Plug & Play Wireless Day & Night IP Camera w/ Two Way Audio - H.264
Could you use an extra set of eyes and ears? Would you like to keep an eye out on your front porch for that expected delivery from Monoprice? Would you like to keep one eye on the napping baby while you make dinner or clean out the garage? Would you like to find out which critter it is that eats the dog food at night? While we can't be in two places at once, we can monitor two or more places at once with this Plug & Play Wireless Day & Night IP Camera from Monoprice!
This camera is designed first and foremost for ease of use. Installation and setup is as simple as plugging in a LAN cable and mounting the camera where you want to view. The included software allows you to connect to your IP cameras from anywhere in the world using just the camera ID and password. You don't have mess with network settings, change your firewall, or pay for an expensive fixed IP. The camera also comes mobile apps for Android and iOS, which let you monitor your cameras using your smartphone.
The camera features two separate sets of lenses and sensors, one tuned for daytime use and the other for night use. The night lens can capture images up to 30 feet away using the built-in IR illumination LEDs.
The camera can capture/record video to a local PC, network attached storage, or to a micro SD card installed in the camera. It supports timed recording as well as recording based on a triggered event. Event triggering can be done with normal video motion detection, audio detection, and infrared detection.
The camera includes a microphone and a 3.5mm speaker jack (speaker not included), so you can communicate in real-time with whoever happens to be at the camera location, making it a perfect tool for safely checking deliveries at the door. It supports both wired and wireless connections, allowing it to be used in locations where you might not have Ethernet cable installed. It is powered with a 5 VDC AC Adapter (included) and comes with a mounting stand.
Note that the basic iPhone®/iPad® app is now available as a free download from the Apple Apps Store on iTunes. Additionally, the Android app is now available as a free download from the Google Play Store. The apps are named Monocam and they come pre-configured with the addresses of three demo cameras, so you can try it out risk free! Click the one of the icons below to get the app!
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iOS app badly needs an update!! and EXTENSION CORDS
Pros: The camera functionality is good. Configuration via the webserver for each camera is straight forward. Night performance lets the camera see in total darkness. Having an iOS app is convenient and lets me view the camera at home on wifi or away via cellular data.
Cons: iOS app BADLY needs an update. It isn't equipped to handle the currently available screen sizes and only display to the iPhone 4 screen size. It crashes more frequently now. Almost ALWAYS needs an extension cord AND monoprice doesn't even sell them!
I bought one of these cameras as a crib monitor for my baby. This is more of a "check in" type monitor and not one you'd want to have constantly running on your phone. The audio listening feature is nice, but it'd drain your battery quick to have constantly running. We have an additional audio only monitor for "alert" type monitoring. If you intended to use this for audio monitoring it is not ideal because you won't get the audio unless the app is the foremost one (ie can't be running in the background).
That said, this works great for how we use it. I bought 3 more to monitor other places in and outside of the house. Their form factor works nicely to mount between blinds and a window (but still inside) to monitor outdoor areas. However we quickly found out that the cords aren't even close to long enough. (It was barely long enough for the crib scenario). Monoprice, what gives!?!? You sell cables!!! Why don't you sell barrel plug extension cables for this device?!?! Assuming you get extension cables (they are available elsewhere) white and paintable is preferred for hiding.
The lack of attention to updates of the iOS app is dismaying. I could see these cameras humming along for several years with no issues - except that you'll need an ancient device to view them. The app crashes the first time I open it just about every time. The aspect ratio does not adjust to the device you are on and is still formatted for an iPhone 4. I'm still on a 5s with iOS 8. have no idea how bad or what quirks it might have on the iPhone 6's. Because of this, I've only installed 2 of the 4 cameras I own and am considering returning them for something like a Dropcam that while slightly more expensive is more likely to have a longer consumer support cycle for software.
The cameras themselves seem great and seem to have no issues (I even scanned them for and are clear of the SHELL SHOCK bug as they are little embedded linux boxes). Its the rest of the product support that needs work. If the iOS app gets updated and monoprice offered extension cables this would likely be a 9 or 10. Unfortunately a camera is no good without reliable means to view it. And while it still works now (after at least one app crash), I'd be wary about buying this product due to the unclear longevity of its usefulness.
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Rating: (5 out of 10)
Reviewer: Leo from Oregon from McMinnville, OR
11/20/2014 4:56:56 PM
Works well, but no Mac software!
Pros: Plain-English instructions were easy to follow, and the picture isn't bad.
Cons: No installation software for the Mac! Bad dog!
One would think that, if a product has an associated iPhone app, that it would ship with installation software for the Mac. Not this one! Windows only! Nothing in the ad said so. I had to charge up an old windows laptop in order to install this thing on my home system, and you can guess that I was not thrilled. Once I got past that hurdle, the camera worked as I expected on the iPhone, and the image was actually quite good, and I would give it an 8 were it not for no Mac software.
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Rating: (4 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Fuquay Varina, NC
11/17/2014 10:57:41 AM
Pros: Camera is fine for what you get.
Cons: Poor quality picture
This camera is OK but not very clear. One of the biggest issues I have is that you want me to pay for the APP to view on my I phone
by Monoprice Administrator Hello,
Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about the issues experienced with PID 9887. In regard to the app, we recommend using MonoCam which is a free app available for both iPhone and Android. However, if truly dissatisfied with the purchase, I can help setup an RMA for a return. If you wanted to proceed with the RMA, please let me know and I can get that started right away. Apologies again for any inconvenience and hope this helps!
Regards, Gabby Villa Tech Support Associate
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Rating: (9 out of 10)
Reviewer: John from Ardrossan, AB
11/14/2014 6:14:39 AM
Pros: easy to install, Plus & play. Camera packaging excellent. never get damaged during shipping.
Cons: picture quality. A little delayed.
Camera arrived in reasonable time. Fit & finish camera real nicely done. Followed instructions. Camera worked first attempt. All is good.
As they say play.
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Rating: (2 out of 10)
Reviewer: Timo Brock from Redondo Beach, CA
11/6/2014 8:14:44 AM
I'm sure it works great, but this isn't a very useful product
Pros: I'm sure there are many and I'm sure what the other reviewers said is accurate. To be honest, I didn't even get to the point of using the product itself so I can't speak for any of the benefits of this product.
Cons: This could be the best wireless day/night video camera in the world but it is almost entirely useless without an internal battery/ability to use batteries given that the power cord is only 4-feet long.
Preface - I have not actually used the product. I unpackaged it and realized very quickly this wasn't going to suit my needs (I fail to see how it really suits anyone's needs) and my review is based on the usefulness of the product as opposed to the actual quality of the build or the user interface.
"Would you like to keep an eye out on your front porch for that expected delivery from Monoprice?"
So, I admit - I was sucked in by Monoprice's blurb about keeping any eye out on my front porch and I pulled the trigger on the purchase when the item went on sale from Monoprice's already competitive pricing. Unfortunately, when the product arrived, I realized very quickly that not only would it not suit my needs for a front porch camera in my specific situation but I doubt it would suit almost anyone's needs for a front porch camera due to the incredibly short power cord which requires:
1) The camera be within 4-feet of an electrical outlet
2) You run a permanent extension cord to where you'd like to mount the camera
Neither of these situations are ideal and I'll explain why...
First off, most electrical outlets outside the kitchen or bathrooms are located approximately 1-foot off the ground. Regardless of where you decide you'd like to mount your camera, I can't imagine that a camera mounted 5-feet off the ground (1-foot electrical socket + 4-foot power cord) being particularly useful for anyone unless you are mounting the camera directly to a baby's crib or something... but that baby's crib couldn't be in the middle of the room - it would have to be butted up against the wall for this thing to be able to reach and have any use at all.
How on earth are you supposed to mount this thing to a front porch? My porch has an 8-foot ceiling (which I imagine is close to average) and in order to mount this camera on my front porch, the 4-foot cord wouldn't even touch the ground and it would require a permanently displayed extension cord just to power it. Keep in mind, the power cord probably wouldn't even stay in place because the heavy AC adapter end of it would continue to pull downward.
Additionally, if the power cord is hanging down halfway from an 8-foot ceiling and plugged into an extension cord, it would make the camera very obvious to anyone coming to my porch and it would give literally anyone the opportunity to disconnect the camera whenever they'd like - some security camera, eh?
How many people have an electrical outlet available on the ceiling of their porch to accommodate a 4-foot power cord for a camera that is being advertised as a front porch camera? Its certainly not common in my neighborhood.
If you're unwilling to have your camera mounted within 4-feet of your electrical outlet, then your only other option is to run an extension cord from the outlet to wherever you'd like to mount your camera - and if I know most people, their concepts of good interior or exterior design typically do not include visible extension cords running through or around the house on a semi-permanent to permanent basis.
Personally, I don't want an extension cord permanently running out my mail slot to power a camera mounted to my front porch ceiling, particularly when the power cord can't even reach the ground.
So, in the end, this product has many uses... but, unfortunately, the vast majority of them require that the unit power itself (by internal or removable batteries) instead of being powered by an electrical outlet via a 4-foot cord.
I would avoid buying this and I would look for a camera which includes an internal battery.
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