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: 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: Overall the this wireless camera is good, and works with Macs - although it is not supported, once you know the default IP address you can set up the camera with any web browser really, and the PC software is only truly necessary if you have several of those. The only drawback I find is that the picture quality is not great. Compared to the built-in webcam of recent Macs for instance. I have tried all different settings and it is never super sharp.
Summary: I just installed the camera during the weekend. All the features works. I am using an old Netgear MR814 wireless router. The DSL provider is ATT (original SBC global). Here are some hints to make it work: 1. Your wireless router doesn't need to be on the Linksys approved list. As long as it has the DDNS support, it shall work. 2. You don't need the TZO DDNS service. Any free DDNS will do the job. I registerd an account at dyndns.org.
Summary: This is a good camera. Given that you can access it over the internet (either via a browser or the supplied utility), it's very cool, especially for the price. I recommend it. Support is good too - you get a fairly well-trained live person in just a few minutes of wait time. Knocks: documentation is poor, which leads to setup issues. Setup is fairly tough - if you know nothing about routers, port forwarding, ip addresses, etc., you're going to need help.
Summary: I was looking for an inexpensive wireless camera in order to watch over my front door throughout the day. This camera fit the description and was a good price, comparatively. I got the camera, hooked it up to my wireless network, and immediately saw the video stream on my computer. You don't need the included software (only good for PCs) to just watch the feed, but you do for recording and playback.
DETAILED overview: firmware- software updates slow, support forum ludicrous, RTSP not as expected, otherwise decent
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31 January 2009
Summary: If interacting with your router is frightening this is not the product you are looking for. ------------------ included software cd NOT required to setup camera! Amazon shipped this with firmware R24 which is the latest to date so it is also likely the latest hardware. The RTSP feature does not play well with VLC (VideoLAN), MPlayer, or NetTransport *especially* with authentication enabled in the camera. Claims to be RTSP multicast capable. do NOT pay to use TZO.
Summary: The picture is good, but it bogs down a wireless router a bit. Also instructions for setup could be better. As other reviewers have said, it is not plug and play!! After reading the instructions and piecing together other reviewers comments and getting help from the TZO site I got it to work. Here is the overall process of what you need to do... First: Follow the instructions that Linksys provides to install the camera and setup a static IP address for it.
Summary: It works. I am using it for a simple application, a kitty-cam, to watch the kittens while I am out of the room. I wish it had a wide-angle lens, but all in all, it does what I paid for it to do. I got it set up without help, but it had a few annoyances, so I used the tech-support chat and we straightened it out with very little fuss. You get your money's worth.
Summary: I got this camera this week, and so far, so good. Installation using a Mac was a breeze. The key is not to use the installation CD from LinkSys, but to go straight to the web page. This is accomplished by first plugging the camera into a hard-wired ethernet port on a router, then finding out what IP address was given to the unit (most home users will be able to find this via their router's status web page or log file).