Compro IP 70 Network Camera Reviewby Ganesh T S on July 28, 2011 11:05 AM EST
If you do not wish to setup the Seedonk service, and you are comfortable with port forwarding on your router, there is no need to use the softwares on the CD to setup your camera. The initial configuration has to be done with the camera connected to the router in a wired manner. DHCP is enabled by default and the IP camera promptly picks up one from the router. Visiting the IP address using a web browser from another machine on the network presented the login screen. With the default username / password (admin/admin), we were soon up and running.
A gallery of the setup options available on the web page is provided below. There were some mild annoyances such as the requirement of the VLC plugin to use Firefox for viewing / configuration. Also, there were frequent prompts of some functions not being supported in a non-IE browser, but the functions seemed to work OK even in Firefox.
The wealth of setup options provided make it clear that the IP70 also caters to users wanting more analytics and management features. Some of the advanced features provided by Compro that is not usually found in other entry level IP cameras are:
- Dual stream encoding (with user configurable stream properties)
- User configurable tradeoff between higher frame rates and better picture quality
- Configurable brightness / sharpness / saturation / white balance and other video parameters
- Multicast setup
- Analytics (motion detection / trigger and event setups / scheduling / IO response / audio detection etc.)
- Recording to NAS (SMB/NFS) / local storage in case of network failure
All in all, the Compro IP70 seems to have got the feature set right, making it an attractive option for home users as well as professional home automation system installers. There is also a comprehensive guide online [PDF] describing each and every feature of the Compro IP 70.