The Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless Outdoor HD IP Camera offers the next evolution in video clarity for remotely montioring outdoor areas. It also combines several of the greatest features from previous generations of Outdoor IP cameras with new technology such as plug-n-play installation and Dual FIlter IR-Cut. The Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless Outdoor Camera delivers them all into a compact wireless IP camera that has a user-friendly installation and remote access to view and record everything that happens inside, or outside, your home or office - all from your smartphone, tablet or PC.
For indoor monitoring, consider using the Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless HD IP Security Camera with Pan, Tilt and Night Vision
. Both cameras can be used and accessed together from the Eye4
suite of products as a whole home solution for monitoring your property both indoors and outdoors.
Remote Access from Anywhere
Using the Eye4 Cloud IP Camera downloads
you can remotely monitor your property from: a local PC on your network using the Eye4 For Windows desktop program
any PC with Windows Explorer (Active X Download required) connected to the Internet using the Eye4 For Web web browser
this product is not compatible with Apple/Mac computers at this time
a smartphone or tablet using the Eye4 for iPhone or Eye4 For Android app
with so many smartphones and tablets on the market, with various platforms and versions, the Vstarcam also has an alternative app to use if the Eye4 software doesn't work best for your device. This alternative app, VsCam is available for both iOS and Android.Remote AccessAs with most IP / Network cameras, Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam IP cameras are designed to work with a specific suite of software and applications - and will work perfectly with the Eye4 and VsCam suite of products as described above. Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam IP cameras will not work with, nor are they intended to work with INSTEON for Hub, MobiLinc, or any other 3rd party software or application.Wireless Networks and IP CamerasThe strength of any wireless connection between an IP camera and a wireless device such as a smartphone or tablet, especially when transmitting HD 720p resolution, is directly related to the quality of several things:
Your wireless networking devices (modem, router, access point, etc.)
The bandwidth you have selected from your Internet Service provider where the camera will be located
Cellular signal strength or the bandwidth available from the Wi-Fi connection you are remotely connected to
For an HD 720p video stream, your wireless device must also be capable of displaying video in HD 720p resolution
* see Network Specifications below for notes regarding wireless range
720p High-Definition Resolution
Most Outdoor IP cameras under $200 only offer a maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels - standard definition. The Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless Outdoor HD IP Security Camera comes in at a whopping 1280x720 pixels (720p) High-Definition (HD) for crystal clear video.Note
: when first installed, the camera may transmit in lowest resolution, don't be alarmed. From the App, simply change the resoltuion to the highest setting for optimal HD viewing.
Monitoring your property means being able to see everything going on inside and outside your home. The Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless Outdoor HD IP Security Camera allows you to do just that - with an I
) Rating of 66. The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects. In this case, 6, allows no ingress of dust and complete protection against contact (dust tight). The second digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against harmful ingress of water or liquids. In this case, 6, identifies that it is protected against water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction and shall have no harmful effects (comparable to typical bad weather such as rain, snow, etc.). So you can feel completely safe placing this camera outside your home.
Take Pictures and Capture Video in the Dark
If you're trying to keep an eye on things while you're away, you'll want to know what's going on day and night. The Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam features 30 infrared (IR) LEDs with IR Cut technology that will capture images in darkness down to 0.3 lux (equivalent to the amount of light from a full moon on a clear night) in full color up to 15 meters away - in other words, you'll have night vision! Images captured in lower than 0.3 lux will be in black and white.
No Professional Installation Required
One of the more daunting tasks of installing an IP camera is the installation - that's a thing of the past. No more port forwarding or digging around and adjusting your router settings. It's Plug-n-Play - simply connect the camera to your wireless router, power it up and install the app on your smartphone or tablet. Then just follow a few steps (no programming at all) and in minutes you'll be able to disconnect the camera from the router and take full advantage of the wireless connection.
Automated Alert Notifcation, Recording and Screenshot
The Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless Outdoor HD IP Security Camera has a built-in, motion sensor with adjustable sensitivity. You can manage the settings from your smartphone or tablet via the Eye4 app or from your PC or laptop using the Eye4 For Windows desktop program. Deliver an email notification, capture a screenshot, or record video of activity when motion is detected.
View 4 Cameras at One Time
One of the coolest features of the Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless Outdoor HD IP Security Camera is the multi-camera view. From your smartphone or tablet, you can remotely view 4 cameras simultaneously. This eliminates the need to log in to different cameras from different apps or going back and forth between pages within an app to find a camera. You can see all the activity from a single screen. For advanced systems and users, the desktop software supports remote viewing of up to 81 cameras! When using a wireless system with multiple cameras, greater wireless bandwidth is required - remote access and streaming of four cameras simultaneously will require a wireless router with a minimum bandwidth of 450mbps.
Additional Storage of Screenshots and Video
If storing images and videos on your smartphone, tablet or computer isn't enough, the Smarthome SELECT Vstarcam Wireless Outdoor HD IP Security Camera also provides you with the option of local storage. A built-in Micro SD card slot allows you to add up to 32GB of data directly on the camera. With the addition of a Micro SD card (sold separately), you have added piece of mind that your images and video can be backed up, just like a DVR. More about Micro SD storage
- it was our experience that inserting and removing the SD Card was slightly difficult and impractical. Difficult in the sense that you must remove the camera housing (to keep it sealed and weatherproof) and the location isn't easily accessible. Impractical in the sense that an outdoor camera is typically installed in a location that does not need to be frequently accessed anyway, so the need for a local storage isn't necessary. The Eye4
software is setup to record just like a DVR and we highly recommend using that instead of a Micro SD Card for this device.
* Important Note
: Smarthome recommends that you research your local and state laws related to audio and video surveillance before implementing this product. Also, if your network uses a wireless router provided by your cable or satellite provider this IP Camera (and most other IP camera's that allow remote access to your network) may not be compatible. This is because wireless routers provided by your cable or satellite company often restrict port forwarding and other wireless router configurations. Please contact your cable or satellite provider for information regarding this.