Here at Using Windows Home Server, we have reviewed security cameras in the past. This time we got sent one of the new Swann ADW-300 Digital Wireless Security Camera sets, that includes a high quality security camera and receiver.
Swann describe the ADW-300:
The box is well packaged, and contains the camera and mount, the receiver, the wireless antenna, various cables and a manual and software.
INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE
Installing the software was very simple, just pop the disc in and follow the on screen instructions.
At this point in the process you have to connect the wireless receiver to the computer.
This is where I first hit a problem. I was using a Windows 7 machine I just couldn’t get the drivers to install or appear. No matter what I tried. I even went to the Swann website and the download section, but there is no download options for this camera at the moment.
So I built a Windows Vista machine to try and it worked first time!
The first time you run the software you will be prompted to register. If you choose not to then the software will only run for an hour, so get registering, it only takes a minute.
When that’s done you can see the interface itself.
The interface is very easy to use, with only a few buttons including record.
You can make various settings changes very easily, such as the sensitivity level of the camera and where the recordings are stored.
This camera was very easy to set up and use and the quality was very good. I had a number of other wireless kit running in the house and there was no interference what so ever, which is always a plus.
The recordings were small and easy to view being avi files. Below is an example recording I took on the default settings. The quality is not as good as it could be because I was recording through a dirty window!
My only criticism was the lack of Windows 7 support or information on the Swann website, but given Windows 7 has only been out 6 weeks it is not surprising!
Cost wise, you can by the ADW-300 in the US for around $180 and in the UK for around £150. Thanks to Alastair for the update!
So, if you are in the market for a good quality wireless security camera, you should seriously consider this one.