Axis M1031-W Wireless Day/Night Indoor Network Camera for Home/Shops

The Axis M1031-W is a wireless enabled day/night indoor network camera that has microphone/speakers to allow two-way audio communications, has LED illumination to view clear images during night and a PIR sensor for detecting movement in the night (and day). Below is a short video clip taken with this camera (YouTube video).

The Axis M1031-W IP Surveillance camera is mainly targeted at homes or small business locations like shops. The VGA resolution doesn’t give HD clarity but the video quality is still sufficient for many normal applications. More importantly, that saves a lot of bandwidth (transmission, storage) and keeps the overall cost of the camera moderate. The H.264 compression further reduces the amount of bandwidth required while retaining the quality of the images.

This camera has impressive day/night capabilities and can even detect motion/movement during night-time. On detecting movement, it can do things like record the event, turn the microphone/speakers on, send text alert and photos to your email address, play a recorded message (like ‘this shop is under surveillance, leave immediately’ to scare thieves), etc. See the motion detection capability of this camera for yourself, in the below (funny) video:

Important features of the Axis M1031-W Wireless Day/Night Indoor Network Camera:

  • VGA resolution (640 x 480 to 160 x 90); 30 frames/second
  • Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g) or Wired connectivity (10/100 Mbps)
  • PIR sensor (Passive Infra Red) and LED Illumination (built-in)
  • Microphone + Speaker & Two-way voice
  • Multiple H.264 and MPEG-4 data streams
  • Open API (Application Programming Interface)
  • https encryption, password support and user logs for safety
  • QoS support
  • Image sensor: 1/4″ progressive scan RGB CMOS
  • Warranty: 1 year limited warranty

Included items: Axis M1031-W camera, power supply, clamp, stand, installation CD with tools and recording software.

More technical information: You can get more technical information, specifications, data sheet, installation manuals, user guides, etc from the Axis page for M1031-W.


  • Both wireless and wired network connectivity available
  • Day-night operation with video motion detection in the nights, as well
  • One can talk to people near the camera, from their monitoring station over the network due to the built-in speakers and microphone in the camera
  • Decent video quality at an affordable price
  • Rotating text/image overlay and privacy mask (to block certain areas of the image from being seen)
  • Audio detection
  • Active tampering alarm
  • Alarm notification via email (with picture), http and tcp.
  • Upon alarm trigger, it is possible for auto-activation of LED illumination, audio, audio clip play-back
  • Memory buffer of 16 MB (within the camera) to record pre and post-alarm events
  • Easy to use web-interface for set-up and monitoring
  • Low bandwidth requirements (both for transmission and storage)
  • Can use PC/mobile phone browser to see camera output over Internet (DDNS is supported)
  • Selective areas in the video can be excluded from motion sensing (open window, for example)


  • No POE support on the wired port. So, power and data cannot be sent using the same cable
  • No I/O ports to connect external devices
  • No High Definition (HD) video format support
  • Maximum range of PIR sensor is 6 meters

Optional accessories: If you buy multiple cameras, you might want to have a look at Axis camera station – Video management software for viewing and recording images/sound from multiple cameras simultaneously.

Where to buy: If you live in the United States (US), you can buy the Axis M1031-W wireless day/night indoor network camera from Amazon.

Alternatives/Other products to consider:

Axis M1011 IP Surveillance Camera – Features are similar to the above model, but there is no audio, no LED illumination, no wireless network support.

Axis M1011-W IP Surveillance Camera – Features are similar to the above model, but there is no audio, no LED illumination.

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