To give the camera it’s full title – GK-200MP2-B WiFi IP Security camera, this is a nice camera from Itead. No power supply, just the camera, you need 5v DC (3.5mm x 1.35mm dia – i.e. the smaller type connector) to run it and it handles WiFi or RJ45 connection. It can also store video on a standard, local (not supplied) microSD (TF) card – use class 10 or better.
To start the camera initially I had to use the “eWeLink” App – I used “sound pairing” which involved listening to an English voice and entering the details of my access point, adding my password, enabling RTSP and that was about it but from there on I quickly moved to my favourite ONVIFER app which runs several of my cameras from different suppliers. That required entering the password I’d put into the camera earlier as well as it’s ID number.
Both the output volume and mic volume can be adjusted and also there are indoor and outdoor mic sensitivity controls. Qouted temperature range is 0-55c – fine for Spanish summers if you choose to put it in a sheltered spot outdoors – not sure about UK winters which can get WAY below zero C. Fine indoors of course.
So – if you wish to use third party software, enable RTSP protocol on the APP – this also enables connection to an NVR device. I have mine running on ONVIFER on my Android phone – but have yet to get the pan and tilt running with this particular camera using that app.
The camera isn’t the smallest I’ve come across at 109mm x 109mm x 120mm but gives a good HD 1080p result and no problems. It also has 340 degree pan, 120 degrees tilt and (accurate) motion detection along with 2-way audio. It seems built for indoor use but looks like it would handle a shower if you taped over the SD and RJ45 connectors at the back.
Up to now, no complaints and generally Itead stuff works so I don’t expect any problems. The camera has IR night vision and can be mounted on desk, wall or ceiling. Last time I checked it was (UK price) £22.40 sterling inc UK plug.
July 22 Update
Subscriber “Mike” wrote in yesterday to say he was having issues setting up the camera – so – as it happens, I brought my GK-200MP2-B camera to Spain with me. I went out on a limb (no manual as I left that in the UK) and took off the camera base bracket – and held in the “factory reset” button for a few seconds with the power to the camera ON – so I was starting from scratch.
The camera stated verbally – “Please use mobile phone for WiFi configuration”.
With WiFi on my phone turned on, I tried adding a device in the WeLink App using “+”
That led me to pick the “Sound pairing” option at which point the phone suggested restoring the camera to factory settings – which I’d already done – so I selected “next” and chose my current WiFi access point SSID and added the password. I then chose “next” in the App which promptly started to beep.
“WiFi recognised” emerged verbally from the camera, followed by “Please wait for Wifi Connecting” then “Please wait for Internet connecting” then “Welcome to eWes-club camera”… though I’m sure it wasn’t exactly that. The device name offered on the phone was “eWeLink camera3b1d” so I hit “done”. That was it.
And yes that IS a “Mojacar Beach” shirt – where I will be heading as soon as it is allowed (post-Covid).
Again in the eWeLink App, having selected the same camera, I hit the 3 DOTS top right of the screen (middle image above – to the right of “eWeLink camera3b1d”) – then “more settings” – then “RTSP” – this showed IP allocation as “auto” – and an IP address of 192.168.1.111 – account name “rtsp” and password “12345678”. It also showed a button offering to “Create RTSP Link”. At a later date I’ll change all of that – for now I let it create the link… which I copied to the clipboard.
In my ONVIFER APP I selected a generic RTSP device, used the pasted link and the username “rtsp” and password “12345678” and LO – a new camera. I’ll do the job properly later.