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DropCam Wireless IP Camera

With the rapid deployment of wireless networks around the world wireless enabled devices have exploded in popularity and there isn’t much sign of slowing down. There are plenty of devices such as blu-ray players, printers, thermostats, and even our televisions can connect to the Internet wirelessly. Now IP cameras are not a new technology and they have been around for a few years but you had to run cables in you wanted to install them. Wireless IP cameras are fairly new to the market over the last few years. Dropcam has released the Dropcam wireless IP camera with advanced features such as AES-256 encryption, night vision, and two-way communication. When we visited Dropcam’s booth at CES I could not help but say “Yes” when we were asked to review the camera. The question is not does it work, but instead how well does it work and for that answer you will need to read on to find out.

 Here’s a word of caution before we go on. Any network can be hacked and while the Dropcam wireless IP camera communicates securely with the Dropcam servers, if your wireless network is not secure then you could very well have other people watching your camera. Network security is very important to keep others out. This is not a dig against wireless but instead just a heads up. I will discuss the security features of the Dropcam wireless IP camera later on in the article. Securing your wireless network is beyond the scope of this article.

Dropcam HD Technical Specifications

Video Camera Basics

Dimensions 4.5″ x 3.15″ x 3.15″ (height x width x depth)
Weight 5.5oz (156g)
Power Adapter Input: 100-240V ⏦ 50/60Hz 0.5A Output: 5V ⎓ 2A
USB Cable 4 pin USB Type A to 5 pin Micro-USB Type B 10 ft
Warranty One-year parts

Video Camera Details

Type Color with digital pan-tilt-zoom
Digital Video Format  H.264 encoding
up to 720p HD (1280 x 720) at 30 frames/sec       
Field of View 107 degrees (diagonal)
Audio Speaker and microphone
Night Vision 12 high-power infrared LEDs
Operating Temperature 0 – 40 °C

Video Camera Networking Details

Supported Wireless (802.11b/g/n)   2.4 GHz       
Wireless Security none
WEP (40-bit, 128-bit)

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About Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day, such as cutting a side window or two.