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Trendnet TV-IP301W or Axis 207W


 
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bnappy1
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:46 pm    Post subject: Trendnet TV-IP301W or Axis 207W Reply with quote

I would like to set up a wireless IP camera in the nursery to view the baby from work and from my home office. I would like to be able to hear the baby and see her in low light conditions like when she is sleeping. Price is not as much an issue as quality.

Also, I am a Mac user and need to make sure that the camera will be compatible with Mac.

I have been looking at the Trendnet TV-IP301W and the Axis 207W.

Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Trendnet TV-IP301W or Axis 207W Reply with quote

bnappy1 wrote:
Also, I am a Mac user and need to Any suggestions?
My condolences. As for suggesting something, your criterion for low-light makes the axis a bit useless, unless making out dark objects in a dark space is your idea of useful? Maybe being a Mac user it would be. All seriousness aside, the 301 has an IR lens and a dozen or so IR LEDs that claims to throw a good 10 meters (that's about 144 feet I think). It's a good camera, but pretty big compared to the little axis 207 models. The LEDs are visible - they look a little redish on axis, but you can point it a little off axis and the lamps disappear into the night. You could probably get by without the LEDs if you went with a 1/4 second exposure and turned up the gain to 255 (it calls it backlight compensation). The axis 207w would be completely dark but the 301 is usable at that very dark level. Plug in the LEDs and it's quite a bit brighter.

Also good at low light is Toshiba ikwb (15), and even nicer is the Vivotek 6114 (if you want wifi). All these low light cams I mentioned use CCD instead of CMOS. The vivo 6114 comes with a 10x optical zoom and iris, and the ikwb 15 has 2.5x optical zoom. Zoom includes pan/tilt, by the way. Beware digital "zoom", which is not really anything special at all - you being a mac user would know this, though. The toshiba does not have a built-in mic; you have to plug one in. That may be good (not wifo for the ikwb15, maybe not good). The 301 can plug in a mic, and I think has a built-in mic, too. This would be in the manual, of course. The axis 207 cams have excellent built-in audio. Maybe run a night light and make do with it, just to get the audio. There's a selection for QT (view only I suppose) on the axis, along with active-x and java, and one other I forget.

FWIW, the cams I've used that include a java server/client deal, run about 1/2 speed compared to the active-x counterpart. So, instead of getting say 30 fps, the best the java setup can do is 15. Sad, but true. The 301 does java. The axis does java, too. I suppose most will do both.
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