Xiaomi dafang 1080P Smart Monitor Camera  -  WHITE £14.60 @ Gearbest
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Xiaomi dafang 1080P Smart Monitor Camera - WHITE £14.60 @ Gearbest

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Found 8th Nov
It's been posted in the past, however this time it is cheaper than ever.
I ordered mine a month ago and arrived in less than 2 weeks.
Still haven't tested it yet due to lack of time, but for this price it is a no brainer.




Xiaomi dafang HD Smart IP Camera

6pcs 940nm infrared LEDs are added for security guarantees at night or in dark places.

Main Features:
● Built-in microphone and speaker, support two-way remote dialogue
● You can get to know the situation where you want to know by phone or tablet at anytime or anywhere
● Observe the photograph and video whenever necessary
● 120-degree wide-angle lens brings a sense of immersive screen
● Playback at anytime, in addition to real-time viewing, it can insert a SD memory card to store video for look at any time
● Please download APP "Mi Home" from Apple Store or Google Play

Top comments

Edward_Teach12 m ago

Anyone know how to set them up? Just bought one, it's in Chinese....


It's pretty easy, download the Mi Home app from the store, once installed DO NOT update the app (for some reason this version of the camera isn't working with he updated version).

Next create an account, add the device (you'll see a picture of the camera so select that model) and follow the on screen instructions. The camera will talk to you in Chinese but I just went along with it and bingo it worked.
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Anyone any experience with geatbest.com ?
Edited by: "Dombot2322" 8th Nov

I recently got this and it's a great little camera. The motion tracking feature is really cool.

One annoying thing is that at the moment I can't access it outside my local network for some reason. It worked a few times but now nothing. I can still view recorded footage still which is nice.

I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re installing app no joy any idea on best way to stop this?

quaium4 m ago

I recently got this and it's a great little camera. The motion tracking …I recently got this and it's a great little camera. The motion tracking feature is really cool.One annoying thing is that at the moment I can't access it outside my local network for some reason. It worked a few times but now nothing. I can still view recorded footage still which is nice.

I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re installing app no joy any idea on best way to stop this

maffeycourt9 m ago

I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re …I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re installing app no joy any idea on best way to stop this?


I have a xiaomi xiaofang which is the “little brother” version of this,u sure when u set it up u didn’t choose for it to work only with local network? As far as im concerned,with my xiaofang, it can work with only local wifi where u can only view it if connected to that wifi,u wont be able to view it if connected to other wifi. alternatively it can work as how most people set it up to be,remote view through any wifi connection. If im right,it may be worth resetting it back to factory settings and set it up all over again to achieve remote view.
Edited by: "linhang90" 8th Nov

Anyone know how to set them up? Just bought one, it's in Chinese....

Thanks for posting panoulix.

Cheers OP. Ordered. I had some gearbest points and used them,hope topcashback will still track
Edited by: "linhang90" 8th Nov

Edward_Teach2 m ago

Anyone know how to set them up? Just bought one, it's in Chinese....


I know chinese so its dead easy for me to set it up,there are videos on youtube on how to do it. It may be worth checking.
Edited by: "linhang90" 8th Nov

maffeycourt13 m ago

I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re …I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re installing app no joy any idea on best way to stop this


I've noticed that it needs a really strong WiFi connection, especially during set up. Maybe try it next to your router and see if that improves things.

Any yi cams around this price? Would prefer one app for all my security cams.

Edward_Teach12 m ago

Anyone know how to set them up? Just bought one, it's in Chinese....


It's pretty easy, download the Mi Home app from the store, once installed DO NOT update the app (for some reason this version of the camera isn't working with he updated version).

Next create an account, add the device (you'll see a picture of the camera so select that model) and follow the on screen instructions. The camera will talk to you in Chinese but I just went along with it and bingo it worked.

linhang9016 m ago

I have a xiaomi xiaofang which is the “little brother” version of this,u su …I have a xiaomi xiaofang which is the “little brother” version of this,u sure when u set it up u didn’t choose for it to work only with local network? As far as im concerned,with my xiaofang, it can work with only local wifi where u can only view it if connected to that wifi,u wont be able to view it if connected to other wifi. alternatively it can work as how most people set it up to be,remote view through any wifi connection. If im right,it may be worth resetting it back to factory settings and set it up all over again to achieve remote view.

Thanks

quaium7 m ago

I've noticed that it needs a really strong WiFi connection, especially …I've noticed that it needs a really strong WiFi connection, especially during set up. Maybe try it next to your router and see if that improves things.

Ta.

Mains powered??

Great post ..once we have a trade deal after brexit ,these will be dirt cheap ..what do you think

- is there a way to get notifications when motion is detected?

- Does it continually record to SD or only when motion is detected?

Dombot232247 m ago

Anyone any experience with geatbest.com ?



Cheap and cheerful Chinese stuff, never had a problem ordering from them but it will never be as good as Amazom.co.uk

I've got one of these. works great but does anyone know how to activate notification alerts when motion sensor on?

setting this up is a pain in the arse believe me. the hardware is amazing but it's let down by the software. the app is so clunky and hard to use and takes ages to set up as it may or may not work with the version of Mi app so you have to uninstall it download different versions and check if it connects. also instructions are in Chinese and speaks in Chinese so you just have to use your instincts

maffeycourt1 h, 9 m ago

I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re …I have two and they keep cutting out streaming and freezes. I've tried re installing app no joy any idea on best way to stop this?


Yeah don't buy cheap tat

quaium1 h, 3 m ago

It's pretty easy, download the Mi Home app from the store, once installed …It's pretty easy, download the Mi Home app from the store, once installed DO NOT update the app (for some reason this version of the camera isn't working with he updated version).Next create an account, add the device (you'll see a picture of the camera so select that model) and follow the on screen instructions. The camera will talk to you in Chinese but I just went along with it and bingo it worked.

Thank you

linhang901 h, 14 m ago

I know chinese so its dead easy for me to set it up,there are videos on …I know chinese so its dead easy for me to set it up,there are videos on youtube on how to do it. It may be worth checking.

Thank you.

I've got this and it's good.

I can view and move it using 3g/4g.

Please do not update the app once u have the Google play download.
Not yet anyway.

Very good camera. Very clear image.

These Xiaomi devices are not for use outside of China, the app is not compatible.
Save your money and buy something that isn't region locked. I bought a Xiaomi fang camera as an impulse buy thinking how bad could it be, and it was a complete waste of money even for £15. Worst purchase ever. It simply doesn't work properly.
Edited by: "barneyonion" 8th Nov

Initial basic set up isn't too difficult... BUT the app is so bad, selectable options written in code which are too long for the screen, so you have to guess what you are selecting. Other options in Chinese (even when language set to English.

You will need one of the tiny SD cards, or a USB stick to save images and video. There may be a way to send data to a server but I haven't worked that out.

I haven't tried it remotely other than on same wifi, but somewhere I got an alert saying you must be on same wifi.

It really is a case of 'you get what you pay for' but hopefully I can get it set up for when I am on holiday etc. for a little bit of peace of mind.

ElBuc26 m ago

Initial basic set up isn't too difficult... BUT the app is so bad, …Initial basic set up isn't too difficult... BUT the app is so bad, selectable options written in code which are too long for the screen, so you have to guess what you are selecting. Other options in Chinese (even when language set to English. You will need one of the tiny SD cards, or a USB stick to save images and video. There may be a way to send data to a server but I haven't worked that out.I haven't tried it remotely other than on same wifi, but somewhere I got an alert saying you must be on same wifi. It really is a case of 'you get what you pay for' but hopefully I can get it set up for when I am on holiday etc. for a little bit of peace of mind.

​i managed to use mine on public WiFi and work WiFi though sometimes it simply doesn't open or keeps crashing

CosmicAero6 m ago

​micro usb


I'm going to test to see how long it stays powered on a big fat Anker USB power pack. If that gives it 2 or 3 weeks then it could give you a bit more freedom with positioning it.

Wifi security cameras are a waste of time what you need is rj45 network cabled cameras.
Wifi types are tricky to setup for the non professional and unreliable in the extreme and always have been.

No serious installer recommends wifi - poe ethernet is what you need thats why these are so cheap as
the wifi chip is poor and you would need a proper professional to check for intereference by doing a site survey!
Any good thief can also use a 2.4ghz wifi jammer to block the signal on these as well with a device you can buy off the internet for a few quid!

Any Network professional will tell you that wired is the way to go for security and reliability and always has been!
Edited by: "omendata" 8th Nov

omendata19 m ago

Wifi security cameras are a waste of time what you need is rj45 network …Wifi security cameras are a waste of time what you need is rj45 network cabled cameras.Wifi types are tricky to setup for the non professional and unreliable in the extreme and always have been.No serious installer recommends wifi - poe ethernet is what you need thats why these are so cheap asthe wifi chip is poor and you would need a proper professional to check for intereference by doing a site survey!Any good thief can also use a 2.4ghz wifi jammer to block the signal on these as well with a device you can buy off the internet for a few quid!Any Network professional will tell you that wired is the way to go for security and reliability and always has been!


Can you recommend one cabled security camera?

omendata32 m ago

Wifi security cameras are a waste of time what you need is rj45 network …Wifi security cameras are a waste of time what you need is rj45 network cabled cameras.Wifi types are tricky to setup for the non professional and unreliable in the extreme and always have been.No serious installer recommends wifi - poe ethernet is what you need thats why these are so cheap asthe wifi chip is poor and you would need a proper professional to check for intereference by doing a site survey!Any good thief can also use a 2.4ghz wifi jammer to block the signal on these as well with a device you can buy off the internet for a few quid!Any Network professional will tell you that wired is the way to go for security and reliability and always has been!


I think you're missing the point. This is a smart monitor camera, not just security. It works for things like monitoring your baby when you're in another room, or pets when you're out. You can also have 2 way conversations with them. It's not just for security.

How would a thief know before entering your house, that you have a wifi based security camera? Unlikely.

Not just that, if they were a 'good thief' as you put it, I'm sure they have ways of circumventing whatever security system you have anyway. As an owner of such a wifi camera system (Nest in my case) I can say they aren't a waste of time and it's a cinch to install. Plus I've never ever had any cases of unreliability.

Please tell me though, where can someone get a 2.4ghz WiFi jammer for a 'few quid'? Genuinely curious!

And finally, you'll have noticed this also supports an SD card for recording (no wifi for that). So really, what's the issue here?
Edited by: "jonboyuk" 8th Nov

omendata28 m ago

Wifi security cameras are a waste of time what you need is rj45 network …Wifi security cameras are a waste of time what you need is rj45 network cabled cameras.Wifi types are tricky to setup for the non professional and unreliable in the extreme and always have been.No serious installer recommends wifi - poe ethernet is what you need thats why these are so cheap asthe wifi chip is poor and you would need a proper professional to check for intereference by doing a site survey!Any good thief can also use a 2.4ghz wifi jammer to block the signal on these as well with a device you can buy off the internet for a few quid!Any Network professional will tell you that wired is the way to go for security and reliability and always has been!

​everyone knows wired are better but these are a fraction of the price to what rj45 cameras cost and unlikely burglar gonna be that prepared to bring a WiFi jammer with them

jonboyuk29 m ago

How would a thief know before entering your house, that you have a wifi …How would a thief know before entering your house, that you have a wifi based security camera? Unlikely. Not just that, if they were a 'good thief' as you put it, I'm sure they have ways of circumventing whatever security system you have anyway. As an owner of such a wifi camera system (Nest in my case) I can say they aren't a waste of time and it's a cinch to install. Plus I've never ever had any cases of unreliability. Finally, where can someone get a 2.4ghz WiFi jammer for a few quid? Genuinely curious!


This is a £15 camera dude.
I've only been a hacker and network security engineer and install the systems for 40 years so what do i know!

In your case its a cinch to install because its designed that way and you probably dont have any interference from neighbours and devices in your house or heavy walls, fishtanks , microwave ovens etc - you seem to be comparing a system that costs hundreds of quid with one that costs sub £20.

You can do what you have quite cheaply despite the security concerns and reliability as long as you buy the right device and install it properly but wired is preferred. I never said you cant setup a cheap home camera security system well - you can indeed but its best if done wired!

Another thing is the resolution its probably not genuine 1080p but interpolated!

How would a professional thief know lol - quite easily - i dont intend on telling you exactly how but i used to sit outside folks houses with my laptop (i even did it in the rain at a bus stop once whilst waiting for the bus) - quick scan of the property using the necessary stumbler and http record and playback software and i would have all the info i needed to crack your bank account , laptop or pc, security system and then just to be really nasty upload dodgy firmware to their router after cracking it quite easily from outside. Hackers and modern thieves usually have everything on their laptop they need and the hardware to do it and if they are good their laptop is encrypted with a quick lockdown method if caught.
You probably have no idea that the person next to you in the queue at Asda that moved past you just scanned your Barclaycard rfid with the bluetooth rfid reader in his pocket or rucksack and cloned your card in 5 mins once outside and your bank account is £20 lighter per day - people like you are so unaware of what even script kiddies and amateurs can do - you also seem quite unaware that most of the gangs infiltrating the UK from Ukraine and Rumania are experts - where do you think the lebanese lift came from lol

TRUST NO 1 especially when it comes to the security of your family and your property - the uk is flooding with really nasty criminal gangs and its getting much much worse not better despite what the politicians and BBC are telling you!
If someone can get hold of your camera they can do some really nasty stuff so it is actually best to minimise problems and wifi IS a problem - If you workedin IT security you would know that nothing is uncrackable and with quantum computing on the horizon that is even more relevant!

That was when i was on the darkside - in order to be a good white hat you have to have had experience on the darker side!
Edited by: "omendata" 8th Nov

CosmicAero4 h, 8 m ago

I've got one of these. works great but does anyone know how to activate …I've got one of these. works great but does anyone know how to activate notification alerts when motion sensor on?


Open the app to view the camera, press the three dots on the top right and go in to Camera Settings. All the settings for notifications and recording are in Auto Record and Alarm Settings.
Edited by: "quaium" 8th Nov

I eventually got mine connected with the app to the router. One point to note once you press the reset button and she swears at you in Chinese the 'Next' button stays the same greyed out colour but just above that there is a small circle to be ticked then the button becomes available to continue. I still can't get mine to play video though. the app says the device is online but when i click on it a smaller window opens with an arrow in it. This is what I presume should be the view the camera has but when i click on the arrow it comes back with 'Couldn't Download'. I have a flashing blue light in the front, slower than the yellow set-up one. I have downloaded the the app both from the instruction manual and the website and neither of them have an update available so i think it has updated itself somewhere during the set-up.

omendata42 m ago

This is a £15 camera dude.I've only been a hacker and network security …This is a £15 camera dude.I've only been a hacker and network security engineer and install the systems for 40 years so what do i know!In your case its a cinch to install because its designed that way and you probably dont have any interference from neighbours and devices in your house or heavy walls, fishtanks , microwave ovens etc - you seem to be comparing a system that costs hundreds of quid with one that costs sub £20.You can do what you have quite cheaply despite the security concerns and reliability as long as you buy the right device and install it properly but wired is preferred. I never said you cant setup a cheap home camera security system well - you can indeed but its best if done wired!Another thing is the resolution its probably not genuine 1080p but interpolated!


I know it's only £15 - I get that and I'm not questioning your knowledge at all! I'm just saying I have a differing opinion and explaining why

The point re: my system was squarely aimed at your comment of 'Wifi security cameras are a waste of time'! It's not a waste because they aren't for security purposes alone (much like this Xiaomi cam). Even if they are, this can also record to an SD locally so the whole network thing is somewhat invalid.

The literature doesn't say it's interpolated, although a framerate of 15 is pretty lame. But for £14 for someone who can't afford much more, might find them capturing a petty criminal red handed.

Also where can one get a wifi jammer for a few quid?

Now in response to your huge edit...haha.

Nothing is unhackable I understand, but I think what you're saying is slightly fantastical! I'm sure you could find a backdoor into a standard consumer router with uPNP, but you definitely wouldn't be getting into mine externally You're also suggesting that by entering my router, you could acquire access to my personal network and crack my bank account? How exactly would you achieve that since it has 2FA which runs off a little separate key device? We both know you can't! My wallet has an RFID blocking card slot so I can't see that happening either. Not everyone is naive you see...

I'm fully aware of the external threat from Russia et al, but that's hardly going to affect someone attempting to burgle my house (keeping on topic).

However I get your point - I really do. But security isn't a dirty word. Until maybe 10 years ago, people weren't even securing their WiFi networks because they knew no better. It only takes some genius to exploit KRACK before it was mainstream to have some serious access to numerous networks. If you stay on top of these things with decent security measures, a criminal is more likely to take the easy option (ie not moi). Interesting chat though. One of my best friends is an ex-programmer for inSSIDer and he told me some crazy stuff!!

PS I was a network admin for about 9 years so I do know a couple of things too :P
Edited by: "jonboyuk" 8th Nov

CosmicAero28 m ago

​everyone knows wired are better but these are a fraction of the price to w …​everyone knows wired are better but these are a fraction of the price to what rj45 cameras cost and unlikely burglar gonna be that prepared to bring a WiFi jammer with them


Nah dude there are actually some really good cams out there - 360 degree movement and infrared for less than £30 each and they are way better than this - DBPOWER and EASYN are two I would highly recommend to SUNNYDURIAN - I have both types running inside and outside my property (WIRED) on 24 hours a day for the last 5 years with no problems at all (being an electrical engineer i can tell you that is no mean feat to keep an electronic device as complex as these on for 5 years 24 hours a day without any electrical issues) - Had to make my own POE circuits to run em outside and IP66 them myself for a few quid but it proves that not all Chinese stuff is rubbish.
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