TP-Link Tapo C211: No compromising security

Designed by the industry’s leading provider of home solutions, the TP-Link Tapo C211 Wi-Fi camera caters to security-conscious families, savvy small business owners and home-based entrepreneurs.

It may look just like most closed-circuit TV cameras that are readily available on online platforms, but looks can be deceiving when it comes to the Tapo C211, as an essential tool in safeguarding valuable assets and personal belongings.

Tapo C211 provides a means to keep a watchful eye on loved ones, family, children and pets, regardless of one’s location as the video feed can be viewed in real-time using any smart device, like mobile phones.

It boasts a crystal-clear 2K resolution and a 3-megapixel camera that provides a 360-degree panoramic view, thanks to its rotating housing and panning lens enclosure that is capable of a 114-degree tilt.

What’s not to like about the Tapo C211’s easy in-app set-up and remote monitoring that make controlling and accessing the camera a breeze straight from unboxing?

Aside from the as-it-happens view from the camera’s feed straight to a smartphone, the Tapo app also provides instant alerts when the unit detects motion.

One may even set it on “alarm mode” so it emits a loud noise when motion is detected, driving away potential burglars.

And with the built-in microphone and speaker system, the viewer can communicate directly with anyone within the unit’s microphone pick-up range.

Techtalks got hold of a review unit for the Tapo C211 and we found it very capable of tracking and following subjects within its view.

Rendition during day time is in full color, while at night, the C211’s night-vision lenses were able to produce very sharp monochrome images up to 30 feet away.

Additionally, the Tapo C211 offers a hands-free experience through voice control compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Its sleek black finish should complement the aesthetics of your living space.

Likewise, the camera feed is not limited to one account as the C211 can access up to five separate TP-Link accounts through its device-sharing feature, thereby allowing collective monitoring by family members.

But in this day and age when hackers are able to exploit vulnerabilities, including IoTs (Internet of Things) that connect to multiple devices within networks, probably the biggest advantage of the Tapo C211 is the guarantee that the data is securely stored locally on a microSD card (up to 512 GB) or in the cloud when one subscribes to Tapo Care.

After all, what’s the point of having security cameras when those very cameras can be intruded upon by malevolent players? We, of course, shudder at the thought of unauthorized people having access to live video feeds.

That being said, it pays to steer away from cheap CCTV Wi-Fi cameras that only serve as additional attack surfaces for hackers and the like.


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