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Easy set up, not great image
, January 30, 2013
I've been using Ubiquiti Nanostation Locos and their other long range WiFi devices, which work great and I highly recommend (90% quality and signal at 1200'!) so I ordered these to start an IP CCTV system. I don't recommend them for a couple of reasons unless you just want some hobby cameras, and mediocre ones at that.
Small, light and simple to set up. Easily switched out.
On the network, so accessing them and setting them up with Blue Iris was very easy
- Image quality is poor for a supposedly 720p cam. When compared to a 700TVL BNC connected cam, the BNC is hands down the winner when the IP cam should be visibly more detailed. They have contrast and brightness issues that are not fixed by using the brightness and contrast controls at the cam. In bright light anything in a shadow is nearly invisible, rendering their use to identify activity in certain areas almost pointless. I have one pointed at a hangar door painted dark blue with white walls and if someone steps into the shadow of the hangar while in front of the door they disappear, which was not the case with the other cameras.
- They are so light that a strong breeze moves the camera, causing motion trigger to occur.
- Completely plastic. These feel like they will easily break at some point, either the mount or the cam itself, and the Florida sun will make that happen faster. The lens cover is plastic with a plastic ring screwed on it to hold it down. I will be surprised if they don't get water inside very quickly. I hope I'm wrong.
Very disappointed that these are so... flimsy, and the image quality is embarrassing. I was hoping to move to IP CCTV but if these are any indication of what is out there, I am not optimistic. My Logitech HD web cam has better detail than these. I am not looking to spend nearly three times as much for IP cams (I now don't consider a $100 camera to be viable, and the next step up seems to be $200) if they are worse than the traditional BNC connected cams.