Summary: After reading all of the glowing reviews, I had to try it out. I can understand why so many people loved it, 6-8 years ago, but there are several other cameras on the market now that offer better video quality for less money.
Good quality images. Defective and unreliable hardware
Jon Davis "Jon", Amazon
11 September 2010
Summary: I own two of these units purchased new from 2 different sellers (retail store and Amazon).. The camera works well when it works. The image quality is good during the day (upto 640x480) and acceptable when it get darker (it has no night vision/infrared capabilities so is unusable at night).
Summary: I bought this camera on Amazon a year ago at the end of August. After searching the web it looked like this was the camera to get. The decision was based on the quality of the image and the high praise for the U.S. based help center that they provided while you are setting up the camera.
Best of consumer web cams (I have tested 20 models)
Amazon Customer, Amazon
21 January 2010
Summary: OVERVIEW The BL-C131A is a wireless/router based camera (no PC needed). In my view, this is the ONLY way cameras should be used due to the unstable PC connected solutions (e.g., PC freeze-up, lost power, etc).
Cons: * Acquiring video from applications seems to lack a standard for interoperability. * There is a less than optimal web interface with plug-ins. * The user-presets don't appear to be able to be selected as default home if the device is powered off and on again. * It doesn't support Power over Ether...
Summary: I see others have had problems setting up the camera. One does need to know how to set up a wireless device on a LAN network, SMTP/FTP settings and such. I can vouch that this device does work properly if you understand the before-mentioned technology.
Pros: This camera has great web server software. It will stream a very decent quality video stream to your browser. One can log into the camera's web server with a mobile phone like an iPhone and it will actually stream video to Safari. It can email, text or FTP captured images. The combination of all ...
Cons: Not much really. At this price, you really can't ask for much more.
Pros: Once working it's a decent camera and does what it is supposed to do.
Cons: It's a bear to set up to your liking...and I still haven't figured out the pre and post trigger image settings. I also can not get it to connect to my Linksys router if I have wireless security set up. It will only connect when I have wireless security turned off.
Summary: The power brick and camera can get pretty hot which makes me wonder about the long term reliability (the first one we bought is now about 2 yrs old). Wish that customer service were better - was told that the DOA unit was my problem, contact the manufacturer.
Pros: This is the second BL-C131A I've bought, and other than one being DOA, they have been a joy to own. Great not to need a LAN line. Pan/tilt is great. Multicamera screen is nice - assuming you have more than one camera. My wife love's being able to view the camera via her Blackberry.
Cons: Low light ability is poor - but it's not advertised as being great, and doesn't have a light source. The digital zoom is pointless. The web client can be a pain to use - my Mum can't get the video to apper in her browser. I have had a few problems, but found them relatively easy to fix.
Summary: I recently purchased a refurbished unit from Amazon. While relatively complicated, I was able to get it to work on my home wireless network in a couple hours. Next I tried to get it to work over the Internet. It appeared that it had been registered for online use by the previous "owner".