Sharx Security VIPcella-IR SCNC2607 Wifi Wireless 802.11 b/g/n Security Network Camera with Infrared Night Vision
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- Hi-Resolution Wifi b/g IP Network Camera with infrared night vision
- Full 30 fps MPEG4 video performance at 640 x 480 resolution with audio
- See streaming video on ATT, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry
- Motion detection or timed emails and FTP uploads
- Supports Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Linux, VLC, QuickTime, 3GPP
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This Wifi b/g wireless IP camera has its own built in web server. You can view the video from your own home network or you can configure your router to view and control the camera from computers or cellphones on the internet, without dependence on any third party web sites or subscriptions. With the built-in microphone you can listen in. Excellent MPEG4 or MJPEG video quality at a full 640 x 480 resolution with up to 30 frames per second for fluid, natural motion color. For viewing or recording a single camera no software is required besides just your browser. For viewing or recording multiple Sharx IP cameras the included MultiView software for PCs supports up to 4 Sharx IP cameras simultaneously. Truly amazing to see the streaming video on your web enabled cell phone. For frequent use we recommend to upgrade your cellphone service to unlimited data, which costs just $15/mo extra on the ATT network. You can see motion even on non-3G phones like SonyEricsson w580i. If your phone does not support video you can see automatically refreshing JPEG images. At home, you can use this camera with your laptop or iPhone as a baby or pet monitor, and the very high light sensitivity in "moonlight mode" allows you to view out from a window to see what's happening in the street as long as there is some background light available. This camera has infrared night vision which can see in total, absolute darkness. Like any infrared sensitive camera, the daytime colors are subdued and can appear unnatural especially on plants and vegetation. For eye-popping, gorgeous daytime colors please select the less expensive Sharx SCNC2606 camera if you do not need night vision in total darkness. Wireless operation supports WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption. On routers with UPnP feature the camera can set itself up automatically, and on routers without UPnP (such as Apple's Airport series) the camera can be set up with our step by step instructions.
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I do think it's fairly easy to use and we were able to set it up without too much trouble, and it is easy to use for remote viewing on an iPhone as long as you get an app to use it with (I tried a few and stuck with netcamviewer, it was the easiest to use with this camera, hands down).
However, the camera broke after two months. I noticed the camera was no longer broadcasting a picture. When I got home, it was blazing hot, like, barely touchable! I unplugged it and the next day I tried to plug it back in but it was dead in the water. I'm just glad it wasn't set up anywhere that it could have caused a fire!
I have no idea what caused it to overheat like that, but regardless of the reason, breaking after two months is really terrible for a product like this! I hope my experience was an anomalous one, and judging by the reviews, it was, but I can't recommend it for that reason.
Unfortunately, the ratings on this product aren't really about the product itself, they are about the support and documentation.
The camera is OK, really no better. Is it extremely reliable? No, I've had it crash on me. Colors - terrible - that IR cut filter from the more recent model would've been helpful. Resolution - mediocre. Framerates - again, mediocre. User Interface - meh, it's usable, but has little enhanced function.
The camera was purchased so that we could watch our newborn daughter in her room, to make sure she was OK without actually getting up every few minutes. It works acceptably on ipad and android phone. The recommended app, TinyCam Monitor Free, does not support audio with this camera. Audio is supported using the mobile web interface, however, it drops the resolution down to the point of unusability.
My wife liked being able to watch our youngest so much, we got another camera for our 2 year old's room. Now, at this point, I hadn't looked at the documentation nor contacted support, and, figured I'd take a gamble on a much cheaper camera, the Foscam FI8910W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with IR-Cut Filter for True Color Images - 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle) - White NEWEST MODEL, which didn't have many product reviews at the time, but, appeared to be much the same, with pan and tilt, for 1/3rd the cost. This camera has BETTER video quality, with a whole bunch of features, including working audio on the same TinyCam Monitor Free Android app. This caused me to realize, 2/3rds of the cost of this product is basically for the small manual (something like 60 pages) and pedantic support which tells you to look at the manual (I did eventually contact them).
Furthermore, there was a piece of paper included with the camera stating not to return it to the vendor... Seriously? Would've been nice if that was clearly stated on the product's description page. While Amazon has been great to me, I have the strong suspicion that trying to return this product would be more hassle than others.
And, setup of IP cameras is pretty trivial if you know how to get IP addresses from the MAC addresses on your router (look at the dhcp lease table). I thought there would be more to this...
Mobile - I used an app called "IP Cam Viewer". Both Android and IOS versions are available. This app has a feature where you can see all your cams on one screen.
Setup couldn't be easier. Enter a static IP, the camera is done. Externally, I open a specific port per camera. So for camera 1, I have port 8081, camera 2, 8082, etc. I like ports so I can block them remotely quickly. Also, I installed a small client from Dyn DNS client. It runs on any of your machines internally (firewall) and update Dyn your public IP so you can access your camera(s) from the Internet using DNS name. In my case, it would be something like [...]
For the Panasonics, I was able to mount the entire thing wirelessly. Meaning, I have a camera connected to a battery pack, and the battery pack to a solar panel. I have all these screw on top of my tree. So I don't have have to run power or ethernet. One thing is Winter time, the battery may not charge so there are times where I don't have camera power. I couldn't get this unit to work in that configuration. Panasonic works, don't know why.
In addition, I set each camera to upload to my Godaddy page. If you purchase a domain name, you get like a 1-3 web page free. You really don't need a web page, just set your cameras to ftp the photos to your domain name at GoDaddy. I UPS everything, except the on up on the tree.