I bought this camera with low expectations. I had bought Wansview's NCH-536MW a few days before, and although very impressive on the hardware side, the installed firmware made this camera unusable, furthermore it took a while to convince the company to send me a firmware update. Anyway, the firmware on my new NCH-532MW is not buggy as far as I can see. The only thing this firmware is really missing in my opinion is an option to set day/night mode manually (the NCH-536MW can do that). Anyway, a simple hardware hack to keep the IR on continuously would be to permanently cover the light sensor under the camera's lens with some black tape. And a hack to keep the IR off continuously would probably require opening the camera case and disconnecting the power to the LEDs.
However, there was a real technical problem with this camera, which almost made me send it back. The light sensor that checks the surrounding light, and triggers the switching between day (IR LEDs off,...
Virtually identical to Agasio A603W but with older firmware and software.
The hardware quality is decent. It will work OK with the included ActiveX software but be aware this class of camera does not handle outdoor lighting conditions well.
I wanted to use it with iSpy software as a VLC stream. A guy has gotten this to work (search on "wansview NCH-536MW and NCH-532MW work now") by upgrading the firmware. The mfr instructions plus his instructions were not very helpful and I could not get it to work. It would say the firmware was upgraded, but the version number would not change.
These products are very frustrating. They are 90% of the way to usable, but the manufacturers and/or US distributors will not make the effort to document and support them.
The only solution seems to be moving up in price. I am trying a Vivotek IP8332 ($300) then will try a Nelly's Surplus EYEsurv ESIPMP3-1 cam ($500 with lens). Nelly's is very responsive to email...
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