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GoFish
01-14-2016, 03:29 PM
Some of you must have cameras watching your tanks while on vacation. Looking for recommendations on which model/brands work well.

Requirements ..
Something simple to mount
Standalone (don't want to have to run cable to my computer)
^^^ WIFi
An app so I can view with iPad
Setup if required has to be done with an iMac (don't own windows anymore)
Audio is a bonus
Good quality video
Reliable
Available in Canada

Thanks in advance!

sphelps
01-14-2016, 03:51 PM
Foscam

http://foscam.ca/wireless-ip-cameras.html

Myka
01-14-2016, 03:59 PM
I'm looking to upgrade, so I'm in the market too. I'm looking for the same as you GoFish, except I'd also like it to record on a loop (as long as possible). Is that something you want too, or just live cam?

Ryanerickson
01-14-2016, 04:58 PM
I'm using a trend net ip can works great but under blue lights it goes into night vision (black and white) ncix had lots

GoFish
01-14-2016, 05:13 PM
Recording doesn't really matter to me, it's more to know if something is wrong rather than how it happened...White balance would be a nice option! Not likely though i guess.
Couple questions about the foscam, does it come with an app or do you have to purchase, how well does it work? And whats up with the $39 installation and setup add on, is that needed?
I'll look up the trendnet too gotta get back to work, thanks :)

msjboy
01-14-2016, 05:25 PM
I myself am going to buy a new zmodo one from banggood.com. .. for home surveillance too, not just fish. Seems ok for $399USD -$586cdn. (free shipping).720p, 1TB drive that records all 4 cameras in 50 day cycles I recall. Here is link:
http://www.banggood.com/Zmodo-720P-HD-Smart-Home-Wireless-Security-Camera-Knits-System-IP-Night-Vision-Outdoors-Indoors-1TB-HDD-p-1020590.html
I believe Zmodo sells their extensive cameras at Bestbuy usa, but not this new model. Not sure if it has options not to record or not.
It is 4 cameras (needs power that's it and records 200 fps, ); I looked at Netgear Arlo but I don't like changing batteries every 6 months and it's not continuous.

msjboy

Myka
01-14-2016, 05:38 PM
That Zmodo looks awesome! I like that it's indoor/outdoor too. Whole house surveillance for only a bit more than just the tank. :)

(Btw, lots of Zmodo options on amazon.ca in Canadian dollars...I haven't ciphered the difference between them all lol)

sphelps
01-14-2016, 06:09 PM
Recording doesn't really matter to me, it's more to know if something is wrong rather than how it happened...White balance would be a nice option! Not likely though i guess.
Couple questions about the foscam, does it come with an app or do you have to purchase, how well does it work? And whats up with the $39 installation and setup add on, is that needed?
I'll look up the trendnet too gotta get back to work, thanks :)

There are free apps from foscam that work fine, there is also many other apps by other developers that work with foscam and most other IP cameras, some free some not. I don't know anything about the setup add on but no it wouldn't be required. I assume if you purchased the add on they would set it up for you but certainly not required and they are pretty basic to setup.

Reef Pilot
01-14-2016, 06:15 PM
I have a Foscam and it worked great for several years. Then I changed my router, and be darned if I can get it working again. I attached it directly with a lan cable, pushed the reset button, etc, but for some reason it just won't connect (be recognized by the router). I tried my old router again, but it doesn't see it either anymore. So no idea what is wrong, but looks like it is just an ornament now.

mike31154
01-14-2016, 06:17 PM
Many choices out there these days. Tough to make a decision for sure. Found this utube, a few years old (2013), but an informative comparison of 4 different camera makes. It appears certain cameras react quite differently when they are showing an outdoor daylight scene vs a shot of a static poster. There are probably much improved versions of these out there today, but in this case the Zmodo didn't look that good.

https://youtu.be/r131QySG8TI

Simons
01-15-2016, 03:29 AM
I have 6 foscams throughout my house. Two dedicated to my fish tanks, the rest are more for security purposes. I have the FI9831W wireless cam's, are they perfect...no but they are 'fairly' cheap and the image quality is ok. There is no digital zoom on this model but each cam does have it's own DNS service if you don't want to configure a router for port forwarding.

I bought the LiveCams Pro app for $4.99 and can see all of the camera's in the main panel of the app on my ipad and iphone.

Each camera come's with a simple mounting unit as well so you could mount them if you wish. I have one mounted in my garage, the power cable is a standard 6 feet I think but you can get an extender cable if you need one. They do pan and tilt as well from the app which is a nice feature. For a simple relatively cheap cam, I would recommend them.

Reef-Geek
01-15-2016, 07:14 AM
This is the one I am using:
ANNKE SP1 HD Wireless Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera (Black)

http://www.amazon.ca/ANNKE-Wireless-Network-Surveillance-Camera/dp/B00XQP7B9Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1452842005&sr=8-3