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This review is from: EDIMAX IC-3030PoE Triple Mode H.264 / MPEG4 / MJPEG Internet IP Camera with PoE Function; 1.3M Pixel for Max. Resolution 1280x1024; External SD Card and Live View for iPhone / Smart Phone Support
Pros: 1) Going from 640x480 to 1280x1024 with in a surveillance camera is a revelation.
2) Firmware features at this price are amazing.
3) One of few 802.3af compliant PoE cameras in this price range.
4) Though not small, still not very obvious once mounted.
5) Flexible design for mounting base. You'll understand when you see it, but it's pretty good.
Cons: 1) The 5mm lens @ f/2.8 is poor in low light.
2) Cheaper Trendnet and D-Link cameras have an angle of view of about 35 degrees vertical, 45 degrees horizontal, and 57 degrees in the hypotenuse. This camera is similar, but this camera is 1280x1024, so the aspect ratio is 5:4 instead of 4:3 (640x480). Because the view is closer to a square, the angle of view can be confining in some applications.
3) MPEG maxes out @ 1024x768. Don't know why.
Honestly, I could tolerate the last two if I could get better low light performance. I know that there is now an infrared version of this camera, but that probably trades one problem for another, bringing in bizarre colors under normal light.
Other Thoughts: Works great with Zoneminder, but be careful. The following paragraph applies to ZM users, or anyone that wants to use this with a 3rd-party app.
One 1280x1024 camera equals 4.3 640x480 cameras in pixel count. You need much more storage to record a stream and significantly more processing power to perform motion anaysis, especially with MJPEG. If you're running this on a 100mb LAN, a camera like this at full resolution can eat more than half your bandwidth at 15fps while it streams. Streaming the max resolution over the Internet is virtually impossible for the average home. Running a megapixel surveillance camera takes serious resources, and you have to have to necessary infrastructure to support it. If you can handle this camera, go for it. If not, consider the hidden costs.
Zoneminder MJPEG Setup
Source Type: FFmpeg
Source Path: http://username:password@ipaddress/mjpg/video.mjpg (substitute your cam's info, duh)
Source Colours: 24 bit colour
Everything else is common sense
Other Thoughts: Bought this board to migrate a Win2000 installation of a dying motherboard that also had an Intel 865 chipset. A little tricky in the beginning, but no fault of the board.
I don't understand why SATA cables came with the board as there are no SATA headers. Not complaining though. Who can't use another SATA cable?
As previously mentioned by another reviewer, CPU doesn't run so cool as to not need good ventilation. Having good case airflow (or case ventilation, at least) is in your interest.
If you've got some old RAM and IDE drives lying around, this is a great way to put them back to work. I see this board inside a couple servers in my future.
Would give this board 3.5 stars, but 3 would be a bit harsh.
Pros: Using this camera with Zoneminder 1.24.2 on Ubuntu.
Firmware is very stable and
Image is good for price point
Wireless works very well
Design doesn't draw attention to itself
Also, one other pro that most may not appreciate:
Manual lists ALL CGI commands. You any use this camera in virtually any software environment because the controls are transparent.
Cons: Doesn't work with standard Power over Ethernet splitters
Some rotate or flip options in the firmware might be nice
No reboot option in firmware. Would be convenient for remote administration. Workaround is to reinstall firmware (no, you won't lose your settings)
Other Thoughts: WOW. There's a lot of misinformation floating around on these reviews.
You don't necessarily need Internet Explorer to hear sound. Type:
into 'VLC Media Player: Media -> Open Network Stream'. It will play the MPEG4 stream with sound. MJPEG stream doesn't carry sound. This stream may also work on Windows Media Player, but I run Linux, so I didn't bother checking. Try it for yourself, or download VLC.
TZO is unnecessary. Go to www.dyndns.com or freedns.afraid.org and set up an account. Paying for Dynamic DNS went the way of the Dodo years ago.
You don't need a Linksys router for this, but a decent one helps. I use an Asus RT-N16 running Tomato USB. IMHO, running any IP camera on wireless G is asking for trouble. Too much frame dropping.
Finally, if you don't know what port forwarding is, read this, you'll need it: