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Pros: * Good quality video, reasonably clear in daylight and surprisingly sharp in the dark with the IR LEDs on; good frame rate and little delay; stable streaming.
* Easy to operate using the web interface: both viewing the video stream (requires a Java plugin, I used icedtea on Chrome and Firefox and it works fine) and configuring settings seem to work fine, with the exception of motion detection (see below).
* The status LEDs on the front of the camera can be turned off so the camera is completely invisible in the dark (IR LEDs are a different story, see below).
Cons: * The camera doesn't have true PIR detection, rather one that's based on differences between consecutive images, so I'm guessing that (e.g.) lights from a passing car could trigger it on as well; the camera sensor has to be running at all time, and IR LEDs must be on when dark, in order for it to work. That said, this appears to be the standard detection mechanism used in cameras of this sort, so I can't complain about it that much.
* Defining motion detection areas requires ActiveX and so has to be done with Internet Explorer, which I don't use. It may be that the provided software (which needs to run on Windows) can be used for that, but I cannot use that as well. This also means that motion based triggering for doing FTP uploads or sending email notifications won't work; fixed schedule triggers (e.g. a picture every 30 seconds) work fine. I guess this is a known limitation, yet I find it an unacceptable one given the choices that software vendors have today.
* I could not register the camera with the monitoring website (http://c4mi.com/), which kept claiming "device offline" whereas it was connected to my router (tried both wired and wireless). It may be that I have to have a PC running the provided software in order to connect to the service---? In any case, I should be able to monitor it remotely without the said service (see below), albeit not on a mobile device.
* IR LEDs produce a dim reddish glow when on, which makes them clearly visible in the dark; not clear why this is the case---?
* Switching to night vision and back emits a loud clicking; it sounds as if the relay that drives the IR LEDs is doing this. This is especially annoying when light level is borderline and the camera switches back and forth... I just keep it turned off regularly and turn it on by hand when needed, but this would prevent the motion detection from working in the dark.
* The camera body and mounting kit are entirely white, but it ships with a black power brick and cord. Go figure.
* Sloppy documentation with many typos, hard to read.
Other Thoughts: * I managed to connect to the camera from the outside world via an SSH tunnel to my home server. The video stream is as clear as it is on my home network, but that would vary based on your uplink and where the stream travels through on the Internet. In theory, I could use the same method to watch video from a mobile device, but I haven't gone through the pain. For some reason, plain port forwarding from the router to the camera did not work for me, but I have to say that I did not insist that much---the SSH solution would be way more secure and just a tiny bit less convenient.
* Haven't tried mounting it yet, but I suspect that the straight angled DC plug sticks out more that I'd want it to; I may end up replacing it with a square-angled, white one (the camera takes a standard 5V DC input).
* Bottom line: I'll need to get a Windows machine to talk to the camera in order to be able to use it's full line of features, namely motion detection and native remote monitoring on mobile devices. The image recognition based motion detection is inferior to PIR and/or microwave technologies used by alarm sensors, but I guess that's common in these consumer devices and to be expected. All in all, seems like a good buy for under $50.
Pros: Easy to install, works fine once CONFIG_SCSI_MULTI_LUN is enabled. Recognizes and accesses my SDHC card immediately.
Cons: Wish I knew how to disable the annoying blue led.
Other Thoughts: Great deal!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: It's dirt cheap even w/ shipping surcharge (lightweight?), plenty of room for a small case, wide enough to fit 120mm fans (one included), plenty of HD bays, nice exterior design.
Cons: It's cheap... as such, you'll find that (a) the metal sheets and the front plastic panel feel thin and flimsy (that's okay if you handle it gently); (b) you have to use screws for everything, no smart mounts for HD/optical drives; (c) the plastic covers of two uppermost external bays is non-removable (only the third is) and is not the most pleasing kind I've seen; (d) 3.5" bays have screw holes on one side only, consequently the installed device (floppy drive, card reader) is not firmly installed (this can be fixed if you use large enough washers to attach the screws on the other side); (e) the "screw-less" expansion card attachment does not secure the cards very well, you're likely to additionally use screws anyway.
Other Thoughts: If you're not too picky about the finish of the case, then this is a great product and probably the best you'll find for the money. I would consider getting one of the other Rosewill models (there are at least 3 similar products in the same category), if only for the removable plastic covers for the 5.25" bays. Also, the blue power light is a very bright (a widespread plague these days) but you can always disconnect it. Otherwise, a great buy!READ FULL REVIEW
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