Nevertheless, colour balance was good and movement portrayed well with only a slight jerkiness. From the live view you have options for 3X zoom but this is only the digital variety so image quality breaks down badly. There’s also a night view mode which allows the camera to operate in light levels as low as 0.5lux.
Once you have LAN access, the camera’s wireless client can be configured. Security options are good as the camera supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption and a site survey option displays all wireless access points that the camera can see. Just pick one from the list and add your security details. With only MJPEG on the case we would not recommend connecting all your clients over an 802.11b wireless network as the video streams will likely saturate available bandwidth.
For motion detection you can create two custom windows within the viewing area and set trigger thresholds for each one. A graph shows sensitivity in real time so you can watch how the camera is responding to movement and adjust it accordingly. You can also create time schedules for each day of the week that determine when motion detection will be activated.
Once triggered, the camera can upload images to an FTP server or send them via email to a maximum of two addresses. You can also use the schedule to trigger regular automatic recordings to FTP or email and set the interval between captured frames.
Xvision’s package also includes its Xview software which provides a command centre for viewing the feeds from up to 16 IP cameras. With a single button press you can set them all to record simultaneously to a predefined folder on the client PC, reserve space in MB for each camera and limit each recording to a maximum size. Where supported, PTZ motion can be controlled from Xview and you can use it to configure motion detection functions.
Considering the low price, the XIP3001 delivers a decent range of features. It’s easy to set up and configure but there is a price to pay with the average image quality making this camera best suited to close surveillance if you need to see significant detail.
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