Linksys WVC54G Wireless-G Internet Camera
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- Sends a high-quality live audio/video stream to your network wirelessly over 802.11g -- viewable from anywhere
- Built-in stand-alone web server, no PC necessary
- Security Mode automatically sends email alerts with video clips upon motion detection
- Supports up to four simultaneous remote users
- Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
(Above image is the back of the unit - note the mounting features)
The Linksys Wireless-G Internet Video Camera sends live video with sound 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.Features:
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 lets you access your camera using an easy-to-remember "name", even if your home Internet connection uses a dynamic IP address. (SoloLink service is optional and a fee is involved)
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.
Underside of the device:
Note the reset button (recessed), the Ethernet jack, the optional external MIC input, and the Power Connector.
- As with many devices, the only really reliable way to access and configure the device for setup (only the initial setup) is to connect it directly to the network via CAT 5 cable. Then configuration can be done through a PC connected to the same network via CAT5 cable. They should both be hard wired to the same switch or hub or router. Any deviation from this with either device leads to sporadic success. (and frustration)
- The browser-based setup is feature rich and can be used in place of the software-based setup.
- Use care in resetting the device. This device is a little sensitive to the reset button. Be sure to press and hold the reset button in consistently until the IP address/status display goes blank. Then immediately release the button.
- Resetting the device restores the IP address to Fixed at 192.168.1.115 and resets all of the preferences, so use care when choosing to reset.
- The bigger and higher quality you make the video, the greater the likelihood that you will experience choppiness/loss of signal. This is a function of internet connection/network speed.
- If the picture seems out of focus, don't forget about the manual focus adjustment available on the front of the camera.
- The internal microphone is fairly good, but audio quality can be improved substantially with an external microphone.
- The device has firmware upgrades available. You can find these on the Linksys support site. The readme in the file package that you download contains basic instructions for performing the firmware upgrade and details the improvements made over previous firmware revisions.
- The camera's internal server uses Active-X to generate the web-based video stream, so you'll need to use Internet Explorer to view the video. Firefox/Mozilla/Safari is a no-go.
- There are many reports of owners using a service called DynDNS instead of SoloLink for IP address services. There is a good discussion covering the use of the service in the Linksys forums found here.
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