Circle we're using as a baby cam and have been very satisfied with it. I'd like to get a cam to view outdoors and the new Circle 2 will likely be the play in order to keep us on one platform.
 

IJ Reilly

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I'm sure it does - it's described on the website:

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https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/circle-2-home-security-camera/page/circle-2-advanced-security

The value being it can arm itself to record movement when nobody is not home, and disarm itself and not record anything nor send alerts when anyone living in the home is there.

Okay I found where they buried that feature in the menus. I am still skeptical of the value. Recording when you are home is not an issue. Receiving alerts only when you are not at home might be a bit useful, I suppose, but if you have more than one person living in the house that's going to get complicated in a hurry.
 

oneMadRssn

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Okay I found where they buried that feature in the menus. I am still skeptical of the value. Recording when you are home is not an issue. Receiving alerts only when you are not at home might be a bit useful, I suppose, but if you have more than one person living in the house that's going to get complicated in a hurry.

Every other smart camera does this. Nothing complicated about it. Add as many users as you want. If any one of them is home, no recording and no alerts. If none are home, record and alert. In theory, it should be quite simple. I know nest does this fine, but arlo’s implementation is buggy.
 
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fjfjfjfj

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Aren’t gutters and downspouts normally aluminum? (Honest question). I don’t think a magnet would stick to them like on that picture. Is that right?
 

kurticus

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Aren’t gutters and downspouts normally aluminum? (Honest question). I don’t think a magnet would stick to them like on that picture. Is that right?

Some gutters are aluminum, but to my knowledge using aluminum isn't a standard practice for most since the cost is notably higher than galvanized steel gutters. My house has galvanized steel gutters and that's pretty much all you'll see in Chicago - at least in my neighborhood.
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I have one for my backyard and I find it works better when closer to the router. The OMNA doesn’t need to be as close through my experience.

Agreed on the proximity to a router or access point. My house is brick and fairly long, and I have so many HomeKit devices that I've had to add additional access points. I even took a 4th gen ATV and set it up in the back of the house next to one of the AEBS being used as a roaming network extender. Not plugged in to a TV, just setup and it's SIGNIFICANTLY improved the HomeKit performance of devices on that side of the house.

I picked up a wired Circle 2 right when they came out and set it up inside facing the front porch (Amazon deliveries, etc.). It was close to an access point so the performance has been very good IMO to date, such that I just picked up a 2nd wired Circle 2 when they went on sale for $139 for Mothers Day. This one I've setup for the back porch, mounted outside under the overhang so it's not exposed to direct sunlight but gives a full view of the back porch, back yard, garage, etc.

So far I'm happy with the 2nd camera.

My only qualm with the Circle 2 is the subscription model for the advanced features. I'm not paying $17.99/month or whatever it is for 2 cameras to have 30 day cloud storage and zones. Way too much for this kind of service IMO.
 
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oneMadRssn

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My only qualm with the Circle 2 is the subscription model for the advanced features. I'm not paying $17.99/month or whatever it is for 2 cameras to have 30 day cloud storage and zones. Way too much for this kind of service IMO.

Agreed - especially zones. I can understand paying for things that require cloud storage or cloud processing, but motion zones are likely processed on-camera so it makes no sense to charge monthly for that.
 
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