The Zmodo ZH-IXY1D arrived in a simple, small plain brown box, with a label affixed to the back to call out its key technical features. Inside the box I found a set of printed instructions on glossy paper, a "protected by Zmodo Smart Security Systems" sticker, the two supplied camera units with protective plastic covering the front and rear, two power cables in plastic bags, and a set of screws and drywall posts for wall mounting.
The instructions say to go find and download the Zmodo phone application. As an iOS user, I was able to locate the application quickly in the App Store. It downloaded and installed without any problems. The next step is to create an account, so I signed up using my mobile phone number, created a password, and received a texted pin to my phone that allowed me to complete the simple registration process via the mobile app. So far, so good.
These are indoor only cameras, so I had to think about which areas of my home I wanted to monitor from the inside. I decided that one camera would face my mailbox from the inside of the house, and another would monitor our porch area, also from the inside of the house. I peeled off the protective plastic, unwrapped and uncoiled the power cable, and hooked it up for the first time. Immediately the green light illuminated, letting me know the camera was ready. In the app, I went to add a new device, and followed the on-screen instructions to get this done. As long as I stayed on the same 2.4GHz network band, I was fine and could get the camera to connect. The camera needed a name and a password, so I set that up too. This was all very straightforward.
I found that the IR light at night reflected very badly off of my window glass such that I couldn't see anything, so I ended up going into the settings and disabled the IR light for both cameras. Once I did this, I could see a night time grainy image of the front yard and street in front of my house. Waiting until daylight produced better results, with the natural sunlight providing ample natural light to give the camera clear visibility all the way out to the homes across the street. The camera recorded several motion events, such as the FedEx guy driving by, people going to work in their cars, and gardeners out front blowing leaves into piles. I do need to spend some time tuning it so that it doesn't capture leaves blowing in the wind, but the software controls allow for that.
If your goal is just to monitor basic activity for a couple of defined areas, these cameras will do that job very well. You can monitor for motion events and receive alerts at any time, whether you are at home or are away. You can easily see when someone is approaching your front door or mailbox, or monitor for the arrival of guests - day or night. As a low-cost easy to implement solution, these cameras are a good choice.