The Vuezone solves that problem because these cameras are battery powered. But due to their low power design they should run for a year or more on a single watch type battery according to my sources at Netgear. The cameras also have done a good job with lens options. I have several Foscams with pan tilt. This was important I thought to give me a full scan. True in some cases but for the most part I set them and leave it. Ideally what would be best is a mix of lens options to a wide angle or a tighter focal length. Vuezone offers these options. This is ways is better because when you are remote using PT can be frustrating over wifi. At least in my experience it often is a crap shot in how well the PT commands respond.when you are remote with a cell connection.
Vuezone also fixes another biggie for remote access. Instead of having to open ports and forward ip to your cams Vuezone has their own site which you log in to to get camera access. No fixed ip or static ip access needed. The Vuezone portal tunnels to your cameras so regardless of you internet situation you will be able to access these cameras.
Vuezone also has a host of access options from smartphones to pc's. The UI that I saw on an iPhone was very nice indeed.
I am anxiously waiting for a set of Vuezone cameras. I have a vacation home that does not have an ip address that is accessible from the outside world. You need tunneling like the Vuezone portal to access it. Things like Log Me In or Netgear Readyshare work since they use this tunneling methodology. But my current camera solution Foscam does not. So I am view less. This always creates levels of anxiety for me. Vuezone will take care of that.
On top of that Vuezone also has motion detecting to which can send alerts when motion is sensed. Something in my case that will come in handy.
Netgear will be releasing Vuezone packages early September. From what I have been told there will be several versions and configurations. There will be one designed for vacation homes that includes a camera designed to be placed outdoors in a tree for example that can look at your house from the outdoors. With wifi and battery power this is now possible and easy.
I cant wait. I have wanted something like this for a while.
Netgear did really well on this acquisition in my opinion.
Ill report back once I get my hands on the cameras and put them to use.
In the meantime if anyone has questions Ill be happy to answer them if I can. Ask away.
Netgear AV Consultant
UPDATE Installed the Cameras in my vacation home early September 2012. Below is my review.
I received and installed the basic Vuezone package which included 2 cameras and the Vuezone access point. The setup was extremely fast and easy. In particular the Vuezones have by far the BEST camera mounting system I have come across. Looking at the pictures I couldnt imagine how they mount. But included in the package is the 2 cameras and 4 silver mounting balls. The cameras attach magnetically to the balls. The balls can be mounted either by a nail or screw or through the adhesive backing which is what I used. Because of the wireless aspects the cameras can be placed in areas you might never consider mounting a camera. I placed them in corners, on a wood beam, below a mantel. I can easily move them around when I need a different view point. The net is I absolutely loved the mounting setup.
The cameras themselves are very nice build quality. They do exude a quality feel to them. Much more so then my Foscams. Size wise they are about a third the size of a Foscam and with the mount is more like 20% a Foscam. So these are really inconspicuous.
The setup is is connect the access point to the router via a wire. There is no wireless connection so if the router is out of the way from where you want the cameras this may be an issue. There is no repeater that I am aware of so you need to consider this. Otherwise you will be forced to use some type of wire extender like Powerline to connect the access point to the router.
Assuming the wired portion is set you then simply pair the cameras to the access point. Very easy 1 button type of operation. No issues and worked the 1st try. After that it is on to the web to create a Vuezone account. There is a number on the access point which you use to link the cameras to your account. Once done you choose your plan and you are good to go.
The plans. Well the first time you set them up you get a premium plan. This gives you mobile access through IOS and Android. There is also Cloud based recording and storage, notification alerts and pan and zoom. The pan and zoom works surprisingly well. I was shocked actually. It is no substitute for a true pan capability but if the camera sees it you can get right into it with the controls. I liked it.
The free plan limits you to 2 cameras. The premium you can use up to 5. They have an annual purchase for the premium of $36 as a promo when you first activate and when your trial is expiring. The free plan limits the use to web browsers only. It will not work with a mobile browser like an iPad. I tried. No it limits it to PC based browsers. If you need occasional check in status that is OK. But I will admit it is limiting. The only capability you get with the free plan is viewing. So the pan zoom, alerts, mobile and recording are not available.
The video quality is very good. In fact I think it is better then my Foscams. Video is detailed and colors bright and not to saturated. Really good. And the lense is very wide but without fish eye distortion. Again better then my Foscams.
Unlike other cameras like Foscams and third party software you cant do multiple views simultaneously. With Vuezone you look at 1 camera at a time. The benefit is you connect quickly. The downside is if you want to see multiple views it is a manual process. This is where auto recording would be very good to have. Premium feature. The other thing Vuezone lacks is infrared nightime viewing. With Foscams you can see in the dark. Not well or far but they do work in a dark room. Vuezones do not have that capability at all.
The mobile clients are very nice to use. Both IOS and Android are similar in use. Web browser is OK but not very sexy. But does what it needs to.
Battery life is expected to be in the range of 6-12 months. The batteries are widely available camera batteries. Cost is about $2 each and each camera uses 2. So for annual expense looking at $4-$8 for the batteries. Notifications and video recordings drive usage so mileage will vary based on that application. My system is in about a month with no noticeable change in battery level. And on all viewing software battery level is easily seen.
So all in all is this. If wireless (no power or network connections to the camera) is important there is nothing like these. It is your only choice. If it isnt then the value is in the sleek size, mounting and general ease of use and high quality capability. I think most users will want the premium capability so you need to bake that in as well. And regardless the internet tunneling for connections that do not have public access like I have is essential. That is my case where these are placed.
So For the technically enabled who does not mind dealing with port forwarding, running wires etc this is probably not your solution. But those users are the minority of the population. For everyone else this is a great solution to a problem many would like to solve. I highly recommend Vuezone for those users without hesitation. I really like mine and happy with them so far.
Netgear AV Consultant
Edited by bobsilver - 10/8/12 at 5:59pm