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SparkLAN CAS-673W Wireless Pan and Tilt MPEG4/MJPEG IP Camera

By: Sean Kalinich | Network Cameras in Networking | Posted: Oct 31, 2009 5:45 am
TweakTown Rating: 71%Manufacturer: SparkLAN

Setup and Installation


The setup of the CAS-673 is pretty straight forward; there are two main ways to setup the camera. You can use WPS or a wired connection. We recommend using a wired connection for the initial setup as it avoids any issues that can pop up when using a wireless connection.




SparkLAN has included a wizard that walks you through the connection to the CAS-673. After it finds the camera you can connect directly to the web setup and finish things up from there.




Once in the Setup Menu for the CAS-673W you can choose to set things up manually or to get the Setup Wizard going.




The Setup Wizard starts you off with the choice of using a static or dynamic IP address. We highly recommend using a static one as it will save a considerable amount of trouble if the IP changes on the camera.




The next step is only needed if you are using a Point to Point over Ethernet connection that requires a username and password for connectivity and this camera is the only item connecting to that account.




This menu is interesting; it appears that SparkLAN will let you register each camera with a dynamic DNS service provider. This is great if you are using multiple cameras or the Real Time Streaming Protocol feature to connect this to your Cell Phone, or just to view externally on a website or in a web browser.




The time setup is important for many reasons, the least of which is making sure your recordings are time stamped properly, but also to make sure that you can connect properly to networked storage and e-mail servers.




Step 5 allows you to setup a personalized name for your camera. After this the Wizard completes and reboots the CAS-673W. After the reboot you can setup your wireless connection and then configure the camera to your liking.




Setting up wireless is very simple. You need to check the box labelled "Enable Wireless" first. Once that is done you can scan for wireless networks that are close to you. Find the name of your wireless network (the encryption type and channel will autofill). Input the password you use and you are off and running. As both the LAN and WLAN connections use the same IP address, you will not need to setup a new one for your wireless connection.


One last step for setup is the installation of FFDShow. This is an audio and video codec that is required for you to view the captured video properly in Windows.


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