This is seriously plug and play. Connect base to your network, turn on camera. The camera will pick up your wifi automatically (at least for me), and you can start using it right away. Because it runs on batteries, your recordings will start a couple seconds after the camera detects motion, but that's pretty much all you need unless you want a real, fully wired, 24/7 system. You can always connect directly to the camera as well.
Sometimes it will detect motion but not have video for you to review until hours later, but again, you can always check live if you are concerned.