Zmodo CM-I12316GY Night Vision Wireless IP Network Surveillance Security Camera
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- 1/4" Color CMOS Image Sensor
- 36 Infrared LED, Automatic Operate in Dark Environment
- Allow Remote Viewing & Recording from Anywhere Anytime
- Multi-level Users Management with Password Protection
- Motion Detection Alert via Email or Upload Image to FTP
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|Item Dimensions||4.2 x 7.8 x 11.1 inches|
|Item Weight||1.98 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.1 pounds|
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I finally noticed there is a sticker on the box with the default IP, username and password as well as info about the DDNS settings. Once you get in to the web interface, setup is fairly straight forward and I have the camera under the control of my Security Spy software which is doing the motion detection/capture and alerting. Some very useful information such as the ethernet and WiFi MAC addresses are missing, and it should probably ship with DHCP set up instead of a manual IP.
The box itself states the camera can record audio. There is an audio cable hanging off the back, but no audio is sent along with the video stream unless you use Internet Explorer to watch the video.
My casual indoor test with the lights off show a good range of visibility with only light from the built-in IR emitters. Under normal white light conditions the color balance is off, significantly.
The description and box state 30FPS. I've not seen more than 15fps in either the 640x480 or 320x240 video modes yet, not even on ethernet; I can only assume the 30fps is referring to the analog output connector.
The wireless range seems okay. I had the camera a few rooms away from my router and it was holding 18Mb/s and the aforementioned 15fps.
Once I installed the camera on a tripod I noticed that the internal camera sensor is not aligned with the exterior chassis. I have to have the camera rotated about 20 degrees so the captured image is aligned to the horizon properly. The focus on the camera is non-adjustable as far as I can tell and it is off in my unit just a bit.
I dismantled the camera and found an internal focus mechanism. The video from the camera is now quite sharp.
Contacting Zmodo is a hit or miss proposition.
If you botch or forget the login and password, I found out that if you short the pair of loose contacts that may be labeled "reset" (the label tends to fall off) for 10+ seconds, it will put the camera back to its factory defaults - that is not in any of their documents, along with most all other information that is missing.
Got a response a day later from Zmodo on the email situation:
"We have had some trouble with our customers being able to use Gmail's SMTP server. We have since set up our own email server for the sole purpose of providing our customer's with motion alerts. Please use the following settings and then put your email address in the Recv Address field."
SMTP Server: zmodo.net
SMTP Port: 26
I have two of these cameras, I just purchased 2 more of them for someone else. I'm considering a couple for my parent's house. I'm quite happy with them, especially for the price. This is for the poor mooks that have had problems using wireless:
1. Unbox, hook camera to router, plug it in, ignore the mini-CD, it's not needed... and there isn't a trojan.
2. login to your router, usually 192.168.1.1, if it's not, it needs to be...
3. go to the url on the side of the camera, 192.168.1.99:99
4. click the little wrench icon on the bottom left of the menu
5. go into the Wireless Lan Settings, enable the wireless, scan and choose your wireless
6. enter any other relevant information pertaining to your wireless
7. go to Basic Network Settings and check Obtain IP from DHCP Server
8. unhook the network cable and look in your DHCP client table, in a Cisco/Linksys it's under Status - Local Network
9. find your wireless camera and its new IP and login to the camera again
10: uncheck the Obtain IP from DHCP and change the IP of your camera to whatever you want it to be so you're easily able to find it again.
11. enjoy some relief in your paranoia.
I hope this helped. If you've got a Droid, there's a nice app for that: IP Cam Viewer [...] (it's $4, I paid $10 when it first came out.) He's got a free version too, it does 3 cameras.
Color is washed out and cloud fluctuations trigger the motion detector so much that that feature is useless outdoors.
However, if you want to keep an eye on an area even in the dark - this is a very cool affordable way to do it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor low light/night image. Infrared LEDs only effective about 15 feet from camera.Published 23 months ago by JNB
Camera easy to set up and install. Stretching its abilities to reach the end of our driveway, but it works as advertised and has withstood the elements very well.Published on February 12, 2014 by Joe Walters
The camera is not weather-proof as advertised. After it rains, condensation builds up on the lens on the inside. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by AmazonBuyer
.. including me, I guess.
I'm a Mac user, and the cd was useless with my laptop CD reader. Read more
It goes back in quality as far as video performance, You can barely make out a person when veiwing online H264 is really going backwards compared to JPEG2000 format. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by My Opinion!
I bought these cameras about a month ago and so far I'm very happy with them. The image quality is very good and with a little repositioning of my router/modem (to a more... Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Bird Blaster
This camera comes with almost NO useful written instructions. Web tech support was non responsive as was the toll free number. Direct dial tech support reach someone. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by JO
For the technically inclined this thing is a breeze to install and setup. For those that lack the technical edge it could be a little intimidating. Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Michael J. Holden
Had high expectations of these, but ended up returning them. CD (corrupted) and minimal instructions included were useless, and getting any response from Zmodo support via email,... Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Duncan's Mom