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Linksys Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera

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2.8 out of 5 stars 294 customer reviews
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  • High-performance network camera provides a low-cost, convenient solution for remote monitoring and home security
  • Stand-alone system with a built-in CPU, Web server and multiple video format compatibility
  • Multifunctional surveillance system supports high-quality video and audio
  • Authentication process requires a user name and password set by the camera's administrator
  • IEEE 802.3u, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
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Product Description

Product Description

Send live audio and video to a smartphone or web browser anywhere in the world! The Cisco-Linksys wireless-N internet home monitoring camera connects to your network wirelessly, and delivers a live audio/video stream to a smartphone or browser anywhere. Also captures video streams and sends email alerts with video clips upon motion detection.

From the Manufacturer

See It, Live
The Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera is designed to send live video to your home computers, or through the Internet to a web browser or smartphone 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.

A Camera That Stands Alone
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, over either Wireless-N or wired Ethernet. High-quality, high-framerate video compression creates a sharp, up to 640x480, video stream. View the real-time feed on your networked computers at home, on the Web, or on your web or RTSP-enabled smartphone when you're on the go.

Greater Security at a Glance
Perfect for keeping an eye on family, property, or anything important to you. The wireless connectivity and compact design makes for easy placement (mounted on a wall, or use the included desktop stand), so you can enjoy the peace of mind of reliable vigilance.

Real-Time Security
In Security Mode, the camera sends an email with a short video attached to up to three recipients whenever it detects motion in its field of view. You can then log onto the live video stream if the situation warrants. Use the included Viewer & Recorder utility to record the audio/video stream from multiple cameras to your local hard drive or shared network drive, “live,” or on a predetermined schedule. The camera can also record directly to a compatible NAS device.

Choose Your Audience
You can keep your video stream secure and private within your home network, or share it by creating password-protected accounts. Or simply stream your broadcast to the web for the world to see.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6 x 2.3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: WVC80N
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 8, 2009

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Here's the scoop: I was rather concerned about reading the wide range of ratings on this camera, seeing that there were some one star reviews coming in, so I was fully ready to return this puppy if it didn't live up to my pretty high standards.

That said, here is my experience:

I have a Linksys Dual Band Wireless N Router running in a single level ranch about 50 yards from some pretty serious power lines. On the network is a Power Mac connected via ethernet cable, and 3 laptops (a PC, an older Macbook, and a newer Macbook Pro) via wireless. Off topic, I'm not impressed with the range on the Linksys Router, but it provides some pretty quick bandwidth in the home with two networks to connect into, so I live with it.

I unboxed the WVC80N, which came with an ethernet cable, a CD, and some instructions/manual. I followed the instructions to the letter, which instructed me to put the CD into a computer first. I put it in the Power Mac. The CD worked fine and opened up a set-up guide. The set-up guide told me what to do... it detected the wireless devices on the network, then told me to plug the ethernet cable into the camera... I clicked 'next', then into the router... 'next', then plug the power in on the camera... 'next', and turn it on... 'next'... it detected the camera via the ethernet cable with no issues, and continued to lead me through the set-up... I had to create user name and password for the camera, etc., then something awesome happened. I used to be pretty technical, but now don't like to mess with having to figure out how to make something work... I just like it to work.
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Linksys WVC80N cam review:
Supports 640x480 resolution at up to 30FPS. Don't buy an ip cam that doesn't support 640x480 (i.e. some of the Panasonic ones)
The low light level performance is good. This cam claims to have a better CMOS sensor that the previous model but it's still not all that great in low light (if you want good images in low light you need an IP cam with a CCD sensor but this adds cost and complexity). This is not a Day/Night cam that has infrared LEDs that provide illumination in completely dark areas. (You need to have some level of lighting, and the more the better). Still, I think it's better in low light that some other IP cams.
Cam supports wired Ethernet AND 802.11n (Draft) WiFi. 802.11n is better for supporting multiple cameras (but see negative below).
Works very well with (3rd party) BlueIris software
The camera can time stamp the video with the current time/date. It can also display any text on the video (such as location etc) that you enter)
The user manual PDF is very well written and goes into technical details that other manufacturers leave out (such as CGI commands to control the camera without using the web interface).
Very reliable, especially with a wired connection. I run these 24/7 without having to periodically reset cams, which is a problem that seems to plague other IP cams.
Unlike some other cams this one has an integrated infrared lens filter, which means that outdoor images will have correct colors.
The status page indicates the current interface in use (WiFi or Ethernet). Some other cams do not indicate what the current interface is, and this is useful info for troubleshooting/diagnostics.

There does not seem to be a way to manually focus the camera lens.
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We've been using the WVC80N camera for a while on our home network with a Linksys WRT350N router. The WVC80N is the next generation IP camera from Linksys. It's older similar looking twin the WVC54GCA is good but had some issues that the WVC80N solves. You can see reviews of the WVC54GCA cam at myhomeserver.

The WVC80N adds Wireless N, an easier setup for Remote Viewing and best of all, direct writing to a NAS drive to record video! This means you don't have to keep a computer running, simply setup a shared folder on your NAS/Network drive and then add in the path,username and password into the camera and that's it! It will instantly start recording a AVI file to the drive directly that you can play in Windows Media player, etc.

Remote access is also better since it is now included as an option in the CD wizard. When you setup the camera, it asks if you want to remotely view the camera. Selecting YES will setup a custom domain name [...] and then the wizard will set a static IP on the camera and setup the DDNS at TZO and set it up in the camera. All of this is done behind the scenes and it does all of the port forwarding and port selection automatically. This is a big advancement in camera setups..its actually easy

Great camera, I give it a thumbs up
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It took me about three days to get my five cameras that I have installed at my house all dialed in.
They are very reliable; the cameras work VERY well with my wireless router; the motion detection works very reliably ONCE you have set everything up correctly.

Please note -- I did NOT set these cameras up using the software. I programmed each by hooking them up on a computer that saw them at their default IP address of

My network: C-cast cable modem, Router: Apple Airport Extreme, Cameras Connected Via: Wireless N

These cameras are set up default on the 192.168.1.xxx network at 115. If you are like me and use a different 192 network, you will need to bring up a machine on the 1.xxx network at your home to see and configure this camera.

Easy errors you can avoid when you setup these cameras:

- 1. You must click 'Apply' after EVERY modification you make in a tab. Some of the tabs, such as the Remote access user database allow you to add members, but until you click Apply, it is NOT saved on the camera.
- 2. When configuring your network access on each camera, I would strongly recommend that you use a static IP. You MUST include your gateway address and your DNS address (on a home local area network segment that should be your router address). Make sure you click Apply before going on to another tab.
- 3. If you are on C-cast and you want the motion detection feature to work to send you an email, remember to set your SMTP (email outbound) port to 587. Port 25 may work for about a day, but then C-cast will turn it off (web query , "C*mc*st Port 25" for more info on this).
- 4. Make certain that you click Apply after making each change on a tab.

You do not need to use or pay for TZO DNS.
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