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7 people found this helpful
on 8 May 2014
For a start, these cams don't use DHCP out the box, I do not know why, but they don't and they also need a 192.168.1.x network as they're IP hard coded. If you have a 192.168.2.x network like I did, you need to change that to a 192.168.1.x networkd first, get the camera on using ethernet, then set it up from there. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you may want to look elsewhere for a camera.
Secondly, the lens on these cams are quite long, so if you pin them to the outside of your house, you will only see a very narrow view of where it's pointing. I've had to have mine quite high up and far away to have a meaningful viewable area, then the resolution is not good enough to make out faces, just figures.
The lens does focus (unscrew the protector lens and turn it carefully but firmly.)
After a night out and heavy rain, the front lens had water in it. I took the lens off, emptied the water and cleaned, replacing the lens being carefully to fully tighten it. Next morning it was fogged again and full of heavy condensation.... I don't know if this is from the water the previous night as I don't think it rained - I have my camera facing down at quite an angle, so don't know if the angle is too much that rain can enter from the back.
I'll take everything off again, put grease or something around the points where the cables enter and try again.
Also the silver ring around the reset button has gone rusty.
It's only been outside for a week.
I'm not too impressed.
I've given it 2 stars for the price and the product feels sturdy enough.
I've taken off one star for the crap setup and the fact that full viewing/recording functionality is only possible if you have Internet Explorer (I'm on a mac), one for the narrow field of view and one for the poor weather performance.
I'm sure you can buy better for the price.