TP-Link NC450

A mo­tion and sound sens­ing se­cu­rity cam­era for homes

T3 India - - Tested -

TP-Link is syn­ony­mous for its ex­pan­sive router range but of late, the com­pany is ex­pand­ing its port­fo­lio to con­nected de­vices like smart bulbs, plugs, switches, and the re­cent ad­di­tion is the cloud cam­era - NC450.

The NC450 is a dome-shaped cam­era that gives no sec­ond guesses as to what you’re look­ing at. The cam­era boasts a shiny white ex­te­rior with the back re­served for the power slot, an ex­ter­nal an­tenna for Wi-Fi re­cep­tion, Eth­er­net, and a mi­croSD card slot. The good part about the cam­era’s de­sign is that it can be placed on a ta­ble or mount on a ceil­ing. There’s an LED light on the front that in­di­cates the cam­era’s sta­tus but that can be turned off.

Con­nect­ing and con­fig­ur­ing the cam­era is as easy as down­load­ing an app. Lit­er­ally. Users need to down­load the tpCam­era app on their An­droid or an iOS de­vice and just fol­low the on-screen in­struc­tions.

The cam­era does not come with a built-in stor­age, so make sure you in­sert a mi­croSD card to record. TP-Link rec­om­mends a mi­croSD up to 128GB but in our test, the cam­era was able to de­tect a 256GB card with­out any is­sues.

The cam­era cap­tures a de­cent qual­ity HD res­o­lu­tion feed with its 1/4-inch CMOS sen­sor and is also equipped with an in­frared LED that en­sures qual­ity cap­ture in the dark as well (up to 26 feet).

The hard­ware, how­ever, is one part be­cause in­stru­men­tal to it is the app that acts as a re­mote con­trol and a live viewfinder. The app has a slick in­ter­face and of­fers an easy way to ex­plore the time­line based on time and date. If mo­tion and sound de­tec­tion is en­abled, the time­line clearly high­lights it for the user to scru­ti­nise it. Fur­ther­more, the app can send push no­ti­fi­ca­tions or email the user, in case it de­tects any ac­tiv­ity. There’s also a 2-way stream­ing au­dio, mo­tion track­ing, a 300-de­gree hor­i­zon­tal pan­ning and 110-de­gree ver­ti­cal tilt­ing en­sur­ing al­most every cor­ner of the house is un­der video sur­veil­lance.

The TP-Link NC450 is a per­fect cam­era for homes and small of­fices that of­fers a lot of fea­tures at an af­ford­able price. The only thing we didn’t like was the fact that it lacks in­ter­nal stor­age, mak­ing a mi­croSD card ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary to store record­ings.

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