GV-CBW120 / GV-CBW220 Product Review: GeoVision Wireless IP Cameras

The GeoVision GV-CBW120 and GV-CBW220 are the next generation of the popular cube line.   These two new cameras carry same specs and tiny shape as their predecessors (GV-CB120 & GV-CB220), but they introduce wireless functionality. The CBW220 averages 23 frames per second, while the CBW120, on average, achieves 28 FPS. The image quality on both of them is outstanding in playback mode. The live view has about a quarter of a second latency.  Audio quality off the web interface is decent, but on the GeoVision software, you can hear much better.  We tested it on a closed wireless network using a D-Link router over the 802.11g and the results on average were 819Kbs (kilobits per second) – 4.1 Mbps (megabits per second).

GV-CB220 Wireless Security CameraThis product would be best suited for home users. They are easy to set up and very reliable. The reason for the home use is that you don’t have to buy a switch to connect the cameras to your network. The only equipment you’ll need to set up the cameras is a wireless router and the NVRlite (if you plan on recording) or a PC that has at least an i5 processor, 2 GB of ram, and plenty of HDD space. The built-in microphone on the camera can be used as a baby monitor if placed in a child’s room.

In typical GeoVision fashion, setup is a breeze. The first thing to do is make sure you have a router that supports wireless connectivity. Next, plug the camera directly into the router via an Ethernet cable. Once your camera is plugged in, open up IP device utilities from the GeoVision software, and your camera’s IP address should populate. Once you have the IP address, you can open up Internet Explorer and configure your camera. The items you need to configure is the SSID (wireless network identifier) on the camera and the security passcode under Network>Wireless. After that is done, go to Network>LAN and change the access method of the camera to “Wireless.” I highly recommend giving it a static IP address while you are in the LAN settings. The final step is to save the configurations to the camera and unplug the camera from the router. Wait until the green LAN light to turn blue. Once the light turns blue, it’s connecting over Wi-Fi.

The bandwidth for the 220 is greater than the 120. The average bandwidth consumption for the 120 with moderate motion and average color palette is 1.7Mbps, while the average for the 220 is 2.9Mbps in the same environment. If the environment is darker, it will consume more bandwidth than it would if the environment lighter.