Summary: Once you have the power supply, or POE on your router, it's easy to hook up and use. The automatic motion detecting feature is nice. I hooked mine up to record 1 second before and 1 second after any motion. The next day, I had video of every kid and car that went by my home. It also records the sounds with the mic and logs time and date with every recording. The pan feature is great too. You just point to the spot you want it to center to, and it moves there quickly.
Summary: been considering buying a cam to view the outside of my home for a while finally picked up the Panasonic 531a. pretty easy to setup. Tech support is really good. They will walk you through it step by step. Turns out that My dsl modem was not properly opening the port that I needed. Had to deal with verizon and once that was resolved it all works perfectly.
Summary: Here's the deal. I'm not an i t specialist but this is what my guy told me about the camera. 1. active x is a product of microsoft so you pretty much have to use internet explorer to use camera effectively...most people do not have internet explorer on their smart phones. 2. wep vs.wpa?? not sure about what that means in technology speak but if you intend on recording with a p c on a network using the wireless capability of the camera you will be very vulnerable. 3.
Works great - but can take a lot of time to get it working
R. Beckley "bobb", Amazon
19 January 2011
Summary: It took me 4 days to get this working. I connected the security camera to a Power Over Ethernet switch box to my Motorola modem/router. Everything worked on my home LAN. I could view the camera from the house and pan it via the web software. However, it was not visible over the Internet, which is what I bought the camera for. I called Panasonic, and after several hours of trying they suggested I call my ISP.
Summary: I purchased two of these cameras for a vacation home. I can now monitor what's going on at our second home over the web. The install was fairly straightforward. I repurposed a couple of cat5 phone jacks to power the cameras with a PoE switch. The images are very good and there is even an included microphone to listen to. The zoom feature is a digital zoom, so expect degradation of the image.
Easy to install security cameras. Solid build quality.
Digital Donkey, Amazon
7 January 2011
Summary: After a terrible expeience with the Panasonic BL-C160A Outdoor Lighted MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver) I gave panasonic another chance and am glad I did. With PoE installing these is very easy: just run the ethernet cable and screw in the base. You'll need to have a switch that supports PoE, I use the TRENDnet 8-Port 10/100Mbps PoE Switch (4x 10/100, 4x 10/100 PoE) and have 4 cameras running with it.
Summary: I was looking for an outdoor camera for my home and decided on the BB-HCM531A after taking to the Panasonic tech people. I was tempted to go with the less expensive BB-HCN511A because it has very similar performance specification and I was mounting the camera under an eve and I felt like I could provide it adequate protection from the rain.
Summary: First off like to thanks Panasonic customer service for helping me make my decision on the Camera Model: BB-HCM531A. I end up geting 2 of them and had them up now for three weeks. I Order the software that you can record up to 64 cameras at one time. Still testing out the cameras, works wonderful and been in in 3 rain stroms and held up great. The Software i got for the cameras Model:BB-HNP15A is nice and easy to record with.
Summary: I've bought several of these cameras for outdoor use. On the positive side, for the first year or so, they were fairly easy to install, the software works well, and i could easily incorporate them into my security system (I'm running Synology for that) The pan/tilt works quite nicely. Resolution is reasonable and images are reasonably clear. On the downside: Night resolution is fairly poor. If the area isn't lit you can't see a thing.
Summary: This is an extremely effective, practical and easy-to-use camera. Bought two from Amazon. Installation is a snap. It comes with a sun/rain visor (not pictured), wallmount base, CD-ROM and all the associated screws. All you need is a drill and some anchors. LAN ports and audio ports are easily accessible at the rear. I run mine using Power Over Ethernet. You *will* need PoE injectors. These can be bought separately; I used the TrendNet ones.