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Wanscam Wireless Internet Camera

Recently I upgraded my surveillance cameras to the wireless Wanscam product. Now that I have had them in production for a few months I would like to share with you my findings and give you my opinion on how the cameras perform. I bought three of the Wanscam wireless pan tilt security cameras (PT) indoor and one Wanscam outdoor wireless IP cameras with pan tilt and zoom (PTZ). I had never used the Wanscam cameras but took a chance because the price was quite reasonable. I think it worked out for the better. Read on for my findings.

First I’ll talk about the camera set up. I didn’t find it too difficult to set them up. I hardwired them one at a time into a standalone router along with a computer. I used a router so the camera and computer would get an IP automatically via the router’s DHCP. This way they would be on the same subnet and be able see each other. I then configured the wireless SSIS and passphrase on the camera, gave it a unique ID, etc. After that I was able to disconnect the hard wire and restart the camera. The camera then connected wirelessly. The documentation on the disk gave me instructions how to go about setting up the camera to get it onto my wireless network.

The cameras came with their own software on a mini CD. There was an MS Internet Explorer Active X plug-in and Wanscam viewing software. The Wanscam software has the features to control the cameras movement. There were also instructions to get the application for my iPhone.

The indoor cameras are peer to peer (P2P) ready so there is no need to open ports on your wireless router’s firewall for the cameras to be accessible through the internet. The only downfall of the wireless P2P camera is that it is continuously polling the internet through the gateway. Because I have three of them running all the time, they have slowed down my network somewhat. With one running it is not that noticeable. I am in the country so my internet access is through a wireless tower and my upload download speed is not the greatest as it is. If you have an ADSL or Cable modem connection I doubt you would notice much of a speed change for your internal network and internet access.

I have one indoor camera set up in the barn. It is sheltered in there but unheated. The cameras has been working fine in -25 Celsius (-13 F.). The viewing and movement work fine at the low temperatures. The outdoor waterproof camera is rated for -23 C (-10 F). So far we have had a cold Winter. It has gone down to -50 Celsius (-58 F) with the wind chill. The outdoor camera is mounted on a roof top in the open and I have had no problem with PTZ at all. The only downfall for this outdoor security camera system is that it has to be mounted very high up to see things more in the distance. It was designed to mainly look down.

You can visit my website The Healthy Canine for more information on the cameras and how I am utilizing them to monitor the well-being of my dogs in the evenings and when away from the farm. You will find more illustrations at how I keep an eye on my dogs in their kennel.

If you do purchase a Wanscam camera feel free to leave a comment if you need some help getting it set up.


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