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Panasonic BL-C131A Network Camera Wireless 802.11

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  • Place anywhere you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required at the location
  • View and control from a standard web browser, video display, or compatible cell phone or PDA
  • Point the camera where you want with eight shooting position presets
  • Built-in heat sensor allows record and/or notify by email when someone enters the room
  • Connect wirelessly with standard 802.11b/g devices, SSID filtering and 40/64/128-bit WEP encryption
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: BL-C131A
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Audio Input: Built-in microphone
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.9 x 3.9 inches ; 7.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NVR9SM
  • Item model number: BL-C131A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

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From the Manufacturer





Keep an Eye on Your Pets
Always feel close to your pets, whether at work or on vacation. Did the walker show up as promised? Is the dog sleeping on the sofa? Is the cat scratching your new leather chair? You'll know instantly with the Panasonic PetCam.

See There When You Can't Be There
Place this plug-and-play camera in your home, office, vacation home, or almost anywhere else you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required at the location. The camera can be viewed and controlled from a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA, with no additional software required. All of the other required software, including control software (TCP/UDP) and e-mail software (SMTP), is already inside the camera.

Control the Camera Remotely
Using a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA, you can control the movement of the camera. There is Pan (left & right) movement and Tilt (up & down) movement available. You can also assign a "Home Position" that allows you to return the camera to a pre-designated shooting position. Up to eight shooting positions can be registered in advance, so you can aim the camera exactly where you want it. You can also click on the part of the image you want to see, and automatically bring that part to the center of the screen.

When You Need a Little Privacy
With the built-in Privacy mode, your privacy is protected by simply pressing a button. An indicator on the front of the camera turns red, and you know at a glance that the camera is now only accessible by you. The camera can also be set up to show a green light when the camera is being accessed.

Sensor Recording
With the built-in heat sensor, the camera can be set to record and/or notify you by email when someone enters the room. It can even automatically move to a preset location when triggered, just in case someone was viewing a different part of the room.

Record Only What You Want to Record
The camera can be set to automatically record video at certain times and certain speeds.

Create Your Own Free Web Address
The free Viewnetcam service allows you to create a personal Web address (e.g. http://bob.viewnetcam.com) so you can view your camera's live images on the Internet. Access your Panasonic Network Camera live from virtually any Internet connection point around the world! Your Web browser is the only software you'll need. Here's how the camera and service works: Special software embedded within your Panasonic Network Camera gives your camera the ability to locate your unique Internet address. No matter what kind of Internet connection you have or which Internet provider you use, the Viewnetcam.com service will keep your camera's Internet address permanent.

Features
  • 802.11g/b Wireless
  • Pan/Tilt/Digital Zoom with Presets
  • Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
  • 1 Lux Color Night View Mode
  • Up to 30 Frames per Second CMOS
  • Full-screen Monitoring
  • Remote Monitoring from Cell Phone
  • 4-up and 12-up Multi-camera Pages
  • Built-in Web Server/IP Address (IPv4/v6)
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Thermal Sensor
  • Image Transfer by Motion Detection, Sensor Alert, Timer
  • Privacy Mode
  • Plug-and-Play Installation
  • Free Web Address
  • Multi-Language Interface
  • 1 Year Warranty

Product Description

Wireless Network Camera Indoor- Panasonic wireless indoor color network camera- MPEG-4 and JPEG- Built-in microphone- Remote pan/tilt control- 802.11 b/G- Resolution 640x480 320x240192x144- 3 image quality modes- Max. 30 frames per second- Security user ID and password- 10X Digital zoom- Lens fixed F2.8- One-way voice direction (from camera to PC)- Built-inhuman detection sensor- Requires included AC adapter- Network Ethernet interface- Motion detection function- 1 Year manufacturer's warranty- SilverFLUSH WALL MOUNT KIT: KX-BL-CA51AKXBLC131A

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Good picture quality and sound.
The Two Hsus
If you're like I was, and feel hesitant to purchase the camera because of the high(er) cost, trust me - it's worth every penny.
John C. Derrick
It was extrememly easy to set up and worked flawlessly with my wireless router.
Ditzzz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

436 of 457 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2007
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My wife and I wanted to keep an eye on the nanny with our baby from work. After researching the network cameras for several months, it seemed that only Panasonic cameras consistently received positive (usually glowing reviews) whereas cameras from other major brands like Linksys, D-Link, etc received mediocre or poor reviews. So I went with Panasonic. And after about a month, I have to say I am very impressed with it. Some background: I have a classic Linksys WRT54G 802.11g router, with 2 WinXP PCs connected to it via ethernet and 3 more PCs connected wirelessly; plus, I have AT&T/SBC DSL service via a Speedstream 5100 DSL modem. If you're moderately computer literate, you should have no problem following the included instructions to setup (view and control) the camera in wired mode or in wireless WiFi mode.

But if you want to setup the camera to be viewed (and controlled) from the internet, you need to do a bit more work. And this is where Panasonic's excellent, excellent customer support comes in. Panasonic's support line is 8_0_0-2_7_2-7_0_3_3; they are open Mon-Fri 9AM-9PM and Sat/Sun 10AM-7PM Eastern US Time; this tech support is available to you for the LIFE of the product. They will walk you through how to setup the camera, configure your router (for, among other things, port forwarding), and register with Panasonic's FREE Dynamic DNS web service. This last point is important: Panasonic network cameras include FREE Dynamic DNS hosting service for the life of the product; other brands offer the service for an annual fee.

Okay, step-by-step, here's how to config the camera for internet viewing:
First, if you use DSL as I do (as opposed to cable broadband), you have to configure the DSL modem for "bridge mode.
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122 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2008
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OVERVIEW
The BL-C131A is a wireless/router based camera (no PC needed). In my view, this is the ONLY way cameras should be used due to the unstable PC connected solutions (e.g., PC freeze-up, lost power, etc). It is an IP based system which needs its own local internet address which the included software does a pretty good job setting up automatically.

MY EXPERIENCES
I have tried over 20 wireless web cameras from 7 brands over the last 5 years ($100-$600) and none are close to the performance, reliability, ease of setup of the Panasonic cams for a consumer based product. Dlink used to lead the pack until the BL-C20A/30A units came out. I was a fan of Dlinks but the software setup, remote camera configurations, and Viewnetcam dynamic DNS service of the the Pana's is just the best today.

ADVANTAGES
- The included software is the best on the market for finding the camera on your system and trying to configure it automatically. Most software engineers should be SHOT due to sloppy code but the Panasonic software and firmware (software inside the cameras) is pretty good for setup and reliability (I am an electrical engineer so I know the sloppy way most of these guys think).
- Tech support for Panasonic is the ONLY support I have contacted from 7 brands with AMERICANS speaking ENGLISH (not "Engrish"). Their patience and overall knowledge is truly outstanding and worth every extra penny this camera costs.
- I highly recommend you also buy the Panasonic wireless router. It automatically configures with the cameras and becomes really easy to find/control the cameras.
- The ability to reset/reconfigure the cameras remotely is INVALUABLE! I am often travleing in China, at my home in Chicago, or my home in Florida and want to make changes.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By LS on May 16, 2007
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I have experience with D-Link cameras, and this one is much better. Setup was a multi-step process, but went smoothly, and the free internet address really works. The camera has yet to lose signal, and I have it positioned a the farthest end of my wirelss network. Picture is clear, sound is ok, interface is very good. Only works well with Internet Explorer. On a Mac, the video will display in Firefox but without sound. I haven't expored all of the features yet, but the main thing is that it works (more than can be said for many wireless products).
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Perera on November 20, 2007
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I purchased four of these cameras and found out that the recording software included with it comes with a license to record only one camera. If you want to record more than one camera, you have to purchase an upgraded version with additional licenses and that lists for $399 and Amazon has it for $315.03 + Shipping Network Camera Software

If you are purchasing more than one camera for Surveillance purpose, make sure to take in to account of the additional costs.
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful By David Schmitz on July 28, 2007
You can do all setup via the builtin web server - even firmware updates. There is no need for installing anything from the included (windows only) CD. Streaming MP4 or MJPEG video works right outta the box in Safari as does the static captures - no need for drivers or anything else.. Those looking for typical, painless MacOSX setup will get it with this Panasonic webcam..
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William L. Cryer on July 3, 2008
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I bought one of these to monior my house while on vacation. The reviews suggested that it was the best for the price. The set up was also supposed to be the easiest of the lot and it turned out to be relatively simple until I got to the internet set up. Using a Mac with a Time Capsule router was not the "easy as pie" operation that I had hoped for. It was more like French torte with cream and chocolate sauce. I began gathering the packing material for a return, and made the cursory call to tech support. I've never had good phone tech and did not expect anything different this time. I was wrong. Best ever. The guy walked me through the not-too-obvious steps and within less than an hour was up and running. The phone tech was worth the price of the product itself!
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