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Published on June 8th, 2011 | by Greg

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Lorex Security Cameras: Wireless Without A Router

Many cameras that are on the marketplace today are IP cameras- that is, they use internet protocols to communicate wirelessly. Some can use power over ethernet, which offers some advantages and downsides. But most simply use existing wireless 802.11 networks- for example, the recently reviewed model from TRENDnet.

The Lorex Live Wireless Digital Security Camera, technically model LW2110, is different. Lorex offers professional-grade gear, including multi-camera solutions meant for large institutions. But they also offer some consumer solutions, meant for home use- though primarily with televisions instead of monitors. And instead of requiring a router- or any network at all- you’re instead using a custom receiver/transmitter pair. The cameras look similar to others, and we found day/night performance to be pretty close. Video resolution is also comparable, at 640×480 VGA. But transmission distance was often superior, at up to 450 feet with a line of sight and around one-third of that indoors with walls and interference.

Of course, wireless cameras still require a wire for power- as is the case here. And unlike some others, mounting this one requires a bit more- it is meant for use attached to a wall or ceiling as opposed to sitting on a surface. Though other mounting options are available, we ended up screwing ours into a piece of wood temporarily. We didn’t try out connecting to a DVR or connecting multiple cameras,
but it’s simple enough to connect one to a spare television if you have
one lying around- the receiver offers a simple co-axial out. Setup is simple- power up both and you’re pretty much ready to go.

One downside is the lack of audio- most IP cameras include one-way or even two-way audio, which can be nice. But this one is definitely solid, capable of being used safely outdoors and is weather resistant. The Lorex offers commercial-grade quality at a pretty low price point, with the downside that you can’t easily view video on your computer (or smartphone or mobile device or streaming, as many IP cameras allow). Depending on your use, this is an excellent buy for security, and runs about $110- available widely online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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