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brite-View iCam123 Review

The iCam123 is the easiest to configure internet connected gadget I have ever used. For $99.99 you get a complete solution to monitor your home from your iPhone on the go.

Sep 21 2012, 8:25am CDT | by

brite-View iCam123 Review
 
 
 

Today I am testing possibly the easiest to use home monitoring camera. The brite-View iCam123 was introduced in August and the iCam123 starter kit sells for only $99.99.

Specifications

In Use

suspicious, but it turned out that this product really is as easy as "123." The iCam123 is using HomePlug AV-compliant powerline communications technology to connect to your network. You view the video with a free iPhone app or Android app on your smartphone.

The iCam123 Starter Kit comes with everything you need: Camera, PLC adapter, cables and mounting screws.

I already have a powerline setup in my house. I did not have to plug in the PLC adapter that needs to be connected via an ethernet cable to your router. I just plugged the iCam123 in a wall socket. Then I downloaded the iPhone app (Android app is available too) and scanned the QR code on the bottom of the iCam - done. The video appeared bright and clear on my iPhone. Again. There is nothing to configure. It just works literally plug and play. You can if you want name your camera and change settings later on. The access to the iCam123 works also when your are away from home. It uses P2P connection to over a private connection to your camera.

The LEDs on the camera make it possible to also see video footage from dark rooms or during the night.

The resolution of the iCam123 is low to keep the bandwidth usage manageable. You get at the highest setting VGA at 7fps. Rather use a lower resolution at higher fps. After all you want to see what is going on and not make a home movie. The iCam123 iPhone app can take stills from the video footage, but does not record video segments.

If the iCam123 camera would detect activity and inform me about this on my iPhone, this gadget would be over the top.

Verdict

Pros

  • Very Easy To Use
  • Uses PLC not Wi-Fi for hassle-free networking
  • Smartphone apps to view footage

Cons

  • Camera unit could be smaller
  • Not waterproof for outdoor use
 

Conclusion

If you want to keep an eye on your pets, kids, a machine or anything quickly and affordably from remote than the iCam123 is for you. The $99.99 price for the iCam123 starter kit is a great value. The brite-View iCam123 earns oru Editors' Choice Award.

Get the brite-View iCam123 on the brite-view site.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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