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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and getting better, 5 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Stem iZON Remote Room Monitor for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad (Accessory)
I had one of the early models (2011) when I was in the US and the software was incredibly buggy, but the latest software release sorts out most of these problems. I recently bought another one of these from the Apple Store, which is currently the cheapest at a sub £100 price point. I now have four of these in two properties and they do work reasonably well. The manufactured used to use YouTube as a Cloud option for storing user video, this meant you needed a Youtube account. Unfortunately for them the YouTube folk got very grumpy about about this and stopped the practice. Stem now have their own Cloud which works okay.

The thing you will need to ensure is a good wifi signal strength in your property, as the Izon does not have a super strong wifi antenna. This is normally the reason for dropouts and freezing. The device is also not happy if you have a wifi signal boosting device, like Netgear. One of mine refused to connect to the Netgear Extender, but connected happily to my main router when I moved the camera closer. This obviously can limit you positioning choices if you have a larger property.

They like to advertise these things as though they are battery powered i.e. no cable needed, but it will only run from the supplied USB power plug and cable. This can make the camera location and hiding the camera position a problem. If this is a issue, you can buy a USB power pack which means you can install this without being plugged into your home power supply. The downside is it will only give you around 12/14 hours of camera life, depending on what USB power pack you buy. This is probably sufficient if your out shopping, or out in the evening etc, but if you want to leaving this running when your on holiday its a mains plug-in.

I'm sure these will come down in price as they become more popular and the economise of mass production kicks in. Given the downsides I have discussed above, if you are prepared to spend a little time fine tuning the camera location and software options, they are worthwhile buy. However, if you need more than say four cameras and need external surveillance, you are probably better off looking at one of the 5+ camera 1TB home security camera systems that the likes of Costco and Maplin offer. Most of these also offer IPhone and IPad remote access.
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