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Good enough, but not excellent
on July 25, 2013
The cameras are easy to setup and have a standard mounting connection so any of the 3rd party solutions should work. For setup, I just plugged it into a PoE enabled jack it blinked and connected to my network. From my router I saw what IP the DHCP assigned. Typed that into Firefox and the camera popped up. I setup a static IP and changed some of the brightness/contrast settings. Settings take about 30s to change except the immediate video effects like brightness/contrast/flipped/inverted.
Once installed, they work well. In the daylight, they are relatively accurate in their colours, and their view angle is not wide, but wide enough. The resolution is only 640x480 and over a gigabit connection to a high end i7 server, they average 10-15 FPS at "very high" JPEG quality running through 60 meters of RJ45 cable, and 2 switches. At night, the included IR LEDs are almost useless. If they have something to reflect on, you can sort of make it out, otherwise it is pretty dark. This means insects and things set it off easily if you have motion detection, but it is also sensitive enough that if someone/something does pass infront of it, it will trip the record. You will at least have a record of the event, just not really enough detail to do anything about it.
I currently have 3 of these cameras installed outside, and have had them installed for a few weeks now. Over these few weeks they have all worked continuously and perfectly except for 1 camera had 1 occasion it flickered out for a good 30 minutes. It was during a rainstorm and afterwards I noticed the RJ45 connection on the camera was drooping lower than my roofline. My guess is that it got wet. After it dried, it turned back on, retained all settings, and has continued like a champ.
I just purchased 4 more of these because they make great wide coverage cameras. Cheap enough that they let you know what's going on everywhere. I have also ordered a true 1080p PoE camera to replace one of these on the main access point to the house. The high definition cameras will capture the detail you need, these little cheap cameras will let you know grossly what happened and to start recording from the good cameras!
For less than $90 these are great value for money. If you want HD cameras, you are looking at twice that at least for anything of reasonable quality. Make your choice to have 1 good camera or 2 OK cameras if on a budget. My choice was many OK cameras and a very select few excellent cameras.
My expectations for this camera were very low, and gladly it surpassed them and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I do feel that the connectors on the pigtail will be the downfall of these cameras. They are not waterproof or even weatherproof. There is no easy way to secure them, and the RJ45 jack which in power over ethernet cases supplies both power and data is extremely exposed. I am currently thinking of putting the connectors and wiring through a sealed outdoor rated PVC electrical junction box. Get the small ones for a few dollars at a home improvement store, they are gray, and they can be mounted near the camera and shove the wires inside. That`s the current plan but it didn`t stop me from ordering 4 more.