The Grand WiFi Camera Pro Model II Night Vision camera is an extremely versatile system with the ability to serve as a webcam, security cam or to record multimedia content.
The camera is totally wireless and can be used to monitor or watch a baby from anywhere in the world. It can do the same for a door, or barn or swimming pool, to help deal with children sneaking in to use private pools and prevent drownings or other injuries. The camera sells with everything needed for installation to a network and the manual is downloadable from the internet.
The camera is compatible with wireless LAN 802.11g (54Mbps), and also supports 802.11b (11Mbps). The camera can support 640 x 480, 320 x 240, and 176 x 144 formats. The camera will also easily switch from USB to IP cam modes with provided cables for IP mode and a button on the camera itself.
The bundled software allows MPEG 4 capture, automatic replacement of the oldest saved video files when space is no longer available and a motion detector which can sound an alarm when motion is detected.
The camera does have requirements. These are a router (with DDNS or PPPoE function), 10Base-T Ethernet or 100Base TX Fast Ethernet, Intel Pentium3 800 MHz, AMD 800 MHz or Faster processor, 64M RAM or above, VGA card with 8MB memory or above, Microsoft DirectX 9 and Internet Explorer 5.0 or above. The system does not come with a self contained power source, and thus requires a power connection.
There are six infrared LED’s to allow the use of the night vision mode.
The camera currently sells for $136 and ships around the world. The camera operates in Operating Systems in several languages, English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian, Russian, French, Japanese and Traditional Chinese while the manual is available in English, German, Dutch and French.
The obvious uses of the camera include serving as a movable security camera, as part of a web conference system to allow the camera to be moved easily about a physical conference room to facilitate the view of people at other sites or even as a means of keeping an eye on something from far away, from the baby mentioned above to a display at a zoo or even a soft drink machine. These cameras can be used to watch outdoors pets at night, or farmers can use this system and a signal repeater to keep watch on barns or fields. For webconference use, this camera appears desirable due to the ease of moving around a conference room, allowing the users to switch from one location to another for the convenience of the off-site participants.
In theory, a user can even use this camera to create a home security system, not up to professional standards, but certainly capable of seeing what is stealing the dogfood or knocking over the trash cans at night. It might even be used to see how squirrels are breaking into the squirrel-proof bird feeders.