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This review is from: EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
Pros: The quality of the video itself is pretty decent. I like that it has a weighted base which is also magnetic. It comes with a metal plate that you can mount and stick the camera to. The cloud service is nice and playback works well. Audio works well too and isn't jumpy. The camera is very decent for the price/size, if only the setup was easier. Once you get it set up, it's a very nice camera. I'm giving it 3 stars because of the time it took me to get it set up.
Cons: 1.) Setup is a nightmare. My Meraki AP was obviously not compatible with this device for initial setup. I spent like 2 hours trying to get this camera set up. After doing some googling, I found some manual instructions. I will provide them in the notes below. For some reason the camera is not compatible with some wireless access points/routers. I had to put my phone into wifi hotspot mode, change the name of my phone ssid to match my home wifi ssid, then match my password. Once I did this, I had to connect ANOTHER phone to my wifi hotspot phone, then use the app to set up the camera. It was a pretty awful experience. It seems they could have fixed this prior to releasing the camera, or at least update the firmware to fix the issue.
2.) The power cable is not removable so it gives the appearance of being a standard USB webcam for a computer. I think it's kind of silly to have a power cord that can't be unplugged. It would have been simple to have a micro usb connector like a lot of devices do.
3.) My camera came cracked where the base connects to the camera (at the ball joint). It's not cracked enough to break, but just a little. I will just have to be careful with it.
Other Thoughts: ****With all of that being said, once you get it set up and working, it's a good little camera.
Troubleshooting/Manual Setup Instructions:
HOW TO CONFIGURE THE MINI TO JOIN YOUR NETWORK MANUALLY (Troubleshooting)
What should a user do when the Wi - Fi connection fails during device pairing?
There are two final solutions to help solve this problem. These solutions are practical and somewhat fairly technical
FIRST METHOD - Use the Hot spot feature on your mobile phone to create a Wi - Fi connection. (Turn off your home router)
Step 1: Turn on the hot spot feature of mobile phone A , when setting up the mobile hotspot, make sure the ssid and password is the same as your router’s ssid and password.
Step 2: Configure mobile device B to join the Wi - Fi that you just created on the mobile hotspot (connect to the Wi - Fi of mobile phone A )
Step 3: Connect the mini using mobile device B to the hotspot created on mobile phone A
Step 4: When Wi - Fi configuration is successful, and device is now online, turn off the hot spot feature of mobile phone A .
Step 5: Turn on the power of your r outer; the device will connect to the router’s Wi - Fi automatically. EZVIZ Inc. 908 Canada Court, City of Industry, CA 91748 U.S.A Tel: 1 - 855 - 693 - 9849 www.ezvizlife.com
SECOND METHOD - Use the TF card [Micro SD card] installed in the Mini
Step 1: Remove the TF card from the Mini
Step 2: Put the TF card into computer using a card reader
Step 3: Build a TXT file named ezviz in the root directory of the TF card using a software called Notepad which is installed in every windows computer [Do not put this file inside a folder on the TF card].
Note - Make sure the file name ( ezviz ) is all lowercase .
Create the following contents inside this file you just built in the specific format shown below
SSID – Input the name of your Wi - Fi
Password: the password of the Wi - Fi (if the password is empty, just write ” password : ”)
Type: Input the encryption type of the Wi - Fi (you can leave this field empty; the device program will select the type automatically)
Note - All these information should be the same as listed in your router.
Step 4: Insert the TF card into the mini [make sure the mini is powered off]
Step 5: Power on the device [observe the indicator lights, wait till the indicator lights starts flashing a blue colored light ONLY ] EZVIZ Inc. 908 Canada Court, City of Industry, CA 91748 U.S.A Tel: 1 - 855 - 693 - 9849 www.ezvizlife.com
Step 6: Use the mobile APP to scan the QR code on the back of the device or search and add the device by using the EZVIZ Web Application
Step 7: Follow the instructions and complete the setup
Pros: Setup was easy as pie. I also own an Archer C8 so I am already comfortable with this series of routers. I love the built in gigabit switch. This makes it easier for small networks that don't want to purchase an additional gigabit switch. The 2.4ghz range is very good, but the 5ghz doesn't seem to work as well. USB port for file sharing works well and unlike other reviews, seems to work fine for me. I hope it stays that way.
Cons: 5ghz doesn't seem to work very far from the router. I was hoping for more distance with 5ghz since it is a faster speed. It locked up on me once after setting it up, though this can happen from time to time with any device.
Other Thoughts: I received Version 1.2 which is said to be compatible with dd-wrt firmware.
Some people had issues with it, but I have not yet tried it myself.
Pros: Camera setup was a breeze. Used the app to set it up. The quality is as expected for a fairly cheap priced camera. Free cloud service is a definite bonus. You can use this camera via IP for image capture but I am still trying to find out how to do local video capturing. I use this camera for my fish tank at work.
Cons: I wish it had more LAN capabilities for local video/audio capturing. I use iSpy and would love to have the ability to set up this camera for this software. I found out how to do image capture but not video/audio.
Other Thoughts: http://[CAMERA IP]:8080/snapshot.jpg?user=admin&pwd=YWRtaW4=
The link above is the link for the jpg snapshots from the camera. The password is default admin, but displayed encrypted (base64 encoded). This will help you when setting this camera up with NVR/DVR systems.
All in all I am happy with this camera. It's not top of the line or HD, but you can't expect that from a $29 camera. You honestly get more than you pay for though.