Feeds
80%
PEAK_tn

Peak Wi-Fi SOHO Internet Camera

A low-cost net-enabled security camera

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Review Internet enabled security cameras have gained quite a bit of popularity as prices have come down, not least because of the ability to use them as an affordable home security device.

PEAK has gone one step further than most by adding Wi-Fi to its camera, which means it’s much easier to put it where you need it to be. It still needs power, but it’s much easier to locate a power socket than having to route a length of Ethernet cable around your house...

PEAK_IPCAM

The camera itself is rather unremarkable, although it’s larger than your average web camera due to the integrated hardware. At the rear is an Ethernet connector, antenna connector, a small reset button, and a power connector. The lens has a focus ring for obtaining a clear picture.

Mounting the SOHO Internet Camera has been made as easy as possible - there’s a mounting hole in both the top and the bottom, as well as a small stand, which is intended to be screwed into a wall or ceiling. A ball joint on the stand enables you to adjust the angle of the camera if it’s not lined up correctly. You also get an Ethernet cable (needed to set up the camera up for the first time if your network settings differ from the default ones), and a power adaptor.

Though mounting the camera is a piece of cake, set up could prove more taxing. The supplied utility is fairly basic, and the wizard is easy enough to figure as long as you have some basic ideas about how your network is configured. If you don’t, things can get difficult quickly - you have to manually assign an IP address to the camera and establish some of the wireless network settings to get it working. If you’re running WEP or WPA things get slightly more difficult, but the camera supports both encryption standards. There is also UPnP support, which works over both the wired and the wireless connection.

Rather unusually for a wireless network device, there is no support for 802.11b networks - video takes up a lot of bandwidth and the older standard just isn’t fast enough for the highest resolutions. So unless you have an 802.11g compatible network, you won’t be able to use the camera over the wireless connection. The wired Ethernet connection is of the 10/100Mbit type and can be plugged in directly to a router or switch.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster
4 Minute Mile project hatched to speed up tired troops
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears
RIP 2001 – 2014. MP3 player beloved of millions. Killed by cloud
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.