2013-12-07

Do WIFI security cameras work? This EasyN one works for me!

I bought an inexpensive WIFI security camera - an "EasyN F-M166" - for my vacation home.

Does it work?  Well, yes it works very well!

Via a web browser on my Mac, I can view video, tilt-and-pan the camera, and control things like the infrared lighting.   It doesn't need any special software or plug-ins for my Mac, and I can even view the thing from my iPhone.

My EasyN WIFI cam, mounted upside-down on my porch ceiling

I have the camera mounted outside, in a protected area of my porch.  I'm not sure if it'll survive cold weather, but it still works OK even though it has been as cold as 15° F.  After a power failure it reconnects to WIFI just fine, so I don't have to worry too much about it getting disconnected from the Internet.

Via a web browser on my Mac, I can view video, tilt-and-pan the camera, and control things like the infrared lighting.   It doesn't need any special software for my Mac, and I can even view the thing from my iPhone.

Surveillance of a doorbell-pusher via the EasyN - as seen from my iPhone

With the camera's built-in web software, I've configured it to email me pictures every time "movement" is detected.  So I don't actually need a web browser to use the cam - I just get email with photos attached whenever anyone shows up at the house.  I -love- this feature.  Once in a while I'll get a moth or a bird or something, but that's the price you pay. Although the camera's web software is pretty ugly, it works very well; the software hasn't crashed yet despite running for the past 6+ months.

The camera sensor isn't nearly as good as a "real" camera, but I'm still very happy with it.    I haven't gotten the microphone to work on it, but I don't use it that way.

For under $50, it's a pretty darn good security camera.  You can find the EasyN F-M166 on Amazon.

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