Belkin NetCam Wireless IP Camera for Tablet and Smartphone with Night Vision and Digital Audio

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Belkin NetCam Wireless IP Camera for Tablet and Smartphone with Night Vision and Digital Audio

Product Features

  • Wide angle video
  • Easy smart device setup
  • Alerts and recording
  • Night vision
  • Not compatible with Amazon Echo

Product Description

The Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision makes it easy to watch your kids, elderly parents, or pets wirelessly on your smartphone or tablet–anytime, anywhere. NetCam connects directly to your Wi-Fi router without the need of a computer–simply download the free NetCam app to your mobile device and you’re ready to go. The camera’s wide-angle video gives you a full view of any room, and clear digital audio lets you listen to pets or children at play. Even if the room you’re watching is completely dark, you’ll see a clear picture thanks to that camera’s infrared night vision. And to make sure you don’t miss any action, you can choose to receive e-mail alerts when NetCam detects movement.

Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision Product Shot

Wide-angle video is ideal for monitoring active kids or pets.
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Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision Product Shot

NetCam connects directly to your Wi-Fi router and streams to your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
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Enjoy Watching Pets and Kids from Your Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer

Belkin’s NetCam Wi-Fi Camera allows you to see what’s happening in your home from your iOS or Android device. Whether you want to check in on the kids after school, see what your elderly parents are doing, or make sure your pet is behaving itself, NetCam has you covered.

Setup is a breeze: the NetCam connects directly to your Wi-Fi router without the need of a computer. Simply download the free NetCam app to your iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device in minutes, and you’re ready to start watching.

Wide-Angle Video Ensures You Won’t Miss a Thing

NetCam offers excellent image quality and sound with wide-angle video and digital audio. Wide-angle viewing is ideal for monitoring active kids or pets.

Night Vision for Completely Dark Rooms

The camera even has infrared night vision, so you’ll be able to see what’s going on in unlit rooms after dark. This allows it to be used as a baby monitor or during naptime. Homeowners can also use it to keep an eye on their homes at night.

Record Video to Mobile Device

The free NetCam app lets you save what you’ve recorded to your mobile device. You’ll be able to easily save and share fun video memories, such as footage of visitors at a party, your pet’s hilarious antics, or your child at play.

Receive E-mail Alerts When Motion is Detected

You can easily configure NetCam to send you an e-mail notification when it detects movement, allowing you to enjoy peace of mind from anywhere. Rather than staring at your mobile device screen and waiting for your pet to reenter the room, you can simply wait for NetCam to notify you via e-mail.

Works with WeMo

WeMo is a family of innovative, easy-to-use products that make life easier, simpler, and better by using your Wi-Fi network and mobile internet to control your home electronics right from your smartphone or tablet. The Belkin Netcam also works with the WeMo family so you can program home automation triggers like turning on your lights when someone walks through the door.

Belkin also offers WeMo Insight Switch, WeMo Switch, WeMo Switch + Motion Kit, and WeMo Light Switch, all of which are Wi-Fi enabled, easy to set up, and compatible with the free WeMo App for Android and iOS devices. Explore the growing WeMo collection of products and see how they can enhance your life.

Compatibility Information

NetCam requires a Wi-Fi router and device with an Internet connection. Compatible mobile devices include the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad with iOS 4.2 or higher or an Android device with version 2.2 or higher.

What’s in the Box

NetCam IP Camera, quick install guide, and power supply.

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NetCam Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision
At a Glance:
  • Fun Wi-Fi camera lets you remotely watch your pets or kids from any mobile device
  • Connects directly to your Wi-Fi router; no computer needed
  • Works with iOS and Android mobile devices with free NetCam app
  • Wide-angle video and night vision ensure you don’t miss any action
  • Save your favorite videos to your mobile device
  • Receive e-mail alerts whenever movement is detected
Works with WeMo

Wide-angle Video

Easy Mobile Device Setup

Night Vision

Email Alerts

Mobile Device Recording

Digital Audio

List Price: $ 129.99

Savings: 74

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Customer Reviews

177 of 191 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Surprised by its performance but room for improvement, January 25, 2013
M. Kelley “mpkelley20” (MA United States) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Belkin NetCam Wireless IP Camera for Tablet and Smartphone with Night Vision and Digital Audio (Camera)
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I give this more of a 3 1/2 stars…

I recently began looking into home video surveillance and home automation and acquired some products from a different manufacturer that lets you control video, thermostats, doors, lights, etc.. through a smartphone. My issue with that set of products is the need for monthly subscription to use it as well as the high prices of the components. I was very excited when I got the opportunity to try the Belkin video camera as it was cheaper and does not require a monthly subscription. Sure, it doesn’t have all the home automation features that the other system has but I was more concerned with the video monitoring anyway. Overall I am pleased with how it works but there is definitely room for improvement.

Getting the camera up and running was actually quite easy and did not require me to hook it up to a computer or my home router. I simply connected it to my phone as a wifi connection, followed the instructions and then flipped a switch on the back of the camera to go into video mode. The app I downloaded to control it was for my Iphone 4S. Initially, when the first picture came up I was terribly disappointed in the quality. It looked like complete haze. That’s when I realized that the box had been outside for a while and the lens was simply covered in fog. I wiped it down and it looked much better.

The video quality while viewing it over a wi-fi network on my Iphone was very good. The camera angle is very wide so I can get a good portion of my first floor including my front door. You can modify the quality of the video through the app so if you have less bandwidth, it will send a lower quality stream. However, even at its best quality, its only 640×480. Over a 3G connection, I had to manually turn down the video quality in order for it to be displayed but I didn’t really notice much of a degradation in quality. Guessing it’s because the iphone screen is so small that it really doesn’t matter.

Here are the things I like about the camera

1. Cheaper than others I looked at. Compared to the Nexia line of cameras, this is priced much better
2. No subscription required to use it
3. Quality is about as good as the Nexia ones I use
4. Night vision is pretty good. All black and white but pretty clear
5. Sound!!!! Yes, this has the ability to stream audio as well which my nexia camera does not
6. Recording to the Iphone rather than some cloud server that limits your space
7. Like my more expensive solution, this does e-mail alerts based on motion

Here are the things that can be improved

1. The video is severely delayed and choppy. This does not produce “real time” video like the nexia and seems to only capture a frame or two every few seconds regardless of what type of connection I am on
2. Manual adjustment is annoying. This seems like it could be an easy update to the app to allow the app to automatically adjust the quality settings when bandwidth is limited. Waiting for a a minute or two and then getting a “sorry” message is annoying. Please build in auto adjust for this.
3. Load times can be long compared to other camera I have.

Like I said, more of a 3 and a half stars with the ability for this to be a 4 star if they can improve the video fps and the bandwidth detection. If those can be addressed either in software or a newer camera, this could be my solution for video surveillance around my house. Will be a lot cheaper than paying a monthly fee for something that does the same thing!


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133 of 151 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
I can’t recommend this camera, February 8, 2013
J. Luu (Colorado Springs, CO) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Belkin NetCam Wireless IP Camera for Tablet and Smartphone with Night Vision and Digital Audio (Camera)
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?)
I’ll start with what is good about this camera:
1. Small, reasonably well built.
2. Good night vision. I can see across the room for about 20 ft in total darkness.
3. Easy set up: hint…when setting up, put the camera as close to your wifi router as possible. The signal strength is poor, and it can take for ever to connect, and usually doesn’t connect at all. Other than that, set up is as simple as can be.
4. With good connection, the camera is very stable. I’ve had it running 24/7 for a week now without issue.
5. Motion detector image capture…email notification works well.

Why I wouldn’t use this camera?
1. Wifi strength is poor. I’m placing it 50 feet away, granted there are 2 interior walls in between, and signal drops off constantly.
2. Although the camera does have an ethernet port, the port is non-functional…compounding the weak wifi signal issue.
3. Software sucks… You can’t view the camera on a computer. You must use their iphone app. The app sucks. Worse of any camera app out there. First off, it crashes all the time. Second even on 4g LTE it has a hard time pulling videos through. I’d have to downgrade the video quality substantially to get a video connection. Third is it hardly works on Ipads…crashes more often than on the iphone.
4. Worse, most irritating part is that this camera is proprietary. You can’t view the camera with Blue iris or any other app/program. This makes point #3 even worse. I’m not an expert by any means, but I simply can’t get this camera to behave like a typical IP cam.
5. Poor value. This camera doesn’t tilt, pan, or zoom….for 0 bucks I’d go elsewhere.

What would I recommend? I now have done a ton of research and own 2 other systems…the Foscam 8910 and the Logitech Alert. Here’s my opinion of the 3 system for what it’s worth:

1. My favorite is the Logitech Alert. You want this if you have a newer house with normal electrical wiring. By that I mean not spliced, added on, modified, etc. The construction quality is best of the 3 by a mile. Image quality during day, dim, and dark times are the best by far. Set up is simple and brainless. Signal connection and stability is much better than wifi. Open architecture means you can view your camera through VLC, Blue iris, etc…so if Logitech goes belly up, your camera is still functional. What I don’t like about the Alert system is that there is no tilt/pan/zoom….false advertisement. The software only support 6 cameras, although you can view more if you use Blue iris. The app does suck, but you can use Blue iris which works great on both iphone and ipad. These are more expensive (hint….much cheaper if you use the ‘configure’ option on Logitech’s site)but are the best out there.

2. Foscam is pretty good. Image quality is on par with the Belkin. There’s true tilt and pan, the ethernet port works, stable, fast, and the software and flexibility is just unbeatable.


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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good picture quality, easy to set up, one flaw, possibly fatal, February 13, 2013
Lenny (FREMONT, CA, United States) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Belkin NetCam Wireless IP Camera for Tablet and Smartphone with Night Vision and Digital Audio (Camera)
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Let me start with the summary, since the review is a very long one. This is an indoor camera. Great picture quality (non HD), very easy to set up and operate, works well with Android tablet (I don’t have any iOS device to test with, but I’d imagine it works just as well, or better) and you can let any number of friends view the camera – they don’t need to own a camera. But there is one potential security issue with the camera.

The flaw with this camera could be a deal breaker for some people, so I will mention it first. You need to create an account with Belkin, and anyone with access to the account will be able able access your camera.

There is no way around that if you want to use this camera. You cannot operate it in “local only” mode (connect to the camera directly). There should be a way, but Belkin is not telling us what it is. If I find out through reverse engineering, I will update this review.

Why is this important? If someone manages to guess your password, or if Belkin’s security is compromised, you have no way of preventing people from looking into your house unless you turn it off. With other IP cameras, the password is only stored locally on the device, and is much less prone to being hacked. With some network expertise, you can create VPN tunnels that you need to connect to before you can view those type of cameras. You don’t have such a choice with this one.

This won’t be an issue if the camera is being set up in a public area (for example, a restaurant). At home, however, I feel uncomfortable knowing that a stranger could be peering into my house.

OK, now that this is out of the way, let us go on to the other features of this camera.

Build quality : The camera is nicely constructed, smooth plastic shell that fits nicely together. The base is weighed down by a heavy metal washer at the base, so it will not topple over easily. The power supply cord is long – 10 feet (I measured). The stated output is 5V, 1.5A.

Setup : the camera is very easy to configure, as long as you have an Android or iOS smartphone or a tablet. There is a little switch at the back of the camera – the only switch there, in fact. In the “up” position, it is in setup mode. In the “down” position, it is in camera mode. You should have received it in setup mode.

When in setup mode, the camera powers up (by plugging in the power cable) and presents a wireless access point for your device to connect to. Use your phone or tablet’s wifi setup to connect to it. There’s no password. After you’re connected, launch the app, which will guide you through the rest of the setup. If you messed something up, exit the app and launch it again. It will guide you through the steps all over again – connect to your home wifi router and register an account with Belkin – or log in to an existing account.

Operation : Using the camera only requires you to flip the switch over to camera mode after you’re done with the setup. Run the app, log in, and you’re presented with a list of your cameras. Click on it and you can view it. You can also view the camera through your computer’s browser by going to netcam dot belkin dot com (sorry for the minor obfuscation – Amazon seems to block most URLs I type in). In Firefox I’m prompted to install the iSecurity+ plugin, but I can use it with the old video player.

(Edit 3/26 : n let me know in the comments below that it seems no longer possible to create an account from the login page. Not sure if this is temporary – I will check with Belkin and see what they say. For the moment – the following paragraph is no longer valid)

You can create an account on a browser and view cameras that other people share with you even if you don’t own a Netcam. Anyone you share the camera with will need to do this. There are also public cameras available. At the time of this writing, there are two public netcams listed – both from the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority.

(Edit 3/26 : above paragraph is currently invalid – I need to find out from Belkin if it is permanently disabled)

From the app or the browser, you can view your own cameras, your friends’ cameras, and invite friends (by sending them an email) to view your cameras, and to revoke access to your camera. You can also set your own camera to “private” mode (meaning you’re the only account that can view it).

Infra-red works well, but in auto mode, the IR comes on whenever light level drops low enough, even when the camera is not being viewed. Alternatively you can set IR explicitly on or off (need to go into setup screen to do this). You cannot control the IR that someone shares with you, and motion detection will not work in the dark if IR is off. The IR LEDs gives off a faint reddish glow when in operation that’s visible when it is very dark.

There is no local (in-camera) recording capability…

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