I was looking for a camera primarily as a video nurse. I read all kinds of reviews about different cameras, in the end I decided to take a camera with the ability to record on a memory card and a divine price. Stopped on this model.
I ordered the camera on November 1, after a small jump in price. It got all the days for 20 in the normal form (parcel in an additional cardboard box), not wrinkled.
Included: the camera itself, the antenna (screwed), Mounting on the wall, euro power cable, CD with software.
What good is the camera for me personally?
1) Image transfer via local network (cable) and wifi
2) Two-way audio transmission (in fact, the phone mode, the speakers must be connected to the camera separately)
3) Record video to the local computer at the user's command, write to the memory card. Record in Alert mode (motion detection).
4) Night vision
5) On alarm-sending e-mail, recording to ftp.
Here we see the socket for connectionloudspeakers, a slot for a network cable, a slot for a microSD memory card (I immediately installed 8 gigabytes of class 10), a port for connecting additional devices (which is a mystery to me), and of course a power connector.
At the bottom - general information oncamera presets. The camera immediately has a registration on the service for monitoring via the Internet (vipcam in my case, and not 88safe, as written in the manual), more on that later.
Next - Reset button (hold 5 seconds forreset the camera), she had to use it five times, because from time to time the one or the other in the camera interface refused to work or hung up (such as the e-mail sending test).
Immediately, I’ll make a reservation that I’m a person familiar with network technologies quite spatially, which, when setting up the camera, was repeatedly (and put) at a standstill.
Software on the disc oazalsya very modest:
search tool is a software for searching and configuring the ip-address of the camera on the network.
video archive - codecs (???) for your h264 video format. After running the bat file, the cheto is copied somewhere.
Firefox plugin archive - a plugin for viewing a video stream from a camera in the browser firefox (I have no relevance)
H264 ip camera manual.pdf - manual for the camera (more precisely, for a number of cameras, because it is not always accurate and current, although quite complete)
Device Client is a software for controlling the camera, bypassing the browser. Comfortable, but the video from the camera I refused to play (black square)
The first thing you need to "see" the camera on the network by connecting the network cable to a computer or router (and only after turn on the power).
And already here I started having troubles. The camera from the factory has its own ip-address that is not suitable for the range of addresses of my network. As a result, as soon as I didn’t fight (I connected the camera with a cable and through a router, and directly to the computers, reconfigured the network and so on and so forth), I couldn’t go to the admin page in any way, although the camera was obviously running and I saw searchtool on the network. As a result, everything was decided by chance. Launching Searchtool again
I chose “Static IP” in the orange window, and in the red I assigned an IP address for the camera that matches my network. Ip-address was registered in the unit, the camera was rebooted and the administrator page became available.
Logging in as admin with a blank password, see:
It is better not to choose the Russian language, because, as the camera itself notes, “the language of Russians” is, more precisely, not quite Russian, because in places it remains only to guess what they mean. Chose English.
The first link is to work with the camera using IE (after installing the proposed ActiveX plugin), which is the most efficient for me.
I personally use Opera, with which the camera never got to be bothered, at least instead of video, only a black square.
RTSP media stream (for H264 Media Player) - I managed to use this item in my smartphone, streaming video played by RealPlayer
Well, the last point is intended to work from a mobile phone through java. Shows trouble-free and everywhere, BUT the buttons below the image do not function either in the phones or on the computer
Night shot. View through the Java menu from the browser
I suspect that the software is flawed, but so far I have not found where to download and update the interface and firmware. Although native site there is
The standard control window looks like this:
Arrows - camera movement.
Green circle - motion detection (if activated), blinks orange when moving and gives you a squeaky sound.
Arrows next to - forcing the camera to continuously move horizontally or vertically.
Next - the mirror reflection buttons.
Below the control buttons:
video recording - to the folder specified in the settingsis saving the video in h264 format. This is a separate tale. The video format could not play anything at all. What just did not do. I only mastered it yesterday, downloading the WindowsMediaPlayer clasic assembly with a special set of codecs - a set of “for DVRs” made by some kind person. In addition to the mpeg2 stream, nothing was found out about the video. Accordingly, what and how it can be encoded and mounted is also a mystery.
Video codec files on disk
Dale on the control panel:
snapshot - save photos to disk
gpio power on (below off) - turn on andturn off infrared night vision LEDs. By the way, the diodes themselves glow slightly with red light, apparently quite infrared)). When you go to night vision and back, the camera makes a slight click.
Buttons with headphones and microphone - turn on and off the transmission of sound (mode of communication and listening).
Button with a green circle Signal lamp - inclusionand turning off the flashing red alarm LED. Disable immediately, because it blinks ugly. By the way, in the process of setting, once again resetting the settings to the factory buttons on the bottom, go, it turned out that the LED does not turn off at all until you rearrange the ActiveX module (this happens when changing the camera’s IP address)
The following two icons are not active, but apparently it should have been working with records on the memory card. This is implemented from the camera setup menu.
Below the drop-down windows is the image quality setting.
Next - preset the camera position. I chose one of nine - the camera moved the view in the right direction.
And below are the settings of the camera itself.
main screen (canera info).
Alias settings - set the name of the camera
date time settings - set the time and date of the camera. it is possible to synchronize with the servers via the Internet, or simply bind to time on the computer.
user settings-register users of the camera (7pieces), credentials and passwords. Attention - when changing passwords, they are not duplicated and have only 7 characters, so when I changed the administrator password to normal, I couldn’t enter the menu by mistake. I had to do reset.
RTSP Settings - allows or does not allow the use of rtsp (which is, for me, a mystery, can someone tell me the usefulness of this item)
Multi-Camera Settings - through this menu item you can connect additional cameras to the control interface. Not relevant, because only one camera.
Basic network settings — configures camera access ports
Wireless Lan Settings - network connection menuWIFI. Nothing non-standard. We are looking for a network, enter the password. Reboot the camera (do not forget to immediately disconnect the network cable from it, otherwise duplicate IP addresses will go), and that's all, wireless access is ready.
PPPoE Settings is another mysterious point for me. Enables or not the use of Using PPPoE Dialup.
UPnP Settings is a useful item allowingaccess to the camera from the outside world (if your network has a fixed IP address, by using it (by adding the access port) you can go to the camera). It works for me. I watch what is happening at home sitting in the car with a mobile phone.
DDNS Service Settings is the very item that implements the ability to watch video from the camera through third-party services, unless UPnP is configured.
The camera has a choice of the following services:
and I personally could not properly connect any. Somewhere registration is paid (DynDNS.org), somewhere it is not clear how to register or additional settings are needed, but it is not clear where to take, because the site is in Chinese (my mother told me ...), or the site does not work at all (88safe.com) . Vipcam, in which the camera is supposedly registered, is also very mysterious.
Among other things ...
The top menu item factory DDNS does not want to be activated, I do not know what the glitch is.
And judging by the manual, until the DDNS setting is successful, the camera will not be able to perform the functions of sending snapshots to mail and recording images on FTP on alarm
If someone helps to deal with DDNS, I will be grateful.
Video Setting - here we customize the image from the camera
video size maximum 640x480. You can still 320x240
Mail Service Settings - send settingsemail on alert. We register the SMTP of our mail, login and password, and of the boxes for sending to. As I already said, it was not possible to configure sending by e-mail without configuring DDNS.
FTP Service Settings - similar to e-mail
Alarm Service Settings is a useful menu item. camera response to movement. You can configure the Alarm on schedule.
What is Alarm Input Armed and IO Linkage on Alarm for me is still a mystery.
SD Card Record-registers the conditions under which recording to the memory card occurs. You can set up a scheduled recording.
SD Card playback is access to the archive of records. Looks like that:
Each entry can either be downloaded to a computer via the web interface, or deleted.
When motion is detected, the camera makes ten-minute clips; the camera doesn't have time to record the first five seconds.
Record path - specifies the path to write to the local disk of the computer.
PTZ Settings - set the preset camera position.
Maintenance - well, and here, in addition to reboots, you can make firmware and web-interface updates (which I did not find)
So, the camera is still quite happy, even in spite of some incomprehensibility and under-tuning, which have yet to be resolved. Unauthorized disconnection or reboot has not yet been observed.
For a muddled review, I apologize, but those who want to buy such a camera, I think, will find in my review a series of answers to their questions, and even to questions that may not yet exist.
At the end here is another review similar camera. at the end of the link to extensive instructions and helpful comments.
I will try to answer the questions as much as I can. Thanks for attention.
With regards to video from the camera. I post the archive. In him
a fragment of the video is visual, for the camera was sent to the window, then to the room (the exposure difference is decent). The moment of switching to night vision is clearly visible.
The recording was made not automatically by the camera, but from the laptop by clicking the record button in the brewer.
Video archive from a native disk in which codecs (??) lie. Maybe someone will figure it out.
The very same WindowsMediaClassic, which turned outwatch the video on a stationary computer. Here is a nuance - on the laptop, here he refused to show the video, probably there are some other nuances. In any case, it already lies in the archive.
If anyone can understand the video and how to eat it, I think everyone will be interested and useful.
Youtube did not recognize the video format first. But he promised to try. in the end, this is what happened:
Well, updates after a year of yuzanya.
It was not possible to watch the video from the camera (xs what codecs and through what place to put).
With the sending of pictures on the soap, the camera didn’t get stuck, and in the process of this setup, it began to glitch periodically. until reset to factory settings.
DDNS did not work, even registered at the bottom of the camera. it's a shame, especially when the provider outbid and distributed dynamic ip instead of permanent ones.
the worst is like blondes. I “put it in the camera settings” (experimented with the settings), after which the camera stopped issuing the web interface. searchtool camera sees, operates with it, but the camera does not display the web interface. Restarting the factory settings did not give anything. The native site with technical support also does not work (maybe there is no such company already). I'm afraid I'll have to put the camera in a scrap.
From the good, the camera (accidentally) fell several times from a decent height to the floor (meter 2), seriously fought, sometimes crumbled, but after that it worked.
Good luck to all