TP-Link NC250

HD for cheaps.

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If you just want some­thing that’s cheap and gets the job done, the TP-Link NC250 is the or­der of the day. It’s about as ba­sic as IP cam­eras come, but for less than $100 you’ll get a per­fectly ca­pa­ble 720p IP cam­era that’s easy to set up and has a feed that can be viewed from any­where.

The pri­mary means of view­ing the feed is the mo­bile app: the muchim­proved tpCam­era, which is use­ful for ini­tial setup, view­ing and lo­cally (on the mo­bile) cap­tur­ing live feeds. For a deeper dive into the con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions, you have to log into the web in­ter­face. That in­ter­face is well or­gan­ised and ap­proach­able, but it’s short of the op­tions pro­vided by the likes of Swann and Foscam.

It does pro­vide one unique op­tion — the wire­less ex­ten­der. The NC250 can func­tion as a wire­less re­peater in ad­di­tion to its cam­era func­tions, ex­tend­ing the range of your wire­less net­work. It’s prob­a­bly not some­thing we rec­om­mend, but if you’re go­ing that route, it might save you some money.

Like most con­sumer IP cam­eras, the NC250 links to a cloud ser­vice, al­low­ing you to view the live feed from any­where af­ter reg­is­ter­ing your cam­era.

When it comes to im­age qual­ity, we found the com­pres­sion a bit much, mak­ing im­ages a lit­tle fuzzy, but the colour def­i­ni­tion and cap­ture is ex­cel­lent, and the well­bal­anced night vi­sion mode shows eas­ily recog­nis­able faces and de­cent def­i­ni­tion. It should be good enough for most users, and you can’t com­plain when an HD cam­era is this af­ford­able!

$90 WWW.TP-LINK.COM.AU |

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