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squeezin
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 3:13 pm    Post subject: Suggestions needed please Reply with quote

Hi there, im knew to the network camera world. Embarassed

My work wants me to look into buying a network camera to monitor a room or two.

Were hoping to be able to find something that has audio listening ability.
Im NOT looking for wireless....just a regular CAT5 connection, and then ill just run it into our network switches.

The reason im here i guess is because...well...i dont know whats worth buying.
Im looking at the DLink DCS-950 network camera http://www.networkcamerareviews.com/networkcameras/dlink/DCS-950/camera_reviews.html but have come across so many bad reviews at a few places on it locking up, overheating etc. The network setup part im not really worried about too much b/c im somewhat network savy....but the networking only works if the damn camera works...Rolling Eyes

The DCS-950 seems perfect for my situation...cheap and has audio capability.
Im not looking for anything fancy, no more than $200, CAT 5 TCP/IP, Audio, wall mountable, and atleast semi-decent picture quality ...and something that actually works and i dont have to worry about it frying or constantly locking up.

Should i just give the DCS-950 a try, or stay far away?
It doesnt seem like theres too many other options given my critaria.Sad

thanks for reading, any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i have heard bad things about the 950's and like you said there are tons of bad reviews on this site. i have seen a few peeps say it works better with the new firmware dlink released. one company i found that sells cams cheap is 4xem. either them or dlink is your best bet for a cheap decent cam.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ACE, ill take a look over the weekend some more.
Is there software any good?
Anyone know if power over ethernet (POE) works ok ? is is that something to stay away from?
Ive never came across anything like that before until now. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,

D-Link and 4XEM's software is almost identical. POE is great to have because it allows you to use power your IP Camera when the cameras location has no power source nearby. It also uses less cables. I know many people who use POE.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one DCS-950, its new firmware (v1.06) is very stable.
Its SmartRecording is useful, but the setting is tricky.
FYR
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replys.
Anyone got any good suggestions for a POE?

and the firmware for the dcs-950...is it upgradable from any previous fireware, or is it like some routers that the fireware cant be undated unless you actually buy the latest device with the latest fireware? It seems like its easily upgraded, but i know some firmware versions on certain devices cant be updated past a cerain point.

I ask b/c the chance of getting a dcs-950 out of the box with the 1.06 firmware is probably not going to happen.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh, one more silly question. if i end up buying the Dlink DCS-950, would i need a specific POE adapter for the ip camera? Any reccommendations?
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this on D-Link site. It says support PoE...... anyone have tried it?

http://support.dlink.com/products/view.asp?productid=DCS%2D1110
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can be upgraded from any previous firmware version. I tried it from V1.02, v1.03
POE?? yes, you need to buy a POE adapter. Just notice the power output is 5V, and over 2.5A. It should work.
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, just make sure the POE kit supports the correct power. Also, will you be using a POE router?
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was told that most poe routers do not work with poe kits.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the router has to be POE enabled??? Mad
always something else Confused

Have no clue if it is POE able, they are a couple years old...and the models ingeneral are probably close to 5 years old...

Would the product manuals indicate router POE capability?
How bout network switches?

EDIT : according to dlink, well atleast thier product compatibility chart for thier POE with the DCS-950 network camera. Its not compatible...the dcs-900 is though. Mad

http://www.dlink.com/products/resource.asp?pid=368&rid=1361&sec=0

D-Link, an industry leader in networking, introduces the DWL-P50 Power over Ethernet (PoE) Adapter. By using the DWL-P50, both data and electrical power can be delivered to a non-PoE Ethernet-enabled device from a single CAT5 Ethernet cable.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought DCS-900 and DCS-950 use same 5v.... so, it should work with DCS-950 as well....It seems like the D-Link site is outdated. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah thats what im getting out of it....just a little outdated
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, i just got the DCS-950 IP camera...upgraded to firmware version 1.06 right away...but wont have much time to play with it for the next few days. I also bought a PoE adapter from dlink aswell...DWL-P50. Wont work on my linksys home setup ofcourse, so ill have to see how it works out wheni try and set it up at work....ill be back
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