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#2
What is the normal price for this one? How about battery life?
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What is the normal price for this one? How about battery life?
$120?
Battery life says 6 months
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Damn 6 months no wires I'm tempted to upgrade to these from foscam
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Worst camera ever if you want to use for security purposes. For baby monitor may be. But for security, forget it. Here is my review on Amazon:

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I had a big hope for this security system. Awesome concept. No wires whatsoever. Use batteries instead. But I think Netgear dropped the ball when it comes to detecting the motion and starting to record. The processor in the camera seems to be too slow. It takes a good 5 to 8 sec to start recording, enough to either lose the subject triggering the motion altogether or only getting the trailing end of the action.

The delay is so horrible that I could walk up about 10 to 15 ft in the view and pass by without being visible in the camera at all when the video is captured. It obviously detected the motion that's why it sent out the alerts, and attempted to record, but by the time it started recording it's all gone.

Updated the firmware and everything but no difference.

I think the camera is not buffering anything at all. It actually tries to establish a connection with the server after it detects motion and it takes good 5 to 8 sec to do that. I had full bars on one of the cameras and one less bar in the second one so I don't think it was the signal issue. Netgear probably used a really cheap processor in the camera, may be to save batteries, but that simply killed it for me.

If you have the camera right at the front door, it is probably not as big of a deal, because after someone coming up to the front door, they will ring the bell and stand there and the camera will finally start capturing the video, and hopefully get them. But if you have camera pointing at the driveway, forget it. The guy would pass through the driveway and all you will get in the video is the empty scene.

For $350 I would expect better performance than this.

I called tech support and all they did was to ask me to change the sensitivity. That couldn't help obviously since it is not the sensitivity issue since it is already detecting the motion.

Here is another concern. I like how they have used magnets to stick the cameras on. Makes it really simple to install. But anybody could simply reach out and pull an expensive camera out and walk away. Now you would think that at least I will capture them in the video, but nope. I could walk all the way up my driveway to the camera, step up on my stool, reach out and grab the camera, and I will get the alert, but all I will see is the palm of my hand in the video. So yeah, here is another reason you want the camera to start recording quickly.

Other than that the camera was not too bad. Strong connection, no drops, video quality was acceptable, and the range is pretty wide-angle. 2 stars for that.

Had to send the cameras back to Amazon because of that issue. Can't be used as security camera because of it.
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Worst camera ever if you want to use for security purposes. For baby monitor may be. But for security, forget it. Here is my review on Amazon:
Do u recommend any other completely wireless security cams?
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Yes, actually. After this, I bought this one:

https://www.amazon.com/ANNKE-Moni...00R4HEKYY/

And here is my review on this:

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This camera is awesome. It was a delight to setup. I was able to set it up and use it in less than 10 min.

I was able to connect with my wifi router using WPS (the Fn button on the back of the camera). Simply put your router into WPS mode by pressing the WPS button on the back of the router (if router supports it - most do). Short press the Fn button at the back of the camera. Make sure the amber LED starts blinking. Within a few seconds, the camera should be able to connect to the router. You are done. You don't need the Ethernet cable if you have WPS support in your router. The camera has an IP address at this point on your home network.

Now simply download the MIPC app. The app is surprisingly awesome for being free and generic. As soon as you start the app, it asks you to login or setup the app. Simply click on setup and provide the username and password. Then login to the app. Click on Add Device and then scan the QR code on the back of the camera. It will fill up the camera ID and then enter the default password also specified at the back of the camera (mine was "admin"). You will be able to login and immediately asked to change the password. So change it.

Soon after that the app will be able to discover the camera in your network, and will show its thumbnail. Click on it to start viewing the live feed from the camera. Absolutely fantastic.

You can also access the camera from your computer. Simply go to myannke.com and login with your credentials that you use to setup the app. You will see your camera there and will be able to access all the features.

The camera can be setup to record either 24 hours, schedule recording or just record on motion sense. Just plugin a 32GB SD card and you will be all set. I have it set up to record on motion sense. Works great. The best part is that it records starting from a few seconds before the actual event occurs, because it constantly buffers the video. So you don't miss anything. Compare it with Arlo - the most expensive camera ever that takes more than 5 to 8 secs after the event happened to start recording. Sent it right back.

Here is a complete (I think) list of all the features the camera supports:

1. View live feed
2. Motion sensor
3. Alert on motion
4. Setup alarm (haven't done that)
5. Move camera head
6. Talk to someone remotely
7. Hear the person in front of the camera
8. Record on motion sense
9. Records a few seconds before the motion trigger event occurs due to internal video buffering.
10. Records right on SD card (upto 32GB)
11. Works with MIPC app just fine
12. Day, Night, Auto modes
13. 720p resolution - lower resolutions can be set
14. Control Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness in the app.
15. Guest account supported - you can have your friends and family watch the live feed without letting them mess up your settings
16. Choose what to overlay on the video such as date, time and week.
17. Motion alert. If you have app running on your phone in the background (run it and don't exit, simply press Home button), you will be notified when it detects motion and records.
18. Schedule recording, or set it to record 24/7.
19. Flip video feed.
20. Change Mic sensitivity and Speaker intensity.

Long story short. I am really happy with the camera. I have had a Foscam (junk) and Arlo (messed up in recording start time), but this one is the best hands down.
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Do u recommend any other completely wireless security cams?
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this camera has major security issues. from what I understood on this week's "security now!" you could just take pictures of the bar codes and then wait for someone to bring the camera home and snoop away. As for the motion detection mentioned earlier, if it isn't quoted as a day/night camera (i didn't research this feature on theirs) then it simply won't work in poor lighting.
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D-Link cameras have been good to me.
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Yes, actually. After this, I bought this one:

https://www.amazon.com/ANNKE-Moni...00R4HEKYY/

And here is my review on this:
You are an idiot. The link you posted it to a crapy indoor camera that requires a power cable to operate. Arlo is awesome. I have 3 outdoor andove them. Cloud storage and rechargeable batteries make for a perfect system. There is nothing like an Arlo on the market. And it works so well with my arlo q for inside recording. The app works perfectly.
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I bought the arlo system two weeks ago and love it. The Foscam posted above can't compete at all. Ugly, wires, much larger, bleh... This is coming from someone who has two Foscams sitting in a box somewhere.

The price of this camera looks decent. It's currently $142 on Amazon and has never been below $120. I don't think I need another but this price is tempting.

FYI if you are looking for a kit, go to your local sams club. The three camera kit also includes two outdoor mounts and it's $50 cheaper than anywhere else.
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I 100% agree with the Arlo being the best wireless option out there. I did not experience any of the issues aforementioned since I upgraded my wireless network. Full bars is not enough if you are not using the right channels to circumvent radio frequency pollution and are not saturating your network with bandwith hogging devices and apps without some sort of QoS. Nothing out there comes close IMO.

However, I DO NOT agree with name calling a fellow SDer just because they had a negative experience and honestly reviewed the product to the best of their technical abilities. He/She might be wrong, but at least the poster cared enough to share his/her opinion and back it up with experience. In the end, they were only trying to help and that is what this community is mostly about otherwise why even post here and not just lurk the forums and never contribute? SMH
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Last edited by SheekoBeeko June 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM
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Echoing what others have said, never mind this loudmouth who can't get his Arlo to work. These things are phenomenal. I've had mine for close to a year now, no complaints. My cameras are fairly busy, and I only change the batteries every 4-6 months. Love it!

The software (iOS app) could use a little work, occasionally I have problems connecting to a live camera, but for security, it always works. It's not freaking INSTANT, I'm not sure any are, but I find the delay from activation to recording completely acceptable. Go for it, any perceived issues are far outweighed by ease of setup and use.

Also, regarding security and stealing barcodes from other cameras, I think this was proven to be silly. You can't add cameras to your system with just a serial number, you need the camera connected to your wifi. Or something like that. Do your diligence, but it's a secure setup.
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was in the market for this for a few months and this is the best price I've seen on a solo cam. I was lucky to be able to get the 2 pack from the target missprice a month or two ago
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Quote from pet1700 View Post :
You are an idiot. The link you posted it to a crapy indoor camera that requires a power cable to operate. Arlo is awesome. I have 3 outdoor andove them. Cloud storage and rechargeable batteries make for a perfect system. There is nothing like an Arlo on the market. And it works so well with my arlo q for inside recording. The app works perfectly.
No need to call him an idiot. He was stating that recording does kick in for a few seconds so you miss the original action. Can you comment on this, whether yours does that too?
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