Pros: - Initial setup very easy. - Able to view easily from the web on computer or iPhone. - Email alerts for motion detection works great. - Video capture works well and will automatically upload to You Tube. - Works well on wireless. - Came with a 2GB SD Card (maybe only for Costco purchases). - Night time pictures are decent, better than expected.
Cons: - Initialy could not view from the Mac or PC. See FAQ: [...] - Software on the CD is worthless. Mac version did not work, didn't bother with the PC version. Recommend ignoring the CD. - Software downloaded from [...] for the Mac worked once, then after would never load. Ended up removing it. Recommend ignoring this software as well. - No ability to delete images or videos stored on the SD Card from the camera. You need to remove the SD Card and delete the files from a computer. - When trying to watch a video stored on the SD card, it may crash the browser. You need to save it to your computer first then play the file.
Mole Camera Setup: - Get started: -- Plug in LAN cable. -- Plug in power. - Register Your Camera: -- Go to: [...] -- Create a new account, it will detect your camera and bring up your camera's home page. -- Note: If Yoics' site is down (unlikely), you can go directy to your camera's home page by typing in the IP address, e.g. 192.168.0.111 - Update browser: -- At this point your camera is running, but you may not see a picture. -- Reason is that you need to install an ActiveX Plug-in and/or QuickTime. -- Instructions: [...] - Setup Wireless: -- Attach WiFi antenna. -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [Network] tabs. -- Click the [Search] button and select your router. -- Enter in the security settings for your router. -- Unplug the power to your camera, unplug your LAN cable, plug the power back in. This will reset the camera so that it will now start using WiFi.
Setup Alerts and Remote Storage: - Setup email notification: -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [e-mail] tabs. -- For this you need to have an email account with SMTP. This is so that the camera can send the alert using this email account. -- Enter the your email account settings. -- Typical email settings: [...] - Setup Alarm: -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [Alarm] tabs. -- Check "E-mail Alarm". -- Check "Send with Picture". -- Check "Save Picture on the SD card". -- Check `Save Video on the SD card". Must have this checked to upload to a remote storage. - Setup Remote Storage for Video (optional): -- Create a YouTube or Twitter account. This is if you want to upload your videos on the web so you can view them easier. -- You can make these uploads private so that no one else can view them. -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [Remote Storage] tabs. -- Enter your YouTube and/or Twitter account settings. Select "Private Youtube Upload" if you want to. -- Note: You need to have selected "Save Video on the SD card".
Setup Motion Detection and Schedule: - Setup Motion Detection: -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [Motion detection] tabs. -- Select the areas where you want the camera to detect motion. I just used one window and expanded it to the full screen. -- Select the sensitivity for each window. I set mine to 26. At 45 I was getting too many alerts. - Setup Schedule: -- This is when you want the camera's motion detection to be running. Generally you want to schedule it when you're not home. -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [Schedule] tabs. -- Set the days and times. - Setup Auto Capture (optional): -- This is if you want to pictures to be taken at regular intervals. -- I didn't bother with this. -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [Remote Storage] tabs.
Setup Camera as Virtual Web Server (Optional): Normally you should be able to access the camera from [...] However, if you want to remove any dependency on Yoics' server, then you can setup your router to operate the camera as a virtual web server. I did it mainly for fun. - Setup User Access: -- Out of the box, camera authentication is not active, which is ok if you're going to access via Yoics' site. But if you want to access your camera directly then you'll want to enable authentication. -- From your camera's web site, click the [Advanced] --> [User] tabs. -- Check "Enable". -- Enter passwords for Admin, User and Guest. - Find out your camera's IP Address: -- From your camera's web site, click the [System] --> [Device Information] tabs. -- Note the IP Address. -- The default port is 80. Unless you changed it at [Advanced] --> [Network]. - Log in to your router's home page: -- Typically: [...] -- Find out what your router's public WAN IP Address is. Finding this information depends on the router, e.g. 111.222.333.444 -- Go to the virtual server settings. -- Select the public port you want to use. e.g. 6000. -- Enter the camera's IP Address and port. e.g. 192.168.0.111 port: 80 -- Save the settings and you can now access your camera using your IP Address and port. In this example it would be: [...]