|Axis 207W Wrls Network Camera Wireless 802.11G 30FPS In VGA Res
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The AXIS 207 Network Cameras offer compact and cost-effective solutions for indoor surveillance and remote monitoring. The built-in microphone enables remote users to not only view, but also listen in on an area and increase the monitoring options.The AXIS 207 family offers the best image quality in its class, providing excellent image quality also in low lighting conditions. In addition, it provides the best bandwidth efficiency, thanks to its MPEG-4 implementation that includes motion estimation. Simultaneous MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG allow systems to be optimized for both image quality and bandwidth.The AXIS 207W comes with both wireless IEEE802.11g and Ethernet network interface for flexible installation. It supports the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2 protocols to provide the best security measures for wireless networks. The high performing wireless transmission with a wide coverage range gives users the freedom to place the camera where it is needed, instead of where the network outlet is.
- AXIS 207W WIRELESS NETWORK CAMERA
- Solid as a Rock
I have several of these Camera's setup and have used other cheaper wirless camera's. It is worth the extra money to go with a quality camera which doesn't lockup and continues to operate. I am very satisfied with Axis, I only with there security software would run on a mac. I have 5 of these in my house, mainly as a nanny camera. I am very happy all the way, very configurable and the wireless is amazingly reliable. I was very skeptical at first, now I would recommend any Axis camera's to anyone who needs them....more info
- Very impressed
Axis has done a very impressive job with these cameras. These things are thoroughly designed. Technically oriented friends are amazed when they see this thing and find out that it is not just a webcam, but a wireless video server that can support ten streams. The back end functions are very sophisticated and user-configurable. I would hazard a guess that even though this is at the low-end of Axis optical resolution, the software/firmware is the same as higher end cameras. You can buy a similar resolution camera for less, but I doubt it is going to have the back office capabilities that this one has. On a Mac WiFi LAN, the camera appears automatically in Safari's Bonjour menu. It can operate on a closed, WPA2 WiFi network. Configuration is done by a browser, so it is platform independent. It has many options for video streaming and website configuration. The Axiscam.net dynamic IP service works very well. I found, as per suggestions from others, that using a very high port number (port forwarding on my router, try 9000), solves connection issues for outsiders. The camera has its own motion detection (i.e., you can have it decide if the image has changed and then tell it to send an image somewhere) or you can pair it with software running elsewhere. For Macs there is a very good program called Evocam that I would be using if I were using this as a security camera (Evocam monitors the images for motion). As others have noted, the audio quality is not very high and the screw-clamp mount is flimsy. The camera is also best for indoors, though you could get away with aiming it out a window. I may purchase more of these. ...more info
- Poor Support, Watch out
I have purchased quite a few Axis products and have never had to use them for support. I recently went to upgrade the firmware and the firmware update bricked the camera. I went to Axis for support and they essentially were useless. Even though all indications were ok for the firmware upgrade the camera was no longer working (the camera worked 100% before).
I contacted Axis for troubleshooting on the issue and they did not read the steps I went through before contacting them; i.e., they didn't bother to take the time to even read the trouble ticket before responding. Their response? reboot/reset to factory settings. I replied I had done that and they replied they could no longer assist me because I bought the camera too long ago.
Well, Axis still supports the camera version on their website by issuing patches and firmware. However, apparently, if you use them, you use them at your own peril. They will provide zero support if anything goes wrong applying "their" firmware patch to fix bugs they initially had in their product.
Axis makes a good camera, but if it breaks, count on just purchasing another one; and never, never apply any firmware or software upgrades if the camera is in working order....more info
- Pretty darn good, but a couple things could be improved
I'd give this guy 4.5 stars if it was possible.
I hooked up the camera and tested it. I am a computer guy (after a fashion), and it was pretty easy for me to hook up.
640 X 480 resolution was good, pretty good frame rate, and the sound was good as well. Wireless comes through nice, but it depends on the WAP you are using (this was tested on a Linksys WRT54g), and depends on the ISP you have or the ISP of the remote viewer. (like any camera). Nice glass lens with effective focus control. Power cord is pretty long, and of course you could add an extension. Seemed to live up to its reputation of 30 fps. Much better than web cams (I've had a few logitech models), and of course you don't need a powerful computer or laptop to run the camera, plugs right into the network. Port forwarding (on the router) is easy, I even set this guy up with www.dyndns.org.
- Price was a little high, although similar cameras (not quite as good) go for about the same
- MPEG video worked the first time after installing the codec, but then failed afterwards. However, I haven't researched or called tech support to resolve this, could be a simple solution.
- Packaging could of been better.
- Power adapter seemed to make a high pitched whine/hum after being plugged in for a long time.
- Doesn't run on batteries, but this is not really an option considering the power this device needs.
Couple things to remember:
- Sound is off by default, you must config. it.
- Time needs to be configured
- Recording only works on MPEG format (which I mentioned I have problems with.) And it's MPEG4, so you may have issues importing this to some video programs.
- One thing you have to remember is before unplugging anything: disconnect from video sessions, and unplug the power first. Anytime you reset the wireless or unplug the wired cable, it stalls, and you must restart it by unplugging the power. It will then reboot with the config. in about a minute.
- This resolution is fine for a room as big as 15 X 15 feet. I wouldn't go with the MW (megapixel version) unless you have a large office or outdoor space you want to monitor.
I'll use this camera again.
- working great but some minor feature complaints
I purchased my 207W in Sept 2006, and I have used it for webcasting two parties so far with no problems. I have been using one or two Axis 2100 series network IP webcams for my parties for years, always frustrated the 2100s would not be viewable in Safari, and the admin interface was a bit clunky, especially having to enable event settings. The 207W has a better admin interface but it takes some getting used to finding where the settings have moved in the menus. The lack of FTP image capture in the 207W was a shock, but with some searching the Axis website I found the CGI & HTTP command examples, so we figured out a cron job to grab the images directly from the camera, which has worked perfectly. The motion detect worked great at first, but I don't know what I misconfigured so that it doesn't work anymore. Since I'm using the cron jobs for scheduled events the motion detect is not a large concern of mine. The wifi is great on my Airport Extreme WEP network so I only need to worry about the power cable.
The only drawbacks of the 207W for me are no standard tripod mount (the Axis 2100 can remove the included mount leaving a standard tripod mount which was very nice), and the already-mentioned tendency to lose the time & date settings when losing power. The Axis 2100 kept the time settings when losing power so tripping over the power cable & plugging back in wouldn't usually need any reconfiguring. All in all, I'm considering purchasing a second 207W to replace the old 2100, since the 207W is so easy to set up, much better image quality, more browser-compatible, and more reliable than the now-ancient 2100 wired ethernet models....more info
- Quality tool
I bought this to monitor the front yard and the circle I live on, due to vandalism concerns. I had no prior experience with network cameras prior to this one.
Setup was quite easy and had to be done with a network hardline at first (as you might have guessed). Within minutes I had a moving image that was viewable from a browser. To get the image, I had to allow the installation of an ActiveX control for both the motion JPEG and the MPEG-4 formats, depending on which I was trying to view from the default web page. Updating the firmware was quite simple as well.
The image quality (640x480) is quite good, considering that this is a CMOS camera and that I'm pointing it out thorough a window, and that most of my recording takes place at night (there's a street light in the circle).
The software that this unit comes with is where this product falls short. Out of the box, you can either configure the camera to send you an email when it detects motion, or you can use a so-called Camera Explorer to view images and manually begin recording them. This second mode of operation stores a separate JPEG for each frame of video, so that begins taking up space at a quite rapid rate. Recording from the Camera Explorer would also spontaneously stop after 1-2 hours, even when I told it to run for 12. I needed something better.
What I found is a product on the manufacturer's website, called Camera Station One. This is a free product that allows you to control a single camera, though a license can be purchased to allow the use and control of multiple cameras. This product does everything I wanted-- I have set a schedule of when I want the recording to begin and end daily; I've set the format for the recording; and I've specified how long to retain each recording (default is 5 days). There's an option for archiving older recordings, but it's grayed out-- I assume that it becomes available upon licensing the software. Playback is simple and flexible, allowing you to search for recordings over a time frame within a single day and posting thumbnails of every 10 minutes. Playback on MJPEG recording is scaleable up to 10x normal speed. Upon pausing, the software allows you to jump back or forward by discrete time intervals, save a snapshot, send a picture to email or printer, or even convert the whole 10-minute segment of video into an AVI for playback outside of Camera Station.
There are some things I'd like to see improved though. It would have been nice to get a big notice to go check out Camera Station One, or even have that software included on the install disk. There's no internal backup for the date/time stamp, so if you power the camera down, you have to reset the time and date; it's easy to do through a browser, but it's annoying to have to do that every time. Of course, that wouldn't be as bothersome if it wasn't for the fact that the camera becomes unaccessable after a couple of days, despite sitting in the same room with the wireless router; in those cases, I have to power cycle both the camera and the router.
So I like this camera and I'm enjoying it as a toy. I just hope it works as well when I need it for something serious....more info
- Solid IP Camera but expensive
It took me about 30min to setup and configure the 207W. The interface is straightforward and intuitive and I didn't need any manuals, disks, or software.
The only other camera I have experience with is the D-Link DCS-5300. The Axis has fantastic image quality (much better than the D-Link) and supports multiple browsers and platforms with several choices for viewing video in a client browser (the D-Link and most cameras don't). Low light performance is incredible but it drops down to less than 10fps and the image appears to be B&W. But it works!
The Audio is quite poor and not very sensitive.
Wireless performance appears to be very good. The camera found half a dozen wireless networks in the area which my Powerbook with Mac Stumbler was unable to locate. Wireless was also very easy to setup and it supports WPA-PSK.
At this price it would have been nice to have pan and tilt options. If you can afford it I highly recommend it.
The camera is solidly built and very small. It's pretty clear that some thought went into the design of the camera and the camera's firmware. It even comes with an extension cord for the AC adaptor!
- Too Hard To Make 802.11 Work... (UPDATE: Only supports G)
This camera seems only to work while cabled to the network via ethernet cable.
I configured it to use an IP on my LinkSys, then forwarded port 80 traffic to it. And it works great while on the ethernet cable. But once I pull the cable it's dead.
And if the power were to go out your settings, at least the NTP time server config, are gone and it will start reading 1970 for the date.
This camera is a completely frustrating let down..
UPDATE: I wanted to update my review and let everyone know that I'm a moron, and the documentation clearly states "802.11g", and I was attempting to use it with my old 802.11b wireless base station. It didn't work because of this, and not any flaw that I know of in the camera. I apologize for making this mistake and posting a poor review. :(
It did work GREAT while connected via ethernet cable though....more info
- Excellent image quality and fast on the web
I've had this camera for a few weeks. I'm very happy with just about everything about it. I do not agree with another reviewer that it is cheaply-made, nor do I fear breaking the camera itself. A few caveats; read on.
Big advantages over other network cameras in this class:
1) Excellent image quality compared to other cameras in this class. Even though this camera uses a CMOS sensor--vs. a CCD sensor, which generally offers better video quality--the particular CMOS sensor used in this camera works very well. It has excellent low-light characteristics (supposedly down to 1 lux, which is candlelight-level, but I think that's a stretch). It has auto-brightness control. Turn down the lights and the video dims briefly then brightens right back up. Best video and fastest update is of course under decent lighting conditions, but indoor residential incandescent lighting or indoor lighting with only the light coming through the windows is just fine.
This CMOS sensor is also progressive-scan, which improves the picture quality over that coming from normal (interlaced) sensors. You can read about this on the Axis website (the URL is obvious).
2) Uses true MPEG4 compression. Most inexpensive network cameras in this class offer one type of video compression, known as Motion JPEG (or MJPEG). This offers a very good picture, but is a bandwidth hog. If you intend to stream video over the internet and you have limited bandwidth, you need something better. As an example, I have 2-3Mbps downstream on our cable modem, but only about 350kbps upstream. Upstream is what matters when you send video over the internet. This camera can stream 30 frames per second (fps) at 640x480 resolution. That's a lot of data and if it is not compressed well enough, it takes up too much bandwidth. That makes the video on the other end look jerky, with picture updates as slow as one frame per second.
This is where MPEG4 compression comes in, but you need to be careful. Again, most cameras don't offer the level of MPEG4 support that the Axis 207W offers. Some cameras say "MPEG4" but nothing more. This can be very deceptive. Here's what you need to know:
-- MPEG4, Short Header mode (SH): This is essentially no MPEG4 compression at all. It's like "faked" MPEG4.
-- MPEG4, Simple Profile (SP): This is true MPEG4 compression, but it has limited capability. Linksys has a network camera with this type of compression.
-- MPEG4, Advanced Simple Profile (ASP): This is the best MPEG4 compression offered in network cameras of this type today. The Axis 207W offers this type of compression.
Not only does the Axis 207W stream 640x480 at 30fps with MPEG4 ASP compression, it does so simultaneously with streaming Motion JPEG. So you can easily choose which one you want to see.
There are even higher levels of MPEG4 compression (past ASP) but I don't think any inexpensive network cameras offer it yet.
Other nice things:
a) The camera comes with two types of swivel mounts: one which is like a short pedestal, weighted; and one which is essentially a plastic C-clamp which allows you to mount the camera to the edge of a table or top of a chair, for example. The C-clamp does seem a bit fragile; I would not crank down too much on it.
b) The camera comes with an extra length of power cord (an extender) so if the "wall wart" power supply's cord is not long enough for your application, just add this extension between the camera and the wall wart cord (this is not a 120VAC extension cord.)
c) Ultra-configurable. Just about everything about the camera seems to be configurable from the settings.
d) Wireless works well. I've only tried WEP, but it was a breeze to set up. In fact, the whole setup was easy. You do need a little bit of networking knowledge to set up port forwarding in your router, but most of the camera defaults are right on target. The camera also offers two types of WPA.
e) Axis offers a free Domain Name Service (DNS) which allows you to pick an easy-to-remember web address. For example, you could pick "SantaClaus" and the address of your camera would be SantaClaus---axiscam---net, where the --- is actually a dot (.) [My first review got squashed by Amazon because I forgot and put in a URL.]
Here are the disadvantages I see:
1) Focusing is tedious. It's a 2-person job: one to hold the camera steady and turn the focus ring and another person to view the image on the screen and give instructions to the first person.
2) Audio is not very good. It's set at a very low level and even after turning up the slider control to the maximum, I still had to have my computer volume turned up quite high to hear any camera audio. Of course then other sounds from the computer (warning beeps etc) are very loud. This is one thing which is not configurable. Audio can be set to ON or OFF, but there is no setting for the level. Axis should fix this in their software.
3) It's a bit expensive. For the same price you can get a pan-tilt model from Panasonic or Linksys, but the image quality on those cameras is not as good, and they do not offer MPEG4 ASP compression. You have to give up something to get something, it seems.
4) There's no "privacy screen." This would be easy for Axis to add--just a simple flip-down shield to cover the lens when you don't want the video to be seen. We use a simple box I made out of a sheet of paper. Of course you could also unplug the camera, but that takes a bit longer.
I see these disadvantages to be very minor when weighed against the excellent performance of this camera as a whole.
One last point: I showed the video to a person I work with who owns the Linksys WVC200 camera, and he said he thought the Axis 207W's video was cleaner....more info
Too delicate, Cheap manufacturing. Broke the focus knob on the first day by trying to adjust focus!!! Vendor replaced the product but I was not happy with the products sensitivity to handling. Resolution is good. It would have been cool if the device was battery operated. Would have made a great babycam or nanny cam....more info