For reference, I have two other IP cameras in addition to this one. My others (from a well known manufacturer) are part of a remote access LAN home security system. This one (the AXGIO SHIEL 720P) I set up separately (not part of the LAN) using the recommended MIPC App. I had this camera up and running in five minutes. Seriously. It is that easy. You plug the camera's Ethernet cable into a device port on modem/router and plug the power cord into the camera. I recommend doing it in that order. Camera initializes (pans and tilts) and will show you a green triple-flashing light when Wifi ready. You're done. Now download the app and sign-up with a user name and password. After you sign in, use the "add camera" button to add the camera by manually plugging in its ID number (taped to the bottom of the camera) or scanning the bar code (included on the manual). There is an app for the IPhone and and one for the Android and bar code for each. Now that you have the app up and running and you have connected to the camera, you can disconnect the Ethernet cable and unplug the power cord to mount it anywhere within range of the router. MIne is mounted about 25' away. For comparison, setting up my other cameras was more difficult. For one thing, I had to assign them static IP addresses in my LAN and use Port-Forwarding. I like that the permissions in the app are not unreasonable. Basically, they're what you would expect from an app that needs to do what this one does. Camera has a lot of features at this price. You have the motion sensor, the infrared setting, audio, speaker, record, snapshot, a micro SD slot, auto-night/day (for infra-red), and full pan and tilt. A nice plus is the finger swipe zoom, and pan and tilt. You don't use arrow buttons to pan and tilt the camera. You just swipe the picture. [This paragraph has been corrected twice from the original review because I"m still working it out.] Camera will take a Micro SD card up to 32MB and I recommend getting one. Originally I said, "the motion sensing and video recording wouldn't work without the card." Actually, the camera will notify you of motion with or without a card. And you can manually take a snapshot from your phone without the card. If you have the picture/snapshot feature set for auto in the motion detection control window, the camera will automatically take a picture and send it to your phone. I think it needs the SD card to do this but I'm not positive. I had a bunch of photos already on my phone before I installed the card. Btw, my other cameras -- which cost the same as this one -- don't have a micro SD slot. The only way I can get snapshots or recorded video is by Bluetoothing them to a PC (using a paid app) or by subscribing to a cloud storage service. The snapshots are stored on the camera and can be accessed from the apps "Records" icon at the bottom of your screen. Click on this and it will open the picture archive. At the top of the screen, you will see two buttons, one says "Records" and one says "Local". Pictures are stored under Records and video is stored on the SD card in the camera under Local. You can delete snapshots and video from the phone. Incidentally, you can toggle the camera to record video when it detects motion same way you can can toggle it to take a picture. When you install the SD card, you can go to Settings>SD to make sure the camera has identified and acknowledged the installation. The instructions are rather fuzzy on this. In fact, there's no mention of it at all. I first went to Settings>Storage Device where you find a setup window for inputing the storage device's Serial # and password. The manual does not say what storage device this is. It's either a second storage device (bluetooth to a PC) or it's the SD card. I really don't know just yet. I recommend testing the audio on-site so you know what to expect when off-site. The microphone will pick up the camera's internal workings and radio wave and other EM interference, and between it and your phone's little speaker you can count on a confusing reproduction of actual live sound. First time I listened to my house when away I thought it was being overrun by an army of midget robots. Bear in mind, with this camera, as with others, video resolution/reproduction from your camera to your phone will depend entirely on your WAN connect speed. If you're not getting a minimum 12MBPS to 15MBPS from your service provider you should be able to tilt and pan and see motion without ghosting, trailing, or pixelating. I get only 3MBPS so my video is degraded quite a bit. I'm still very happy with the camera's performance, features, and build. This review is based on my experience setting up and testing this camera over the course of two days using the recommended MIPC app. I can't comment on its durability, nor have I tried to use it in a Z-Wave, Insteon, or similar wireless device control network. Note: Sample provided for review.