Ubiquiti FrontRow Camera Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Aug 24, 2017

Ubiquiti is famous for low-cost wireless network equipment, a common choice for wireless video surveillance applications. The company has expanded into more computer networking products, video surveillance ones and now to 'FrontRow' which they declare to be 'reinventing the camera'.

We bought a FrontRow camera (shown below) and tested it:

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Questionable *******

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Frontrow ********

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Poor ***** *************

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Image *******

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