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Panasonic Network Camera and Pet Cam (BLC1A)
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|Item Dimensions||1 x 3.38 x 3.38 inches|
|Item Weight||0.22 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480|
Panasonic BL-C1A Wired Network Camera, bracket, power supply, mounting hardware, CD-ROM, software and instructions.
The Panasonic BL-C1A Wired Network Camera handles your digital photography needs at a price that won't hurt your wallet! This color surveillance camera allows remote video monitoring of a home or business. Remote home and business surveillance just got a lot more affordable. Receive an e-mail image when the home security camera detects motion--you'll always know what's going on at home or at your business. The 10X digital zoom and color night viewing makes sure you don't miss a detail. It's easy to install, easy to operate and requires no additional software for viewing on your PC. Indoor use only.
Image Buffer--About 250 frames (320 x 240, standard image quality). Image transfer via e-mail (SMTP) or FTP. View snapshots and control them from a compatible cellular phone Supports up to 12 cameras IPv4 Multi-Language Interface - English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese
Camera Features - 1/4 320,000 pixel CMOS image sensor 10 digital zoom Viewing Angle - 53° horizontal, 41° vertical Auto exposure Aperture - F2.8 Illumination - 10 - 10,000 lux (normal), 4-10,000 lux (night view) Motion Sensor with Email Alert Auto & manual White Balance Network Connection - RJ45 Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-X) System Requirements - Windows 98SE, 2000, ME and XP; Internet Explorer 6.0 or later Camera Dimensions(WxHxD) - 3-3/8 x 3-3/8 x 1 Weight - 0.22 lbs Networking Protocols - HTTP, FTP, SMTP, TCP, UDP, IP, DHCP, DNS, ARP, ICMP, and POP3 before SMTP
From the Manufacturer
This camera can be viewed and controlled from a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA. Place it in your home, office, vacation home or almost anywhere else that you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required on location! They are easy to install and operate and require no additional software for the PC that you're viewing them on. Each camera also comes with a free web address, which can track the camera automatically. All you need is a regular web browser to view them on your PC--all of the other required software, including control software (TCP/UDP) and e-mail software (SMTP), is already inside the camera.
Just Plug It In and Play
This network camera is easy to install and use. With industry standard automatic configuration (UPnP), the camera and your router or PC will automatically decide the best settings, allowing you to access your camera without any complicated setup. Once connected, using a simple web browser, just enter in your free, permanent web address and you're done! It's that simple.
Sensor Recording and Email Alerts
With the built-in motion sensor, the camera can be set to record and/or notify you by email when someone enters the room.
And Now You Can Watch Your Pets!
Always feel close to your animals, 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 this webcam.
Top Customer Reviews
So, for anybody else who wants to use the BL-C1A camera with something other than Windows here's how.
First, ignore the shiny Windows CDROM in the box. Plug the camera into your router with your own network cable (they don't supply one!) and plug in the power supply. Wait a minute. If your router is 192.168.0.1, the camera should default to 192.168.0.253 (or 192.168.1.253 for a 192.168.1.1 router, etc).
From Firefox on the local network just go to the IP addess of the camera (as above) followed by ?mode=local and you should get the camera's built in web server. (The mode=local is essential, to activate it). Create an admin userid/password, hit enter. That's it.
Configuring the cameras for static addresses, different ports etc is all done via the web interface after that point, so still doesn't need Windows or IE in any way.
With a few lines written in the manual they could drop the Windows/IE requirement.
Camera works very nicely, and so does emailing, and the viewnetcam dynamic dns service (after a bit of a battle with router settings). One warning: you can't test the viewnetcam service from the same network that the camera is on, so before you think it's not working try it from elsewhere!
Camera does the job fine for the price, one point deducted for not having any non-Windows installation instructions.
Setting the cameras up to see each other was easy and now i can remote in and see all 3 camera's at the same time. I have sensors setup on all 3 and they work great. Now when I am at work I can alway check on my house and my family. I have images emailed to me everytime the motion sensors go off. I have also tested the image to cell phone feature and it does work fine but even with a good phone its sometime hard to see the images on a phone. Email works best in my opinion, and sense most phones can check email you can still get to the image they are just not scaled down to a phone size.
I highly recommend this camera especialy if you want to use it for motion sensing. If you must have pan/tilt the BL-C10A is also great but you lose some control on the motion sensor sensitivity.
The issues I have with this camera is its documentation and remote access over the net. Documentation is weak and if you run into config problems......you're dead. Unless you are versed in network configuration etc. I thought I was until I came across this camera....boy that took awhile. Accessing it over the internet requires configuring my router to allow port forwarding etc.
As for getting emails..?....I've yet to get one with images. The only emails I obtain is its reports of how many pix it takes everyday. I really wish that I have better support somewhere for this side and I would be fine.
But again, over the local lan...its great.
It was extremely easy to set up, only took a few minutes and I had the camera up and running. Much easier then I expected for a fairly new technology. The motion detection and zoom make it a complete winner, and all for under $100.
To make this work you need to go to setup tab
choose static connection mode
change port number to 5000
for mine IP Address 192.168.1.253
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
default gateway 192.168.1.254
DNS server 1 192.168.1.254
DNS server 2 184.108.40.206
You will then need to go to the firewall of your router and setup an egress rule for the device using port 5000. This worked for me and I can now access the camera from anywhere.
I further setup up limited user access. For this you need to go to "administer" and choose "Do not permit access from guest users"
Then you go to "general user" tab and create the user account that you want to allow to access the camera. I set mine up to only allow "guests" to access the camera M-F 8a-6p. That was pretty easy to figure out as well.
Finally, if you want to buffer the images you can set that up on the "trigger" tab. I chose to just have it store the images in the camera at 1 per minute and get just over 4 hours that I can replay. I am playing with trying to get it to email tonight.
If you have AT&T then I hope these settings work for you. If not (or if you have any other problems) I highly advise you call Panasonic support before you give up. They are great and did not take too much time.
Update - 1-27-10
I struggled with the email settings for a while running multiple tests.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This camera works well to monitor one of the rooms of the house, without being anything extraordinary performance, the price is good for this category of equipment!Published on April 3, 2013 by Rhoos
I have two other Panasonic cameras (CL-121A and CL10) and like them so I bought this model as an extra pet monitor. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Mobius48
This was the first IP Camera that I purchased. The BLC1A is an "OK" camera with an "OK" picture for the price. User Friendly and free to access the camera through viewnetcam.com. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Gerry
I still like using this cam, it does exactly as I expect. Decent picture and I find them easy to setup (Never installed any software, just used the camera's web page 192.168.x. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by AhCiIi
I have many of these cameras... Their power supplies are often faulty(after many months of use) but it's a good stable wired camera with motion detection and superior low-light... Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Onlooker
I have no complaints against the installation or operation of the camera. It is designed to work as expected. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Vic