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Astak Wireless Security Camera (CM-818C2)

by Astak
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  • CMOS wireless security camera set Weatherproof Night Vision Clear color image (380 TV line resolution)
  • Wireless receiver supports up to 4 cameras Remote control included Built-in microphone and switchable channel
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  • night-vision
  • wireless

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 1.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0015E4CFY
  • Item model number: CM-818C2
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 5, 2008

Product Description

Astak Wireless Security Camera CM-818C2 w/ 2 Camera System Day/ Night

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

DO not buy this junk, it's not worth one coin.
josephshaw
It did interfere with my wireless router (no internet while the cameras were on) and has no signal adjustment.
D. Faust
I had a wire security camera prior and found that this wireless wasn't nearly as good.
Aladdin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By ebirm on June 3, 2010
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I live in a 2nd story apartment and installed a Swann 2.4GHz wireless that I picked up from the local hardware store about a year ago. I installed it after scaring off some would-be car thief's. I decided to replace it because one of my receivers went out and I replaced it with the standard Astak 2.4GHz wireless receiver. I was impressed with the receiver (w/remote) and so I thought I'd give these cameras a try (the Swann was very choppy and I had to mess with the brightness controls in the software I use, a lot). I use the second receiver to hook to the TV in my living room. The cameras and receiver are in the same location as when I was using the Swann.

These cameras are way better than the Swann. The video that comes with this review was taken from my PC (I wire it through a Roxio RCA to USB connector) and use a freeware program to capture it (Debut). There are three walls between my computer and the cameras.

Others post about bad reception because of wireless routers. I don't use one, but there are several that appear in my wireless network list on my Windows PC. To be fair, they could have changed their routers after I installed the Swann a year ago.

Downside: The audio is choppy and has static. I don't use the audio; I didn't use the audio with the Swann, either. This is the reason for my "low" marks. Also, in the manual I discovered that in low light the cameras will switch to black and white. However, as you can see from the video, the b/w hasn't switched on. There is a big flood light in my parking lot which may be the reason. Color 24/7. Judge for yourself.

Tip: you may need to adjust the antenna on the receiver to get the lowest amount of static. I've found that moving it about 20 degrees at a time lets you see the difference.

Well worth the money. I hope this helps.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By CJ on October 5, 2009
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This is a decent set of cameras at a good price, especially compared to similar brands. I found the cameras to be weatherproof, solid, and easy to use.

Due to no fault of their own, I would HIGHLY recommend you buy the wired version if you live in an urban area and/or near too many wireless access points. This is the primary reason behind the degradation in signal & video that cause many reviewers of wireless cams to wrongly give 1 star ratings to what are actually decent products. You can download the free tool, Netstumbler, and use it on a laptop to see how many access points are in your neighborhood.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Graham on October 6, 2009
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I purchased this to add on to my current system, which has 2 cameras from astak. Works great like the others. It is very easy to install. I keep one extra camera on the ready for when we go for overnights or vacations because it is so convenient = the receiver plugs into any A/V port (there is always a TV wherever we go, or owe can use our portable DVD player). We have a few reception problems because of several wireless devices (phone, router), but not too bad. It would be nice if the channel could be changed on the cameras to improve reception - however, hasn't hindered our use of it so far. The picture is still clear enough. The color aspect is not significant...depends on how you use it. We monitor our kids with it. Great product overall. I highly recommend it over a baby monitor any day.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris on October 30, 2010
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This set performed exactly as it said it would. I also have a wireless router which did interfere with the signal until I simply changed the channel on the camera and then everything worked just great. One camera is about 60 feet away through three walls the other is 50 feet away through two walls and after a bit of receiver location adjusting video comes through with minimal to no distortion. Sure a wired system will produce better quality at longer distances but it comes with a much higher price. For the price offered this system did not disappoint (I would buy again). My only suggestion, if you plan to set up outside make sure you have a plan to hard wire or at least an outlet close by to plug in to as the battery feature only last a few hours at best. I ran my system through an inexpensive adapter at a local electronics store, tied it into a dedicated hidden coax cable and now I can watch security feed from any room in the house. Coupled with some inexpensive software purchased online, I can now be alerted when home or away, monitor and record audio/video from anywhere and receive emailed pictures/video of any security breach for under $200. Not Bad in my book.

Hope this helps
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Mccreath on October 22, 2009
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Have had these cams in use almost a month. Good for daytime surveillance. Not so much at night. They are outside and have weathered some severe storms.For the money I don't think they can be beat.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Eng on April 7, 2009
For a low price at a local store that "Costless in bulk" I found this to be a bargin in wireless security. Fry's does have deals with other companies/brands but for the stats and price I just had to have it. So far it's hooked up to a DVDR and set for 6hrs and works just great. The only thing I would recomend is to get a motion sensor light also on the area being screened so that your picture is in color and not B&W.
I like this brand better than some of the other companies because of the price and features. BTW I do also use Web cam for security monitoring.

Cheers.
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