compro 1 Compro shows off new, easy to use home security IP cameras

If you're concerned about your home security, or just want to be able to check in at home from time to time over the web, an IP camera is a good way of doing this. However, most of them aren't that easy to use unless you're tech savvy, or at least that used to be the case. Compro was showing off its new range of IP cameras for home use at Secutech and it has partnered up with a new service that makes it as easy to access your IP cameras as it is to use an online messaging service.

If you're concerned about your home security, or just want to be able to check in at home from time to time over the web, an IP camera is a good way of doing this. However, most of them aren't that easy to use unless you're tech savvy, or at least that used to be the case. Compro was showing off its new range of IP cameras for home use at Secutech and it has partnered up with a new service that makes it as easy to access your IP cameras as it is to use an online messaging service.

Normally using an IP camera involves accessing it remotely via an IP address to watch the video stream, but Compro has teamed up with Seedonk to use its very simple utility to access its cameras. The Seedonk software looks by an online messaging app by all intents and purposes, although it's tied in with Seedonk's online service which is also required for it all to work. The idea here is that you sign up to Seedonk's online service which offers a free basic service and a paid for premium service. You then set up your camera once via Seedonk's website and after that you can access it easily via the simple app without any need of entering IP addresses or any other kind of hassle.

compro 1 Compro shows off new, easy to use home security IP cameras

You have full camera control via the Seedonk app and it works with Compro's PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras as well. On top of that you can share your video feeds with anyone that uses the Seedonk app so you could actually use your IP camera as a high-end webcam as well, as the Seedonk Windows app also doubles as an IM client. There are of course also mobile apps available for both iOS and Android based devices which mean that you can easily access your IP camera on devices that generally don't work with well with most IP cameras. Seedonk also offers a cloud based DVR service where you can have your surveillance videos stored for you.

compro 2 Compro shows off new, easy to use home security IP cameras

Compro was also showing off a new model called the IP55G which supports 3G dongles for places where a wired or wireless internet connections isn't available. The 3G connection isn't intended to be used in lieu of an always on broadband connection, but rather as a means of accessing the camera feed remotely when needed. As such the IP55G doesn't stream video constantly over the 3G connection as you'd normally do with an IP camera; instead it keeps the 3G connection live and only streams video when accessed. The trick here is that the IP55G has a built in micro SD card slot like many of Compro's other cameras and you can use this as the recording media if there's a need to constantly record video on an offsite location that lacks a broadband connection.

compro 3 Compro shows off new, easy to use home security IP cameras

Compro offers a wide range of rather compelling consumer oriented IP cameras, of which most have features such as two-way audio (for building access usage), motion detection, micro SD card video recording and simple Wi-Fi upgradability via a USB dongle. Some of the higher-end models also support IR LEDs for night usage, power over Ethernet, H.264 video and of course PTZ, although only its top of the range model has optical zoom. Now if we could just think of a reason why we'd need one of these…