IPVMU Certified | 05/19/14 04:31pm
I have been testing one of the wifi cameras from hikvision for about a week and their wifi nvr over this last weekend. Both seem to work well with no noticeable issues yet. Day and Night images are good and the IR is good for what is it. Hardwired is almost always a better option.
Chesapeake & Midlantic | 05/19/14 04:44pm
I'm curious. Why don't you want to use a DDNS?
If not for the DDNS and NAS requirements, you would be happy with a Dropcam.
You can try a Brickcom camera like the WCB-100Ae you mentioned (they offer their own DDNS called EASYLINK where at the firmware you just name the camera and it will try to setup the ports in your model, will work with a not too sophisticated modem) you can youtube to check on this feature.
Then you have other options up and down in terms of price / quality:"
Dlink is popular too for WiFi cube cameras, then on the upper side you might want to check on AXIS .
Norris, Inc., S. Portland, ME | 05/20/14 10:03am
I have also been testing the Hikvision 2512 with wifi and onboard SD storage along with the Hikvision DDNS service. Connection is via the Hikvision Windows client or their mobile app. Have not tried or tested the NAS application, but it exists. Works well for a $200 camera with D/N and integrated IR. Plug in and go. (You may have to specially order the wifi/audio version of this camera). It is also IP66 if you need to deploy outside. I like this compact dome over their standard value domes because it has 3 axis alignment allowing deployment on walls and ceilings.
Norris, Inc., S. Portland, ME | 05/21/14 09:10pm
It does have one of those annoying pigtails (they must do this for the IP66 rating) which gets in the way, but it could be easiliy moved around when just used with a 12vdc wall plugin transformer. Not sure of the wifi range. Camera is in an aluminum enclosure with the antenna inside, so not sure how the sheilding affects it. If I was to use it for this application, I would probably mount it to a shallow pvc gang box and install some stickon rubber feet. The square compact dome design has a slight downtilt which would make setting flat on a desk ok.
I was somewhat amazed to the adaptive motion detection on this cheap camera. Seems to be very reliable with few false activations day or night. Much better that many more expensive brands I have used. Detects slight motion even in the distant background. (I will refrain from listing the 5-10 manufacturers I am thinking of with really bad basic motion analytics - you know - the cameras that record all night when everybody goes home - but not enough during the day when needed).
Neat little cheap camera which supports 64 GB storage cards and has decent android/ios mobile app.
Norris, Inc., S. Portland, ME | 05/27/14 09:43pm
The ds-2cd2512 has wifi if you get the w option. Online pricing 198 bucks.
A greeting and a new thanks for you all.