We recently told you about the EyeSpy247Ext internet security camera, and have been lucky enough to be sent one to give you a hands-on review. The item comes well packaged with all the accessories and the camera itself neatly stored in a single box.
With the actual camera you get a power adapter, installation CD, LAN cable with water sealing cap, antenna, mounting screws, quick installation guide, base, stand and swivel connector. After unpacking all the items I decided to try the camera out by just putting it in another room.
I have never had any dealings with this brand of IP camera before, but I do what I always do with new tech and try and set it up before reading any instructions. After a fruitless twenty minutes I decided to read the instructions on the installation disc which are in PDF form. Setting up the camera with these was pretty straight forward.
The first time you set up the EyeSpy247EXT it requires the camera to be connected via the LAN cable, but once this is done you can disconnect it and on powering up the camera again it will be fully wireless. You then have instructions on how to register the device with EyeSpy247, which will allow you to have access to the companys online support and viewing.
The picture quality is pretty good for a camera of its size, and even in darkness images are what can be expected. You get motion and body heat detection, and can even view video via your mobile phone. I have been pretty impressed by the EyeSpy247Ext camera and plan to install it permanently outside my garage.
The EyeSpy247Ext will switch from day and night view automatically, using infrared (IR) LEDs at night with a VGA resolution of 640×480 at 30fps. The IP camera will connect to your 802.11b/g/n wireless network using the normal security on routers, and those who want the device even more secure can go for a wired connection that can be extended by electric network plugs or a longer cable.
As the device has an IP rating of 65 this allows for it to be used in all weathers. The EyeSpy247Ext is priced at around £220, which is pretty good although it’s worth shopping around for a deal. While we are very impressed with this camera, we have seen wired solutions with dedicated recorders and 4 cameras for about £150 more. This will depend on your budget, needs, and if you do not mind running wires.
Hardware specs include:
- Weight: 900g nett
- Dimensions: 103mm H x 94mm W x 37mm D
- Certification: CE/FCC
- Power Adapter: 12V/1A, 100~240 VAC, Switching
- Connector: Ethernet RJ-45, DC Power, Reset
- LED Indicators: LED indicator for Power and Network
- LAN: Ethernet 10/100BaseT
- SDRAM: 128 Megabytes
- Flash ROM: 8 Megabytes
- CPU: SProlific PL-1129 (ARM9 500MHz)
- Antenna: External Antenna with 3dBi, water proof
- Encryptions: WEP 64 Bits / 128 Bits, WPA / WPA2 Personal
- Operation Modes: Infrastructure / Ad-Hoc
- Standard: IEEE 802.11b, g & n
You can read the full features of the EyeSpy247Ext in this PDF file, and also see a comparison of the EyeSpy247 range of cameras on this page at eyespy247.com. If you would like to see how their technology works, eyespy247 has a nice diagram in this article.
Have you used this camera or any eyespy247 IP camera before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.