i-LAN Technology is now supplying Planet brand of IP cameras and NVRs (Network Video Recorders).
The 4 Planet Cube IP cameras will give you a very affordable and high quality solution for your IP surveillance needs. The models that are now available are the Planet ICA-107, ICA-107W, ICA-HM100 and ICA-HM100W.
The Planet ICA-107 will give you an excellent solution for less than $100.
Exciting developments in the IP surveillance field recently has resulted in sharper and better lenses that when combined with intelligent software, can recognize people or items with little lighting. The prices for the entry level IP cameras has also dropped and are way cheaper than the arms and legs they used to cost.
We’ve tested the full range of Planet Cube IP cameras and found that while there are differences in features such as resolution, night vision, wireless, PoE, local storage, etc., each of these, including the lowest ranked model, ICA-107, can produce very acceptable images.
A comparison chart is shown below.
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Model[attr style=”width:150px”]|ICA-107[attr style=”width:180px”]|ICA-107W[attr style=”width:180px”]|ICA-HM100[attr style=”width:180px”]|ICA-HM150W[attr style=”width:180px”]
Image Sensor|Micron CMOS|Micron CMOS|1.3 Mega-Pixel Progressive Scan CMOS|1.3 Mega-Pixel Progressive Scan CMOS
Max Resolution|640×480|640×480|1280×1024|1280×1024
Lens|Fixed Focus F=2.8|Fixed Focus F=2.8|4.3 mm F1.8|4.3 mm F1.8
Viewing Angle~Horizontal/Vertical|55/55°|55/55°|44/35°|44/35°
LEDS|0|0|6|6|
Video Compression|MPEG-4~MJPEG|MPEG-4~MJPEG|H.264~MPEG-4~MJPEG|H.264~MPEG-4~MJPEG
Multi-stream Support|Yes|Yes|10 profiles with~configurable frame~rate/bandwidth|10 profiles with~configurable frame~rate/bandwidth
Audio Support|||Two-way~built-in MIC|Two-way~built-in MIC
PoE|No|No|Yes|No
Wireless||802.11b/g||802.11b/g/n
Local Storage|||MicroSD card slot|MicroSD card slot
Motion Detection|Yes|Yes|Yes-10 definable areas|Yes-10 definable areas
Audio Detection|||Yes|Yes
Price|A$99.95|A$129.95|A$199.95|$229.95
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As can be seen from the table, these IP cameras are quite comprehensive and affordable.
So, for less than $100 AUD (sort of), you can have an instant surveillance system for your home or office. All of them include the free 64 channel Cam Viewer 3 Lite NVR software which when installed on a PC within your network, allow you to play/record the images.

Network Video Recorder NVR-401

Network Video Recorder NVR-401


Planet also has an affordable NVR (Network Video Recorders). The NVR-401 allows you to record and playback video from up to 4 IP cameras simultaneously. You can view remote surveillance in real time and play back recorded videos via the web browser. The NVR-401 not only supports PLANET IP cameras but also is compatible with most of major IP camera brands in the market. We have successfully tested Zavio IP cameras as well as the Planet IP cameras with this NVR and found that it worked well.
The smart installation wizard will set up this unit and have it operational in a short period of time. The NVR-401 can have a total storage capacity of 3GB by using two SATA hard drives.
Users can just turn on cameras and the NVR in the Ethernet / IP networks to protect their home and property easily. The recorded video files can be saved in the NVR and there is no need of using additional PC for file storage, which brings users a secure surveillance system with a lower total cost of installation.
Furthermore, the NVR-401 can automatically search and find the available cameras in the network so it greatly reduces users’ effort while setting up the monitor system on their own. It supports web-based management interface to enable administrators remotely manage the device via web browser.