KNEWMART are a new name to me but this is they seem to be launching a range of decent quality wireless IP cameras at bargain basement prices. But are they any good?
IN the mid market and simple product box was the camera itself, wall/ceiling mount, screw kit for the mount, power adapter with UK plug, fullsize CD of software and User Guides, Ethernet cable, antenna, and a short but well printed and easy to read colour Quick Install Guide
The build quality seems good. The camera body is made of metal and is rather smaller in size than the usual bullet format cameras. It has a pigtail cable with sockets for Ethernet, power and reset switch. There is a screw fitting for the optional wifi antenna. The mounting kit consists of the two screws needed with wall plugs and a shaped pad to prevent damage to the mounting surface.
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.
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. This way you connect your phone to a wifi hotspot transmitted from the camera and use this to input your home network SSID and password. 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. 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.
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,
Scheduled monitoring periods
Good browser configuration page
Works with any web browser
No 5Ghz wifi support
No ac wifi support
No cloud video storage