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Surveillance Camera opinion: Toshiba or TrendNet or ?

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As part of the company downsizing, the receptionist desk is being eliminated. So what we are thinking of doing is installing a Toshiba IP PoE camera to see who walks in the door. A couple of the administrative assistants will monitor that camera on their computer. We already have a beep that can be heard whenever someone walks in the front door. My question is, is the camera and the free software that comes with it ok for this task? Can two (or more) viewers simultaneously monitor that camera? It's a Toshiba IK-WB16A. The free software that comes with it is REC-WB16A-1.

Also am looking at a cheaper TrendNet ProView PoE camera as well. Not sure what they call their software.

Anyone have any experience with these products? Or would you recommend a different brand? I may need to have two cameras but one with a slight fisheye might do the trick as well. I really think we need this to be a PoE solution.

Thanks!
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by:LHFoods
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I have always had good luck with Panasonic camera products.  I am going to try the new Logitech Alert 750i next week though.  The Logitec is an inexpensive all-in-one solution supposedly.  We will see. :)

There's my 2cents.
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by:crdixon
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Looks like the Logitech needs electrical outlets so i don't think that one is an option. I can string ethernet to the locations i need in a t-bar ceiling but not electrical.

Looks like Panasonic has some traditional PoE devices so i'll investigate those too.
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by:Callandor
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If you want professional quality images and reliability, I would recommend Axis and Arecont Vision IP cameras.
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Ended up going with some wireless baby video monitors. Pretty inexpensive and no cabling. So far so good.
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