Internet Protocol (IP) cameras were for the longest time expensive, especially if it had pan and tilt functionality. Things have changed and you can now purchase an IP Camera that uses either a Wired or a Wireless network connection and includes pan & tilt. Let's take a look at just how easy it is to setup, configure and deploy the PROLiNK Wireless Pan/Tilt IP Camera (PIC1003WP).
The PROLiNK PIC1003WP Wireless IP Camera with Pan Tilt (IP Camera) is not new, that is, there are many other manufacturers making such devices. This is especially true for CCTV (Close Circuit TeleVision) cameras. In the early days such cameras were wired and you had to use customised hardware to interface and control the cameras.
One of the other problems associated with IP cameras is accessing them over the Internet through all the technicalities like, firewalls and routers. There is a way to resolve this but it comes at a price. PROLiNK’s IP Camera is a simple plug and play even through your router and firewall. PROLiNK achieves this by magically managing all the connection settings which is tied to a unique camera id. This is almost like RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger ID and even WhatsApp. Each of those applications keeps a unique number for your device. By managing only the unique device ID and a password you can basically connect to the IP Camera using a web browser or mobile device running Android 2.2 or Apple iOS.
If you really need to manage the IP Camera LiveView software for scheduling and managing the settings you will need Windows as the Active X controls are not available in Mac OS. That should be easily rectified with software like Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac.
Run the included CD-ROM to install LiveView and LivePlay and have access to the Adobe Acrobat PDF manual. The installation is straightforward and requires only input to move along with the default settings.