TP-Link NC210


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AVAIL­ABLE FOR UN­DER $50, the TP-Link NC210 is a sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive se­cu­rity or mon­i­tor­ing setup. The cam­era fea­tures a typ­i­cal 1280 x 720 res­o­lu­tion and 113 dregrees FOV from the 1/4-inch CMOS sen­sor. It does have some lim­i­ta­tions how­ever, such as a 20fps frame rate and no IR il­lu­mi­na­tion for night use. And while the cam­era hap­pily cap­tures au­dio, it doesn’t have a speaker to al­low two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The cam­era also ditches the wired LAN port, re­ly­ing en­tirely on 802.11n Wi-Fi.

The im­age qual­ity is ex­cel­lent con­sid­er­ing the low cost, but of course it strug­gles in low light. When buy­ing the NC210, don’t be mis­led into think­ing the sim­i­larly priced NC220 is bet­ter — it in­cludes night vi­sion, but has a woe­ful 640 x 480 res­o­lu­tion.

The TP-Link tpCam­era app is quite good, and al­lows re­mote mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol of the cam­era. It can also be set to au­to­mat­i­cally send alerts if mo­tion or sound is de­tected, though there is no SD card op­tion to record footage lo­cally.

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