- Brand Name: Linksys
- Model Number: WVC54GC
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 years limited
Cisco-Linksys WVC54GC Wireless-G Internet Video Camera
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- Product Type - Internet Camera
- Dimensions WxDxH - 3.54" x 1.46" x 4.02"
- Weight - 0.29 lb.
- Cabling Type - RJ-45
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From the Manufacturer
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. The advanced MPEG-4 video compression produces a high-quality, high-framerate, up to 640x480 audio/video stream.
The Internet Video 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 audio/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 SoloLink domain service (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 Wireless-G Internet Video Camera help you keep tabs on your world.
- Integrated web server - view from most web browsers
- Access the camera from anywhere in the world via the Internet
- Supports enhanced MPEG-4 compression
- View video from your Wireless-G or wired ethernet network
- Connect an external Microphone or use the Built-in microphone for audio monitoring
- Easily identify your camera's IP address from the built-in LCD display
- Includes easy to use Linksys Viewer & Recorder utility with Snapshot feature
- Motion Detection and E-mail notification
- Create a database for user authentication
- Supports resolution of up to 640x480 pixels
- Time Stamp & Text Overlay
- Connect up to 4 users simultaneously
- Supports Linksys SoloLink DDNS Service for dynamic IP connection
- Multi-platform support - TCP/IP, SMTP (E-Mail), HTTP, DHCP
- Windows-based Setup Wizard for easy setup
- WEP encryption up to 128-bit
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Top Customer Reviews
Configuration with WEP was pretty easy. It's a little temperamental with distance compared to the tolerances of other G devices, but it works. It does not react well to low light levels and tries to compensate via its own gain. If you are using this in a home without AMPLE light, expect a grainy picture.
Frame rate is about 20FPS and is annoying. The security feature works. It senses movement and mails a captured video file. With only 4 seconds at the medium setting, the video images were over 500Kb. This is not for a dial-up AOL user.
There is a remote viewing option that lets you use their web servers to hit your cam from anywhere. Of course expect to pay about $40 for two years access.
True Story. Everyday I check on mom to make sure she's ok. While on vacation in Australia, I tuned in at the very moment she fell off the couch in Chicago. Using Skype, I called the senior home to have someone help her get up. Although she could have slid over to the phone and called for assistance, the important thing is that I learned she falls and can't get up by herself, and she hasn't been telling us. The WVC54G works well for this application. I can even see which DVD she's watching. I had to open port 1024 to get it working so it's not plug and play. Once running, it has never gone down, very important. My only complaint is that the auto white balance isn't true. Colors and lighting are somewhat off.
Ok, 3 weeks after setting these cameras up, I do have a few negative comments. The cameras will sometimes spontaneously stop working. I haven't been able to figure out why. I'm on the other side of the country from them now so I can't physically see them. Eventually they come back online. All 3 are just sitting there plugged in, in an empty house.
The video is fairly choppy if sound is enabled, even at 320x240.
The lighting plays a huge role in the quality of the image - bright sunlight in a window makes the image almost unusable. The image is very poor in dim lighting as well.
The field of view is pretty narrow and there's nothing you can do about it - I wish there was a wide-angle option.
I wish the interface to the camera was editable, and that you could show multiple cameras on the same page.
Other than that, they cameras basically work as advertised, but I couldn't recommend them for anything other than a novelty because of the image quality concerns and the reliability issues. It's fairly cheap and is good for casual monitoring.
I just set up 3 of these for my father-in-law (all the kids gave them to him) in his vacation home. He wants to be able to check on the house when he's not there. They worked fine, as advertised, as long as I was careful and made sure I had the right firmware. This is how I did it, without using the setup CD (which is confusing and was unnecessary for my setup).
If you've got a Linksys router and you haven't messed with the IP ranges like someone else who posted has, it's really easy to do - the most important thing to do is set it up WIRED first! I plugged the included ethernet cable into the router and into the camera. Then I powered on the camera.Read more ›
1: Configuring your router: In your router's configuration, you should assign this device a fixed IP outside of the range of DHCP addresses. This is so that, the next time you reboot your router or cable modem, DHCP doesn't assign the camera a different IP. Remember, DHCP hands out IPs on a first-come, first-serve basis unless you tell it otherwise. So, if you defined your router's DHCP to start with, let's say, 100, when you set up the camera, you can give it a fixed IP of 192.168.1.99 (or whatever) and know that it will persist.
2. Opening your port: Be sure to choose a port number greater than 1024. Also, check your port forwarding page before deciding so that you don't conflict with other applications/services you have installed. When you pick your port, enable it to forward TCP requests to the IP you've specified, in my example 192.168.1.99.
3. Accessing from outside: You will need the external IP address, which you can get from your router's status page. DON'T FORGET TO APPEND THE PORT NUMBER TO THE URL! That's a common mistake. If your public IP is 18.104.22.168, then your camera's URL would be [...] ://22.214.171.124:9999. NOTE: If, when you look at your router's status page, you're confused because your WAN (external) IP begins with 192.168, then the next step probably applies to you...
4. IF YOU USE VONAGE or some other VoIP, there's an EXTRA STEP! Don't forget that the Vonage box sits between your cable modem and your router, acting as its own little firewall. Not only do you need to open the port here too, but also this is where you'd go to obtain your external IP!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought one, finally got it configured properly, then tried to view video and wasn't able to, as it only works with whatever IE version was out in ~2005. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jordan
cameras work fine for about 1 years then the power cords go bad first and even if u replace the power cord the camera craps out about 2 months later. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nikado3
Don't buy this product, its outdated and doesn't work properly with the security systems in todays Operating Systems. So you have to leave the security off to make it work. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by BC
Works great i had a little trouble with wireless put in correct password and it works great if other people dont like it they dont know what they are doing lyksys will help... Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by jeff
I would give this a ZERO star if I could. The internet cam is a pile of junk. I began setting up the camera, and as I got to the end the found out the junk did not work at all.. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by CHIN
audio has echo and distortion. the lense is a manual so you can only focus on one object, everything else is blurry if its not within the focused area. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Morgan408
I spent hours trying configuring unit by myself then I gave in and called the company's tech. There was nothing that made sense. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by the optimizer
I was looking for a camera and ended up with this one just because it had a good price. I would never recommend this camera to anyone. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by C. Schrecengost