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HOWTO: Playing audio from an Axis IP camera without Internet Explorer

May 18th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

Listening to sound from an IP camera can be a headache when using a web browser other than Internet Explorer (IE). Most camera manufacturers create ActiveX controls for handling sound which are limited to IE only, resulting in no audio at all for other browsers.

It’s not widely known, but Axis cameras have another facility for playing audio; Java. This means that users with Mac or Linux computers can listen to audio, as well as Windows users who don’t use Internet Explorer.

Some configuration changes are required, but it can be accomplished in a few minutes.
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Product Comparison: Axis M1104 vs. Panasonic WV-SP105 vs. Sony SNC-CH110

April 14th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

Axis M1104 vs. Panasonic WV-SP105 vs. Sony SNC-CH110

HD resolution video used to be limited to IP cameras at the top end of the market, but not anymore. Axis, Panasonic and Sony have recently released compact, entry-level HD 720p IP cameras aimed at the small/medium business environments. We’ve taken a look at the Axis M1104, Panasonic WV-SP105 and the Sony SNC-CH110 to see how they stack up against each other.

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Top 5 Mac-compatible home IP security cameras (redux)

April 13th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

Back in 2008 we published our Top 5 IP cameras when using a Mac article. Since then the market has moved on significantly and most of the cameras mentioned in that list are now discontinued.

So we’re back with a new, updated list, highlighting what we think are the current top 5 home security cameras for Mac users.
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Evaluation – Y-cam EyeBall WiFi Mini Dome

April 13th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

Y-cam have released their new EyeBall IP camera, the first dome model to be added to their expanding line up of IP cameras.

As well as the dome form factor, the EyeBall supports some features not available on other models in the Y-cam range, including wireless b/g connectivity, two-way audio and Push & Point. In this post, we’ll take a look at these features and compare the EyeBall to the rest of the Y-cam range.

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Sony SNC-CH140 – IP Camera Evaluation

March 29th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

Sony SNC-CH140

Sony has recently been placing heavy emphasis on HD resolution in IP surveillance with its new line of IP cameras.

The SNC-CH140 is part of their ‘V’ camera series, with a box-type chassis and HD 720p video. More importantly, the SNC-CH140 includes an array of features designed to improve the efficiency of surveillance networks, such as ViewDR, XDNR, edge recording and DEPA video analytics. Here we take a look at the camera, and its advanced feature set, to see how well it works.

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Evaluation: Level One POR-0102 2-Port POE Repeater

March 25th, 2011 by kevinto

If you’ve ever installed a long network cable run, then you will know that standard Ethernet cable has a maximum length of 100 metres before you start to get signal degradation, or ‘attenuation’ that can lead to erratic connection problems for your network equipment.

So what do you do when you need a cable run longer than 100 metres? You could try installing a fibre optic cable that runs for 220 – 550 metres, but fibre cables are expensive and require more training for installers to learn how to terminate the cabling correctly, increasing the cost of implementing a fibre solution. A cheaper and equally effective option is to place a repeater every 100 metres and run standard Ethernet, which is cheaper to purchase and install. This is where the Level One POR-0102 2 Port PoE Repeater comes in.

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Evaluation: Panasonic WV-SC385 IP Security Camera

February 8th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

The Panasonic i-Pro WV-SC385 pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) IP security camera has recently been released as a replacement for the WV-NS202. Both cameras feature 350° pan and 120° tilt, day/night switching and Power over Ethernet support, but the WV-SC385 has some major improvements which set the two apart.

In this post, we take a look at the new camera and evaluate how it compares to its predecessor.

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Evaluation: Axis M1054 IP Camera

January 4th, 2011 by Greg Innes

Axis M1054 HD security camera, integrated light and PIR sensor and PoE compatibility

If you take a look at Axis’ IP camera line-up this year you will see a High-Definition-variant at every price level, from high-end pan/tilt/zoom domes to entry-level fixed models. They are taking the drive for better image quality seriously and they are not limiting this to their high-end models.

Launched in the spring of 2010, the Axis M1054 is the successor to their top-selling 207MW. This camera becomes the flagship model in their M10-series, boasting the same stylish design and robust performance of the M1031-W but offering a more security-centric set of features. Let us explain…

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Evaluation: Sony SNC-CH160 IP Security Camera

December 22nd, 2010 by James Drinkwater

Sony SNC-CH160

Sony has recently launched a series of new High-Definition IP security cameras. Each model is letter-coded to simplify which camera is suitable for specific applications. Today we are looking at the SNC-CH160, an ‘E’-series model. This means that it offers strong HD picture quality and is suitable for general applications in SMEs, offices, educational establishments, banks and more.

The SNC-CH160 is a fixed HD network camera suitable for outputting video at up to HD 720p resolution. It comes with Sony’s new Exmor imaging sensor which was developed to optimise sensitivity and reduce noise in low-light.

The camera is part of a range of cameras, including the SNC-CH260, SNC-CH180 and SNC-CH280, all with IP66-rated casings and integrated infrared lighting. There are two main differences between this camera and the others in the range. Both the 260 and 280 models provide HD1080p resolution, compared to the HD720p available on the 160, while the 180 and 280 models feature View-DR, a system which improves the dynamic range of the camera by capturing and combining two successive images with different exposure times.

Let’s take a look at the camera in more detail and see how it compares with others in the market.

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Evaluation: Mobotix T24 and IP Door Entry Systems

December 2nd, 2010 by James Drinkwater

With IP video branching out into different sectors it is interesting to see new items which have been designed or upgraded to make use of it. One such device combines IP video with a door entry system.

Mobotix are synonymous in the IP video industry with high resolution outdoor cameras designed to be self-contained security systems. Their latest camera, the T24, is a break from the rest of their range in that it has been designed to integrate with Siedle door entry systems.

We looked at the T24 to see if this, and IP door entry in general, is likely to be a possible future area of growth for many IP camera manufacturers.

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