Testing WebcampXP Pro's VMS

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Jul 27, 2010

For those looking for an inexpensive video management system online, WebcamXP Pro has been frequently cited for many years. At no more than $120 per computer, it's inexpensive. But how good is it and what should it be used for?

In this test, we examine WebcamXP Pro (V. 5.5), integrating an Axis Q1755, D-Link DCS-920 and Logitech Pro 9000, hosted on a Windows 7, 64-bit machine.

In our ongoing 'low-end' VMS tests, we tend to see more surveillance features dominate and some minor feed customizations features such as text overlay. This is contrasted with those that WebcampXP provides, extensively focused on marketing and broadcasting capabilities. This may be attractive to those looking to develop brand recognition within the surveillance market. On the other hand, as we examine inside, Webcam XP Pro lacks some very basic surveillance functionalities.

Compare to our tests on Blue Iris or Argus Surveillance DVR for other 'low-cost' surveillance options.

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