As part of our coverage of home automation and security devices that work with Mac OS X and iOS devices, there have been quite a few Wi-Fi cameras that we've looked at. The latest is from security device manufacturer Swann, and it's the ADS-450 Wi-Fi Network Camera (US$129.99). This device uses a Wi-Fi connection to beam VGA-quality (640 x 480) color video at up to 30 frames per second to a cloud storage service, where you can monitor your home or office from your Mac, PC, and iOS or Android tablet or smartphone.
Like most similar products that have been reviewed on TUAW, the ADS-450 can be mounted on flat surfaces, attached to a wall, or hung from a ceiling. It provides audio as well, so you can use it to spy on employees or your kids. The camera is a lightweight white plastic device that weighs in at 2.6 ounces, and it features power and Ethernet ports on the back as well as a ball joint for adjusting the camera angle. Full mounting hardware is included in the box. The front of the camera has the typical wide-angle lens surrounded by IR lighting for night viewing.
The camera is actually quite attractive as these things go, with a silver tint bezel around the front of the case that's approximately 3.75" high x 2.5" wide. And like all of these security cameras, it also comes with a power pack with a long cable, since you may want to mount the camera at a distance away from the plug.
Small manuals printed in both English and Spanish are included for setup and troubleshooting. Swann should be commended for the manual -- it's one of the most well-written I've seen for any product of this type.
I was concerned that the setup might require an Ethernet connection due to the port on the back of the ADS-450, but that is not the case. Instead, you power on the camera and set it to a local Wi-Fi configuration mode by flipping a switch. On an iPhone or iPad, you connect to the camera's network by selecting it from the Wi-Fi settings. Once your device is connected, you launch the free SwannSmart app and you're asked if you wish to set up the camera. The gallery below shows the simple process that's used to set up the camera.