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Description:The DCS-900W Internet Camera offers 802.11b wireless connectivity in an inexpensive remote monitoring solution. The DCS-900W features a built-in Web server that eliminates the need for a PC to stream images directly to the Internet. By ente.Reviewed by: xb90 from CA on Dec 3, 2004
Experience: 3 Weeks
Strengths: Inexpensive, reliable, sturdy construction, fairly simple to set up.
Weaknesses: Does not handle low light well, fairly narrow field of view.
Summary: (Edited April 25th by xb90) This is a pretty good camera for the money (I paid around $110) - one should really not expect too much in this price range. It does what I need it to do just fine. It does not handle low light well and a wider angle lense would be nice for indoor use. I could not get it to work with 128-bit WEP encryption but once I switched to 64-bit WEP it worked just fine. I have had this running continuously for several weeks now and it has not locked up or failed in any way - I am considering purchase of a second one.
I bought a second cameras for the following reasons:
1. The first one was working OK for several weeks
2. The price was still pretty cheap compared to comparable products
3. The viewing angle of just one camera is so limited that I needed at least two cameras to cover the area that I want to view.
After doing a multi-week test at home, I installed both cameras in a remote location (my unoccupied second home which is over 2,000 miles away from my primary residence) to be used as a sort of security camera. I setup my wireless router to register it's WAN dynamic IP address using dyndns.org and opened up router ports so I can get to both cameras. There is no computer on the premesis, just a Cable Modem, a Wireless Router, and the two wireless cameras. Support for using dyndns.org is built into my router so any new IP address changes from my ISP will be registered and allow me continued remote access.
Initially, everything was working fine. After about one week, the second camera died and never came back online. My router does not see the camera at all. For all I know it could be crashed and in need of being power-cycled or sitting in a small pile of cinders (these cameras do run very hot for some reason). At any rate, it is of no use to me and I have no way of resetting it. A remote method for power on/off would be good to have - in retrospect, I could have easily set up a timer to power off both cameras for 5 minutes every day just in case they lock up but I never had this problem during my tests at home.
The one camera that continues to function can not always be accessed remotely but I'm not sure I can blame this on the camera as I am also unable to gain remote access into my router when the camera is not available. I also have a server that tries to monitor the camera remotely, detecting any motion using the bundled IPView Lite software - it works with fair reliability recording events such as the sun coming up or a light turning on (I have a table lamp set up on a timer).
The better solution for my application would be a pan-and-tilt wireless camera but at the time I was shopping around, pan-and-tilt cameras cost quite a bit more than I wanted to spend. I have since done more research and decided to purchase another camera from Toshiba.
The Toshiba IK-WB01A Features:
- Wireless 802.11b
- Pan/Tilt/Zoom with 10 Preset "Auto Patrol" mode
- Low light imageing capability to 0.7 Lux with low frame-rate (we'll see how well this works)
- Built-in web server, just like the DLink
- Motion Detection, just like the Dlink
- Built-in Audio (looking forward to trying this feature!)
- Email Notification (can send an image to your email or camera-phone if motion detechtion is set off)
Bought one of these from Provantage.com shippped for under $200 - still waiting for deliver and will right another review once I've tried it out.
Also Noteworthy is the Panasonic BL-C30A which has similar features to the Toshiba plus infra-red motion detection.
Reviewed by:Reviewed by: wizowor from ND on Oct 17, 2004
Experience: 2 Weeks
Strengths: The camera works well. The fact that it is wireless makes it easy to place anywhere I want it.
Weaknesses: There is no hard copy of the user manual. If you want one, you have to print it out from the included CD.
Summary: The camera itself is just what I was looking for. In fact, I'm thinking of getting a second one. It took me several days and several calls to tech support to get it working though. If you don't know anything about setting up network hardware and their settings, you may have to call tech support to get it working. I would have had much less trouble if a printed manual was included. (It comes on the CD and you have to print it out if you want it.) The manual is not detailed enough in my opinion. I must say that D-Link's tech support was easy to get on the phone and was very helpful.
Reviewed by:Reviewed by: harrykapur from WI on Apr 20, 2005
Experience: 7 Days
Strengths: Cool features, easy to install and the best part you can view output in your own web site no need to view from dlink window.
Weaknesses: Poor quality recording software. No Sound.
Summary: Very good camera in this price range and would have been better if had surveillance software along.
My customers like it alot specially the wireless part which gives the user an ability to change its location without pulling new ethernet cables, all you need is a power outlet.
Reviewed by:Reviewed by: sdhir from TX on Mar 16, 2005
Experience: 10 Days
Strengths: Sturdy and easy to set up. Good value for price. Loving it.
Weaknesses: Focussing the camera for each situation causes some headache. Could do better in low light conditions. But still good value for money at current level.
Summary: It has been doing great for me so far. Not ran into any issues. Good value. Planning on buying atleast one more. I think I am satisfied with this product.