Testing Lorex's IP Camera (LNE1001)

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Aug 02, 2010

Simplifying remote viewing is a key element in choosing and using IP cameras for home and small business users. Doing it the 'old fashion' way can require technical skill, be cumbersome and frustrating. A number of providers are now marketing 'easy' or 'plug n play' setup.

In this test report, we examine the Lorex LNE1001 cube camera that touts itself as providing "Easy Connect" capabilities. We bough the Lorex camera from Amazon and tested it primarily with its own provided VMS software.

The simplicity of remote access of the Lorex sits in between other cameras we tested - easier to setup for remote access than the Cisco-Linksys cube camera but more complex than the Viaas camera. While the Lorex has a higher up-front cost than either competitor, Lorex does not charge for ongoing basic remote access.

Inside the pro section, we carefully examine a number of the detailed differences and functions of the Lorex systems and how it varies from other offerings.

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Setup: Lorex markets this camera as being "Easy Connect." While it is certainly easier than setting up port forwarding and configuring IP addresses, some technical skills are still needed. An IP finder utility needs to be executed by the user to setup the camera, but the utility was not able to find the camera on the network when used on some PC systems. Remote access functions, through third party provider Yoics, requires manual registration through the camera's web interface.

Monitoring ********: Video monitoring software has very limited functionality (manual recording only, no search, no formal exporting of video), and there is no manual ip address input; The system relies entirely on the IP finder utility to associate cameras to the system. 

Bandwidth: During our tests, we observed the camera's bandwidth consumption at 330Kbps during the day, and 290kbps at night. The camera was placed indoors, with the video settings at 640x480, 30fps, MPEG4 codec.

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Third ***** *** *******: We were able to connect the camera to NUUO VMS and Blue Iris, but only when using the LNE 3003 camera driver profile. We found that the Lorex LNE1001 has limited 3rd party VMS support. No driver was available for Milestone Enterprise, ExacqVision VMS, or Luxriot. In addition, we could not connect to the budget VMS systems: Argus, WebcamXP, and I-Catcher Console.  

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