9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
NTS ( Not too shabby),
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
When I purchased this product I was expecting a heap of crap I would just throw in the trash can. Day three of having it, I am pleasantly surprised. There are, although, a few stipulations to my 4 star review. I work in IT and have for quite awhile, that said, if you are not technically savvy, do not buy this. You will be lucky to get the installation cd to work correctly. After installation of the software I found that the start menu shortcuts and desktop shortcuts didn't even point to the product *.exe. This was an easy fix after searching for it. Once that was fixed I was quick to learn the OEM software doesn't even work ( for me, your experiences may differ. I am using Win7 x64). I quickly trashed the DVD, obtained the IP address of the camera (of which you must plug into your network through Ethernet cable first) from the DHCP client table on my home router and just visited the built in web server via chrome(the web site works with all major browsers, I have tried it on IE, chrome and fire fox). From this point it was easy. I quickly set it up on my wireless from the website. Skipping the technical details, once setup, I was quite pleased with the quality of video and all the feature that came OEM. If you are a technical person and able to throw some time to setting it up, I would recommend it. For the price, I wouldn't buy anything else.
**A side note. I am not a fan of thieves. We recently had our vehicles broken into in the middle of the night. That said, my objective when buying this camera and basis of the review, revolves around the idea that I would be able to be better guarded against future thieves/ scum of the earth. I hope this helps for those of you in the same boat.
Suggestions you might find helpful.
- Disable mac address filtering.
- Assign a static IP to or reserve a DHCP IP for the camera.
- If you want to access the camera remotely, forward an obscure port (ideally not 80 as most consumer plans block this)to the camera's IP. ( you must also make the proper changes on the camera for the port change)
---Third party software
- Make use of it. The VLC plug in does not work as it should. I spent a long time figuring out why I could not use the two way audio from the website. I just installed IP Cam Viewer on my phone and Ispy IP Camera Viewer on my laptop.
- Recording works best from a third party solution. To my understanding recording with the OEM setup is done through active X in IE. If you as me this is a crappy solution and doesn't allow full use of the features.
- As a rule of thumb, if you get frustrated with the OEM solutions, don't even bother.
--- Remote viewing
- Just break down and buy the dydns solution. It is built in and works well. It will save you from the frustration of trying to use a free solution. Plus it updates automatically when your outside IP changes.
- Be aware of ISP port blocks. My ISP (like most) blocks port 80 (which is default for all HTTP and this camera). It is easy enough to change the port access on the camera, then forward all port X requests to that camera. Then of course if you have to take everything to far like me and don't want to type in website.com:X everytime, just setup a redirect from dydns. i.e. redirect requests to website.com to website.redirect.com:X. **Quick tip. Don't use cloaking when you redirect. This makes everything on the camera's website "undefined".
Hope this helps for those of you who are on the fence. 4 solid stars and a great buy for the price.