- 640 x 480 MAX Resolution
- Night Vision
- Easy mobile-device setup (no need for a PC)
- Email alerts for Motion Detection
- Mobile-device recording
- Built-in microphone
- Codecs : MJPEG, JPEG
Updated EggXpert review 01/01/2014
This review is from: Belkin NetCam F7D7601, Wi-Fi IP Camera w/ Night Vision, Easy mobile-device setup
First of all I want to point out that this is an updated review. I felt the need to provide this update after testing this product more thoroughly.
Very easy to set up. The free Android app is simple to use and has a very basic layout that just about anyone should be able to figure out.
Night vision works well and I'm actually surprised by the range the IR lights provide.
Wide angle lense offers a decent viewing area, despite the relatively low 640 x 480 max resolution.
Offers both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection options.
Fully adjustable and can be wall-mounted if desired. It ships with everything needed to accomplish this.
The documentation is simply horrid. It's not that it's just basic, it's completely devoid of info regarding the features offered by this camera. The recording function is not detailed at all and it's not clear if this camera supports PoE or not. All you get is a very basic quick start guide that guides you through the initial set-up using a smartphone.
Forces you to use a smartphone to initially set-up the camera. It's not clear if you can even accomplish this via a PC or Laptop, although Belkin does force you to update the firmware via a PC or laptop (AFTER set-up has been completed). I don't get this at all...
Can't achieve more than 8-10 fps no matter how I configure it. It's possible to set the frame rate to 30 fps but it's just not possible to actually achieve it, even with the video quality set to the lowest setting. Motion is very choppy all the time.
Buggy performance and delays are common. Sometimes there's anywhere from a 30-60 second delay between what you're viewing and what's actually being recorded. The only way to combat this is to keep logging in and out so the feed resets. This is very annoying.
So far, the only time I can view the video\audio feed without any timeouts is when I'm connected to my Wi-Fi at home. This is the single biggest issue I have with this camera. My Galaxy S2 uses Tmobile's HSPA+ 4G network, which averages around 15-25 Mb/s, which should be sufficient for this camera. However, I get constant freezing and timeouts (with the 5 min timeout message). I can't even enable audio when connected via the 4G network. When I try to enable audio, I get a message that the audio should come on shortly but it never does. This is simply unacceptable because I'm unable to view the video feed while on the go for any practical length of time. I have to keep logging in and out to even catch a few minutes of the feed, because it usually freezes after running for a minute or so.
There is a recording feature built into the mobile app. However, there are two issues with it that keep it from actually being useful. First, it limits your recordings to a maximum of 4 minutes in length. There is no way to set this any higher. Once the 4 minutes is up it simply stops recording. Secondly, the quality of the recordings are horrible due to a high level of compression. Since the video signal is already poor to begin with, the heavy compression makes it almost unwatchable on larger screens.
When logged into the video feed from a PC or laptop, there is no record function. You would have to use third party software to capture the feed. Doesn't make any sense...
I just wish I would have had the time to test this product more thoroughly back when I first received it. That way my initial review would have been more accurate. As it was, I had a few different products to review at that time so I felt somewhat rushed, therefore my initial review painted this product in a much better light.
Basically it comes down to this... This camera is only viable for monitoring live feeds while you're at home connected to your Wi-Fi. Performance is abysmal in any other scenario, making this product pretty much useless for monitoring on the go. I keep waiting for Belkin to release a new firmware to address the buggy performance, however it still hasn't come. I updated the firmware when I first received this product a few months ago and there hasn't been any updates since then.
If you want the ability to monitor the feed from anywhere, or the ability to record and take snapshots via motion detection, don't even bother with this camera. In fact, I'd say don't even bother with it at all.
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