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The New Grandstream GXV3672_HD Review

Grandstream GXV3672_HD -- Newest addition to the VoIP Supply Lab

Grandstream GXV3672_HD — Newest addition to the VoIP Supply Lab

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.

GXV3672_HD side

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.

GSurf Setup

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.

GXV3672_HD image

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!

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18 comments on “The New Grandstream GXV3672_HD Review

  1. NT
    March 21, 2013

    Question? Can this IP cam also be viewed by connecting the analog out to a tv? It shows a video analog out cable in the picture, but you don’t mention it?

    • TaylorHamp
      March 22, 2013

      Good question! Grandstream tells me that the GXV3672_HD can be plugged directly into a monitor, which is great news for those looking to gradually convert an old analog system into an IP network solution.

  2. Ian Macdonald
    April 30, 2013

    My only experience of CCTV is a single cheap analogue dome camera but what is very apparent is built-in IR leds are a complete waste of time. Come spring and summer the IR simply attracts moths and bugs which flutter in front of the lens. I’m looking to upgrade to HD and I will never buy another camera with built in IR leds.

    • TaylorHamp
      May 2, 2013

      Thanks for the feedback! IR LEDs aren’t for everyone, especially for the reason just listed. Fortunately, IP camera companies make day/night cameras without IR LEDs as well. Instead they use a mechanical IR-cut filter which switches between day and night lighting. The minimum Lux isn’t as low as IR LED cameras, but it gets close and they don’t attract bugs. These cameras include the ACTi KCM-7111 dome, the Vivotek IP8172 box IP camera, and the new MOBOTIX S14D Flexmount Set 3 with 1 day and 1 night sensor lens. They are definitely not cheap cameras, but they are excellent products!

  3. Matt
    July 2, 2013

    Can this IP cam send a (FTP) image without a motion detection? For example one image every minute.

    • TaylorHamp
      July 2, 2013

      Hi Matt,

      According to Grandstream, this camera only has a motion triggered event that can send an FTP image. You can request an image from the camera, but the settings will not allow for a timed image request.

      If you’re looking for a scheduled image upload, I would suggest the D-Link DCS-932L. It’s not for outdoor use, but it is wireless, can see up to 15 feet with IR LEDs, and can be set up to do what you’re looking for (see the instructions at D-Link’s support page here).

      If you’re looking for something a little more robust, Panasonic IP Cameras can also be set on a timer to upload images (see the instructions on Panasonic’s FAQ page here).

      I hope this is of some help!

      • Matt
        July 2, 2013

        Thanks for your help. I ‘m considering d-link DCS-2310L and DCS-932L

      • TaylorHamp
        July 2, 2013

        Nice! Well, if you have any other questions, my colleague Tom would be happy to help you out over the phone: 1.866.885.4853. Happy camera hunting! 🙂

  4. Timothy Cox
    January 4, 2014

    I use several of these cams with Blue Iris ($50) love ’em! and if IR is a problem, you CAN turn it off & use an external IR source if desired.
    GSurf software is terrible. Blue Iris is a great choice with this cam.

    • TaylorHamp
      January 6, 2014

      Thanks for sharing your experience with the cameras, Timothy! I hope that can help the readers out. 🙂

  5. Jacob Rand
    May 13, 2014

    Is it recommend to use Grandstream Software GSURF Pro for managing 15 Camera’s?

    • TaylorHamp
      May 13, 2014

      Absolutely. The GSurf Pro software can manage up to 36 Grandstream IP Surveillance Cameras. You can read more about it in dept here: http://www.grandstream.com/index.php/support/tools/gsurf_pro

      Hope this helps!

      • Jacob Rand
        May 13, 2014

        Thx for your answer,

        I know, but can I “trust” this program?

      • TaylorHamp
        May 13, 2014

        Good question. Any program is only as good as the security measures put in place.

        When I used it, the program was functional, easy to navigate, and found the Grandstream cameras immediately. If I had a brick and mortar office of my own, I would probably trust GSurf because I’m a stickler on privacy settings, dual device authentication, etc.

        If I had a business such as a bank, a retail store with high priced merchandise, or an enterprise business, no, I’d most certainly invest in either a MOBOTIX decentralized system or use Milestone for video management, something whose purpose is strictly security. Never forget: you get what you pay for…and GSurf is free. That’s how I honestly feel about it. 🙂

      • Jacob Rand
        May 13, 2014

        I want to use the cams to monitor my own warehouses/garage/small store/few small indoor offices etc… , can I rely on the GSURF Pro?

      • TaylorHamp
        May 13, 2014

        I think you can. There are always different factors involved in each security scenario, but since it’s free to try, I would suggest downloading the GSurf software and giving it a go. If you’re not comfortable with it, do a little more research into paid VMS; I’ve used Exacq and really enjoyed it, and Milestone has great reviews too, but they can be expensive.

        I believe GSurf will do the trick for what you want to use it for, so give it a go and see how it feels. You can always trash it and buy a better system if it doesn’t fit your needs, and you will be able to tell shortly if it does or doesn’t. Grandstream cameras are ONVIF certified, so they’re compatible with most VMS out there.

      • Jacob Rand
        May 13, 2014

        Thank you, will try it out!

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