Summary: I had hoped for 3 years and mininal problems. Instead going on SIX years and zero, ziltch, nada any problems. None. The usual power outages never scrambled these units. Bought and setup three of these in early 2007. Setup was straighforward but do need to read and follow instructions. Motion detect and send pictures to mobile phone was not an original need back in 2007, but works fine now that I have compatible phone model.
Pros: Compact, Easy to use, Durable, Exceeded expectations, Convenient
Definitely - NOT - for Macs...read on for new info!
looking around "aworldtraveler", Amazon
24 June 2010
Summary: First, these cameras DO NOT work on the (up-to-date, circa 2010) Airport Extreme. The modern AE works ONLY in WPA/WPA2 or WPA NOT in WEP - these cameras ONLY work on WEP. After reading many, many reviews, not only of this camera, but of other models also, and seeing that many Mac owners were happy I decided to take the "plunge" - save yourselves the headache and the frustration!
Summary: HI, MY NAME IS ED AND I LIVE IN CALGARY ALBERTA CANADA.I WOULD LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE IT IS EASY TO TRANSFER THE DESKTOP COMPUTER WINDOW TO A TOUCH SCREEN CELL PHONE, AND USE THE SCREEN TO MOVE THE LENS OF THE CAMERA. YOU CAN BRIGHTEN OR DARKEN THE VIEW, HAVE THE STILL VIDEO PICTURE REFRESH EVERY 3 SECONDS WITH OUT THE PICTURE DISAPPEARING AND COMMING BACK TO THE SCREEN WITH THE NEW PICTURE VIEW.
Pros: Inexpensive, Compact, Durable, Exceeded expectations, Convenient, Easy to use, great camera
One year and still working perfectly - update at year 2
15 November 2009
Summary: We bought this camera a year ago, and have gotten our money's worth out of it. We've moved it to different locations inside the house, to watch the bird feeders in the back yard, to check on the cats while on vacation, or as a security camera watching the front of the house and entryway. Setup and maintenance are MUCH easier than our previous network camera, which was a Linksys model.
Summary: My wife and I wanted to install a video camera of some sort to monitor the comings and goings at the front and back of the house. Our list of wants was pretty short: We wanted a cam that would email us when there was activity and store images that could be accessed online. After trying some of the cheaper consumer Wireless IP NetCams and been disappointed by them in various ways we decided to try the Panasonic BL-C20A.
Summary: I must admit that while I am very satisfied with this product now that it is working correctly, I had a hell of a time getting set-up. I consider myself well beyond the curve when it comes to computing and general tech savvy, yet set-up for this camera frustrated me to no end. Adding to the horror that was setting this thing up was the poor English translation apparent in both the set-up CD and the online access component.
Summary: I am very happy with this petcam. I did need help getting it all connected, but after that it works fine. If you're not really computer savvy I think you will need help. I am so happy to be able to check on my cat while on vacation, at work, etc. Picture is fine and I like how I can zoom in to see her closer. I recommend this to those people who, like me, are very protective of their pets.
Summary: I put in a one star review earlier but I was wrong. This does work with mac but it takes some time to set up. I had to get on the phone with panasonic support which I recommend. I had to turn off my wireless airport and hook up the camera directly to my computer via ethernet. I had to go into my network settings and manually set the IP: 192.168.0.3 - Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0 - Router: 192.168.0.254. Then the light on the camera went solid green.
Summary: The Panasonice BL-C20A is a smart product. Loved the easy setup and the quality of picture. But i could not use the RECORDING software with my VISTA machine - i would have thought by now most companies would have their drivers compeleted for VISTA. Also, the camera works wirelessly only on WEP security and i use WPA. So as advanced as this camera may seem, it still has some catching up to do to get full optimal functionality.