Published on June 8th, 2011 | by Greg0
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.