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Works great...as long as it's right next to the router.
August 30, 2019
Now, I want to start off with saying that I can't speak for as to how this camera works when it's connected to the ethernet cable. My router is in a completely different room from where I want to use the camera, so I don't have the ability to attach the ethernet cable that way. If it were attached, I'm sure the function of the camera itself would be much better.
I bought this camera (and granted, I wasn't expecting much for the price), and it was super easy to set up - for which I'm grateful. I think the whole process took less than 5 minutes. And while I was setting it up, the camera quality was amazing. Sitting close to the router, the camera transmitted the video and was even in color.
Now, I bought the camera because I recently purchased a new reptile, and I wanted to be sure she was eating. Well, in order to do that - I figured the most effective way would be to set up a camera that would record when motion was detected and then I wouldn't have to worry so much about the lizard eating. But I want to point out that if you get the camera ANY reasonable distance away from the main router, it starts to glitch and buffer and the little white lines show up across the screen. Which pretty much makes it useless to me since I can neither move the router closer, nor move my reptile enclosure. (I also want to point out that the distance I have the camera from the router isn't all that much, and should still adequately work).
Some might say it has to do with my internet, but I have high speed internet that has NEVER had a problem before, regardless of where I'm at within the house and regardless of which electronic device I'm using to connect to the wifi. I've even tried troubleshooting and restarting and resetting the camera...and I still get the same result.
Honestly, I'm quite disappointed with this product. I bought it because it had nice reviews and I didn't see anything mentioned about how the camera needed to remain close to the router in order to work effectively. Otherwise I would have gone with a different camera.
The two way audio does work. Night vision seems to be fine. And the picture is clear after it's been buffering for a minute or two and right before it freezes again. It seems like when I took the camera away from the router it only wants to show up in black and white, which is a bit disappointing, but I can deal with that.
I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because it does work really well when close to the router. But I feel like that should be something noted somewhere in the description, because now I'm quite frustrated. And I'm not going to waste even more money sending the product back.