Wireless IP Camera Review - Axis M1031-W

In this hub I'll be reviewing the Axis M1031-W wireless IP camera. Wireless IP cameras are a great way to remotely monitor your home or office. Unlike traditional monitoring systems wireless IP cameras don't require you to run any cables. Instead they can utilize your existing wireless network and internet connection.

This allows anyone to setup a flexible surveillance system without calling in the experts. Axis, a Swedish company, claims the M1031-W is the worlds smallest and smartest wireless camera, lets see if their product lives up to this claim.



Axis M1031-W Wireless IP Camera
Axis M1031-W Wireless IP Camera

Camera Features

The M1031-W has an impressive list of features for such a small camera, some of the top features are listed below.

  • Supports H.264, Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 video streams
  • PIR sensor and illumination LED
  • Microphone and speaker
  • Wireless connectivity (802.11b/g)
  • Optional wired 10/100Mb ethernet
  • 640 x 480 video resolution at 30 FPS
  • CMOS Image sensor
  • Motion and Tamper detection

H.264 is a newer format that produces a high quality video steam with low bandwidth usage, so this is a great feature to have. The addition of the mic/speaker allows you to capture remote audio and also play audio files as well. This camera does not support PTZ (Pan tilt zoom) but you won't find a camera this small that does.

I do wish that this model supported infrared night vision but I found it does do pretty well in low light situations. Many of the cameras that do support night vision had complaints about images having a purple or off color tint, this camera produces accurate colors.

Inside the box
Inside the box

Unboxing

Here is what you'll find inside the box

  • M1031-W camera
  • Swivel mount base
  • Optional clamp style mount
  • AC power adapter
  • Drywall anchors and screws
  • Instruction manual
  • Surveillance sticker
  • Software CD

The swivel mount provides a stable base for the the camera to be placed on a flat surface. If needed you can use the mounting screws to attach the camera to a ceiling. The clamp base Axis provides is useful for mounting the camera at an angel. The AC adapter has a very long power cord which is handy in case your power outlet isn't near the placement location.  I was surprised Axis did not include an ethernet cable since you need one to configure the camera although most people probably have an extra one lying around they can use.

Initial configuration

Installing the camera is a fairly simple process. Before you can use the camera on your wireless network you'll need to connect it to your network using an ethernet cable. The included Axis IP utility will scan your network for the camera and allow you to configure the cameras IP address.

IP configuration utility
IP configuration utility

Wireless Setup

After configuring the IP address you can access the web interface to enter the settings for your wireless network. Once the camera is connected to the wireless network you can disconnect the ethernet cable and move the camera to the intended location. This model can connect to any 802.11b or 802.11g network.

Wireless Network Settings
Wireless Network Settings

Axis Camera Station

Axis also includes their camera station software which is needed in order to record full video streams.  Axis camera station can be licensed to support up to 50 cameras.  The software also you to easily view video streams from multiple cameras at the same time.

Axis Camera Station
Axis Camera Station

Accessing the camera remotely

The camera's video stream can be remotely accessed using Internet Explorer or Firefox web browsers. Both HTTP and HTTPS protocols are supported. The software allows multiple user accounts to be configured with different access levels such as viewer, operator, or administrator. If you do not have a static IP address you can use the Axis Dynamic DNS service to automatically keep track of your current IP.


Motion Detection

Motion detection can be configured through the web interface. The software allows you to create multiple motion detection windows within the video frame. Each detection window can have a different level of sensitivity that can be adjusted depending on your needs. You can also create exclusion windows that will not react to motion. I found the motion detection to be reliable for the most part, occasionally headlights hitting the lens will trip the sensor but adjusting the sensivity and history settings can solve most of these problems.

Motion Detection Configuration
Motion Detection Configuration

Triggered Events

My favorite feature of the M1031-W is the ability to configure triggered events.  The camera can be configured to react to events such as motion detection, noise, camera tampering, etc.  When a triggered event takes place the camera can automatically send email notifications containing images, upload images to an FTP server, or another event that you configure.  The software has a great amount of flexibility allowing you to configure the camera to do exactly what you want.

Triggered Event Setup
Triggered Event Setup
Day
Day
Night
Night

Image Quality

Overall I was very pleased with the image quality produced by the M1031-W's CMOS image sensor. The camera produces images with a resolution of 640x480. The sample images on the right were taken with the camera positioned inside looking out a window which is why there is some glare on the left side of the images. Although the camera does not have infrared night vision it performs well in low light situations. The camera's LED light can be setup to trigger upon motion to provide a small amount of illumination if you want.

I found the camera produced images which had accurate colors and tones.  Using the camera's web interface you can adjust a number of settings relating to image quality such as color level, brightness, sharpness, exposure, and several others.

Conclusion

Overall I would highly recommend the Axis M1031-W wireless IP camera. The M1031-W is priced higher than some of the other wireless IP cameras on the market but you really get what you pay for with Axis. The software is well polished and I did not run into any bugs during my testing. Axis also provides great support resources and firmware updates on their website. I plan to purchase some additional Axis cameras to expand my home monitoring system.

Pros

  • Small size
  • Wireless or wired connectivity
  • Good image quality
  • Supports many different protocols

Cons

  • Price
  • No infrared night vision
  • No pan tilt zoom

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hatimyal 5 years ago from India

hi nice review.

But I usually use my mobile as a webcam make my 12 mp mobile phone Cam a high resolution webcam.

Nice article though.

thanks.


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skear 5 years ago from Kansas City Author

Thanks Hatimyal!

I have an old cell phone with a decent camera that isn't being used, I'll have to give your suggestion a try.


erikjohnson 5 years ago

Nice Camera! AXIS is by far one of the top manufacturers in the world for IP cameras and solutions. They are for sure top of their class! Thanks for the great information!


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skear 5 years ago from Kansas City Author

Hey Erik, thanks for commenting!

I've been very impressed with Axis products. They are reliable and always seem to do the job. They cost a bit more that some of the others but like most things you get what you pay for.


Matt 4 years ago

Thanks for the review. Have you (or anyone else) had issues with trying to install and run multiple cameras (I have 23) in a single venue? They work great; when they work, but the cameras seem to confuse each other when that many are running simultaneously.

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