ES-IP611W IP Camera

Sep 5, 2011

I came across what's possibly the cheapest IP Camera on the market today. Despite its small size, it has the pan & tilt function and for the price,  the Eyesight IP611W is certainly a good candidate for an impulsive purchase.

Since my first IP camera, I've favored the Foscam brand because they offer services that are unexpected in that price range: a technical support which is not just a dead inbox, firmware updates taking the customers feedback into consideration, and I've yet to find another brand that provides you with a recovery procedure and files for bricked cameras like Foscam did.

However, this time, I thought I'd give a try to something they don't have in their current offer: a small IP Camera dome (8(H)/12.5(W)cm) that can sit discreetly on the ceiling of my front door porch.

So I gave a try with this compact, low cost (about 43€, but you can find it for the friendly price of 85€ on eBay!) camera from Chinavasion. For that price, it is acceptable to to have low expectations, and it may not survive well outside, even in a sheltered place. A Wanscam AJ-C0LA-C128 equivalent is available from DealExtreme for about the same price.

There are some confusing points to clarify about this model:
The manufacturer's web site and GUI may suggest otherwise (most is copy/paste from the IP603w specs), 
but there is no Pan & Tilt control and no audio support !

At least the manual makes things clear: no ptz and no audio for "IPCAM04"

In fact the firmware uses a WebUI portion that is common to most of their ES-IP6x camera range,  and the PTZ and audio controls are present in the interface altough not functional with the 603. Their latest firmware (which is on par with features found in the latest fw. from Foscam's FI8908W), is fairly complete  so the absence of firmware update on their website should'nt be too much of a problem.

  Device Firmware Version
  Device Embeded Web UI Version

The manual does not mention anything specific about mounting the IP611W. 
While it is quite simple to figure out it deserves a closer look:

1. The dome is unscrewed by hand easily.
2. Once done, it is possible to unlock the bottom plate by pushing a small piece of plastic with a pen or screwdriver.

 3. This plate has to be fixed first on the ceiling. 3 screw holes are present (Screws are provided).
If you're challenging this camera for outdoor use, you may want to tape the center to help prevent humidity to get in.

4. The angle of the camera can be adjusted by releasing the screws as shown on the picture.

5. The main challenge is to pass the bulky cable ends by a 3 cm large hole through the wall.

It takes a lot of "Ifreann na Fola!" (and other Irish swears) and a 30mm tungsten carbide tipped core drill to go through the concrete wall and then pass the connectors. The hole can then be filled with an  expanding foam spray.

6. The camera can be then screwed back to the bottom plate affixed on the ceiling. A click will indicate that it is in place. A good idea is to apply a ring of bathroom silicone around the base of the dome to further prevent humidity to sneak in.

Additional notes:
- The red ring on the base is easy to remove if you prefer your camera only white.
- Be sure to have the wireless setup already done before fixing the camera.
- The camera has no Ingress Protection Rating and therefore is not designed for outdoor use, so mounting the camera outside the house may damage it.

With a picture quality just similar to a FI8904W (outdoor camera from Foscam), comparable CGI command set and software level, the IP611W is the smallest form factor you can find in the entry level IP camera market. Despite its lack of PTZ and sound support, it remains a good purchase thanks to its attractive price.


  1. Nice.

    I'm ordering a couple as I type this.

    Have you tried any of their other cameras, such as the:

    Also, have you tried any of the 'HD' IP cameras?


  2. @Phil
    I think the much higher price difference of the 3x zoom camera is not justified. This small and cheap dome camera is a good compromise.
    I didn't try an HD ipcam yet, but with now 5 ip cameras on my lan, it would probably be lethal for the bandwidth.
    With regard to picture quality and network load, I'd be more tempted to test an IR cut-off camera using H.264 next.

  3. Hi just bought one!

    ist's good for the price !
    But lost of bugs in wifi mode !!

    but what firmawre could we put in ?

    1. I am currently running version ( I am looking for updated version)

      What version do you have?

  4. Hi Bubbah,

    I was wondering what you think of this other cheap wifi cam, no ptz but does have audio:



  5. Hi Wout, I saw your comment a few days ago but it took me some time to catch up with my back log after returning from holidays. I think they have a better one here. For the small price difference, you'd ahev an IR-Cut camera which gives a much better picture.
    It's always a sort of lottery with these shops but I've been lucky with mine at least.
    Expect to add shipping (avoid UPS!!) + customs fee.

  6. Hi Bubbah,

    thanks I'll give one of them a shot. That one doesn't have WiFi though but I'll keep your advice in mind. I'll update here once I get something :)

  7. I got mislead by some of their pictures showing a small antenna.
    The wireless version seems available from eBay for the same price (cheaper if you consider the free shipping)

  8. sorry, the right link to the wireless is here !!

  9. In the mean time, HD cameras with IR-cut are becoming cheap and others cheaper...
    The one you mentioned above you can get for €40 from Amazon

    I'm trying to decide between:
    - Wansview
    - Hotsale HD
    - tenvis ipRobot3

    They all have similar specs: 802.11n, 720p, h.264+mjpeg. I'm thinking the tenvis might have better software? Thoughts?

  10. Despite being ugly, the Wansview seems a good candidate. I personally like the IP Robot, and the fact that they have a dedicated forum:
    I wonder if the embedded client does the multi-zone detection or if you need to install the pc client to do so. Couldn't connect to their Live Demo. Might be worth emailing them to find out.

    I've looked at the Foscam offering but their price is just so high! (FI9820W ~130€)

    Wansview NCH-536MW: PT 350/100, Zoom unknown, 802.11b/g/n, 4 zones detection

    IPRobot3 PT 270/90, Zoom digital 5x, 802.11b/g/n, ? zones detection ?

    Hotsale: PT 270/120, Zoom unknown, 802.11b/g/n, ? zones detection


  11. Well I ordered the iprobot3, because like you I had the impression that tenvis cares a little more about their customers :)
    Found it for USD90 w/ free shipping... not bad although I'll probably have to pay customs on top of that.
    I'll let you know when I get it :)

  12. Almost a year since my last IP camera I took the plunge for an IPRobot3 too! (-:

    btw, I identified the "Hotsale" model; it's probably a Dericam H502W. No a bad brand, but support turned out to be very limited.

  13. So I've got my IPRobot3 for a couple weeks now and while the hardware is great the firmware is still very much in development.

    The latest one seems pretty stable for me but it wouldn't connect to my WiFi until I changed the password to one without special characters.

    The one thing that really bugs me is that it's still very Internet Explorer centric. You can't upgrade the camera without Windows.

    Other than that, good image and sound, fast pan/tilt.

    They do seem to want to create a community and to update firmware until it's better so that's a plus.

  14. @Wout Mertens
    I hope it's easier to operate than to order!...since last time I've made 2 order attempts, 1st cancelled by me because the seller just went on holiday the day I purchased, the 2nd cancelled by the seller who decided not to follow the model anymore (too many returns he said..?). Hopefully the 3rd one is on its way...
    I also took a chance with a similar specs camera from chinavasion, just to secure a chance to have something before Xmas...

  15. Fingers crossed for you :-) In the mean time I had a similar experience trying to order a Nexus 4 :-( Ah well.

  16. I bought the same camera but sent it back. The night vision was terrible with Ir lights reflecting on the plastic dome.

  17. Hello. I have this dome IP camera but don't work the camera password that show the down side, say: 123456, but don´t work when I wrote in the password line of the program. Please, i need a help. Thank.

  18. Have this cam running with firmware

    Where can I find latest firmware for this cam ? (ES-IP611) ??