This IP camera is sold as WIP604MW by CyberNova and as CVLM-I234-2GEN by Chinavasion. It's a wireless (802-11n), HD, PTZ, IR-Cut, Night Vision and has a SD card slot, all for less than €65 (Shipping and customs charges typically bring the total to just under €100).
Identifying the originator of this device:
The configuration backup produces a clear-text file where "SmartEye" appear. This means basically that Wansview (aka Shenzhen Smarteye Digital Electronics Co.) makes that model for other companies like CyberNova, Chinavasion, ...
Other similar devices are Dericam H502W, EyeSight ES-IP902W, CyberNova CN-WIP604MW and this later is the closest equivalent, with even some usable content available on their web site ( wouldn't risk the firmware yet though).
On the software side, the developer appears to be Maygion. It appears clearly on the FTP server banner,
Hopefully this should be the place to obtain newer firmwares ...whenever the website is up and running...
FTP not only allows to access to the SDCard content, but also to the system files. It is tempting to fiddle with the files there and see how they can be modified. However, a safer way would be to experiment first using the Maygion Virtual IP Camera.
The www folder shows all the pages involved in the Web interface, and even some that are not, like /preset.htm which is no included in the WebUI and obviously a work in progress in my version (05.04).
The camera is AJAX-based, which is standard since the "Version 3" in MayGion products.
I've made an auto-translated version of their chinese reference document which can be downloaded here: IPCamera_AJAX.pdf
As an example, using the url http://<ipcam>/sysinfo.xml will return some system information such as:
So much for the old traditional CGI command set! However, you can still use some well known url's to get the video stream:
The MJPEG stream (from the screenshot above) is typically what you would use in 3rd party applications that do not explicitly support this IP camera, like Synology Surveillance Station.
It will give you the strict minimum (the picture) without audio and PTZ support. Note to myself: contact Synology support to see if they'd add Maygion to their list?
If you're lucky, other applications will list Maygion IP Camera V3, in which case you'll have PTZ and one-way audio, like the smartphone app IP Camera Viewer. This is the mobile application promoted on the accompanying mini-CD.
In addition, the SD storage is ideal to keep video files and thus reduce the network load. It also has an option to recycle the storage space (delete the oldest files) when the SD card is full.
The mini-CD also contains the IPCamTool to use for the initial network setup. This was the easiest camera installation compared to older Foscam and Dericam. One appreciated improvements is that you can activate the Wireless connection without having to physically disconnect the Ethernet cable The ocx needed for full operation under IE is also embedded in the camera
Usage (after 4 days only...):
Despite reports of Wireless connection stability issues on some forums, mine has been running fine with my Billion 7800N (WPA2-PSK/AES) so far.
Despite what Chinavasion describes (Cybernova has more accurate information), there's no built-in speaker so you need to connect an external speaker to use the "Start Talk" button.
The 3.6mm lens give a good picture, a bit narrow, but it's easy to replace the lens for a wider focal if needed.
- The camera has an issue with deciding when to turn on the IR LED in almost-dark situations, and the relay starts clicking like a old clock. Fitting a small dark plastic tube around the sensor (see picture) could help as it's maybe reacting to it's own LED (pending test). A temporary workaround is to set the IR LED Off.
Time will tell if the components are durable. Hopefully it will compare to my other Wansview (IP611W) which survived outside in my front porch for over a year now. The picture quality is good in 720p under IE, an average in all the other cases (640x480). Because it is so Internet Explorer friendly (and I'm not), the fact that the camera is HD is not an added value to me.
Small things could be added like "digital" zoom + - buttons.
At least, the audio (one way) can be used in Chrome and Firefox, thanks to the VLC inclusion.
The microphone is sensitive enough and it would be nice to have an option to trigger the alarm on sound detection like the Tenvis IPRobot3.
The fact that the camera is so open (software reachable via FTP and settings exported in clear text) is an excellent point (tweaking potential!)
There's room for improvement on the software side but it's a nice-looking and functional camera for the price.
Another important point to note: CyberNova is the only provider (amongst the clones mentioned here) to update its download section regularly for their model. I could also verify that Their Tech.Support is very reactive, so I think it is fair to consider them as the primary source for buying that type of camera.
- Initial setup is much easier than with older models I reviewed so far.
- Simple and straightforward interface
- Multi-zone detection configurable from the Web interface
- Supported by Robert Chou's IP Cam Viewer (Android/iOS/BlackBerry)
- SD storage makes sense here for High-Res. images and videos.
- Great customization potential (FTP access to firmware)
- Customer support really responsive and Download Section up-to-date.
- IR LED controllable from the user interface (Auto/On/Off)
- High definition and most video/audio control features only available through IE
- Preset positions not implemented
- Email alerts have the wrong time (8 hours back)
- Struggles to find out if it's night or day (LED cycling on/off at times)
- SMTP only works if authentication used
Picture comparison between 4 popular IP cameras
Paillassou's topic on Hardware.fr (in French, look at the PCB BOARD PICTURES!)
IP Camera Viewer Device Support List