Wanscam HW0029-4 is a Solar Powered All Weather IP Security Camera with WiFi, 3G/4G Connectivity

I’ve just watched a video on ARMDevices.net about Enlaps Tikee solar powered device designed to take timelapses over several days and transfer the pictures / video over WiFi, 3G, or 4G. The project has been fully funded on Indiegogo at the beginning of the year, and shipping is scheduled for Q4 2016. It looks like an interesting device for a niche market, but since I’ve noticed some products launched on Kickstarter already exists in one form or another in China, I’ve decided to have a look on Aliexpress, and I found Wanscan HW00269-4 solar powered camera with 3G/4G connectivity, and while it addresses a completely different need, as a 720p IP security camera, I still decided to have a closer look.

Solar_powered_security_cameraWanscam HW0029-4 specifications:

  • SoC – Hisilicon Hi3518E ARM9 processor @ 440 MHz
  • Storage – Built-in 16GB, expandable to 128GB
  • Camera / video recording
    • 1/2 1MP Star light CMOS sensor
    • 8mm high definition lens
    • Build-in IR-cut, no color cast; night visual range is up to 80/100 meters
    • H.264 main profile encoding up to 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps; second stream: 640×352 or 320×176
    • Motion detection with up to 4 independent detection areas, night vision, real-time video capture and recording
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, WiFi 802.11b/g/n AP mode, 3G/4G support, ONVIF protocol support
  • Battery
    • 2x 12,000 mAh battery
    • Battery life – no sunshine: 32 hours, rainy days: 20 hours, temperature!? above 33 degrees the camera can work continuously.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A (as backup?)
  • Dimensions – 370x290x110  mm
  • Weight – 3.7 kg
  • IP Rating – IP66
  • Operating Temperature  Range – -10 to 70 degrees Celsius

The IP Camera runs embedded Linux and ships with a bracket, a power adapter, an antenna, an Ethernet cable, a disk and 4 screws, as well as a user’s manual in English. It can be configured via a web interface from your PC, as well as “e-view7” mobile app for Android or iOS, but reviews rather mixed on Google Play. There’s very little info about 3G/4G support, and GearBest staff  – in their “customer questions & answers” (which is not always correct to say the least) – answered there’s no support for SIM card to one of their customers, so it could be that you’d need to connect a 3G or LTE USB dongle if you need this option.

e-view 7 app screenshots - Click to Enlarge
e-view 7 app screenshots – Click to Enlarge

The IP camera is sold for about $570 on Aliexpress including Fedex shipping, but I also found it on GearBest for around $400, and at first I thought one seller sold it for $239 on eBay, but then I realized there are HW0029, HW0029-3, and HW0029-4 models… with some differences in IR filter, connectivity (no 3G/4G), etc.., and HW0029-4 is usually $200 more, so it could mean 3G/4G is really built-in, as I don’t see much other features that would warrant the large price difference.

More details for HW0029 and HW0029-3 models (not not HW0029-4) can be found on Wanscam outdoor IP camera page.

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Interesting products, but like all battery-based ones, I worry about battery life before replacement is necessary — and whether it is even possible, and how much it would cost.

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Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT buy anything from GearBest.com. Their return policy is problematic, complex, time consuming, irritating, and overall BROKEN!! DO NOT BUY FROM GEARBEST!!!!

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I handled several different Wanscam solar models last month in Shenzhen.

Packaged in a single box, you put them together yourself, and for some reason, they don’t seem to fit together very well. Certainly not as seamless looking as the advertising pics. The solar panels were cheap feeling and the external wiring seemed easily compromised to me on many levels.

In my estimation, the entire unit did not look like it would last more than a year (if that) under normal outdoor conditions. Extreme heat or cold, a lot of rain or snow, just forget about it.

I passed on all of them. Looking for something better, much better.

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No ?? Albania no working .