ONVIF Wire Free Camera Tested (Netgear FlexPower)

By: John Scanlan, Published on Oct 31, 2017

Totally wire-free cameras are a hot growth market.

But they have had one major problem: Proprietary.

IPVM has tested Netgear's Arlo and Arlo Go, Blink/Blink XT, and EZVIZ's Mini Trooper, none of which work with VMS systems.

There is clearly a need for an open wire free camera that can work with one's choice of VMS or NVR.

Netgear's new FlexPower aims to solve this, with an ONVIF conformant wire free camera system. We bought one and tested it.

Inside the report, we share our results on:

  • How well or poorly VMS integration with Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone and NxWitness
  • How motion detection performed and what issued it had
  • Setup / Installation
  • Image Quality vs commonplace IP Cameras
  • Battery life / consumption
  • Cybersecurity issue

Below is a sample image from the test:

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***** ** ******* * need *** ** **** wire **** ****** **** can **** **** ***'* choice ** *** ** NVR.

*******'* *** ********* **** to ***** ****, **** an ***** ********** **** free ****** ******. ** bought *** *** ****** it.

****** *** ******, ** share *** ******* **:

  • *** **** ** ****** VMS *********** **** ********, Exacq, *******, ********* *** NxWitness
  • *** ****** ********* ********* and **** ****** ** had
  • ***** / ************
  • ***** ******* ** *********** IP *******
  • ******* **** / ***********
  • ************* *****

***** ** * ****** image **** *** ****:

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*** ******* ********* ****** aims **** *** ****** on **** *** ***** in *** ****:

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  • ***** ******* **** ** high ******:**** ***** ********* ** scenes **** **** **** a *** ****** ****** per ***, ***** ****** expect ** ***** *** camera *** ***** ** plug-in *******, ** ******* life *** **** ** our *****, ******* **** ~2 **** ** ** indoor ******.
  • **** *** ***********:********* *** *** ******* camera **** *** ****** and ** ***** ******, only ********* ******** ********** properly ***** ****** **** VMD, **** ****** ******* event **********, ********** ** sensitivity ********.
  • *******, ***** ****** ******* password ** **** *****, which ** * ******** risk, ********* ******.

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*** ********* **** ******* sells ***$** *** ******, ***** *********** ****** ** $***.

****, **** *********, ** well ** ******* **********, list *** ********* ****** as ***-*****. *******, ** were **** ** ******** one ******* ***** *** received ** ** *-* days.

Physical ********

*** ***** ***** ******** a ******** ******** ** the ******* ********* ****** and ********* *******. ***** familiar **** **** **** see **** ************ ** the ********* ******, ** the ****** ** ****** identical ** *** **** Pro, *** **** ******* similar.

FlexPower *** *********** ********

** ***** ** ******** ONVIF *********** **** *****, the **** ******* ******* a ****** ***** ** VMSes **** ** ****** is ******** ** *** camera, ******* * ******** of *** **** ****** event *** ******* ******* and ****** ******. **** motion, ***** ****** ********* live ** * ******** of * ******. ***** may **** **** *** PTZ ******, *.*., *** left, ****, **** **, etc., ** ******** ******* live *********.

** **** *** *** FlexPower ****** ***** ** Milestone ******** ** **** video:

Base ******* *** ****** ** ********* ********

********* ******* *** ******** IP ********* **********, ********* users ** ******* ** four ******* ** *** a ***** ****** ****** (four *******). *** **** unit **** * ***** IP ******* *** *** web *********, *** **** address ** *** **** for ****** ** *****.

Hard ***** ****** *********

********* ****** *********** ****** be *******, ********** ** admin/password, ******* **** ****** with ** ***** ****** on *** ******* *** view *** *******' ******* knowing **** *****/********. **** that ***** *********** *** separate **** *** *** interface ** *** **** unit, ***** **** ******** to *****/********, *** *** be *******. ************, ***** credentials *** *********** **** for **** **** ****, with ****** ************* ********* from *** **** *******'* web *********.

ONVIF *** *********** ***********

** *** *****, *** FlexPower ****** ********* ** most ***** ****** ******* issue (*****, *******, *********, NxWitness), **** **** ******** Control ****** ******* ** connect, ****** ****** ***.

*******, ***** ***** ****** connected ** ******** *****, recording ** ********** **** unless ****** **** ****** detection ** ****, ******* FlexPower ***** ****** **** motion ******. ****** **** motion ********* *** ** used, *** *********** *** spotty, ********* *****.

VMS ****** ********* ******

*** ** *** **** of ****** **** ******, we ********* ** ********* server **** ****** ** Genetec, *********, *** *********, with ***** *******.

  • ********* ********:******** ********* ****, **** motion ******** ********** **** the ****** ******* **** its **** ***** (***** armed / ******* ******) to **** **** ******, and ********** ** ****** as **** ** ****** was ****** ** **** cases:

  • ******* *** ************* **** **********, **** motion ********* ****** *** triggering **** *** ****** began *********, ********** ** sensitivity ********.

Battery ****

****** *** *****, ******* life ****** **** ***** two **** ** * busy ****** ***********, **** ~150-200 ****** *********** ****** this ****. ******* ********** the ****** ** **** on ******* **** ** in * *** ******** location, *** ***** ******* or ******** ***** ***** used *********.

Image ******* ***********

******* ****** *** ********* camera *** * ***° lens, *** ** *** testing, *** ****** ***** of **** *** ******** narrower **** * ***° model ******:

******* ** ****, *** its *** ******* **** *********** **********, ***** ******* is ******* ***** **** typical ***** ******* *** commonplace.

** **** *****, *** FlexPower ****** ******** ***** details ** *** ******* due ** *** ***** resolution, *** **** ********** overexposes *** ******* *** test *****, **** **** softness ** ******.

** **** ******** ** a **** *****, *** FlexPower ****** ***** ***** softness, *** ******** ****** details ******* ******** ** the ***** ******, ***** overexposes *** *******/*****.

*******, ** **', *** specified ** *****, *** FlexPower ******'* ** ************ is ****, ******* **** dim ****** ** *** subject, *** ** *******. By ********, *** ****** camera ***** **** ****** detail ** *** ******* and ***** ******* ***** of *** *****.

Test **********

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** *** **** test:

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Comments (13)

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*****, *** **** ** not ******* ** ******** is **? ** **** as ** ** ****** the ******* ** ****** be **. ** **** it **** ******** ** the **** *** *** the **** *******?

**** *********** ******** **** the ****. **'* *** wifi, **'* * *********** 2.4 *** *******.

****** *****. ** **** case..... ****. ** ******.

* **** ** **** the **** ** ***** this *** ******** ** a *****. *** ******* is ****** ** ****** the **-** ******* **** access ***** ** ****** point ***** ** *****. Something ***** ** **** would ** * *******.

** ********* *** ******** need ** ** ** expert *** ** *** camera *** ****** ** regardless ** *** **********( by ******* ** ***'* work ** ****** **** not ******* ********* ****** of ***** ***** ****).

** ****** **** **** ***** ** **** * ******** ******* to **** *** *** *****...

*** ***** *** ***** **** *********** ******* *** ***?

*** **** ***** ** connect ** *** *** usb ****. *** ** difficult ** ***** ** camera ** **** ** restricted *** ****** ******** to **** **** ** VMS. ** *** **** is *** **** ****** I **** ***** **** advertises ***** ********** ** work **** ***'*. * have * *** ******* that **** ***** ** very *****. ***** *** assume **** ********** **** increase ** ************ *** quality ** **** ******?

*** **** ***** ** connect ** *** *** usb ****.

*** **** **** *** connect ** *** *** via ***. ** *** test *** **** *** connected **** *** ******* via * ***** *****. We **** ****** ** tech ******* ***** *** USB *****, **** ****** they *** *** ***** only.

***** *** ****** **** technology **** ******** ** availability *** ******* ** near ******?

***** ********** *******, *** to *** ************ ** ONVIF ** *** ******?

** **’* *** ******, look ***********.

* ***** ****** **** this ** *** *** last ***** **** **** camera **'** *** ** the **** ****. * think *** ********** ** improving, *** * ***** this ** **** **** by ****** ** ***** some ********** **** *** DIY ****. ***** ***** be $***-***, ******, **** a ****** *******, *** 1080p, ***., ********** * lot ** *** ********** we ***, *** ***** would ** **** ****** to **** ******* **** sort ** ****.

**** **** **** ***** that ******* **** ******* cant **** ******* ** the ******* ****. ** took ** * **** and **** ** **** to ******* *** *** guy ** **** ** the **** ********** ** a ***** *** ** the *** ****.

****** ***** ** **** for *** ** **** support *********....******* ** *** impressive ** ***. ****** John...that ***** **** ***** of *** ** ********.

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