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Netgear VueZone Home Video Monitoring System - 1 Camera Kit

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  • Access live video anytime, anywhere - Supports iPhone, iPad & Android  devices
  • Motion Detection Email Alerts
  • Free Mobile Apps
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Learn more about the Netgear Inc. VZSM2200-100NAS

Model

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Brand
NETGEAR
Model
VZSM2200-100NAS

Details

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Bundled Camera Number
1 Camera
Type
Wireless Camera
Color
Black / White

Camera

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Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Digital pan and zoom: 2x, 4x
Sensor
CMOS full color
MAX Resolution
640 x 480
Video Capture Resolution
VGA (640 x 480 pixels) at 4 fps
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) at 6 fps
Lens Type
Focal length, F/No.: f = 3.56, f/2.8

Power

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Power
Lithium CR123 Photo

Features

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Features
Video format: FLV (Flash Live Video)

Snapshot mode: UXGA (1600 x 1200) at 1 fps.

Snapshot quality:
UXGA (1600 x 1200 pixels)
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)

Snapshot format: JPEG

Motion sensor:
HAutomatically triggers recording
Sensitivity: 130lbs @ 15ft

Light sensitivity: 1v/lux-sec

IR Filter: 650 nm (day)

Base Station:
Power adapter: 110V-240V, 50/60 Hz, input
Interface port: Fast Ethernet
Indicator LEDs: Power, VueZone Activity, Internet Activity, Sync
IP Configuration: DHCP (default) or Static
Antenna: Internal
Wireless range: 300+ feet LOS
Wireless data rate: Up to 2 Mbps
Wireless frequency: 2.4GHz
Gateway processor and memory: Freescale i.MX25, 16MB Flash, 64MB RAM

Package Contents

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Package Contents
(1) VueZone indoor motion detection cameras (VZCM2050)
(2) Wall mounts
(1) VueZone base station

(2) CR123 photo batteries
(2) Quick Install Guide
(1) 3' Ethernet cable
(1) VueZone base station AC power adapter
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Perfect for Home Monitoring

Pros: Extremely easy to set up and use. Reliable. Can access from phone anywhere in the world. Motion detection works great -- I know when someone appears at my door second after they do thanks to email alerts, Batteries seem to last a long time. I think the estimates that people give of 1yr are fairly realistic. Mine are still on full and I use the cameras daily.

Cons: I would like to see the smartphone app have the ability to support alerts. I have emails sent by the system whenever motion is detected. My phone then alerts me based on that. It works fine with only a small delay b/w the time an email is sent and my phone detects it. It would be better if the app handled the alerts. They could be a little faster that way and it would be easier to turn on/off.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
1/ 5
Buyer Beware - Buy Something Else!!

Pros: Low Cost
Small footprint
Wireless

Cons: Poor Frame Rate
Terrible Resolution
Scheduled recordings don't work
Not compatible with all Internet types or routers
Mobile apps don't work
Overseas Customer Service is inept
No Audio
Motion Detection doesn't work

Overall Review: Mobile apps never work completely. Each new version has some problem the previous version didn't. This newest version doesn't allow motion detection to be disable or enabled. Also, the web page isn't compatible with every internet browser or ISP. The concept is great but the execution is very poor, seems rushed and done by amateurs. For a company as highly regarded as Netgear is, it's surprising they are selling a product of this quality and performance.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi Max a Milli,

We believe that we had gotten in touch with you previously/on a different site, but wanted to post here as well just to make sure. We're happy to help with the concerns you have with VueZone and would like to work with you directly. Please get in touch with us at newegg@netgear.com if you haven't already, so we can get started on getting things working for you!

Regards,

NETGEAR Team
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good Bang For Buck

Pros: Good Picture

Cons: Motion Detection Sensitive, and can only turn on, or off. Cant adjust. Also, Called Customer Service, due to cameras/Base kept saying update, but wouldn't do it. Went to settings and after 2 days, it finally let me update. Customer service person gave me a case # and told me she would call back yesterday at 5:30 pm, and never did!! She kept me on the phone for over 2 hrs, trying to get my Log in to work, even after I registered. After going through 2 hrs of steps, they still would not let me log in, and she wanted me to change my Computers settings. After getting off the phone with No Help from a 2 hour call, I deleted my Browsing History, and BOOM. It let me Log on, and view! (No Call Back as she Promised though), and her English was terrible. Had a hard time understanding her.

Overall Review: OVERALL GOOD. Need a sensitivity adjustment though, and better support/Technical, good communicating person at Vuezone!!!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Vacation Home Must Have

Pros: Got one of these for my vacation house and I use it to check the weather before we go. I get to see how much snow we're getting before we leave. Fun to have.

Cons: None

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5

Pros: Easy setup, superb web software, easily expandable.

Cons: Low resolution in video modes.

Overall Review: I’ve been researching home security video systems for the past year. I became very disenchanted after reading many less-than-satisfactory product reviews on name-brand wired and wireless systems, until I discovered the NETGEAR VueZone system. I purchased the VueZone 2-camera system and added two NETGEAR VZMS2050-10000S Outdoor Shells to my order. I have since added four additional NETGEAR VueZone VZCM2050-100NAS motion-detection cameras and two additional outdoor shells.

In short, this is a SUPERBLY SIMPLE yet HIGHLY EFFECTIVE motion-detection video security system with an elegant interface using the NETGEAR VueZone service plan. The VueZone system uses an amazingly simple pairing and set-up process. Moreover, it’s a completely flexible system given its wireless interface. I have easily moved cameras to optimize motion-detection and viewing. My wife and I monitor our home using the beautiful VueZone iPhone/iPad apps, and on my Macbook Pro laptop using the NETGEAR VueZone web site on my Safari browser. And unlike so many other security systems, VueZone works beautifully on an Apple computer! My entire system is controlled through the VueZone web site on my Safari browser and/or through the VueZone iPhone/iPad app. My co-workers have been amazed how well I can remotely view our home using my iPad.

The fully adjustable motion detection system works beautifully. While I find the resolution on the 320 X 240 and 640 X 480 video modes to be too low for security purposes, the 1600 X 1200 time-lapse video mode provides excellent quality recorded images. Accordingly, I have my VueZone system set to provide 10-second 1600 X 1200 time-lapse video recordings on each of my outdoor cameras whenever motion is detected.

I initially subscribed to the VueZone Premiere level service plan. I travel extensively and absolutely love the real-time e-mail alerts with the attached video clip. I’m upgrading to the VueZone Elite level service plan to allow for several additional cameras as I plan to expand my VueZone system to cover the interior of our home.

I highly recommend the VueZone system. While it’s not meant to be a 24/7 video streaming system, it works brilliantly as a motion-detection system with live monitoring on an as-needed basis.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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3/ 5
VueZone

Pros: This kit offers interesting capabilities. It is extremely easy to setup and use to monitor the camera either on your computer or mobile devices with installation of the appropriate app.

Sofware installation is a breeze and installs and updates the required software after registration of the product.

There are 2 plans available, basic or premier. Basic is free (and includes 30 days of the premier trial). The premier installation costs $49.99/year or $4.99/month and gives you mobile access to your system.

The package allows on-line storage of your videos or single frame snapshots. The camera allows 320x240 or 640x480 frame rate resolution. There is also a time elapse setting with 1600x1200 images.

This kit is expandable and allows adding upto 5 cameras, although pricey additions as the camera with motion detection is $99.99 and without motion $79.95. Camera mounting is very versatile as well and this kit includes 2 mounts so you can change locations easily to either mount.

The camera itself that is included has motion detection, is very small and requires 2 123 size batteries which are included. After 23 days of use the battery indicator is still showing full bars, which is a nice reflection on the kit.

The base station must be plugged directly into your router so be aware you will need an available socket to attach the included network cable. The base station is small enough to place easily on your desk or shelf and dependant on the lenth of your network cable.

Signal strength is very good. I installed the base unit in the basement, and in my mult-level home I recieved an excellent signal at every location, including the farthest point from the base station.

Cons: Unfortunately there are several drawbacks to this kit. To have an effective monitoring system more than one camera is usually desired. Adding up to the maximum cameras would be costly.

The video leaves a lot to be desired. The video and single frames snapshots are exremely grainy, even at the 640 resolution. The video lag causes severe motion degradation. The vertical images (i.e. door frames) are distorted and bowed considerably.

To have the versatility of monitoring when you do not have a desktop top computer adds additional costs with the monthly or yearly subscriptions.

Overall Review: One interesting way of using the camera is as another eye. The camera can easily be mounted is a long handle and can peer in areas not accessible because of small openings. I found this as an intriguing use of the camera.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4/ 5
Does the trick for the majority

Pros: Setting up this product is very easy and only takes minutes:
- Plug base station into your home network and power it on
- Put batteries into camera (this is tricky) and power it on
- Press the Sync button on top of the base station to sync cameras
- Set up an account online to see the video feed.

After setup you need to visit my.vuezone.com and create an account, which only takes a minute or two using the unique identifier on your base station. Then to view the cameras you access the website from any computer with your username/password and can watch the stream through your web browser. Lastly position and mount the camera(s) with the magnetic domes. That's it!

The video quality is nothing special but it is about as good as most security camera videos you'd see in, say, the news if not better.

The magnetic mounts are a great idea and make mounting and positioning the cameras very easy and forgiving.

Lack of network configuration options makes it a no-brainer for the non-technically-inclined to set up, just plug it in and it pulls a DHCP address, no need for a static.

Cons: - Battery installation is tricky. It's a combination of pushing hard on a button on the underside and yanking on a plastic cover. Speaking of batteries, the device uses some odd CR123 lithium ones so you'll want to buy extras specifically for this.

- Video quality suffers indoors when there are windows visible with daylight passing through them, or outdoors after sunset. Slow framerate, and the 640x480 picture itself would only be detailed enough to make an ID at a police station if the person was standing within 5 feet of the camera or looked directly at it.

- No way to view the cameras without going through the website. Why? I want to be able to configure the device with a static IP and view them directly through my local network. Just one of the downfalls of making the device user-friendly and consistent. That said most users will like not worrying about IP addresses, and the $5/month subscription service to view video feed on android/apple devices is easiest this way.

Overall Review: For the technically inclined like myself, there are better options out there that allow you to configure all the settings and details to your liking with higher quality cameras for a similar price.

For the majority of users though -- the people who want to plug it in and have it just work, and make sure their kids (or other people) aren't ruining their house while they're away -- the Vuezone will work admirably. Just don't forget the spare batteries.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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3/ 5
Could be better, but it isn't terrible

Pros: Nice compact home base unit and cameras. I really like the mounting system for the cameras (metal ball mount with magnet in the camera). Pairing the camera is extremely easy to do and worked very well for me.

I was given a 1 month trial of the premium mobile service through Vuezone. The Android app worked decently well although seemed like a memory/battery hog if you used it for a long period of time.

Overall, the system was almost brainlessly easy to setup. Pairing the cameras to the base unit just requires you to press a button on the base and pair the camera up. It takes less than a minute and the camera works.

The website is pretty simple and easy to log on to etc etc.

As for the cameras themselves, they seem to hold their own on battery life and the motion detectors work much better and more consistently than the actual video part of the camera.

Cons: Something I'm not too fond of is probably the most important aspect of this setup, the cameras. The video quality isn't expected to be stellar as these are, more or less, security cameras. However, the video quality is pretty awful. Not only is the image quality extremely distorted and, for the most part, not that useful, the camera seems to need just the perfect amount of light to even work. Slightly too much light (either from the sun coming through the windows or a light on that is close by) pretty much makes this little camera go solid white. Not enough light (as it gets into dusk) the camera goes black. Obviously this isn't a camera suited for low light but I expect it to perform if I'm able to see perfectly fine (I'm not talking pitch dark night time here) then I should be able to use the camera.

Something else that is rather unfortunate is the simple fact that I have to go on the internet and visit a website to view the cameras. To my knowledge, there isn't another way to view the cameras other than through the website. This setup is a little odd and, quite honestly, I'm not very happy with that. I will say that the system is, overall a great idea. However, there are a lot of discomforts that could really be improved on.

Overall Review: I tested this camera setup in a couple of places. I mounted it in my living room facing so that it had a view of the living room, dining room and the front door. I also tested it outside underneath the front porch overhang (to be able to see who is at the front door without leaving the office at the back of the house.

The cameras seem to hold up pretty well even when placed out on the porch for a week. No change in video quality (as in it didn't get any worse) even in 30F weather that I've been having here.

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