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Teardown of the iControl networks Piper "Home Awareness Device". This is a WiFi video camera with motion sensor, battery backup, and the ability to connect to Z-Wave sensors.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iControl Networks Piper, use our service manual.

  1. Piper is held together with four "security Philips" screws located in the battery case.  Each screw has a post in the middle, meant to foil use of a standard screwdriver.  However....
    • Piper is held together with four "security Philips" screws located in the battery case. Each screw has a post in the middle, meant to foil use of a standard screwdriver. However....

    • If you don't have the right bit, just use a large #2 philips head screwdriver: the bit won't go deep enough to get tangled up in the security feature.

    • Once the screws are out use a plastic spludger to pry open four plastic clips holding the shell together.

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  3. Piper is dominated by a large speaker, and a Mallory PS-953Q security horn.  It's loud.  The CPU is a  Texas Instruments TMS320DM365 media processor with a ZW0301 based Z-Wave module. Piper uses two tiny antennas, one for Z-Wave one for WiFi. That's it... a pretty simple layout.
    • Piper is dominated by a large speaker, and a Mallory PS-953Q security horn. It's loud. The CPU is a Texas Instruments TMS320DM365 media processor with a ZW0301 based Z-Wave module.

    • Piper uses two tiny antennas, one for Z-Wave one for WiFi.

    • That's it... a pretty simple layout.

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