This one of the most inexpensive IP cameras I have yet tried although prices do seem to be falling for them across the board.
Inside the plain white product box was the camera itself, wall/ceiling mount, screw kit for the mount, power adapter with UK plug and a Quick Install Guide but no sign of the software CD mentioned in the product listing.. No micro SD card is included.
The build quality seems good and examining the camera, it seems to follow the mould for for FOSCAM derivatives. On the front is the lens with the surrounding Night Vision LED array On the rear is the Ethernet port, TF card slot and power in port.
The first thing to do is to download the latest firmware and software together with the full User Manual from the manufacturer website listed on the Install Guide and update the firmware and software once connected. If your browser flags up security issues – hopefully sorted out by now – then contact the supplier from the Amazon page they will send you a direct download link as they did for me.
There are several ways to get the camera on line and working. You can use your mobile phone and follow the instructions in the P2PIPC app which you need to download first from the Apple or Google app stores. Personally I find the old school way to be the best although those unfamiliar with networking may prefer the app method. I connected the camera by Ethernet cable to my router and then located the IP number for the camera from the router control panel. I then went to the camera IP address and logged on using the login/password admin/admin. Once there I was able to fully configure the camera’s Wifi and other settings. Once done I then disconnected the Ethernet cable and rebooted the camera to allow it to connect to the wifi network.
This model boasts 720P image quality and in fact the image quality is above average for an IP camera of this resolution.. Bear in mind that higher image quality means increased internet bandwidth use and possibly slower uploading and streaming. My advice would be to always select the lowest resolution that suits your needs. If you do not have a fast enough upstream connection then the live video will look blocky and will not stream smoothly and your captured security video may be poor too. By the same token if you use an SD card with the camera make sure you use a fast Class 10 card – if the card must be able to be cope with the high speed Full HD data stream from the camera otherwise the results will be jittery and poor. Unlike with many cheap security cameras this one boasts an i/r cut filter which when not needed removes the infra red filter required for night time viewing to ensure good colour fidelity daytime images. Another good feature is ONVIF support which allows the camera to be integrated in many third party security systems. It supports two way audio which means it could serve well as a Baby Monitor.
This is a high quality security camera capable of excellent results but it must be correctly configured to get the best from it. The price is brilliant for the features on offer and allows me to overlook the website security and setting up issues some users have found.
Good image quality
Robust build quality
P2P access and configuration
i/r cut filter
Motion detection alarm
On alert sends files by email, ftp, TF card
Scheduled monitoring periods
Good browser configuration page
Works with any web browser
Two way audio
TF card slot
No software CD
No 5Ghz wifi support
No ac wifi support
No cloud video storage
No SD card included
No audio output port