Wireless Internet Camera? Which One

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kspare, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    I've been looking for wireless internet cameras for a customer of mine, i've tried the compact linksys camera and the dlink 950, both are absolute crap.

    So i'm looking to the masses to help me out with this.

    What do you suggest? I don't care if it has audio, I just want it to be stable, use mpeg 4, so that it's easy to view the camera, if it has to use an active x applet that is fine too. 802.11b is fine i'm not fussy there either.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

  3. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    How reliable was the wireless? This is for a vet, who is going to sell access to these cameras so families who leave for holidays can see their pets in their kennels. Not to complicated but the problem is finding a decent camera to do this! We don't want wire's running all over the place but power is not a problem.
  4. Makoazul

    Makoazul Guest


    Could you please advise how can I connect 2 ROUTERs TYPE N in order to get teh connectivity and Internet access?
    Thanks in advance.
  5. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Makoazul please post this is a separate thread.

    kspare, this was a coworkers of mine that was logging in remotely to show me, now i just spoke with him and he said wired it was extremely reliable and well worth it but wirelessly unless it was sitting literally right next to the router it was intermittent. The funny thing is I have been wanting to do exactly what your client is wanting to do for some time now. Let me know how it goes, and i will start doing a little more research myself to see if i can come up with anything.
  6. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Well I can tell you so far, Linksys' Products are duds. Dlink's are duds, but I can't say about the higher end ones. So far there are two trendnet devices i'm looking at bringing in. One actually has infrared lights on it for nighttime viewing. They aren't cheap, but some people will pay big bucks for this service!
  7. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

  8. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Yes please do i was just looking at the trendnet products. Overall they are not that badly priced, they do had a couple high end but the majority are only about 2x as much as the cheapos that dont work with the ip201w really about the same price as anything else you can get. Let me know how they turn out and maybe ill get a late christmas gift.
  9. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Will do, fire me your email address and i'll give you the IP address's to connect in when i get then setup.
  10. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    I've been using the IP400W for less than a year now and it's been great. I like the tilt and rotate feature.
  11. john44

    john44 Guest

    Wireless Camera

    I use the D-Link DCS-1000W in a detached garage 100 feet from the router and it works fine. I also use several AXIS wired cameras but do not know if they have a wireless one. Highly recommend AXIS.
  12. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Well I did my evaluation of the cameras.

    I ordered 3 Trendnet Cameras.


    The 201w wasn't very good. I didn't even demo it to my customer. May work ok for a general ara camera that doesnt require alot of detail.

    the 401w, is actually pretty cool. The pan and tilt works very good. The quality of the picture is ok, it appears fuzzy but if you are looking for a security camera this would do it. The range of motion is great! It has an option to predefine buttons to have the camera automatically lock onto that location.

    The 301W is by far the best ip camera i've seen. The picture quality is almost like that of a video camera..maybe better i'm not sure. During our tests over the internet I was able to watch this camera with my laptop over an evdo internet connection with little to no loss. I had it on my fish tank and could watch the fish in detail move around. It also has night vision with a ring of infrared lights all around. This functioned VERY well.

    Over all the trendnet cameras are GREAT products. All of them performed very well. No crashing of any kind. I would recommend these cameras very highly!

    Hope this helps some people!
  13. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Can you post the price you paid for those cameras?
  14. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    No, because i'm a distributor :)
  15. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    did some research and the TV-IP301W is way out of my price range. TV-IP301W is for commercial, but home user the TV-IP400W is a better deal
  16. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    For home, I would go with the 400w myself. You get the wireless, the pan and tilt and the image quality is pretty good! It also has the option of a java or active x plugin. Either camera is a good choice!
  17. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    The 301w for the feature set is very reasonably priced at 349. Heck it costs that much for a good used router. Ok one more question,

    Which camaera would you go with that give you night vision capability? And is the 301w the only one that you have tested with that feature?
  18. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    the 301w is the only one I tested. that camera by far exceeds my expectations. it works incredibly for nightime, and switches automatically between nighttime and daytime modes.

    It's fairly expensive here in canada, around the 600cdn mark but you get what you pay for!
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