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Cisco-Linksys WVC54GCA Webcam 640x480 802.11G Wireless Internet Home Monitoring Camera

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  • Product Type - Wireless Internet Camera
  • Dimensions WxDxH - 3.54" x 1.46" x 4.02"
  • Weight - 0.29 lb.
  • Supports enhanced MPEG-4 and MPEG compression
  • View video from your Wireless-G or wired ethernet network
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Technical Details

  • Minimum RAM: 64

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.5 x 3.5 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0010OXEDU
  • Item model number: WVC54GCA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,375 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

The Linksys Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera sends live video through the Internet to a web browser anywhere in the world! This compact, self-contained unit lets you keep track of your home, your kids, your workplace -- whatever's important to you.

Unlike standard "web cams" that require an attached PC, the Internet Home Monitoring Camera contains its own web server, so it can connect directly to a network, either over Wireless-G (802.11g) networking, or over 10/100 Ethernet cable. Choose either MPEG-4 or Motion JPEG video compression for a high-quality, high-framerate, up to 640x480 video stream.

The Compact Internet Home Monitoring Camera's unique form-factor and wireless connectivity allows you to mount it on a wall nearly anywhere, or slip it into its included stand for desktop use. Once it's connected to your home network, you can "see what it sees" from any PC in the house, while the video stream is secured from the outside world, hidden behind your Router. If you want the video to be visible from outside your home network, you can open an appropriate port on the Router, and then create password protected accounts to manage access to the camera, or leave it wide open for the world to see. The TZO domain service (one-year trial sign-up included) lets you access your camera using an easy-to-remember "name", even if your home Internet connection uses a dynamic IP address.

You can also turn on Security Mode, which tells the camera to send a message with a short video attached to up to three email addresses whenever it detects motion in its field of view. You can then log onto the live video stream if the situation warrants. The included Viewer & Recorder utility lets you record the audio/video stream to your local hard drive, "live" or on a predetermined schedule.

Let the Linksys Compact Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera help you keep tabs on your world.

Product Description

The Linksys Compact Wireless-G Internet Video Camera sends live video through the Internet to a web browser anywhere in the world This compact, self-contained unit lets you keep track of your home, your kids, your workplace. Unlike standard "web cams" that require an attached PC, the Internet Video Camera contains its own web server, so it can connect directly to a network, either over Wireless-G (802.11g) networking, or over 10/100 Ethernet cable. Choose either MPEG-4 or Motion JPEG video compression for a high-quality, high-framerate, up to 640x480 video stream.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I can't believe that Linksys (Cisco) would ship such a product.
John W. Babiak
If you can not access the remote setup page that requires your IP address, you will not be able troubleshoot the camera.
O. Drake
I wasted about an hour and a half on hold, calling again, answering inane questions from useless tech support people.
Bob

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

241 of 259 people found the following review helpful By Shaunspad on February 28, 2008
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I bought this camera 2 weeks ago and put it above my front door looking out onto my walkway and street and it works great. It's 802.11 G/B so it scales back if you have only a B access point. It takes good 640/480 up to 30 frames per second video. It's got a couple of low light enhancements you can turn on which work pretty well. DONT be disappointed if it can't see in the dark it's NOT a night vision camera. However... I don't yet know if it can see IR. I guess I need to get out a remote and see what happens.

So a few people posting reviews have said it's not easy to setup. Not True!! I guess if you don't know anything about home networking, port forwarding, or WIFI then yeah of course it's going to be hard to setup. But don't come bashing the product just because you lack the skills to set it up correctly. Now I will admit I'm a IT professional and make a living doing so but, anyone with basic networking skills should be able to get this camera working in 10 minutes. Now... That doesn't include the time to tweak all the settings as it will take several days and some time to get everything just how you want it.

I got an iPhone that I use all the time to watch streaming video. In fact I used the iPhone to setup the camera using it as my hand held display so I could see what the camera was seeing.

One thing I will mention that I'm not really fond of is the motion detection system. If you turn it on, it requires you to choose either FTP or Email for the alerts. The problem is that even with the sensitivity really low it still triggers and you get like 10 million emails.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By J. Wagner on June 14, 2008
We purchased this camera for security reasons.

The good:

The network setup was fairly straightforward, I did one camera via the included Linksys software and one by accessing the cameras firmware directly. The camera's have fixed-focus, so if you're taking pictures through a window, it's nice to know that the camera won't focus on glare in the window instead of the area of interest. The camera's mount is adjustable and has screw mount points so you can fasten it to where you need. The picture quality is OK, we only expected basic video quality, not high-def, that would take too much storage capability for video capture. The motion capture function for video is a nice addition, though there are some issues with that.

The software allows you to monitor multiple feeds, and via the camera's firmware, allows you to set up motion capture, and FTP or email setup so that you can view your video from anywhere you have internet access. I haven't set up streaming video yet...

All in all an "OK" setup, but there are issues...

The bad:

The camera's mount only allows the camera to be mounted vertically on the stand; we have one camera mounted sideways and the software does not allow you to rotate the picture. All feed is sideways from the camera.

The software is clunky and slow and doesn't do what it is supposed to as far as storing images go. Awful. The interface doesn't allow you to select multiple files and delete video you don't need. You have to select and view each file and then delete it. If you've let the camera run for a few days, this can be easily over a few hundred video files and it would take forever to get rid of them. The .
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Prime Reviewer on December 9, 2008
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I bought this having had a little experience setting up a Panasonic webcam. With that bit of knowledge, I was able to set this up in 10-15 minutes. I have use OS X and an Airport Extreme router. To set up this camera with a Mac - you will not be able to use the software disc that comes with the camera (unless you have Windows on you system - I have too much pride for that).

The basic setup is to plug in the camera to the router with the Cat 5 cable. Now the trick is to find out what address the router gave to the camera. Look on the back of the camera to find the MAC address. Now open Airport Utility>Manual Setup>Advanced>Logging &SNMP>Logs&Statistics>DHCP Clients. Now you see a list of IP addresses and MAC addresses. Look for the Mac address that matches the sticker on the back of your camera. That is the IP address for your camera.

Now you type '[...] followed by the IP address of your camera into your browser. You will find the camera and use 'admin' for both the user name and password. Now you can set it up as you would like. I set up my camera wireless, made it a static IP address, and gave it a unique port, gave it a new new name and password. Then I set up Port forwarding on my router (this is only if you want to be able to see it from the internet & requires more set up). I unplugged it and disconnected the ethernet athen plugged it into the power and it works great wirelessly.

The video is what I would expect from a 640 resolution camera. There is a reason this camera is inexpensive - but it suits my home monitoring needs just fine.

Like the Panasonic, I do not get sound using a Mac - I think you have to have ActiveX on Internet Explorer - but I didnt need sound.
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