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Feb
12

AVTech AVN812 Review


Moved to www.NetworkCameraCritic.com

AVTech’s is on a roll with their popular Push Video series cameras. Their latest camera, the AVN812, adds WiFi wireless access using the 802.11n protocol. The AVN812 retains many of the features of it’s hardwired brother the AVN80X.

AVN812
You still get the great image quality, the Push Video alert, up to 40 second event video call, microphone for audio, speaker, led illuminator and the PIR motion detect. The only feature that the AVN80X has over the AVN812 is an SD card slot but has enough internal memory to capture the most current events and you can FTP events to any server at home or on the internet.

Since many of the features are the same as seen on the review for the AVN80X and AVN801, I want to review how push video works and some of the improvements made.

Push Video

The idea behind the Push Video feature is to alert you as quickly as possible and provide you recorded video that occurred when the motion detect event was triggered. No other camera does this. The competing cameras may sent you an email or pictures, or an SMS via email, but none I’ve seen alert you within seconds nor do they provide an iPhone/iPad or Android app to let you see the recorded video as well as live video including 2 way audio. The PIR motion detector has been 100% accurate for me with no false alarms and has captured the video each time someone entered.

Here’s some images of how you set this up and how this works. First you configure the option and set a schedule if you only want it active during certain time frames.

AVN812

You’ll need to setup remote access of the camera. You can see how to do this in my “accessing your camera from the internet” article in this blog.

Then on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone, install the EagleEyes app. Cameras don’t have to be in the same location. For example, you can have cameras at work and at home and view them from one app. Add your cameras one at a time by entering the address of the camera, port number and login information.

AVN812

As you add cameras, it shows up on the devices list, from here you can turn Push Video ON/OFF or view the camera live

AVN812

When your cameras are setup, you can view them live as shown below.

AVN812

AVN812

When someone passes in front of the camera, the PIR motion detector triggers the camera to send you an alert. In the case of my phone, I get a loud chirp and an alert on the Android alert bar

AVN812
When you tap on the alert, the video that was recorded will start playing immediately showing you what happened.

AVN812

New Features

AVtech continues to improve its product and here’s some of what I found that’s new over the original AVN80X.
Under the Camera-Adance option
– image mirroring on/off
– denoise from a scale of 0 to 10
– various white balance options including auto which worked well for me
– sharpness from 0 to 100
QoS – Quality of Service option which lets you control the data flow for real-time streaming
Bonjour – sames a UPnP feature before and allows you to find the camera using Apple’s Bonjour device discovery service
Video Configuration – allows you to adjust video-related settings in the different video formats

The street prices are expected to be similar to the AVN80X, or about $200 USD and represents a good value for the feature set. The closest competitor would be the Axis M1054 which is not wireless but offers the 2 way audio, LED illuminator and 1 MP resolution but is not WiFi. In comparison, the price on the M1054 is nearly double that of the AVTech, the image quality is not as good (gets grainy in low light) and does not offer the push video feature.

To me, what really sets this camera apart was its image quality for this price point. Although this in an indoor camera, I placed it out a window as many people have been using their cameras to capture events going on outside their homes without the expense of an outdoor camera.

You can click on the image to see the full 1.3MP image staight from the camera. The first image is a mid-day daytime of a busy urban street corner.

AVN812

This image was taken just as it was getting dark.

AVN812

And this image was taken later in the evening as you can tell from the black sky. This represents a typical urban lighting situation.

AVN812

Conclusion

The AVTech AVN812 is a fantastic value for those that need the flexibility of wireless. It provides very good image quality, HD resolution, PIR motion detect, audio with built-in microphone and speaker as well as their Push Video feature including free iPhone and Android apps as well as free CMS software to record and view multiple cameras. A complete HD survaillance package that works well for home and business security.

It has a USB port, but currently it’s non-functional. New functionality may be added in the future. As new functionality comes out, it will added via a firmware upgrade.

The pluses for this camera are;
• Very good image quality with good low light performance
• Good build quality
• WiFi Wireless with 802.11n
• Push Video alerts
• EagleEyes powerful remote surveillance on multiple mobile platforms
• High quality, 1.3 Megapixel high performance image sensor (manufactured from a famous Japanese component supplier)

recommended for home or small business surveillance

Company website is – http://www.avtech.com.tw

The AVN812 will be available soon at WorldEyeCam


34 Responses to “AVTech AVN812 Review”


  1. February 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for the review!

    On their website they mentioned IE as the only compatible browser. By any chance did you try on a Mac, Chrome or Firefox to see if at least some of the functionality is there? Considering it works on the iPhone, it should theoretically work to some degree on the Mac as well.

    Cheers,
    Stephen

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      I have used it on my Macbook Air running OS X Lion using Safari and it works. The video is viewed in the same manner, but goes through Apples Quicktime viewer and is slow to get started. Keep in mind that it works really well on IOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices because they have apps for this, it’s not going through a browser.

  2. 3 George
    February 18, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I’d like to shoot it out my window on my lighted driveway. My concern is motion detection. Does it have true motion detection where you can outline a perimeter and trigger an alert off that? Or will I simply get alerts anytime there is motion in it’s range of the ir sensor? Thanks, this site is awesome by the way.

    • February 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Understand that PIR motion detect will not likely work at all out a window because it’s measuring differences in heat and the glass is a good insulator. Warm sun may trigger it more so than a human. But you can use video motion detect, where it uses changes anywhere in the video stream to trigger an event. The downside to video motion detect is it’s not very accurate, a breeze moving a tree, a shadow, car headlights at night, a squirrel can trigger it. If accuracy is important, you can use an external PIR motion detector, like those sold for alarms and attach that to the camera as an external trigger. Then you can get the distance you need and the features to eliminate zones and small animals and mount it outside while keeping your camera inside. A good one runs about $80-100 like those from Bosch. Each camera is different, so make sure you get the right one for this camera. I have not tested with an external PIR detector but they are supported.

  3. 5 dave
    February 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Do you know when the AVN812 will be available to purchase and do you have a list of suppliers who will be supplying this product especially in the uk .??

  4. 6 George
    March 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Have you found it reliable enough to stay on your network? Also can it be used like any other ip camera where you hook it to your NVR and record or are it’s only recording capabilities to the storage card?

    • March 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      I have not seen it available yet, but I’m sure it will be soon, especially with the biggest surveillance camera show comming up soon in the US, ICS West near the end of March. I’ll try to find out if there’s any UK resellers.

    • March 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      It has been reliable, stays connected fine and uses 802.11N and the WiFi router in the place I have it in is a tiny and inexpensive micro router from Edimax that’s a little larger than a mactchbook which amazes me how stable and good a performer it is.

      I don’t use it to record personally. I use it as an alert mechanism. It alerts me instantly on my smart phone, allows me to look at the last event up to 40 seconds and allows to to look at live video. If I wanted to record, I’ve tested it with BlueIris and it works well and also tested it with their free software and works but if you have a mix of camera brands, then BlueIris is a safe bet and very inexpensive at $50 per server.

  5. 9 Han
    March 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Do you happen to test or know if this will allow you to record images to a NAS or FTP it to a FTP server over the Internet?

    • March 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I’ve tested by FTPing video from motion events to a remote site and it worked well. It does not have the ability to mount an external mount point the way a typical NAS works but FTP gets the job done. I’ve used the WD MyBook World Edition 1TB NAS which runs under $200 in the past and it has FTP capabilities in case you were looking for a device to be your FTP server and has a 3 year warranty, so it’s a good value. Used to be a lot less expensive by the price of drives still remains high.

  6. 11 goldserve
    March 19, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Do you know if the FTP upload will upload a video file that has 5 seconds of pre-trigger and up to 40 seconds of trigger video just like the push video? I have the AVN80X and it does not seem to do this for FTP upload.

    Secondly, I noticed that you are able to select AVI file type for FTP uploads. Have you tried this and are you able to open the AVI file using a regular media player instead of using their VideoViewer app?

    • March 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      I have not tried this with the AVN80X as I’m happy having it record to the SD card. I did try it with their newer AVN812 since it does not have the SD card, it FTP’ed fine, no issues but the firmware is different. If you have trouble playing the AVI files, try VLC, it’s a free player that’s much better than using Windows Media Player.

      • 13 goldserve
        March 20, 2012 at 3:10 am

        OK. Good to know that the AVN812 will upload the push video not like the AVN80X. Are you sure you are able to upload 40 seconds worth because in the manual, I see otherwise.

        The problem with the AVN80X is that I am not able to select AVI as the file output option. Only AVC which can only be played by the video viewer. Even VLC can’t play it.

  7. 14 Code
    March 31, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Do you have any additional information on where the AVN812 can be purchased in the US? Has it been released yet?

  8. 17 Code
    April 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for the update!

  9. 18 Paul
    April 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    any news on when the product will be available in the UK and what suppliers? thanks

  10. 20 Rick
    May 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Where can I leave a general question about AVTech IP cameras that will be better suited to my needs
    Thank you Rick

  11. 22 LOTL
    May 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Do you know if this or the AVN80X support No-IP or another free DDNS service?

    • May 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Directly, they have their own (you.ddns.eagleeyes.tw) but frankly, I don’t trust cameras to do this for me and I have my routers keep the DDNS up to date. You only need one device in your network to do this and it can be a camera, PC, or router.

      • 24 LOTL
        May 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Thanks im running a third party firmware on my Asus wireless router called Tomatoe. It doesnt support No-IP, but i just found out that DD-WRT does. Looks like ill be ditching Tomatoe and going with DD-WRT.
        Now if i just get past the lack of IR and the use of a an intruder alerting bright LED, i might have myself a new IP cam.

      • May 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        I’ve used DD-WRT for many years, works great and have used it with different DDNS services. The camera does have very good low light capability. If you don’t want the white LED to come on, you can turn it off but you’ll need some sort of light. I found that sometimes, just having a CFL bulb, maybe using 10-15W is more than enough to lightup a room at night. Maybe have it on a timer.

    • 26 Jack
      June 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      You could use any other DDNS server. It comes with “(host name).ddns.eagleeyes.tw” DDNS for free.

  12. 27 LOTL
    May 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hmmm i do have 2 CFL’s that stay on all the time upstairs where this first camera is going. If it works out well, then ill be looking at putting a 2nd one downstairs. I guess i could put a small lamp down there with the one bulb, i was hoping for the IR feature though.

    Just sent back 2 Official Foscam FI8910W for a refund. My biggest complaint was the blurry images it took when there was any movement of the subject. I know i should keep intruders from getting in the house in the first place, but if one did get in, they would have to stand still and pose for the camera in order to have a chance of identifying them.

    Had wireless issues with one of them and the software seemed a little buggy. Not a polished product in my mind.
    I would hope the AVN812 or AVN80X would not have that issue. These AVTech’s seem like a pretty good compromise between quality features and price. Doesnt seem like they have a presence here in the US, so im curious about tech support should i need it.

  13. 28 Scooter
    June 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Ok, so it is June 4th, any word when this 812 camera will be available here in the US?

    • June 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      The cameras was designed to do wireless 3/4G but they couldn’t get it working, so they temporarily pulled it from the market until they work out the issues. A decent comperable camera, albeit without push-video are the Brickcoms. They make several models from 1MP to 5MP, but this is their least expensive and comes wired and wireless – click here. The way their naming structure goes, a W as the first character means wireless. An advantage that Brickcom has is they include better free NVR/recording software and it’s a more recognized brand supported by more 3rd party recording softwares. Read the specs exactly for the one you are getting as there are so many models.

      Brickcom

  14. 30 Code
    June 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I could only find the 1MP model and therefore, could not compare the video or picture quality of the Brickcom between models. Is AVTech the only company that provides push-video?

    I thought I read somewhere that AVTech was stilling waiting for FCC approval to distribute the WiFi in the United States. Is this true?

  15. June 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The AVN812 is back in the U.S.A. and can be purchased here – http://www.eyespypro.com/search.php?search_query=AVN812&x=106&y=32 . The website ordering doesn’t seem to work so just call them.

  16. 33 JD
    April 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    In general, how well do the wireless cameras reconnect to the wireless router after a power outage? The AVN812 in particular? Progress Energy in NC manages at least 4-5 power outages during a week in the summertime in our area.

    • April 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Wow, this site has been dead for probably a year and people still find it. Please go to NetworkCameraCritic.com, the replacement site. But I have no problems with power outages and my AVN812. I think I’ll delete this site.


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