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Known primarily for their wide selection of VoIP phones, Grandstream came into the IP Surveillance market a few years ago and have made quite the impression. There’s a diverse selection of affordable IP cameras, and now they’re stepping up their game with the new 2 Megapixel Grandstream GXV3672_HD, the first IP camera from Grandstream with LED IR illuminators.
I was able to get my hands on one of these new outdoor IP cameras and immediately I was impressed. Grandstream’s IP cameras are traditionally plastic, but the GXV3672_HD bullet camera has a matte black metal casing and includes a sun shield. The camera comes with a mount attached on the back end and the wiring is already situated, which is great so you don’t have to worry about buying an additional mounting unit and stringing the wiring through, making it a perfect DIY project for the greenhorn installer. The lens is surrounded by LEDs and a red power indicator.
Curious to see how it worked, I brought it home (where I do most of my testing) and, as it’s PoE, hooked it up to the TRENDnet TRE-T88g PoE+ switch. Grandstream has their own free software, Gsurf, that will combine up to 36 Grandstream cameras, so I went ahead and downloaded it from their website. The image below follows the path of the easy installation. Personally, I really liked the layout. I’ve seen a handful of free manufacturer software, and this one looked great.
As you can see, the camera picks up color for white light and has excellent night vision. The IR LEDs create amazing black and white pictures for night. As I didn’t want to show off my neighbors houses, you can check out the detail it picked up on my cats.
It looks like Grandstream has a great new product on their hands. With the sturdy outer casing, the IR LEDs for night vision, and the free software, the Grandstream GXV3672_HD is going to be an excellent affordable choice for a SOHO/SMB solution!