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Amazon lightning deal: Amcrest UltraHD 2K (3MP/2304TVL) WiFi Video Security IP Camera $75.04

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https://www.amazon.com/Amcrest-Ul...01M15WH9C/

Lowest price ever according to the camels. Check to see if you qualify for the Chase/Amex/etc. promotions also for an even better deal since this likely costs enough to qualify by itself.

I have a Foscam R2 and like it a lot. I'll be interested to see how this compares since on paper it seems to have a narrower focal length but higher resolution and better low light performance.

The white version is on sale also for the same price. Maybe an additional 5% off if you buy both at the same time?

Note: if you're not a prime member it may be a few minutes until the deal is live. I think it said something about early access for prime members when I ordered.
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FYI - compare to Amcrest.com which has it listed for $99.99
( note, Amcrest offers 10% off to those who signup for their newsletter,... )

https://amcrest.com/amcrest-ultra...black.html
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These are great cameras. I own 4 of them. However, I'm not sure I trust Amcrest given these cameras phone home 12 times a second. Yes, per second, per camera and there is no way to disable on the camera itself. Right now I have 4 flooding my network. All 4 Amcrest cameras of this exact model (and only this model) are doing this. I've reported this to Amcrest, however, still no response.
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These are great cameras. I own 4 of them. However, I'm not sure I trust Amcrest given these cameras phone home 12 times a second. Yes, per second, per camera and there is no way to disable on the camera itself. Right now I have 4 flooding my network. All 4 Amcrest cameras of this exact model (and only this model) are doing this. I've reported this to Amcrest, however, still no response.
Can you run pfsense and block it?
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I brought 2
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These are great cameras. I own 4 of them. However, I'm not sure I trust Amcrest given these cameras phone home 12 times a second. Yes, per second, per camera and there is no way to disable on the camera itself. Right now I have 4 flooding my network. All 4 Amcrest cameras of this exact model (and only this model) are doing this. I've reported this to Amcrest, however, still no response.
It is cloud recording.
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Can you run pfsense and block it?
Sure, I don't see why you couldn't. I've personally blocked all the Amcrest domains below at router level to help prevent any phoning home - but that doesn't solve the internal network traffic issue. The flood of traffic on my LAN is crazy. I didn't have a need to do this prior to week ago when only by happenstance I noticed 450K+ attempts config.amcrestcloud.com from my dnsmasq logs. For whatever reason, all 5 cameras of model IP3M-941 and my other 1080P Amcrest camera are hammering away trying to phone home to the Amcrest death star.

To put this into perspective, today alone (so far) dnsmasq logged 60K+ to config.amcrestcloud.com for my 5 cameras. If these cameras were connected over WiFi (which they are not for me), I suspect it would bring my wifi network to a crawl given all the DNS traffic.

Now, all of this could be simply because because Amcrest cloud is down (notice posted their website) and since the camera isn't seeing the mother-ship, it continues to pound away until it makes contact. But still, if true, that is piss-poor implementation to have any product effectively DDoS the crap out of your network until it makes contact. Apparently, there are a few other blog posts with other models that had the same issue in months prior, which Amcrest fixed only after the user raised hell about it, but like most companies which operate in reactive mode, other models have not been updated.

Again, love these camera's, but finding out just now these phone home without permission (even when 100% local not subscribed EVER to any of Amcrest's online services) and to boot, THEN hammer the crap out my network , this is what leaves me a little irked.

I suspect this problem will go away once their AWS servers are back online, but really, Amcrest needs to give us an option to opt-in for contacting their systems. Perhaps if enough SDers on here purchase this, review and raise hell about it, perhaps they'll get the message. I'm waiting to hear back on my ticket and also plan to escalate this with Amcrest.

NOTE: If you plan to use any of their cloud recording you'll likely need to leave most if not all of these open. The addition of dh.amcrestsecurity.com blocks FW updates too I believe.

0.0.0.0 config.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 dh.amcrestsecurity.com
0.0.0.0 media-amc-0.hostedcloudvideo.com
0.0.0.0 ftps.hostedcloudvideo.com
0.0.0.0 command-1.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 command-10.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 command-2.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 command-3.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 command-5.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 command-6.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 command-8.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 command-9.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 ftp.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 www.amcrestcloud.com
0.0.0.0 ftps.hostedcloudvideo.com
0.0.0.0 media-amc-0.hostedcloudvideo.com
0.0.0.0 media-amc-1.hostedcloudvideo.com

EDIT: So after a little more looking, it appears even my other Amcrest 1080P camera is exhibiting the same behavior. Edited above to reflect.
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It is cloud recording.

I have never used nor will ever use Amcrest's cloud recording, nor any of their online services. 100% is local (or so I thought. lol). See my last post to vfx for more details.
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Sure, I don't see why you couldn't.
EDIT: So after a little more looking, it appears even my other Amcrest 1080P camera is exhibiting the same behavior. Edited above to reflect.
Does it worth extra $25 to get ultra HD model ? Do you use blue iris or similar software locally?
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Does it worth extra $25 to get ultra HD model ? Do you use blue iris or similar software locally
If you ever plan to use 5 GHz WiFi, then yes. These support dual band I believe whereas the older cameras do not. Overall, the rez is good on both and can't tell a hugh difference. I use BI on local desktop machine with SD Card backup on each camera.
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