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First off, I really like this camera. Mainly I wanted to share some helpful tips with others that may be considering this for purchase.
1. This is a night vision camera. If you use this outside in the daylight colors will appear different than they do to the human eye. This is normal. (It looks like my trees are Cherry Blossom's in full bloom. Kind of cool.)
2. They hard code an IP address in the camera and expect to see your home network in the 192.168.0.X range. If it's not, (like mine, it's a 192.168.2.x net) then you may have difficulty getting to the camera from your PC to set it up. I simply backed up my router configs, changed it to a 192.168.0.x network, reset my PC's networking, and I was able to browse to the camera and set it up to where I wanted it.
3. This is an indoor camera. If you plan on pointing it out a window it will work pretty good during the day, but after dark the infrared lights will reflect back off the glass and blind the image. This is normal for this type of camera. You can still point it out the window, but you'll need to do something like cover the existing LED's on the camera and purchase an "infrared illuminator" (there are several on Amazon) and install it outside the window, covering the area you want to see.
4. I have 64 bit Windows7 and could not get the little CD to work for me, but was able to configure the camera just fine via my web browser after I got through the initial networking stuff mentioned above.
On the CON side, I'd have to say that it would have been smarter to simply make the networking DHCP and not have hard coded the IP address. I'm sure a this has confused folks into thinking that their camera was dead on arrival. I'd also like to have an easy way to turn the built in infrared LEDs off if I want to use an external source. That's all the negatives I have though. Great bang for your buck.
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Initial post: Jul 11, 2011 12:15:11 PM PDT
I'm sure this is a stupid question, but do you have to watch the footage "live" or does it record so that it can be viewed at a later time/day?
Posted on Sep 17, 2011 11:35:41 AM PDT
how did you get it to work from another computer that is not on your home router?
Posted on Oct 14, 2011 7:37:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2011 7:48:47 PM PDT
On the issue of IR from the illuminator glaring back into the camera, you can use a separate illuminator on the inside of the window, just offset a foot or two from the camera. Might be easier than running power outside.
I believe if the CD had worked for you, you would have found a program that talks to the camera when it's hardwired. You should have been able to change the IP address to something on your local subnet, then use it wirelessly. Easier than changing your router settings.
If you want truer colors, buy the CXS 3200, it's got an IR cut filter that does the trick.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 7:40:50 PM PDT
That's generally done with port forwarding, where the router takes a request from the outside world to a specific port, and maps it to the ip address of the camera on the local subnet.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 2:42:07 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
The instructions werent so clear about the DDNS, are we to use the one printed on the bottom of the camera? I tried mine and it was offline.
Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:18:15 AM PDT
"it would have been smarter to simply make the networking DHCP"
Not at all. DHCP was designed in the early 1990s, it has a number of security issues. Not everyone runs DHCP. It is much easier to change the IP address on a PC to the correct subnet than it is to install and run a DHCP server.
You messed around changing your router setup, this was unnecessary and a waste of time. You could have assigned your PC a temporary fixed IP on the camera's subnet then connected to the camera to change its IP before changing back your PC IP address to DHCP.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 12:49:31 PM PDT
There is some misinformation here. MOST everyone uses DHCP. You are right when saying that it would not be smart to have the camera running with DHCP, since being dynamic it has the ability to change IP's. We would rather have the camera static so it does not change, being dynamic (DHCP) would cause more headaches down the road after the simple connection.
Changing it on the router would not be unnecessary or waste of time. Changing it either on the router or the camera will have the same results. Personally the extra steps to change your computer then the camera and back I personally feel is more of a waste since it is extra steps. Change it on the router, most all other devices will be running DHCP and pick up the routers new settings and all you had do was make one change.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 8:05:24 AM PDT
Evan Peretti says:
i have the same question ?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 2:54:15 PM PDT
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