The Compro IP540 came in a very nice looking package. The box art was very informative on all the specifications and capabilities of the unit, including expandability options such as the optional 802.11n upgrade and the Digital I/O expansion box for use with sensors. 

The box underneath the outer packaging was a plain brown box, however the unit was packed very securely with more than adequate foam packing to keep it protected during shipment.

The package includes a camera unit, power and network cables, mounting kit, software CD, manual  and our unit even included an update sheet outlining new features that were included in the latest firmware update.

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  • ganeshts - Thursday, October 14, 2010 - link

    We heard from our Compro contact that it is possible to obtain 'weatherproof' housing for the IP camera. However, the IP540 has an auto-Iris and does not cope well with brightly lit environment, e.g. directly under the Sun.

    The IP570, when equipped with the housing, will be a candidate for outdoor PTZ camera or even as replacement for lower cost speed domes. Do note that the housing is usually only available with special projects hence, it's not available in the standard retail channels. Maybe it is possible to order it directly from Compro. You can contact them through their website.
  • dijuremo - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    I am interested in pricing. I have an old D-link DCS-6620G which broke and D-link does not offer any after warranty repair. I basically sent $600 to the trash the day I bought it. It also only works with IE for continuous video, what a piece of #*$&@$&@. Will not buy any D-link product ever again. First the PoE converter box died, then later on the camera died. They completely lost my business.

    The PoE native models should be the way to go, I hate to have to run power and network to the camera and wireless does not really cut it. In any case it will be easier to run CAT5e or CAT6 to the camera than power (have to pay an electrician).
  • Dk0524 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - link

    in stock at Reply
  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    Could you guys maybe look at a camera that can be mounted outdoors as well? This would be incredibly handy for me, as I have a largish piece of land and can't see when people drive up from my house. Would be super handy to be able to see that from inside. Reply
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    Sure, we will keep this in mind going forward. Thanks for your suggestion. Reply
  • firefighter4443 - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the Review!

    I currently work overseas, and my place back home (USA) is frequently left alone for long periods of time. This review provided a lot of awesome information about this product, and I think it will be very helpful in setting up a remote surveillance system.

    I'm very interested in the long term storage of the video stream(s), and possible ways to lower the memory used. If I set up a remote surveillance system, I would use local and/or remote (relative's house) storage on some type of NAS device. For the sake of saving HDD space, what is the possiblity of recording a video stream at 30FPS VGA, with a Full Resolution Snapshot every second? Or what are the possibilities of some type of software (running in real-time) that could re-encode a 30FPS stream (or 15 for full resolution) down to some fraction of 30 (or 15) after an X amount of days (to be set by the user)?

    I'm thinking, in case of a burglery or some other type of crime, a lower number of high resolution frames would be more usefull than a high number of low resoulution frames. In addition, if I knew my house was checked on every x number of days or weeks, I would not need to store as many high resolution frames of historical video. Are there consumer level (and priced) software solutions for this kind of thing?

    Overall though, thanks for the excellent review!
  • bobbozzo - Thursday, October 14, 2010 - link

    There are many programs which will do motion-detection, so that recording is only done when there is movement.

    I'm using ZoneMinder (free, linux-based) on a server at home; you can have it do full recording, motion recording, time-based recording, or a combination.

  • bhigh - Friday, October 15, 2010 - link

    This seems to be a perfect camera for a technical person to build a baby monitor around. Too bad it's not easily available in the US. Reply
  • Saidas - Saturday, October 16, 2010 - link

    I could really use some suggestions for high end web cams for business use...preferably HD. All I find is the usual Logitech & MS fare for $50-$100 with good but not great audio/video. Either that or is its $700 video recorders. I need these as web cams for business meetings. What do businesses use? I thought there would be lots of choices but if there are I'm not seeing them. Reply
  • HauntFox - Friday, October 22, 2010 - link

    I would just call it a PT camera.
    The image quality and the software looks nice.

    I have an Astak Mole PT camera, which would be nice, but it crashes often: when viewing the video for extended periods, or recording video.

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