The NC450 is an IP surveillance camera from the manufacturer TP-Link, known mainly for its network products. This device benefits from a careful design and knows how to be discreet with its reduced dimensions (144 x 109 x 106 mm).
It is distinguished by its mobile turret which allows it to rotate up to 300 degrees and tilt up to 110 degrees. An undeniable advantage for a product sold for less than 120 euros. The turret also has eight infrared diodes for night vision.
Good news, its installation will not necessarily imply that you pull cables in all directions. The NC450 indeed works as well in Wi-Fi as with a wired network (Ethernet 10/100).
Its installation will be all the more simple as TP-Link delivers a complete mounting kit, with an articulated foot for fixing to the wall or the ceiling. An extension is also provided for the mains supply.
Installation is simpler with the WPS function
To use the NC450, you must first download the free tpCamera application on your smartphone or tablet, available in iOS and Android versions. The installation is more or less simple, depending on whether the Internet box or the router also has a WPS connection button. If so, simply use the buttons to connect the camera to the home Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, you must first connect the device in wired mode with the Ethernet cable provided, launch the application and configure the Wi-Fi parameters (network name and password).
The application requires creating a user ID and password if you want to access the camera on the go. Well designed, it gives access to what the NC450 sees, with a very slight offset, and allows you to take photos and videos that are stored on the mobile device. Equipped with a megapixel sensor (1280 x 720 pixels) the device offers a good image quality for use during the day, and also at night, thanks to the LEDs.
Remotely control camera rotation and tilt
The app has a function to rotate and tilt the lens, but TP-Link has not chosen the classic directional pad. Instead, a button triggers the rotation from left to right then in the other direction, another activates the tilt up then down and a third interrupts the operation.
In the parameters, it is possible to activate the alerts, by noise or movement detection, or even to indicate time periods for which this function is active.
The manufacturer has even provided a grid system to define in which zones the movement should be monitored.
During an alert, a notification is sent to your smartphone or tablet. The camera can even send an email with three successive photos. On the other hand, recording photos or videos in the event of an alert requires the presence of a microSD card, because, unlike other manufacturers, TP-Link does not provide a Cloud-type service. Note the presence of a microphone and a speaker to possibly converse remotely with a contact placed near the NC450.
Compatibility issues with browsers
If the application for mobile devices is successful, the same cannot be said of accessing the camera with a web browser, for example in an internet cafe. Indeed, TP-Link uses a Flash extension which is now banned by many browsers, in particular Google Chrome. We had to install Firefox ESR, as recommended by the manufacturer, as well as a specific extension to operate the camera. Suffice to say that it will not be very easy to consult the camera from a machine on which you do not have all the rights.