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DropCam Wireless IP Camera

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Logging into the Dropcam website will show you the cameras that have been associated with your account. You can have multiple dropcams in your account. The software works well and detects movement events which are tagged and can be viewed at a later time. Initially, you will have a free two week premium account which will allow you access to Dropcams DVR service. There are two levels of premium services, one that allows 7 days of recording and the other allows 30 days of recordings.
The dropcam wireless IP camera is managed by the setting button on the video interface. You can turn off the camera, turn off the mic, turn off or on sound events and connect it to another wireless network.

There are also apps for both Android and iPhone available from the respective app stores. Launch the app and log-in with your account. You will be presented with the cameras that are activated on your account.

I have blurred out my personal information as well as the video information however Dropcam has plenty of demo cameras for public viewing found at this link

About Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network analyst by day. He currently holds the CCNA & CCNP certifications. 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.

4 comments

  1. Well, I have the DropCam and am thinking of getting the DropCam Pro – Its have better everything and its about $50.00 more. I would like to see someone make a mod that allows the user to use there own Hard Drive and store the video it sees, I dont want to pay a monthly fee to DropCam.

    • I second that. The bandwidth-eating upload/download transfers are too much, I read someone calculating around 60GB per dropcam monthly upload. That’s not even on dropcam pro! If there’s a hack that would allow diverting the camera video signal to a pogoplug device on the same network. There’s a drawback to doing this, if the thief steals the hard drive with the dropcam, then it defeats the purpose of having this system in the first place.

    • Dropcam is nice, but its business model is flawed. The camera is expensive; and it only works with Dropcam’s cloud service, which is even more expensive; it uses too much bandwidth that will significantly slow down your Internet connection. It requires Internet connection all the time and does not support local storage or local streaming. If you have more than one Dropcams, the cost will be even more expensive and you are likely to hit your ISP’s usage limit.

  2. We’ve been using our Dropcam with one of the outdoor cases from dropcamcases.com to watch our dog in the garden while at work and they work amazingly well! Love that cam!

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