A Remote View of the Home, the Home Office, Your Life

“ZyXEL’s new cloud-enabled, HD IP cameras for home office and small business surveillance deliver instant video access to PCs and mobile devices.” The statement in the press release came to my home office a week too late. We had just dropped $2000 on a four-camera video surveillance apparatus in a relative’s home – where four of these Zyxel badboys (from about $100-$200 each) would have done the same thing.

ZyXEL Communications’ secure broadband networking, Internet connectivity and routing products feature CloudEnabled web cameras. The company calls them “consumer-friendly” for the home and small office.

With these cameras, users get accessibility to video feeds via any PC, iPhone or Android device, anywhere an Internet connection is available – the Fourbucks, the beach, the soccer field, wherever work may take you.

Set up is fast and simple: The set-up wizard on the included CD will walk users through in just a few easy steps. Once done, users can visit www.zyxel.isecurityplus.com and login with the username/password they chose during set-up to access the camera using any web browser with a current Flash plugin. “isecurity+” apps are available free on Apple Marketplace or the Android Market.

The camera features 802.11n wireless technology for uninterrupted surveillance in any condition, clear audio monitoring and 720p video provide enhanced visual clarity over traditional 640×480 network cameras, and h.264 video encoding to save bandwidth without compromising video quality.

The camera also offers an array of infrared LEDs that automatically illuminate dark areas, providing perfect vision up to 15 feet. It also features pan-tilt-zoom to pan up to 340 degrees, and tilt up to 100 degrees.

A few questions, asked and answered:

Can one router serve multiple cameras?  Yes, the ZyXEL cloud IP cameras behave like any other wireless clients that connect to a residential router. In addition, the cameras also have an Ethernet port for wired connection.

Do the cameras need to be connected or plugged into anything other than a power jack? They run exclusively through the router – the PC doesn’t need to be on? Yes, that is correct. ZyXEL cloud IP cameras can be configured to operate wirelessly so they will only connect to the router – no PC required for operation. The user will only need a PC or mobile device to view the footage from the cameras.

Can they operate on dynamic IP while ensuring ongoing access of images and sound? How are / is images and sound seen / heard remotely? Yes, ZyXEL cloud IP cameras are designed to operate using dynamic IP address. The key factor in designing these cameras was to make them extremely easy to install so that users don’t have to worry about technical issues, like “dynamic IP” or “port forwarding.”

Once the set up is complete, users can visit zyxel.isecurityplus.com and login with the username / password they used during set-up to access the camera using any web browser with a modern flash plugin installed.

Also, “isecurity+” apps are available for free on Apple Marketplace or the Android Market. These can be used with smart phone or tablets to view your camera with zero additional configuration.

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