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I like some of the features of this camera, and I like the price, but it won't do 1st install on Mac
on December 10, 2013
This camera states that it is for Mac and PC, but the application to actually assign an IP address only works in Windows, and poorly at that. The user interface is badly translated into multiple languages. I've used it in English Spanish and German, and I bet they translated the badly translated English to the other languages. Aesthetics aside, the user interface is robust in the features that it does provide. The camera will send you e-mail pictures when it senses motion, but you may want to put it about 12 feet back otherwise you'll see pictures and blurred images, That is to say you'll know someone came in the door for example, but they will be a blur unless you put some distance between the camera and the area you want to monitor. During live motion, performance is almost real-time on an uncongested wireless 802.11N network on 802.11 G, performance is passable when the network is uncongested.
I can't find any way to record video on my Mac, and I'm not comfortable with buggy web interface Recording in Windows, which still wouldn't be Mac. I can't really endorse this product for Mac users at all unless they're very technical and have a Windows machine handy. I wouldn't recommend it for Windows users either although they at least would have recording functionality.
If the manufacturer would release low-level information about the product, it could have a potential called following because of the reasons to come. If one could alter the firmware, or at the very least have a specification to build a different interface application this camera might be great for Hobby robotics.
Those shortcomings aside this camera does have its strengths, the price point being the major one. South of 100 bucks, you're not going to be making your next Hollywood production on an IP cam. Nonetheless more expensive models will send you a video clip, or pictures. This camera however provides low-level input output for alarm system integration, in my case this would be useful for an Arduino robot that takes the high signal from this camera to detect motion, and sends a high signal to trigger an e-mail with pictures if some other sensor has deemed it necessary. I have yet to put this use to practical application, but I do intend to try it out and let you guys know. The web interface lets you select between active high and active low. I do intend to test and let you guys know how it works setting off an interrupt on and Arduino.
For now, I'll give it three stars––I like some of the features of this camera, and I like the price, but I don't like it as much as I would if the menus were translated into better English (or proper Spanish or proper German for that matter)