Astak Mole IP Camera Review

Posted: March 22, 2010
Astak Mole IP Camera Review

The mother of all web cams has arrived, and it's known as the Astak Mole IP camera. Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn review this new device that allows all the spying and social networking you need with wireless connectivity, YouTube uploading, Twitter alerts and motion detection, all for $225.

What You Need to Know

  • Just plug in an Ethernet cord from your router, then the power cord, log in to their site, register your camera, and you should be up and running in about 5 minutes
  • Wi-Fi setup is a little more involved
  • Doing things like adjusting the camera is easy, but the more you use the app, the less you like it; most text is too small, and it becomes confusing when you start changing settings
  • It doesn't work on any browser like they claim; we tested on a bunch of different computers and it didn't always run
  • It does work on the iPhone, but might become painfully slow
  • You can move the camera 270 degrees horizontally and 150 degrees vertically from your browser
  • Specify hotspots on the screen that will detect motion and if it detects motion, it will automatically send e-mail alerts, upload videos to YouTube, and Twitter that it uploaded videos
  • Save all of your videos and pictures to an SD card (up to 8 GB), or to your computer, but not to the cloud (other than YouTube)
  • Weirdly, some features would only work some of the time; at one point we could save files to our computer, but now we can't
  • Even though it might stutter while real-time streaming, it will record up to 640x480 resolution at 30 fps just fine
  • There's night vision mode, white balance adjustment, and other manual controls
  • We really like all of its functionality and quality, despite some strange interface hang-ups on the web
  • The problem is, not everything works all of the time


  • $225

Overall Rating

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  • BlackLable69


    Posted: March 26, 2010 10:05 PM
  • UltraViolence74

    HATE the phony audience reactions on this show

    Posted: March 24, 2010 8:59 AM
  • joshualwilliams1981

    You could always set up a junction linked folder to your DropBox for "cloud" support, that's what I've been doing.

    Posted: March 23, 2010 5:45 AM