Honeywell IPCAM-PT

Pan/Tilt IP Security Camera

Honeywell ipcam pt pan slash tilt ip security camera

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The Honeywell IPCAM-PT is a pan/tilt IP security camera that allows you to remotely view your property from any computer with web access ...
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Description

The Honeywell IPCAM-PT is a pan/tilt IP security camera that allows you to remotely view your property from any computer with web access or from any iPhone®, iPad®, Blackberry® or Android™ device. You can even view your IPCAM-PT from a Tuxedo Touch or Tuxedo Touch WiFi touchscreen keypad. Unlike the IPCAM-WI2, which is a fixed IP camera, the IPCAM-PT allows you to pan the view left and right and tilt the view up and down. The pan/tilt feature is great for covering a room that is larger than the standard view of the camera.

You cannot use the IPCAM-PT unless you sign up for AlarmNet’s Total Connect video service. While Total Connect is known as an interactive service for Honeywell security systems, it can also be used with the AlarmNet video cameras even if you don’t have a security system. As a standalone video surveillance service, your Total Connect account provides you with the ability to view live video footage of your home or business. You can even remotely look around the room as the IPCAM-PT has the pan/tilt feature. If you set up video notifications, you can have the security camera send you emails and/or text messages every time the IPCAM-PT detects motion. The video camera looks for a change in the pixelation of the view of the camera to detect motion and the motion detection is programmable for sensitivity. You can even have the notification email include the actual (10) second video clip of whatever triggered the clip so that you know what is happening as it happens.

If you do happen to have a Honeywell security system and you already have a Total Connect account, you can upgrade your Total Connect account to include the video service if you want to add the IPCAM-PT security cameras. While the cameras aren’t technically integrated with the security system, you will be able to view your property from the same web based account or application that you use to arm or disarm your security system. Keep in mind that you can only connect up to (6) AlarmNet video cameras to your Total Connect account.

The Honeywell IPCAM-PT does require power so you will need to install it near a standard wall outlet. The power transformer used to power the camera is included with each IPCAM-PT. You can connect the camera to your internet network wirelessly however. You will need a router that has WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) and a one touch WPS encryption button. If your router does not have a WPS encryption button, and you want to use the WiFI feature of the IPCAM-PT, you should get a Honeywell wireless access point (WAP-PLUS). The WAP-PLUS is designed to work with all AlarmNet video cameras and provides wireless connectivity between the camera and your wireless router. Of course, if you are able to easily run an Ethernet cable between your IPCAM-PT and your router, you can also establish connection that way. While running the Ethernet cable can be tricky, a wired connection is typically more stable than a wireless connection.

Before ordering a Honeywell IPCAM-PT and signing up for a Total Connect video service account, you should verify that your internet speed is adequate. You will need 768 Kbps upload speed for each AlarmNet security camera connected to your account. This is a fairly high requirement so make sure to check your bandwidth on a site like www.speedtest.net. If you do not have adequate upload speed, your video will be choppy. You can reduce the resolution of the camera and the frame rate as well to make the quality of the streaming video better, but the best fix is to upgrade your internet bandwidth to the required speed.

Brand: Honeywell

Reviews
Good Pan & Tilt Camera
Submitted on 01/22/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell IPCAM-PT is the original pan-tilt camera for use with AlarmNet360 and Total Connect 2.0. It has since been discontinued and replaced by the Honeywell IPCAM-PT2. This is a legacy AlarmNet IP Camera that will not count towards your HD device limit. Even though the camera has been discontinued, it can still be activated for monitoring service, provided that it was online to receive a critical update from Resideo. This critical update made it possible for legacy IP cameras to be used with a newer version of Total Connect 2.0. Unfortunately, if the camera was not online to receive this update, then the camera can no longer be used. Overall, this was a really good camera for its time, and we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Honeywell IPCAM-PT. For one, it offers pan and tilt functions, which aren't available on most other Honeywell IP Cameras. The Honeywell IPCAM-PT can be live-streamed on a Lyric, LYNX Touch, Tuxedo Touch, or VAM (through a web browser), which isn't possible on the newer HD camera models. We also like the fact that legacy cameras like the Honeywell IPCAM-PT do not count towards the HD camera limit, as legacy cameras have their own limit of up to six (6) devices per Total Connect 2.0 account. As a result, adding some legacy cameras can be a good way to get around the HD camera limit and add more cameras to a single TC2 account.

But there are some downsides to the Honeywell IPCAM-PT. The camera is standard definition (SD), and users might not be impressed with the image quality when comparing it to newer HD camera models. The product is discontinued, and it can no longer be purchased new. And perhaps most importantly, if the camera was not online to receive the critical firmware update from Resideo, then it is bricked and can never be used again. With the exception of the last item, these downsides do not fully take away from the positive aspects of this camera. For that reason, we give the Honeywell IPCAM-PT a 5-Star rating.

Good: Pan-Tilt Functions, Live-Streaming Capabilities Doesn't Count Toward HD Camera Limit

Bad: SD Image Quality, Discontinued, Must Have Received Critical Update from Resideo to be Used

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

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