Ok for viewing but software and motion detection could be better
29 November 2009
Summary: Software that comes with the camera isn't that great. I was able to connect to the camera wirelessly within a few minutes to view the image but getting it setup to record on detecting motion didn't work for me. I was able to get it to record at set times for various durations but I wanted this for the motion detection recording. Also viewing saved recordings was cumbersome. The camera was returned for those reasons.
Summary: Camera failed to find wireless network, despite being in same room as router and other wireless devices connected ok. Connected camera using wired connection to test software features and video quality. Image quality is poor, very pixelated and has motion like artifacts even on areas where there is no motion. Tried contacting the technical support hotline which on box is touted as award winning 24x7.
Summary: I set this up and could see perfectly with the internal network. However, the external service was not good. I never could get it to work. I called everyone but they all pointed at each other. They mostly blamed my IP service for not allowing me to get a free channel out. Then they blamed my hardware. I got a new router, wireless modem, operating system, computer and still could not see it on the web. Useless.
Summary: I purchased a few of these cameras to keep an eye on my dogs and the house while away. After reading the reviews, I didn't even bother installing the software. If all you want to do is see what's happening NOW via a web browser, then there's no need for the security software anyway. Setting up dynamic dns is a snap as well as port redirection at your router or firewall so you can access the cameras remotely.
Summary: Where to begin? Well, the camera works, but thats about all I can say positively. Let's start with the hardware. The unit is a nice design with no external antenna, but is a little on the big side. It has some flexible mounting options, though the backside mount has positioning limitations because of the power and network connections. The camera is pretty basic in capabilities.
Summary: Actually, at this point in time the camera is $89. I bought one a couple of weeks ago and have ordered 3 more. I have several Pansonic BL-C131a cameras and like them a lot. But even at the $240 price they are going for now, I'd rather have more cameras than Pan/Tilt capability. Here is what I know so far about the Linksys WV54GCA. Setup - It took me a while to get the camera set up. It seemed much more complicated than the panasonics were.
Summary: Simply put, this is the most disappointing Linksys product I have ever owned. It is clearly not ready for production and Linksys should have taken more time to develop it properly. I purchased this item primarily for the "motion detection" feature which emails pictures after motion is detected. Unfortunately, the camera interprets any kind of lighting change as motion, even when set to the lowest sensitivity.
Summary: The WVC54GCA has many significant problems with its firmware that Cisco seems to be unwilling to fix. I say "unwilling" because they have not updated the firmware in over a year. I say "significant problems" because there are bugs that are obvious and interfere with the normal operation of the camera. These include: * DHCP function does not renew its lease. You need to hard code the camera's IP address.