Wireless Webcam

Wireless webcams can be used for all sort of purposes: the soldier’s wife talking to her husband in Iraq, security surveillance, keeping track of children and pets, spying on the babysitter … the list is endless. These cams can be used on both wired and wireless networks. While wireless gives you more options, wired webcams are easier to set up.

The web cams vary form the most basic to those with many bells and whistles, such as automatic face tracking technology. Almost all of them include motion detection and e-mail alerts. Warranties range from one year to three year limited, and common troubleshooting issues included software troubles and operating systems compatibility. Overwhelmingly, the devices were of the plug and play variety and could either be easily mounted or clipped on to walls, monitors, screens, etc.

Here are some of the bestselling models:

The Linksys Wireless-G Compact Internet Video Camera offers motion sensor, time stamps, brightness control and e-mail alerts.

The Creative WebCam boasts easy installation, motion detection and e-mail alerts. There are also other features such as multimedia storage and remote access. It is the best-selling model of the Creative Web cams and offers a 1 year warranty.

The SkyIPCam 250W offers viewing over the Internet, supports password protections, can capture still images, records video and issues e-mail notices. The set-up can support up to 16 cameras and wireless networks are utilized. Includes a 1 year warranty.

The TRENDnet Wireless Advanced Pan/Tilt Internet Camera Server streams video from any Internet connection, doesn’t require an Ethernet connection, transmits video over an encrypted signal, includes motion detection and e-mail alerts and has a 4X digital zoom. Includes a three-year limited warranty.

The Pan/Tilt IP Camera has a built in CPU in server so that it can also function as a stand alone device and includes a three year limited warranty.

The Panasonic Wireless Network Camera and Pet Cam allows you to receive e-mail from the camera and record to a website or hard drive. The compact design includes a hideable lens and automatic upload of images to a FTP server, which can be viewed by up to 30 users at once.

The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 includes software, a USB cable with video effects and can clip to any flat screen or notebook. This is overwhelmingly a popular model, although some users took issue with software and operating system suitability.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 offers high definition still photos, face tracking software, a built in microphone and one touch blogging.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Is the device properly matched for your operating system?
  • Thing about where you will want to mount the camera, and be sure that you have the proper mounting hardware before you try to set up.
  • Is the device easy to install? Is it plug and play or something a little bit more complex.
  • Are you looking for a lot of features of just a basic model?
  • Do you require a lens sover, and does the device have one?

To install you will need the web cam, a compatible computer, wireless security support, wireless Internet service, audio support, including a microphone and mounding hardware, either for tabletop or wall use. When setting up your webcam, you will be asked certain pieces of information, including your network name, your security program (WEP or WPA?), your key length (64 bit or 128 bit?) for WEP networks or encryption algorithm for WPA networks and the shared encryption keyword or password. From there, connect the webcam, use the installation wizard, enter your wireless information, name the camera, power down the camera and reboot the computer.

This Wireless Webcam Review is Written/Updated on Jul 5th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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