October 24, 2014
Location: Issaquah WA
This is the second wireless camera that I have purchased and connected to my Lorex DVR so this review is a bit of a comparison between the two units. The first camera was the LW2277B Camera. The video resolution and frame rate are not as good as my wired cameras, but that is unavoidable using wireless technology. The resolution of this LW2231 does not seem as good as my LW2277B but the field of view is wider, which is really beneficial to me. The frame rate provided by the real time video is much better. The major reason for the shift in cameras was the promise of a higher frame rate. This really makes a difference for me. Seeing things move smoothly through the field of view is far less distracting than when they appear to jump from spot to spot which is the result of the lower frame rate. The quality and color are adequate, but nothing extraordinary. The LW2277B is a bit better. The sound quality of the LW2231 seems better, less cracking and popping. I was also impressed with how easily the camera synchs up to the receiver. I could unplug the camera and move it to different locations without any trouble or extra steps whatsoever. I tried a couple of extreme cases like moving the camera to my garage and it synched up without a problem. The wider field of view is really helpful in there. I then moved it to my basement which put two floors and lots of walls between the camera and the receiver and it worked there too. The signal was weaker, but I could still see everything in my mechanical room. Again the wider field of view is a benefit in a small room. I like the mounting system better on this camera. Although they are very similar in design, I definitely like this mount over that of the LW2277B. You don?t have to use an Allen wrench to make adjustments. You can use for fingers to tighten and untighten the adjusting screws and when everything is set a small Philips screwdriver can be used to tighten everything up. There are also detents in the adjustment range for the camera to settle into. For some this could be a negative if you need to put the camera between the detents, but for me it is a benefit as it make adjusting the camera simpler and I don?t have to worry about over tightening the adjustment knob to get the camera to stay where I put it. The connection to the DVR is a bit different for this camera. It has a BNC connector that can be adapted to an RCA connector if needed. Since my DVR has BNC connections this is a plus for me. The other camera came with an RCA connector that was adaptable to BNC which was a bit more cumbersome and felt less secure. For the price, this is a really good camera. I?m very satisfied and will likely buy an additional unit to add to my system.