DropCam Wireless IP Camera

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Dropcam uses AES-256 encryption between the camera and their servers. This type of encryption is used to encrypt information transferred over the Internet and is used by financial institutions, VPN connections, etc. Dropcam is doing what it can to ensure that the communication between you and dropcam stays that way.

Having a secure wireless IP camera in my house for the last few weeks was both enjoyable and informative. Using the built in two-way communication I was able to mess with my dogs and watch them go crazy as I called their names and they tried to figure out where I was. It was informative to see the comings and goings in our house while the wife and I were away. We do not have small children, our kids are almost all grown and ready to leave the nest, so for me the dropcam wireless IP camera came in as more of a security device but it can be used to monitor just about anything. Night vision performance was decent and the LEDs were able to illuminate most of our living room.
Installation and setup were a snap and it took about 5 minutes to complete. Just follow the instructions on screen and yo are all set. Overall my experience with Dropcam was pleasant. I was able to watch the house when I wanted to. The bottom line is it just works.

 

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.

5 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!

    • +1 I was disappointed when I found out that Dropcam didn’t have an outdoor model, but I also found the dropcase enclosures and they work nicely, even in the rain