In our technology world, since 1996, TP-Link has been providing the latest reliable networking devices and accessories. As per published IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker Report, Q2 2018, TP-Link has been ranked as the No. 1 provider of Wi-Fi devices.
We have received the TP-Link’s NC450 – Wireless Cloud Camera for review.
Body & Specification
With a dimension of 5.7 x 4.3 x 4.2 in., NC450 is a motorized wireless cloud-based security camera. It has 360 degrees horizontally pan and 150 degrees vertically capability.
The review unit we received is made up of ABS plastic with a smooth white colour piano finish. It has got a camera with 1/4″ Progressive scan CMOS image sensor and 1.0 Megapixel (1280 x 720) resolution and lens with F 2.0 with 3.6 mm and field of view (FoV) 75 degrees.
The TP-Link’s NC450 camera can record a video at 30 fps at 1280×720 pixels (HD) and with a Video Compression in H.264 format. It has built-in 2-way audio communication (mic and speaker). It has got microSD card slot, RJ-45 for Ethernet, Reset/WPS push button and Power Connector DC power jack.
For a strong Wi-Fi signal, it has an antenna which captures 2.4-2.4835GHz and up to 300Mbps.
As for the surveillance management, you can have 13 simultaneous unicast users and with the management software, you can view and record up to 36 cameras.
It can support Operating System – Windows XP or higher or Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, as for the smartphone, it supports Android 4.1 or higher and iOS 7.0 or higher.
How to Setup TP-Link’s NC450 – Wireless Cloud (IP) Camera?
After removing the product from the packaging, it was connected with the provided power adapter and extension cable. The next thing, I connected the product with the RJ-45 Ethernet to the router. Then downloaded the TP-Link Camera App from Google PlayStore and followed the instruction step by step. First, connect the NC450 with the router via the app, download the update which may take a few minutes. After the update, search for the NC450 device and automatically connect with the app. If you find some issue connecting, then you can press the Reset/WPS push button for few seconds and then search again and you will find the device.
How to use the TP-Link’s NC450 – Wireless Cloud (IP) Camera?
With this App, you can connect up to to 36 cameras. The App has step by step instruction to use the App. You can identify each of the cameras via easy icon selection.
With the motorized camera, you can view 360 degrees horizontally pan and 150 degrees vertically capability. There are 3 presets – Pan horizontal, Pan Vertical, reset view and stop the movement. There is also an option to program the movement.
Via the app, you click an image or a video and also communicate with the mic and speaker options. You can choose the quality and change the mode from daylight to night mode or keep it on the auto mode.
The NC450 can be configured to motion detection, sound detection and baby crying and app notification. You can also reboot the camera via App. If you are fixing the NC450 on the ceiling, then you can change the camera position to upside down too.
You can also set modes – Home mode and Away mode. You can also record for 24 hours with the help of microSD as storage. Also, you can configure NC450 with your cloud service or can use TP-Link’s cloud service too.
The TP-Link’s NC450 – Wireless Cloud (IP) Camera was used for a week and this was my first experience with a motorized Wi-Fi IP Camera. The viewing on my mobile via App which provided me 360 degrees horizontally pan and 150 degrees vertically was interesting and especially the night vision in low light condition. I even tried the Sound and Motion detection features and it works perfectly.
The quality of the image is 2265 x 1080 and video capture is 1280×720 pixels (HD) at 30fps which is good for security IP camera. In the low night, it was a little pixelated.
You can also program the camera with the pattern of the camera movement and also schedule it to record, active or even active certain functions when you are away on a vacation. And of course, you get notifications on your Mobile App about any incident like motion or sound detection.
As mentioned above in the setup I have done that and it was quite simple and easy. As for connecting with the cloud service to access the NC450 wireless camera, I downloaded the software on my laptop and then connected it with the app on my smartphone. The TP-Link Cloud Service provides live camera view but no cloud saving facility. However, as mentioned by TP-Link, they will be launching a cloud storage facility in the near future and they might offer this as a paid service.
But of course, with the microSD slot in the camera, you can store video and images and access it via your mobile or laptop. The microSD slot can take up to 128GB max. With the mic and speaker, you can hear and also speak to the person via the camera. For example: – If you have installed the NC450 near the entrance of your home and someone is stealing your parcel, you can shout at the person and warning him that you are caught on camera and leave the parcel alone.
Overall the NC450 is a great product for consumers who would like to have fewer IP cameras to cover multiple views from one single location. As the device is wireless, you require an electric outlet to connect and configure on your App and you can have 36 cameras managed from a single app.
The TP-Link NC450 package
The TP-Link NC450 product comes with the NC450 device, power cable with wall unit plug, additional power extension cable, Passive PoE Injector, RJ-45 for Ethernet cable and Quick Installation Guide.
What is the price of NC450 and where can you buy?
The TP-Link NC450 Cloud Camera costs AED 549. You can buy the product from UAE popular e-commerce websites and many of the retailer mentioned here- https://www.tp-link.com/ae/where-to-buy/?utm_medium=select-local#Retailers
- Motorized device with microSD card Slot
- 360 degrees horizontally pan & 150 degrees vertically
- HD Quality Video recording
- Night Vision capabilities
- Two way Communication
- Image little pixellated in Low light capture
- Doesn't have Cloud Storage