I’ve had security cameras here in Spain and in the UK for many years. My original cameras, low cost Chinese models here in Spain, finally started to give up this year after around 8 years of reliable service. I chose the Owsoo 801 (also referred to as KKMoon) ONVIF cameras as replacements.
Not exactly household names – and there are many cheap Chinese models out there… why these? Well, they are not waterproof but they DO have remote movement control. Together with a roof overhang here in Spain of around 8” I find this to be a good combination and the similar looking Tenvis models before them, lasted for years in the same conditions these will meet. . At first I realised I could not get to the MAC number of these which I felt might make it difficult to access them remotely.
Then I remembered my router has VPN server capability and the problem of external access went away.
I used the KKMoon settings (very simple) with my choice of user name and pass. Unlike many models which insist on special Apps to view the video (which IMHO makes them useless) these cheap (£24 AliExpress – https://www.aliexpress.com/item/OWSOO-Wireless-Security-IP-Camera-WIFI-Home-Surveillance-1080P-Night-Vision-CCTV-Camera-IP-Onvif-P2P/32819057757.html?spm=2114.search022.214.171.12450c577D9rM5j&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_5_10152_10151_10065_10344_10068_10547_10342_10343_10340_10548_10341_10696_10084_10083_10618_10307_10820_10301_10821_10303_10846_10059_10848_100031_10103_524_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_6,ppcSwitch_3&algo_expid=24cbaf74-d52f-4ccf-914a-b118b28c49f8-19&algo_pvid=24cbaf74-d52f-4ccf-914a-b118b28c49f8&transAbTest=ae803_1&priceBeautifyAB=0 ) cameras are usable with the company’s preferred App for Android and IOS as well as their pretty awful PC program. Di I say 1080p? Yes they have decent quality imagery at several frames a second, depending on your connection.
But more importantly they work with both the PC and mobile versions of IP Cam Viewer (I use the Pro version on mobile). PC version is free, mobile can be free with an ad.
Record video to SD, or remotely or not at all. Motion detection and IR-CUT night view, all work a treat.
The cameras come with 5v 1 amp mains supplies and can run wired networking or WIFI – I chose the latter.
For the PC, Antonio (Mr Shark) recently suggested trying generic ONVIF software available from Sourceforge for free. https://sourceforge.net/projects/onvifdm/files/onvifdm-v2.2.250/odm-v2.2.250.msi/download?use_mirror=vorboss&r=https%3A%2F%2Fsourceforge.net%2Fprojects%2Fonvifdm%2Ffiles%2F&use_mirror=vorboss
I did and it works a treat on the PC, the setup allows for fixed IP/ports and reports the device MAC address.
The image here is from my mobile phone (via OneNote and grabbed in GreenShot to make for easier blogging)
Ignore the crappy camera naming. There are two wall cameras in this single photo. As you can see the quality is ok. No zoom on these but for the price, what do you expect. The last couple of years has seen big improvements in these low-end cameras.
And yes they have bidirectional audio. I have two of these cameras, I’m going to buy more.