Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master Security Camera System with Night Vision (961-000337) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- HD-quality video with night vision and 130 Degrees wide-angle lens
- Free, remote viewing of live video on your computer or smart phone (iPhone, Android or BlackBerry)
- Motion-triggered recording and alerts
- Windows-based PC needed for set-up and control
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Logitech alert 750e outdoor master system is the weatherproof, night vision video security system you can set up yourself and count on when you need it. installation is simple and takes just minutes. 750e and 700e are the same physical camera and has same manual, the only difference being the 750e has the additional components which is required to build the complete system.
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Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System with Night Vision
The complete outdoor video security system you can set up yourself—now with wide-angle night vision.
Get peace of mind in a box. The Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System comes with everything you need to help protect what's important to you—a weatherproof3 HD camera with wide-angle night vision, powerful Windows and Mac software, a free remote viewing account, and simple plug-and-play installation without new wiring. Plus, you can easily expand your system to as many as six cameras—indoors and out. Learn more
Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System for Windows and Mac
Computer, tablet and smartphone sold separately
Easily customize your complete surveillance system
With your choice of an indoor or outdoor master system, plus indoor and outdoor add-on cameras, you can easily set up your perfect surveillance system and watch live video feeds from your computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet.
1. Start with a Master System
Choose the outdoor master system or the Logitech Alert 750n Indoor Master System.
2. Then increase your coverage with more cameras
Minimize wires and networking hassles
- Included HomePlug network adapter uses your home's electrical wiring and outlets to transmit video from the camera to your computer. Learn more about HomePlug Technology >
- Simply install the software, plug the network adapter into your router and wall power outlet, plug the camera into a nearby wall outlet—and you're ready
- No professional installer, excessive wires, IP address setting or router resetting needed
See up to 100 ft. in complete darkness
- Weatherproof3 HD 720p video camera with high-powered night vision illumination makes it easier to recognize important details—day or night, rain or shine
- 130-degree wide-angle lens gives you up to twice the viewing area compared to standard cameras2
Keep informed with motion alerts
- You can set up your camera to send motion-triggered alerts to your e-mail address and mobile phone—so you can know in an instant if there is motion on your property
- Set up your alert notifications on a schedule for when you want to be notified or not
- Target vulnerable areas like doors and windows by specifying up to 16 motion-detection zones
Watch from anywhere—for free1
- Master system includes free remote viewing
- Watch live video from any of your Logitech Alert cameras
- Easy to see—just log in to Logitech's secure site from an Internet-connected computer or use free Logitech apps for your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry devices
- Included 2 GB microSD card stores up to a week of recorded video4
- Record video, even when your computer is turned off
- Recordings are automatically backed up to your computer when it is connected to your network
- Only records motion-triggered events—store months of audio and video with as little as 20GB of hard drive space
- Swap in a larger microSD card (up to 32 GB, sold separately) for even more on-camera recording time
Powerful Logitech Alert Commander software for total control
- Easily set-up and configure your video security system and watch/record/back up video with your Windows or Mac computer
- Set and reconfigure alerts and motions zones anytime you need
- Tilt the camera, zoom in or pan around digitally to zero in on what's happening
- See live video feeds and review what's been recorded on all of your cameras
Indoor and outdoor expandability
- Install up to 6 indoor or outdoor cameras5, in any combination or location
- Easy installation with mounts and hardware included
Watch what’s happening while you work
Pop-out windows (on Mac only) make it easy to monitor one or more cameras while you surf the web, respond to email or check your Facebook page.
1. Delivery of live video from your cameras to the Web or a mobile device is a free service provided by Logitech. To view live video from the Web, you need a computer with high-speed Internet service and a compatible web browser.
To view live video from a mobile device, a compatible BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad or Android device is required in addition to the appropriate Logitech Alert Web or Mobile Viewer App.
Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G data access is required. Data charges from your provider may apply.
What's in the box
- Logitech Alert outdoor camera
- Master System software CD for Windows; Mac OS software available from the Mac App Store
- Camera power supply
- Network adapter
- 10-foot (3-meter) Ethernet cable
- 20-foot (6-meter) Ethernet cable
- Mounting kit with installation hardware
- 2 GB microSD card (expandable up to 32 GB)
- User documentation
What you need
A Windows or Mac based computer is required for installation
- Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- Mac OS X v10.6.8 or higher
- Minimum: 2 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM
- Recommended: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor with at least 2 GB RAM
- 1 Mbps or greater Internet upload speed (2 Mbps is recommended)
- Available Ethernet port on your home network
Setup requires a high-speed Internet connection.
Remote viewing requires an Internet browser that supports Adobe Flash Player v10.2 or later (free download)
Build your perfect Logitech Alert Video Security System
Start with an indoor or outdoor master system. Then add any combination of up to 5 more cameras to create a complete indoor, outdoor or indoor/outdoor video security system.
Outdoor Master System
|What do you get?|
1 outdoor master camera included (add up to 5 cameras for more coverage)
Outdoor camera (works with indoor or outdoor master system)
1 indoor master camera included (add up to 5 cameras for more coverage)
Free mobile viewer apps
|HD 720p camera with wide-angle lens|
Night vision camera
Motion-triggered recording and alerts sent to email/mobile devices
2 GB microSD card
Automatic PC or Mac backup
Top customer reviews
Logitech Alert System is interfering with my Power Line Network Adapters (PLNAs) - SOLVED
I have tried several PLNAs and none of them work when the Logitech adapter is plugged into any of our AC outlets.
I have found a simple workaround...
- Plug the main Logitech Adapter into the isolated side of a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)* and its Ethernet cord into the router.
- Plug the camera adapter into one of the outlets on same UPS strip
- - If the camera is far away from your UPS (as it was for me) then
- Install a Power Line Network Adapter near the camera and install a 48 V PoE (Power over Ethernet) adapter btw the PLNA and the camera
Search for the cameras as you normally would from the Logitech User Interface and you are in business.
* I have tried several isolated surge protectors THEY DID NOT DO THE JOB OF ELIMINATING THE LOGITECH ADAPTER INTERFERENCE.
First of all the SETUP is very easy. The on screen prompts will take you though the steps.
1. Install the software.
2. Plug the master network adapter into the power outlet and plug the Ethernet cable into your router
3. Plug the camera into power outlet and click yes to update firmware (adapters and camera).
NOTE: Do not unplug the camera or the master adapter during the update.
Wow that was easy. It took less than 15 minutes to get the system up and running.
You can even use your neighbors WiFi signal (please ask first) - more below.
The picture quality is great (but not HD and not what you have come to expect from a digital camera) during daylight hours but not so great at capturing clear pictures of moving objects in total darkness. However in my case I have a flood light with motion detector that comes on when someone enters the area at night making the video bright and clear.
What I like is that you can draw areas on the actual image from the video camera to trigger recording. In other words you can eliminate false recordings from cars going by or movement outside your property.
You set up each camera individually providing ultimate flexibility in alerts, sensitivity and recording. In addition, once you have created a LogitechAlert account, you can select which cameras triggers an email alert.
You set the LogitechAlert account up from the Settings Menu (the gearwheel icon).
From here you can enter several email addresses. I have mine set to send a text to my cell phone (as I don't have a smart phone with email and web access).
Most cell phone providers offers an email address starting with your cell phone number that will be forwarded to you as a text message.
Please look the email address up on your providers web page. I can not put them up due to Amazon posting regulations.
You may get charged for each text by your cell phone provider so make sure to set the Alert Frequency and Motion Filter conservatively (from within the Settings Menu - Alerts-Advanced).
As mentioned above, I have not received one false alarm although my system is still set using the default values.
RECORDING WITH PC TURNED OFF - THIS IS A GREAT FEATURE.
The camera(s) stores all motion triggered activity regardless if you have the PC on or off. To review all recorded activity, start the PC and click the "Enter Playback Mode" icon. A very intuitive calendar and timeline shows up indicating recordings. Point to a time and click on play to see the activity.
You can review/playback history from only the dedicated PC on your network.
Logitech suggests not loading the software on more than on PC on the network.
If you do, you can only watch live video but review/playback will not work from the other PC's (also unexpected results may occur).
NOTE: You can view the real time images from anywhere on the web with the free Logitech Web Alert Viewer. To get full control with playback via a remote PC you must purchase the Logitech Web and Mobile Commander for an annual fee* of $80 (at the time of this writing).
You keep a PC turned on all the time and control it from any PC (or web enabled phone) on the web using Teamviewer or LogMeIn (both are free for private use - you can download the programs from Cnet.com). Then you can access the Logitech Alert Commander interface as you normally do from home.
UPDATE 1: I am using the free version of LogMeIn and it works great. The only disadvantage is that you can not hear audio from the home computer. But you can see the live video feed and use playback along with camera adjustments etc. Actually you can operate your home computer just as if you were sitting in front of it. You can access it from work or anywhere in the world via the internet.
UPDATE 2: I have now used both remote programs for over a month. Logmein appear to be unreliable with respect to video quality. TEAMVIEWER IS THE WINNER (To get perfect video quality: select "View", "Optimize Quality" from the TeamViewer screen on the remote computer). TeamViewer will also let you transfer recorded video files (or any file for that matter) when you are away from home.
Cost for leaving your home computer on all the time.
The cost for a 40 Watts consumer** 24 hours per day, 365 days per year = $35/year at $0.10 per kWh.
However, Teamviewer allows you to use "Wake Up On LAN" so you can turn your home computer on from the remote computer (Too much to cover here).
For details Google: How does Wake-on-LAN with TeamViewer work?
* Come on Logitech!!! Reduce it to a $50 one time fee and sell more systems to happier customers.
** One UPS manufacturer estimates 40 watts power consumption from an entry level desk top with a 20 LCD monitor. Turn the monitor off and bring the cost down even more. Also set the hard drive to turn off if not in use via Windows "Power Options Interface". You may also be able to set the home computer to "Wake up on LAN".
INSTALLATION OF THE CAMERA'S POWER/DATA ADAPTER IN THE ATTIC
First of all I wanted to hide the wire to the camera.
Logitech's instructions show the power/data wire going from the camera to a power outlet on the side of the house.
Consequently a thief can easily unplug the camera.
Pull an extension cord from a power outlet in the attic (or somewhere else) and connect it to the grey power supply/adapter for the camera.
NOTE: WHATEVER YOU DO WHEN PULLING WIRES MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL CODES.
I know Logitech Customer Service had told another reviewer "The adapters CANNOT be installed in the attic".
Logitech may be concerned about high attic temperatures present in some climates.
My attic does not get very hot; in addition I mounted the adapter just above the lower perimeter soffit vent where outside air constantly flows in.
The power/data Ethernet cable to the exterior camera (mounted under the roof overhang) is now routed through the soffit to the camera adapter in the attic.
Drill a 9/16" (14 mm) hole to allow the Ethernet plug to pass through the soffit. Mount the power adapter over the soffit vent with the power cable coming out at the top as shown in Logitech's instructions.
NOTE: I used a 100 foot grounded heavy duty extension cord plugged into a grounded power outlet. I don't know if using a grounded outlet and grounded extension cord matters because none of the adapters are equipped with grounded plugs. You may not need a heavy duty cord as the camera adapter uses very little power.
PREVENT BLACKOUT DURING POWER OUTAGES USING A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)
I still want the surveillance system to work during power outages or if the power line to the house is cut.
The Manual tell you it will not work if you use a surge protector or UPS.
I already have the cable modem and the wireless router plugged into an APC BN600R Battery Backup (UPS), so all I had to do was to plug the black Logitech network adapter into the UPS and pull an extension cord from the UPS to the grey Logitech camera adapter. All the equipment is fed from a single UPS.
The disadvantage is that you have to pull extension cord(s) from the UPS to the camera adapters. In my case it was not a problem because the extension cord would drop down from the attic between the studs in one of the walls to where I have my router.
I am sure you can use a higher capacity UPS as long as ALL your Logitech adapters are connected to it.
WHATEVER YOU DO WHEN PULLING WIRES MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL CODES.
Out of the box there was no audio from the camera.
To turn the sound on:
1) Un-mute from the Command screen (slider at the right hand bottom) and
2) Click on Settings (gearwheel icon) and click on the camera name (your camera(s) will be listed by the name you give them during setup "Entry way", "Hall way" etc.)
Then check the box Enable Audio (after accepting the legal notice).
Note: If you have more than one camera, you have to Enable Audio for each one.
GOOD QUALITY PRICE RATIO*
Overall I will rate the Logitech 750e a quality system for the money. As an alternative, you can purchase professional systems that will cost thousands of $ but it is unlikely that they have the remote access this system has.
* UPDATE Aug-21-2014: The price quality ratio was good when the camera system was first introduced. Since then the price has doubled and new products with higher resolution and remote access have entered the market.
However the new systems may require a good Wi-Fi signal strength to function properly or require that you pull wires from the router to the cameras (or install a Wi-Fi booster).
However if you have low Wi-Fi signal strength where the camera(s) are going to be installed you may be better off with this Logitech Alert camera solution because the data is transmitted through existing electrical house wiring and you only need to plug the camera(s) into an electric outlet for it to work. - END UPDATE.
Perhaps Logitech have "beefed up" the mounting hardware for the camera. My hardware is rigid and of good quality. Another reviewer had problems with the hardware.
(I tightened and pre-adjusted the holder/adapter and added a drop of Locktite (blue) to the threads prior to installation. It is easier done on the ground as compared to the top of a 15 foot ladder).
UPDATE: The mounting plate is covered with a rubber cover. You have to tighten the holder rod FIRMLY to the base to ensure a rigid mount (or else the camera will wiggle).
Also, one of the cameras would turn freely no matter how hard the thumbscrew was tightened. It turned out that there is a phillips screw hiden inside the short rod which is being clamped by the thumbscrew assembly. The phillips screw was loose. Simply remove the thumbscrew completely to take the assembly apart. Then tighten the phillips screw and put it back together.
Logitech, QA/QC you need to address this issue. This is probably why so many people are complaining about the camera mount.
ALARM SYSTEM - Section added October 7, 2011
Before installing the system I had tried a couple of alarm systems with wireless sensors on the windows and doors. It was a lot of work to set up and configure but I could have lived with that if it wasn't for the false alarms. THEY DROVE ME AND THE NEIGHBORS CRAZY.
Now I use the Logitech camera-setup as a silent alarm system. The email/text message alert tells me if a camera detects motion and I can immediately check what is going on over the internet via my Android phone (I finally got one) or from the PC in the hotel lobby.
This way you can actually watch what is going on in and around the house before calling the police.
Suggestion: Add the number for the dispatcher at your local police station to your phone book. (Calling 911 from Florida will probably take too long if your house is in Maine).
Here is what I have learned.
A camera MAY report motion (and send an email/text message*) if the shadows from clouds etc suddenly moves across the area the camera is set to monitor. I say MAY because it very seldom happens.
The solution is to exclude these window or potential "moving shadow" areas from the cameras trigger area(s).
A camera WILL report motion if a large insect or flying leaf moves over the trigger area. Even a small chipmunk on the ground will trigger the camera. Consequently I do not use an outside camera to send me text messages if motion is detected.
When an outdoor camera is operating in night vision mode insects are attracted to it like a regular light bulb. Fortunately it is only a special type of insect that triggers my camera. It looks like a white flying spiral worm that is one to two inches long and 0.5" in diameter (I have not observed any other type of insects trigger a camera).
* Providing you have armed the system.
HOW TO CONNECT WITHOUT CABLE, DSL or ADSL INTERNET SERVICE - Section added February 21, 2012
We have a cabin without wired internet service and without 3G broadband signal. The good news is that my year-round neighbor has internet service and a WiFi router. The signal from the router is very weak. However I managed to get EXCELLENT signal strength using the Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g USB Wireless WiFi network Adapter with 5dBi Antenna and Suction cup Window Mount dock - for Wardriving & Range Extension antenna connected to the USB port on my computer.
Next step was to get the signal into a router. Again, Alfa to the rescue; they make a small but very sophisticated router that connects to their antenna (or a 3G USB adapter). Alfa R36 802.11 b, g N, Repeater and Range Extender for AWUS036H can also be used as a 3G Router - Enables you to Extend to Signal that is picked up by the AWUS036H and distribute the internet to multiple Users (Desktops, Laptops, tablets, iPods or iPad...
It was very simple to set up: WiFi signal from neighbor -> to Alfa Antenna -> to USB port on the R36 router -> to the black Logitech network adapter via Ethernet cable -> to PC running the Logitech software (this last step is optional).
NOTE ALL COMPONENTS MUST BE POWERED DOWN AND UP AGAIN FOR THE CAMERA TO BE FOUND AND BECOME LIVE VIA THE Alert.Logitech.com website.
That was easy...
... and my neighbor did not have a problem sharing his WiFi signal in the spirit of neighborhood watch and safety.
Now we have our own private LAN with full WiFi and internet access for all our WiFi gadgets throughout the cabin.
Ever wondered how to set up a PRIVATE LAN using your neighbors WiFi signal - NOW YOU KNOW!
- Very easy setup
- Great picture quality in daylight but not in total darkness
- Motion detection is very reliable
- Flexible email alert settings
- Workaround if you don't have a phone with email or web access
- Recording with PC turned off - great feature
- Workaround to avoid paying $80 per year for remote access
- Attic installation of the camera's power adapter
- How to connect "Battery UPS backup"
- How to turn the sound feature on
- Using the cameras as a Security System
- Connect the system to the internet via WiFi or 3G
I hope this review helps you. The system is very easy to get up and running. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Disclaimer, I am retired and do not work for or have stock in any company. I write reviews because I use them extensively myself before I make a purchasing decision.
I recently installed a TRENDnet Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit, TPL-406E2K in the house. This interfered with the cameras causing loss of signal from one or more cameras. The problem went away when the Trendnet Powerline kit was removed.
SETUP: Setup isn't too bad. Just remember to read the directions but there are a few gotchas such as, you can't plug the camera side or the network side plugs into a power strip because of the circuitry screws up the data making it out of the power strip. This leads to the first problem I have. You have to use a dedicated outlet for each plug. In my older house, plugs are few and far between.
SOFTWARE: The software installation was quick and painless. Immediately the software updated the firmware for my camera which was nice. The software controls are OK. It's missing some key features in my opinion. There is no "record" button. So it only records if it detects motion. I want the ability to be able to record on demand.
MOTION: You can select up to 6 zones that trigger recordings and alerts when there is movement. The downside is, the zones are only square. I wish you could make angles as well. The motion is too sensitive imho. I have it all the way down and it finally seems to be only pick up large movement.
CAMERA: The camera is of very high quality. It is all metal and it feels solid and like it will last a long time. I was surprised on how well built it is. It also has a microphone that works really well. It picks up everything. The last thing is the night vision. It works pretty good. The image quality is pretty good. I give it an 8 out of 10 when looking at the picture in the software. To my surprise, the image when viewing the videos manually are better!
REMOTE VIEWING: Viewing the image on my iphone is pretty cool. There is about a 5-10 second delay, which is to be expected. Viewing the image at [...]is decent, though you already know from the other reviews that there is no sound with remote viewing.
ALERTS: The email alerts are cool but I wish they would send you a screen shot as to why there was an alert. So imagine you get an alert, you log onto [...] or view the picture on your phone and now whatever it is that triggered the alert is gone, so you have no ideas what happened. On top of that, the free viewing doesn't have any way to rewind to see what's going on, so you'll have to wait until you get home. One workaround is, if you have remote software for your PC, you can remotely connect to your PC and view the software that way, but most users will have no idea how to do this.
The other alert is right on your desktop, which seems cool at first, a sound is made and then a small picture pops up. the problem is, you can't click the picture to make it bigger, it just disappears after a few seconds.
OTHER: The cord that comes with the camera is not long enough. I think it's 25ft. Which is decent, but they should give you 100ft for the money that you pay. You can buy more cord but I feel you shouldn't have to with the first camera.
All in all, I like this setup though it could use some improvements here and there. I plan to keep mine and add more cameras hoping they improve the software.
UPDATE: After doing some research over the weekend, I realize how bad the Logitech software really is. Instead I decided to go with software called, "Blue Iris" which is worlds better than the Logitech software in every way. So much so, I paid $50 for it. After that, I realized that the appeal of the Logitech camera system starts to fade since I could literally buy any camera and use it with Blue Iris. Currently I am running Blue Iris with one Logitech 700e and my Logitech C910 HD webcam and it works flawlessly. Admittedly it's not going to be as easy for normal folk, but for a techie like me, it's more than worth the effort. Bottom line, if you decide to get the Logitech camera, don't waste your money on the "System" package and just get the camera and purchase Blue Iris instead. Or, do what I plan to do, research similar cameras and see what my options are.
BTW - If you want to just connect to your camera, download VLC player and then use the "Advanced File Open" menu and type "[...]" or "[...] Cheers!
11/5/2011 Update: OK, I've had the cameras for almost a year now. I've been really happy with them. For the price, you can't beat it. I raised the stars back to 3. I still ding it for a few things. I really wish it was 30fps, but I guess it would be a lot of bandwidth over the internet, so they probably made a decision to chop it 15fps to conserve bandwidth and to save a little money on the camera side. I still use Blue Iris for 99% of my recording(I record 24/7 for 7 days). I actually use the email alerts with Logitech over Blue Iris since Blue Iris has a bug where it spits garbage onto the screen and falsely sets off the motion. I mentioned in my earlier review that there are no pictures with the email alerts. I was wrong, there is! I have caught somebody casing my house(they ended up robbing my next door neighbors house), I caught an accident, and a couple of drug deals. I see which critters walk around my house at night(raccoons, cats, and skunks), and catch everything from spiders to birds to every solicitor that comes to my door. I love knowing when people are coming and going. I see when packages are delivered and all with great clarity. If Logitech could add 24/7 recording, diagonal blocks on the motion page and lower the price of the yearly subscription, I would give them a 5. Anyhoo, just thought I'd post again since I felt my 2 stars were a bit low.
“Effective immediately, Logitech Alert master systems are no longer available for purchase on Logitech.com. Please rest assured that Logitech very much appreciates its Alert community. As such, we continue our commitment to Logitech Alert customers, and expect to continue to support and offer both the Logitech Alert Web and Mobile Commander basic (no additional charge) and premium (fee-based) subscription services for the foreseeable future. We also expect to have add-on cameras available to purchase later this year for current customers with a master system.
We expect current open orders will be fulfilled within the coming two weeks. If you have any questions or concerns about your order, please contact Logitech customer care. Details on how to reach them can be found here.”
So, with a little patience, you may be able to purchase additional cameras at the more reasonable prices that were originally charged by Logitech.
Since I wrote this review, I have found that Logitech is NOT going to offer any more of their cameras. I was misled by a Logicech technician who occasionally commented on the Logitech blog site. Well, it has been an education, if nothing else. I will never again buy a system where I am locked into proprietary components. Currently, I am experimenting with Dahua cameras that will interface with an NVR.