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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
- Supports enhanced MPEG-4 and MPEG compression
- View video from your Wireless-G or wired ethernet network
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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.
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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.
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The only part of the setup that some people might find tricky is remote monitoring. That's mainly a matter of configuring the camera's "DDNS" option. DDNS gives you a way of 'calling in' to your home network from a remote location. With a DDNS service, you get a web address and a login password that lets you log into your home network from anywhere on the Internet. Some DDNS services are free; others charge $25 or so per year.
The user manual doesn't give much of an explanation of DDNS services, so the best way to learn about them is to check out a couple. The Linksys cam defaults to the TZO service [..]; the top Google hit is [..], which offers a free service. Both sites do a pretty good job of explaining DDNS and walking you through the process of setting one up. Once you have done that, configuring the cam to use the DDNS is pretty straightforward.
I am very pleased with this camera. I am surprised it isn't taking over the retail security market. The included utility lets you monitor up to nine cameras at once, which would make it a very effective system for small retail businesses that suffer inventory shrinkage from the sales floor or the stock room. I suspect that a few out-of-work IT people will go into business selling security setups based on these cameras. They should do very well.
They work but it took some fiddling with the set up. The setup wizard seems to assume you're using an unsecured network. Do this: Just set it up for a wired connection and then go in with the embedded web server to change your settings, if you have a wireless secured network.
If you have two cameras, the utility installs two instances of a viewer, for some reason. Their viewer allows for you to view upto 10 (?) cameras so I don't understand why they want to install a tray utility for each.
The utility is clunky but I had no intent on using it anyway.
FTPing works but they give you very little information on how to do it. For instance, you have to set both the schedule and sensitivity before it works. It does not start sending anything until that feature is set up.
The wireless range of these cameras is horrible. They'll work if they are sitting withing the same room as your router but they don't always connect if they are maybe 30 feet away.
A weird 'feature' is that these things connect to whatever network they come across. If your network is weaker than your neighbor's, it seems to prefer your neighbor's network. It really should have some sort of 'exclusive' network checkbox, only allowing connections to the network it has been set up for.
They clearly didn't give that firmware any thought. Why would something that's potentially used for home security need to connect to something random?
Linksys customer service is truly horrible. Their online 'chat' help is slow with people asking stuff off a script. To get them to ask five questions took about 40 minutes.
They clearly do not know anything about their own equipment.
Other than that, it is a great camera. ;)
After I paid, I spent about an hour with her and was able to see everything she was doing, which was manually. She also installed my camera software and set that up as well. Of course, I had to be her assistant and plug the camera in and out and such. She did a pretty good job and I was able to ask her questions in regards to setting it up on the web. I would never have figured any of that out in that little time.
I'm happy with the purchase for what I use it for (The Kitty Poo Cam!). It's placed directly above my cat box so when I go out of town and if it needs help when it malfunctions, I'm able to call my neighbor to come help!
The quality isn't so great, but it's still doable. Plus, before, I had a $30 Logitech Webcam with an additional $15 USB extender and a crazy wire going through my condo that would not be reliable as well, so paying the extra $55 is well worth it!
Check it out @ kittycampoo dot com for the quality.