@bbf Thanks for the suggestion and maybe I’m paranoid, but I don’t trust software based solutions such as what you suggested. Based on past history, most residential routers are not very secure and with VxWorks based devices (which is likely what these cameras are using) having NAT traversable flaws, the only solution that I would trust would be what I use, which is using ‘three dumb routers’.
@squishybrain Yes it’s safest to set up a whole separate network, but then again it’s a matter of what’s good enough.
I highly doubt this is running VxWorks, I’ve not seen anything running VxWorks that’s been designed in the last 10+ years. It’s most probably running linux just like all the WiFi routers/APs, or pretty much anything embedded these days.
I bought this last time around because I was intrigued by built in temp and humidity sensors. For my testing I have it monitoring my basement which has a walkout doorway to the backyard. I have not hooked up the door sensors yet. Overall I think it’s really good. Cam quality is great, I like the non-fish eye wide angle lenses and the IR sensor has enough power to light up my basement. The motion detection and “speed to mobile app push notification” is also very good. I love the temp and humidity sensors, it even logs history and gives a nice graph. All that being said, as a long time cheap IP camera enthusiast, I feel like there is something shady going on. The iOS app wants location info to provide weather, and it won’t let you just enter a zip. I’ve tinkered a bit with getting a video stream to my BlueIris software but have not had any luck. This is very much a closed ecosystem, which is why I have not entrusted it with surveilling the main floor or outside of my house, where there is actual activity. Hopefully someone else can prove my assumptions wrong.
I bought this last time and can’t get it to connect to my network. When I unboxed it the power cord was all wadded up and stuffed in the box instead of neatly folded and twist-tied so I think mine might be defective. Either way, I can’t recommend this as I can’t get it to work. Plus the sound it makes turning when I walk by freaks me out a bit.
Cannot speak for this product, but I bought the Zmodo doorbell, which also came with a wifi extender (not sure it really works, I have it in the garage).
You get what you pay for. It drops the wifi signal even though the router was only 5 ft away. Also the time between the doorbell ringing and the app actually allowing you to answer is too long. Also, you cannot pan or tilt the camera which makes it less than useful.