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Works, mostly... sort of.
on August 10, 2013
The first one of these I bought constantly reboot itself when it was in 640x480 in daylight (at night, I had no problems in IR mode). After trying everything, I found that setting it to 320 made it work -- but this resolution was really, way too low. Plugging it in to wired ethernet did not help.
There is a manual focus ring; however, I could not get both the left and right side to focus at the same time. The device is not great as a security camera. First, you can't slow it down to 1-2 fps for constant recording without eating your hard drive for lunch. There is an "alarm" mode, but either you FTP/email a sequence of pictures which are mostly useless, beacuse it takes a while for the camera to deal with the alarm; becuse there is a delay to alarm-based recording, you can only capture someone if they're standing still, moving slowly, or approaching for a far distance. When the unit reboots, it "patrols" the camera, rotating it all around. The problem is, you lose your place.
The second unit that I bought works pretty well so far -- it doesn't reboot unintentionally. For the price, there really isn't anything comparable -- I just hope they spend some time and energy in building better firmware and user experience.