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Works well but needs the latest Firmware
on 29 August 2013
I bought this Camera to capture events in my Garden on and around a Hedgehog Feeder. So far it has captured many moths, two Cats and an early Bird getting a worm and that's just the first night!
It's very easy to set up requiring a temporary connection to a router to facilitate wifi configuration but once done it works wirelessly over Wifi. Using software which can be downloaded from Ucam247's website you can view live images on a PC, Mac or via an app on an Ipad or Iphone too.
Lots of settings can be accessed through a WebBrowser including the setting up of built in storage, recording and emailing warning of event occurrences and various other tasks including scheduling so you can decide when and how you want events to be recorded and how you want to be informed. Sensitivity to movement via range and threshold settings are also adjustable through the appropriate section on the settings page.
The image quality is very good during the day with fairly accurate colours. Night vision is very much in line with what you see on wildlife programs where they use IR cameras to capture events in peoples gardens. The images are a little bit grainy but still quite clear in black and white.
I am still fine tuning the settings for sensitivity and what to do with the recorded files which I suspect will take a few days of tinkering before I am completely happy with my setup. Never the less I really cannot fault the camera in any way and will definitely be buying a second one quite soon.
I have had the camera for a couple of days now and for viewing the camera scene through an Ipad or Iphone, the only app I have found out of three that are readily available that really works well is P2PCam264. This gives a consistent frame rate and uses the main stream so you get a very high quality image on your iphone. I must say I did not have much success with Ucam247Live which had a very erratic frame rate and often just stopped working altogether. Its a bit ironic that the Camera manufacturers own App doesn't work as well as a third party App does and Ucam247 should look into this in my opinion. Similarly the Anyscene app wasn't very clever either.
Sadly the camera stopped working properly after a few days and failed to continue recording events or sending alarm emails to me. This was due to the camera running on an old Firmware which was superceded by later versions but not installed on the Camera. Support from Ucam247 was outstanding and following the installation of new Firmware the Camera is now working very well.
I would therefore recommend making sure you have the latest firmware installed for the best possible performance.
10 Days now since the firmware Upgrade and this camera has not missed a beat. An absolutely superb bit of kit and I shall definately be picking up another one as soon as it is available.
I have bought a second one yesterday to add to the one I bought in September. 2 months of flawless operation in all sorts of hideous weather is enough to convince me that theses cameras are very good indeed.
If you have trouble streaming Video via Wifi, its quite possibly a router issue. My BT Business hub 3 was useless with these cameras in that regard but my new Billion 7800N is superb. We can have what we think is a good enough wifi connection until we try streaming demanding video signals from outdoors to indoors then we find otherwise! Anything from overlapping wifi signals from neighbours networks using the same channel as ours to other wireless devices can interfere with Wifi streaming and to get the best from it some testing and experimentation is needed to track down wireless issues. Cheap and cheerful routers are rarely any good through concrete walls where video streaming is concerned in my experience.
The second camera I purchased has not been reliable unfortunately and it was replaced with another which is also proving to be unreliable. It just randomly stops recording or sending emails which is obviously not good in a security camera. I must therefore reduce my rating to 3 stars for the moment until this is sorted. I have flashed the camera with the latest firmware so hopefully this will help but something is clearly amiss for the device to just stop working reliably from time to time.