Product: iCam 123 Powerline-Networking Plug & Play Camera Kit
What it is: Video home monitoring system
Manufacturer: brite-View™ (Zinnet Inc.), South El Monte, CA
DogTipper Review: If you are looking for a good basic video monitoring device to keep an eye on your pet while you are away, this just may be the easiest solution out there. The iCam 123 system consists of a 500Mbps Powerline Network Adapter (PLC) and a plugCAM video camera as well as an Ethernet (Cat6) cable. Rather than a WiFi link between the two components, the iCam system uses existing home electrical wiring to carry the signal. The system does not support audio, only video.
Installation could not be simpler:
- Connect the Powerline Network Adapter (PLC) to your existing home router with the included Ethernet (Cat 6) cable, then plug it into an electrical outlet.
- Determine a good location for the plugCAM video camera and plug it into the nearest electrical outlet using the included 8′ power cord. The camera will automatically link up with the PLC unit. The camera comes with mounting screws so it can be wall-mounted or it can sit on a flat surface. The camera can be manually rotated side-to-side (up to 270 degrees) and up and down (up to 90 degrees) and it has a night vision range of 17 feet.
- Download the free PlugCam app from the Apple Store or Google Play to your mobile device.
You then configure the PlugCam app in one of three different ways: by scanning the QR code printed on the camera’s base with your mobile device, by searching your local network or manually, using the camera ID and password printed on the camera’s base.
Additional cameras can be purchased from the brite-View website; the system will support up to seven cameras.
In addition to being easier to install than WiFi-based systems, the iCam system is said to be more stable. Other specifications and features include (from the company website):
- Complies with HomePlug AV 1.1 technology.
- No PC software installation and network IP setting are required
- P2P video transmission protects your privacy.
We had little trouble setting up the system; it truly is as easy as claimed, and we do find the performance to be stable. Setup of the iCam 123 was, well, as simple as 1-2-3!
iCam123 is not the most sophisticated monitoring system, but it does what it claims with a minimum of fuss. Unlike comparable systems, there are no ongoing subscription costs. Of course, camera locations are limited to within eight feet of an electrical outlet and the cameras are apparently for indoor use only. Video quality looks to be good but, as noted above, the system does not support audio. However, for the price, it’s a fun little unit to use and it offers peace of mind when you are away from your fur-babies.
A big paws up for the iCam 123!
- iCam123 Starter Kit (1 PLC adapter and 1 Single IP Cam) $99.99
- additional iCam123 Single IP Camera $79.99
- Starter Kit with two cameras $169.99
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Disclosure: We received an iCam123 Starter Kit for review; we were not paid for our review and all opinions are entirely our own.