Dropcam Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Home Security Camera
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- The world's easiest setup - no computer necessary!
- Watch on your iPhone or Android in full motion
- Get motion-triggered alerts sent to your mobile phone or email - instantly!
- Built for secure online access
- Record and save video securely when you're not around
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|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches|
|Item Weight||0.21 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
Use Dropcam as a baby monitor to watch your kids, as a pet cam to make sure your dog and cat are behaving, or as a security camera to keep an eye on your stuff. Everyone has something to watch, and Dropcam helps you see what you're missing from anywhere! The Dropcam is a small wi-fi enabled video security camera (IP camera). Keep an eye on your stuff with your computer at work, your laptop while at a coffee shop, or even an iPhone while on the road! Dropcam also provides an Internet DVR so you can go back and review what happened, and you'll never have to worry about losing tapes or theft.
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Setup couldn't be easier. 1) Plug the camera into a power source; 2) Plug the camera into the router (only necessary for initial setup); 3) Go to the Dropcam website and enter authorization number for the camera (only done once, even if you change networks or buy a new router); 4) Select the network to join and enter network password; 5) Put the camera wherever you like. The camera needs a nearby power outlet or an extension cord.
Presto: a surveillance camera. From the time I took it out of the box until I was viewing the camera on my computer, my iPad, my Android phone was about 10 minutes (and that long only because I had to download the free app for the phone and iPad).
The camera streaming videos are then available free on the Dropcam website. You can make the video streams public or private. You can give access to others if you wish. You get 7 days of recorded video initially. After the initial period you can buy a recording capability for $8.95 (7 days) or $24.95 (30 days) a month. Motion detection alerts via email are free. I only buy the recording capability if I'm away from home for more than a couple of days.
The cameras do not tilt or zoom. You can get a camera with audio but you pay an extra $100 for the feature. Frame rate is 30 frames/sec and the quality is adequate but not HD. These cameras do not require much bandwidth. I've got two running on one home network with no discernible effect.
Of course there are some limitations: video quality is fine for general viewing in good light. As with any device with a small sensor, low light means degraded quality.
I've had no problems at all. Installation was simple and trouble-free. I've bought two more from Amazon and I'm satisfied with both providers: Amazon and Dropcam. To be able to set up cameras so easily and to view their streams on the web with so little trouble is a delight. I've had Panasonic IP cameras that took a substantial technical knowledge (and only capable of setup on a Windows computer) or a steep learning curve upon buying it to get it up and working.
I've seen comparisons in other reviews to the VueZone system. I don't have any experience with those cameras but reading the description and customer reviews on Amazon I don't see any substantial benefit to that camera over Dropcam. Dropcam is a little more expensive but Dropcam doesn't require batteries, doesn't need a "gateway" which must be hardwired to the router, doesn't charge for having more than two cameras running on the network, doesn't charge to invite others to see your video stream, doesn't charge to see your cameras from mobile devices and doesn't require another gateway for each 5 cameras you are running on the same network.
First I ordered one and then ordered another one. The second one I had to return
because it simply would not stay connected wirelessly to the internet. I tried everything
I could think of and suggestions from the Dropcam website - no luck.
The First camera I bought is still in use. I shut it off at night from the Dropcam
website so it dosen't interfere with Netflix streaming. Occassionally it will not turn back
on and I have to unplug it and plug it back in to get it to work - but thats O.K.; it does work.
The one thing that bothers me is that with the initial price being as high as it is, you
should get a longer period of time when the recording DVR function is free. After 14 days
you have to start paying $8.95 a month to keep that feature or it is just live streaming.
The other draw back is contacting customer service. When I was trying to get the second camera to work
I called their customer service phone number and was told to leave a message and phone number
and someone would call me back. They recommend you use the customer service email and someone
will get back to you. Maybe its just me, but it adds to the frustration of trying to get something
to work that is suppposed to be simple to install and then being told "someone will get back to you".
In conclusion, I've had other internet security cameras and this one by far is the easiest to set up and use.
I'm not sure if it's worth the $199 price tag when you have to pay a monthly fee for the DVR feature and it does
have some operational glitches; but it serves its purpose of monitoring my house over the internet when I'm at
One last thing, if it wasn't for the fact that Amazon (with it's superb service and return policy), was the seller
I would not have tried this camera in the first place.
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