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If you’re a small business or home user seeking a simple CCTV solution, you’d probably like to be able to mount your new IP camera in a suitable location, connect it to your network and then use a free app on your mobile phone or tablet to access live video and recordings whilst on the go. That’s it – safeguard your business or home with no complicated set-up and configuration. Some might call this approach “Plug and play”.
Until recently, it’s not been that easy and as a minimum, a PC was still required during the installation of the IP camera. Now it’s possible to do using just a mobile app and although we probably wouldn’t use the phrase “Plug and play”, the solution is certainly very straight forward.
Both Axis and Hikvision support this app-based approach and we’ll outline how to get up and running, weigh up each brand’s offering and consider the limitations.
Today’s story of a Russian website showing UK companies’ and people’s personal cameras, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30121159, shows how important it is to secure access to your cameras. Not protecting access to your cameras is like leaving the door of your house open. At some point you will get unwanted visitors. There is no need for this risk, keeping safe is easy. Just follow the basic rules:
Y-cam Solutions have launched their 2nd generation Y-cam Bullet HD cameras, available in either HD 720p or HD 1080p versions. Y-cam is a popular camera brand amongst home users and small and medium sized businesses, with all Y-cam models offering wireless capabilities, ease of use and compatibility with a wide range of operating systems, browsers and mobile platforms. So how have the new 2nd generation Y-cam Bullet HD cameras improved from the first generation models?
We get great feedback on the best seller in the Cube range, the Y-cam Cube HD 1080. The Y-cam Cube 1080 variant of the Cube range is essentially the same camera as the Cube 720 but with an increased sensor size (2 megapixels as opposed to 1 megapixel on the Cube 720).
Following on from our first look at the Y-cam Cube 720 in April 2013 and the recent sales success of the Cube HD 1080 version we thought it worthwhile to take a further in-depth look at the unit and share it with you here.
Ideally placed for surveillance and monitoring in offices, small retail outlets and at home, the Cube 1080 retains the same ‘just right’ small form factor that we noted in our review of the Y-cam Cube HD 720 and with the same 15m infrared night vision capability remains suitable for use indoors all day and in all lighting conditions.
Here at NW we’re used to working with premium manufacturers like Axis, Sony and Mobotix, but we’ve always stocked and supported niche IP camera vendors like Y-cam, right from when they entered the market in 2007. Over the years since Y-cam’s products have delighted and disappointed in equal measure, but with the new Y-cam Cube range we think they finally have a product which impresses in an all-round fashion.
Right from receiving the box you can see the improvement in quality and attention to detail. The product’s packaging and its build quality both bode well for quality in the product throughout. It’s also really quite small.
Our technical team get asked the same questions a lot and so we’ve let one of them loose on this blog to tell us which ones. Over to Raymond…
We receive many queries on the technical support line here at NW, and of course they do vary widely, from customers looking for advice or technical help, right through to providing support for full security systems installations and integrations.
We do, however, answer certain questions more often than others. In fact, I would say that the majority of technical support questions would fall into a handful of issues.
In this blog I will outline five of the issues we most commonly see and provide a link or a brief guide on each so we here on technical support can spend more time discussing Star Trek!
Panasonic’s now end-of-line BB-HCM735 was one of the best-selling network cameras in their home/office range, offering very decent VGA resolution footage in an outdoor-ready casing with pan/tilt movement and 2-way audio, while still being very cost-effective. Now that this camera has been discontinued, we’ve taken a look at its replacement; the Panasonic i-Pro WV-SW175. Does this camera still offer the same good value as its predecessor?
First things first, let’s see some sample footage from the camera.
Axis has released two new cameras to its existing M30 camera range.
The M30-V series are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, ideal for unobtrusive surveillance, and are vandal-resistant for mounting in exposed locations.
The integrated recording system helps to lower system costs with video stored either to MicroSD memory cards or local networked drives. Axis Camera Companion support offers easy viewing and management of up to 16 Axis IP cameras.
With this price point and level of functionality, the M30-V IP cameras, like others in the full Axis camera range offer exceptional value.
Axis is launching one of the most affordable HD IP cameras on the market today. The new Axis M1014 has High Definition 720p resolution and will cost just £158.
At the same time Axis will introduce an SVGA version of this model, the Axis M1013, which at just £124 sets a new price-performance benchmark at the entry-level of the IP camera market.
The Axis M1014 and Axis M1013 IP cameras are targeted for use in small-scale CCTV installations and the domestic security market. Both have the capacity for on-board MicroSD card recording, making the cameras perfect for use with Axis Camera Companion, Axis’ edge-based recording system allowing easy viewing of live footage and recordings through use of mobile phones, tablets and other handheld devices.
In combination with the free Axis Camera Companion, the Axis M1014 and Axis M1013 mini IP cameras offer a cost-effective CCTV solution that is simple to set up and use. We expect them to sell well.
View the Axis IP camera range.
Update: Both cameras are now available.
With infra-red night-vision and LED illumination allowing IP cameras to continue delivering great footage even in complete darkness it’s no surprise they’re a popular choice for around-the-clock security surveillance.
With a growing range of cameras available offering infra-red and the choice between models becoming more and more complicated, we’ve put together a list of our five most popular to give you a better idea of what’s out there, what each IP camera has to offer and what kind of prices you can expect when pricing up a security solution based around IP cameras that can continue monitoring effectively in darkness.
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