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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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Product Description

This state-of-the-art weatherproof outdoor wireless IP camera works with your wireless router to broadcast and record video over your local area network or the internet. Video can be recorded when motion is detected or according to a defined schedule. When motion is detected, the camera will record video to the hard drive and upload images to an email address or FTP site. This IP camera with 25 meters range night vision capability employs a 1/4" CMOS image sensor. It can be mounted on the wall outside and can be controlled remotely. With built-in video encoder module and web server, users can view live images and full motion video through a standard Web browser. This device combines a network camera and a computer into one small, intelligent unit. Installation is easy by using the configuration software to assign an IP address to your camera or obtain an address automatically through a DHCP server (typically a router). It is a fully- featured internet-enabled surveillance system that provides password protected multi-level user management.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.1 x 7.8 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds
ASIN B003LY2NF2
Item model number CM-I12316GY
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3.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,137 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Home Security Systems
#8,170 in Camera & Photo > Surveillance Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com May 13, 2010

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By G. Jeronowitz on April 20, 2011
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I use a Mac. The documentation for this camera is just about non-existant and what does exist assumes you are running Windows.

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.

update;
I dismantled the camera and found an internal focus mechanism. The video from the camera is now quite sharp.
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I did get the wireless part to work fairly quickly. My biggest gripe is that it does not appear to support email notification on motion detect with Gmail (requires SSL SMTP (secure socket layer simple mail transfer protocol) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption). Also since no useful manuals or help screens are supplied or available from Zmodo, it requires the user/installer to attempt all setup processes by trial and error, consuming a lot of hours.
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."

SSL: Disabled
SMTP Server: zmodo.net
SMTP Port: 26
Sender: emailer@zmodo.net
Username: emailer@zmodo.net
Password: zmodo
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Basically it's a toy. The thing likes to "flash" while you're watching it, causing it to "sense motion" and upload 1000's of pictures as the thing goes bright-dim-bright-dim-bright-dim-bright-dim-bright-dim-bright-dim and the ONLY thing you can do about it is to change it from 640x480 to 320x240.

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.
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This is a great outdoor wifi camera, but setup is not for the newbie. Knowledge of ip schemes is essential and a temporarily available nic port if your wifi is secured.

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!
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