All-in-One 'Plug n Play' Camera with No Monthly Fee

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 06, 2010

Over the next few years, we believe an increasing number of products will provide 'plug n play' managed video solutions with no monthly fee. A recent product release by Brickcom is one example.

Their CB-100A Megapixel cube camera offers no setup remote access and on-board storage for $359 MSRP with no recurring charge. Non-technical users can connect the camera to their home/SMB network and without any network configuration, access the camera anywhere via a URL provided by Brickcom. Additionally, the camera has an SD slot (card purchased separately) with access to storage via a web interface.

With these features, the camera becomes a DVR replacement (no on-site PC needed) while eliminating the $10 or more many managed video providers are charging for service. For users who want a few cameras, this could be a simple and fairly low cost way to deploying a solution.

Key issues to be kept in mind when reviewing this product:

  • At $359 USD, this is not an inexpensive. The higher resolution, PIR sensor, IR LED, etc are more advanced features but also add cost.
  • The web interface for accessing recorded video lists clips by text in rows. This can be clunky and time consuming to review video. See sample image of search/recorded video interface.
  • Brickcom is basically unknown in the video surveillance market and will either have to develop channels or brand (or both) to gain adoption of the product.

We expect to see more cameras like this and greater advances in usability as this market matures.
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