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Published on June 8th, 2011 | by Greg


Lorex Security Cameras: Wireless Without A Router

Many cam­eras that are on the mar­ket­place to­day are IP cam­eras- that is, they use in­ter­net pro­to­cols to com­mu­ni­cate wire­less­ly. Some can use pow­er over eth­er­net, which of­fers some ad­van­tages and down­sides. But most sim­ply use ex­ist­ing wire­less 802.11 net­works- for ex­am­ple, the re­cent­ly re­viewed mod­el from TREND­net.

The Lorex Live Wire­less Dig­i­tal Se­cu­ri­ty Cam­era, tech­ni­cal­ly mod­el LW2110, is dif­fer­ent. Lorex of­fers pro­fes­sion­al-grade gear, in­clud­ing mul­ti-cam­era so­lu­tions meant for large in­sti­tu­tions. But they al­so of­fer some con­sumer so­lu­tions, meant for home use- though pri­mar­i­ly with tele­vi­sions in­stead of mon­i­tors. And in­stead of re­quir­ing a router- or any net­work at all- you’re in­stead us­ing a cus­tom re­ceiv­er/trans­mit­ter pair. The cam­eras look sim­i­lar to oth­ers, and we found day/night per­for­mance to be pret­ty close. Video res­o­lu­tion is al­so com­pa­ra­ble, at 640×480 VGA. But trans­mis­sion dis­tance was of­ten su­pe­ri­or, at up to 450 feet with a line of sight and around one-third of that in­doors with walls and in­ter­fer­ence.

Of course, wire­less cam­eras still re­quire a wire for pow­er- as is the case here. And un­like some oth­ers, mount­ing this one re­quires a bit more- it is meant for use at­tached to a wall or ceil­ing as op­posed to sit­ting on a sur­face. Though oth­er mount­ing op­tions are avail­able, we end­ed up screw­ing ours in­to a piece of wood tem­porar­i­ly. We didn’t try out con­nect­ing to a DVR or con­nect­ing mul­ti­ple cam­eras,
but it’s sim­ple enough to con­nect one to a spare tele­vi­sion if you have
one ly­ing around- the re­ceiv­er of­fers a sim­ple co-ax­i­al out. Set­up is sim­ple- pow­er up both and you’re pret­ty much ready to go.

One down­side is the lack of au­dio- most IP cam­eras in­clude one-way or even two-way au­dio, which can be nice. But this one is def­i­nite­ly sol­id, ca­pa­ble of be­ing used safe­ly out­doors and is weath­er re­sis­tant. The Lorex of­fers com­mer­cial-grade qual­i­ty at a pret­ty low price point, with the down­side that you can’t eas­i­ly view video on your com­put­er (or smart­phone or mo­bile de­vice or stream­ing, as many IP cam­eras al­low). De­pend­ing on your use, this is an ex­cel­lent buy for se­cu­ri­ty, and runs about $110- avail­able wide­ly on­line.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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