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Dropcam Echo Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Home Security Camera with Audio

by Dropcam
40 customer reviews

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  • The world's easiest setup - no computer necessary!
  • Watch on your iPhone or Android in full motion
  • Get audio and motion-triggered alerts sent to your mobile phone or email - instantly!
  • Built for secure online access
  • Record and save video securely when you're not around

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Technical Details

Product Description

Use Dropcam Echo to see and hear what you're missing while away from home! With your laptop or mobile phone you can view and listen to the Dropcam, and alerts let you know when there's motion. Dropcam Echo is a small, wi-fi enabled video security camera (IP camera) with audio. You can also use Dropcam's cloud DVR to make sure your video is safely stored off-site - you'll never have to worry about lost tapes or theft. Everyone has something to watch, and Dropcam helps you see what you're missing from anywhere!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 2.3 x 3.7 inches ; 3.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003T27JJ6
  • Item model number: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 18, 2010

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By LukeyLu on August 12, 2010
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I have a Mac with a wifi system. I was *very* pleased to find that this camera is exceptionally easy to install (I don't enjoy messing with DNS, IP addresses etc). Just plug the supplied Ethernet cable into the router and the camera. Go to your computer and browse to [...] . Describe the color of the lights on the camera and ba boom. Your hot and good to go.

I got the 'echo' model and the sound works great - even from 30 feet away speaking in a normal voice.

Also, the notification system (sending me an email with there is motion or sound) worked great; as did being able to see my camera on my iPhone AND iPad.

So far I can't find anything I don't like about this camera.

UPDATE: August 3, 2011
I have to report this: 1) The notification system reports a *LOT* of false alarms. and 2) I have 2 cameras and until recently was charged $8.95 per month for internet recording of what was captured. Without notice or warning, DropCam changed the charges to $8.95 PER CAMERA. Since I need several more cameras I will have to look elsewhere. Too bad. Good camera. Good personnel. Lousy policy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bergv on November 14, 2010
I purchased this camera for a weekend / vacation home primarily as a security camera and hoping that the video and audio alerts would tell me when someone was in the house. My experience has been a mixed bag. The camera was extremely easy to set up and get activated online. The video quality is plenty good for security. I like the web-based approach a lot - all the video is stored on the dropcam servers for a monthly fee (so no one can take the camera and your recorded video with it) and the software that interprets the video and audio to decide that there's movement detected or sound is also located on the server. Very smart.
The problem is that the motion detection isn't very sensitive and only works (as one reviewer noted) in bright light (daylight is best). Medium brightness household lighting wouldn't do it for me. On the other hand, the audio detection is too sensitive. Even with the microphone sensitivity set all the way down, very slight noises (like a car going by the house with the windows closed) will set it off, making the feature useless for me. What is needed is not only the mic sensitivity control that exists now, but also a threshold setting for noise below which you don't get an alert.
On the plus side, because of the web-based approach Dropcam can improve this on the server without changing the camera. In fact, I've written support on these problems and they say they're working this now. I'm hopeful and expecting improvements, which is why I'm giving 4 stars. If you're application doesn't need this, or is a more specialized alert application like a quiet office, this camera is a good option.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sam on January 13, 2012
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I pretty much never complain but I feel I have to let others know about my experience with Dropcam. I bought and received these need of August. It is now Jan 13th 2012 and I am horrified at the customer service of this company. I am a fairly knowledgable person when it comes to IT stuff but suffice it to say, one of my 4 cameras doesn't get power, the other 3 I finally got my network to recognize (after 3 months and mostly on my own) but they won't hook up with the wifi. I paid an electrician to install the electrical outlets on the ceilings and have been tortured trying to get these to work. I have literally left about 20 voice messages for the company and never had a single call returned. I have called another 30 times only to be left on hold for 15 minutes and then be told to leave a message because no one could help me. I only got thru to someone twice who did not apologize but just told me they are really busy. I did several support tickets and emailed the company support email about 30 times only to have someone respond 3 times. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in this company. I realize customer service is not what it once was but I am very self-sufficient and even with all my research and attempts at getting these to work, they just did not. The company of course recently released a better camera for less than half what I paid for it but even this did not bother me - I just wanted it to work. I would caution everyone against doing business with Dropcam or buying their products as they will not support them, will not help you if their product is defective and will not return your call or email. This is my 5th month so I am not someone who is impatient. It is simply unbelievable and ridiculous at the same time. This is the 1st time I have ever complained about any product I have ever bought or about a company. I hope that tells you something.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DIGITALid on November 8, 2010
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The Good: The camera works. Its easy to set up and is accessible from any computer or iPhone. You can allow others to view your cameras with their own accounts the motion sensing functions. The recording feature is pretty great if you use it.

The Bad: It is Axis hardware. I have plenty of experience with Axis network print servers and they often, randomly drop off the network even though all the settings are OK and the devices are either hard wired or very close to the wi-fi router. The same is true for these cameras. Sometimes the camera will just lose access to the network even though the router is exactly about 2 feet away. This happens about once or twice a week and only for a few minutes so it isn't THAT much of a problem. Unless of course something critical occurs during those few minutes. The motion sensor goes off when it detects the pixels adjusting to the darkness in dim light. It is pretty expensive. The service plan is also VERY expensive. As of 11/8/2010 it costs $8.95 a month for 7 days of recording or $24.95 a month for 30 days of recording.

The Ugly: The image quality. Its nowhere near crystal clear but that doesn't really matter much. Nighttime is useless to even attempt to view. Even in dim light it is a little difficult.

The Summary: Though I really wish the price on the hardware and the service would come down, I have to say that it is a nice tool to have if only for the piece of mind. I am a bit concerned about sending your wi-fi security setup to Dropcam though instead of connecting directly to your camera to set it up yourself. I know its there to make the setup "easier" but if we were inclined to configure the device ourselves, we should have that option.

Update: There are cheaper alternatives now. For example the iZON Remote Room Monitor is $129, has audio and uploads to a private YouTube channel for free.
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