- By Carlos A. Soto
- Aug 06, 2004
The easiest way to confirm suspicions of wrongdoing is with visual proof, but installing surveillance cameras isn't easy'it can be expensive, time consuming and complicated.
But the Toshiba IK-WB11A wireless network camera from Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. makes it easier.
It took GCN Lab staff members 30 minutes to install and set up the IK-WB11A in a remote location, which we were then able to monitor from our offices. To see the camera in action, all we had to do was type the camera's static IP address into a Web portal on the network.
The 1.45-megapixel CCD lens is capable of capturing images at a maximum resolution of 1,280 by 960 pixels and automatically changes the picture from color to monochrome in low light.
The camera is weather resistant so that it can be placed outside, and it connects to the network via an embedded IEEE 802.11b wireless chip. The camera also comes with a SecureDigital slot, so you can record images on an SD card.
At maximum resolution the camera can process 7.5 images per second; at the minimum resolution of 160 by 120 pixels, it registers 30 images per second.
If you use the maximum resolution, the camera should be connected to the network via an Ethernet cable for faster processing. Toshiba wisely includes an RJ-45 port on each camera for such a connection.
The camera can automatically patrol 10 preset positions and comes with a motion alarm that prompts it to notify you by e-mail. It also has the capability to mount a microphone so you can record sound.
The best part about the Toshiba camera is the price. I found the price online to range between $541 and $740, close to $1,000 less than some competitors.