Summary: This review will get buried but... There is something wrong with the wireless radio on mine. It simply will not connect to my router. The problem is made worse by the manner in which you have to configure it. First you have to connect it with a wired Ethernet and configure it via web browser, which is fine. But when you want to try the wireless connection, the camera needs to be rebooted and a switch needs to be flipped.
Summary: The camera is great but the instructions leave a lot unanswered. They work perfect with the program Security-Spy on the Mac with excellent quality pictures both in video and received through email. I read that someone could not find a program to record the live feed from the camera, Security-Spy seems to work great for this on the Mac. Router ports forwarded to the camera via your router with a static IP worked the best for me.
Pros: Compact, Durable, Exceeded expectations, good value with features
Summary: Setup is easy because I have several other Pan IP cams. Microphone/audio-in works fine. Pan/tilt control is also good. But low light video quality is poor, washed out. Only supports 802.11 b/g. Wireless signal range is quite limited.
Summary: It is the most user-unfriendly device that I have ever used. We set it up at home by ourselves and could easily view it from home but could not check it via internet when not at home-defeating the whole purpose! The customer service tried to set it up for us so that we can view it via internet from outside and they tried for hours and then said that we have to change the whole internet connection type etc. at home.
Summary: I have lots of experience with Panasonic IP cameras, as I own several models. Generally, they are GREAT, and this camera has some very nice features and overall is a good design. I do agree with other reviewers about the low-light performance not being up to par with other cameras in the Panasonic line, but that is a minor problem for average use. The price on this camera is also very good. The setup woes encountered by some reviewers are not surprising.
Summary: I would like to give the BL-C230A IP Camera a decent review however I can't because it was defective upon arrival. The wireless portion of the camera didn't work. I can however give you a review of the repair facility. It stinks. It took the tech 10 days to get around to looking at the camera. Now I'm told it'll take even longer to get parts. Feel free to ask me for an update.
Summary: This is very difficult to get hooked up to an exsisting system. One must call Panasonic and be prepared to be on the phone with them for 2-3 hours also be perpared to be disconnected 3-4 times....:( Mine is STILL not hooked up after all of this, I gave up and now will have to hire someone who is savey in security systems to do this for me.
Summary: My first Panasonic BL-C230a, purchased from Amazon, has been a solid and reliable performer for a year now. The camera is easy to set up with a basic understanding of network device configuration. It maintains a good wireless connection when in the same room as the router or when located near an access point.