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This review is from: Amcrest IPM-721S HDSeries 720P Wireless WiFi IP Camera, Silver
Pros: Good picture quality and wifi reception.
Seems like Amcrest is security conscious since it forced a firmware update at first setup.
Cons: You have to download a plug-in to watch the live video stream in FireFox.
Lastpass doesn't work with the browser login page.
Other Thoughts: I have owned this camera for about a month now. Before this one I had always bought D-Link cameras. I was looking for something less expensive that I could put outside in a well covered carport (this camera is not rated for outdoor use). The carport is a good 30+ feet from my house and the wireless signal has to go though one interior and one exterior wall before traveling the 30+ feet to the car port. I am able to pull an average of 25-30FPS in black&white mode over the wifi and there is only occasional lag in the video, which I think is acceptable for running a 720P video over wifi that far and though walls.
Before purchasing this camera I purchased a D-Link DCS-5029L for in my kitchen to watch the back door. The Amcrest IPM-721S is superior to the D-Link camera in every way and it cost about half as much (the D-Link DCS-5029L is currently listed for $149.99). Recently my D-Link has actually had issues and I'm in contact with them to try and get an RMA.
During initial setup the camera automatically downloaded the latest firmware (which I think is great). This leads me to believe that Amcrest is security conscious about it's I.O.T. (Internet Of Things) devices. The fact that lastpass doesn't work in FireFox for the browser login screen also hints at this, though this could also just be a bug.
**One important thing to note. When you first setup this camera the video quality is bad. It took me some time to figure out that the default FPS is set to a very low setting. You have to login to the camera, go to Setup > Camera > Video and in that screen there are drop down boxes for the FPS for both the main stream and the sub stream, you want to set both of those to the max of 30 and that will fix the bad video quality.
I'm using this camera as well as my other D-Link cameras in ispy on a dedicated computer. This camera definitely took the most time to get setup correctly in ispy since the video URLs are not what I was used to with the D-Link cameras. I'm currently using the MJPEG URL http://usernamehere:passwordhere@IPaddresshere:80/video/mjpg.cgi
I have purchased a second one of these cameras to replace the D-Link DCS-5029L in my kitchen that after only two months of use has become so blurry and laggy that motion detection in ispy no longer works. The Amcrest camera I put up in the carport is still working fine.
This review is from: Falcon Zero F170HD+ Full-HD 1080p Dashcam 32GB Memory Card Included
Pros: Excellent video quality. Everything you need is included. Has lots of extra features. Records in 3 minute clips, once the MicroSD card is full it automatically overwrites existing clips (oldest first).
Cons: Some of the extra features require you to manually activate them, for example night vision and parking monitoring. 64GB is the maximum size MicroSD card you can use.
Other Thoughts: This is my first dash camera and so far I am very happy with it. I'm a systems engineer for a managed I.T. company so I drive everyday to different clients. It did not take me long to realize that there are some amazingly horrible drivers out there and that I should probably get a dashcam. The camera arrived very quickly and in good condition.
Out of the box the camera is pretty much ready to go, just install the included MicroSD card and mount it in your car. Once the camera receives power it will start recording automatically. I have not messed with the additional features like parking monitoring and night vision too much, mostly because they require me to manually turn them on. I also am not using the included GPS tracker.
I have ordered a 64gb MicroSD card to replace the included 32gb just because I want to try and get a full week of recordings on one card before the camera automatically overwrites the oldest clips. I'm currently getting about 3-4 days with the 32gb card.
I have not used the included software. You can put the microSD card into any card reader and watch the video clips in Windows Media Player (or whatever video player you prefer).
This review is from: SYBA PCI USB 2.0 4+1 shared port controller card Model SD-VIA-5U
Cons: No drivers for anything newer than Windows 98/ME.
Other Thoughts: I searched everywhere for a driver to get this card working in my Windows 2008 x64 server and found nothing, not even on the VIA website. Waste of money! and it will cost more to ship back than I paid for the stupid thing, so I am out $8.READ FULL REVIEW