Linksys WVC54G Wireless-G Internet Video Camera

WVC54G offers solid video performance for IP-based video.


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Design
The WVC54G certainly stands out. This is one solid chunk of silver plastic that can be mounted on most surfaces, with a somewhat flexible single wireless (802.11g) antennae sticking out of one side. A mounting stand is provided that can be used to partially obscure the cabled parts of the camera - power is always required, but you can optionally connect the WVC54G to a wired Ethernet connection. The stand does a good job of propping up the camera, although we were irked by the fact that it doesn't sit quite neatly on the power cable, and unless you're careful setting it up, it can wobble in place all too easily.

Features
Setting up an Internet-enabled camera can be a touch daunting for network novices, as in the bulk of cases most broadband accounts don't offer a fixed IP address. This can make getting a camera Internet-accessible into something of a nightmare of firewall permissions and port forwarding malarkey. Linksys offers an interesting service for the network terrified, which they label as SoloLink. It's basically a dynamic DNS service that'll map a distinct user name to the camera of your choice, removing the need for an IP address altogether, in a similar fashion to the way that Internet URLs work. You'll still need to be confident enough to open up a port on your router, but there's a larger catch than that. The camera only comes with a 90-day free trial.

After that trial period, it'll cost you $19.99 for a year's subscription or $34.99 for two year's worth. These are presumably US dollars, although it's never entirely clear. Then again, the sign up form seems to think that the world's comprised of only the US and Canada, so it's probably safe to presume that the fees are in Yankee currency. If you let the 90 day period expire, it's marginally more expensive, which is either a great incentive to sign up early, or incredibly rude, depending on your perspective.

On the software side, the camera is quite simple to administer, and can be used as a security device, detecting motion and sending images anywhere in the world, although as a single fixed camera you'd want to carefully consider positioning in order to capture the best possible images. It's not in the same price bracket as the D-Link SecuriCam DCS-5300G, but those with security on their minds might want to check out that camera first.

Performance
The WVC54G does present clear pictures, although we did have to tweak the focus a bit in order to get a truly flat and thus visible picture. Like most Web-enabled cameras, what you end up with is a workable picture for presentation, but hardly a high-definition TV-quality image. In either wired or wireless configurations we had no problems capturing video and still images with the camera. The camera presumes you're running Internet Explorer, and is in fact even more closely tied to it, as it'll default to an internal viewer application rather than run on anything it detects as a "Netscape" browser.

Whether the WVC54G is right for you depends on your choice of application for it. As a Web camera it's certainly more impressive looking than many cheap and cheerful alternatives, so if you need something in a fixed camera that looks professional this certainly fits the bill.

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The Good:Small. Good looking. Cheap. Value for money if you are a techie with lust for a minor challenge and not enough setting optiones.

The Bad:Pretty useless unless you have a bright and well lit room. No fixed IP adress setting for WLAN.

This camera requires very good lightning conditions to create a semi decent image.

I did not manage to locate the camera with the shipped software. I needed to set, manually, a fixed IP on my laptop on the same subnet as the camera's default IP, in order to get access to the camera.

Once that was done, I could atleast use the webgui (which was what I wanted anyway) to see the video.

In addition to the difficulties had with connecting to the camera, you CANNOT set a fixed IP for the WLAN.

What a silly, silly **** did the spec design of this product. If you set a fixed IP, then it's on the LAN...

The mounting bracket and tightening solution is plastic and does not seem very stable - and the power cord? Well, it's atleast two meters too short.

And, Billy, I've been an IT pro since 1993. Also 14 years. I have never seen such a "could have been a nice product but it ain't" in a long, long time. I have worked with WLAN equipment for 5 years - this Linksys equipment la

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"software update & remote issues"

tk posted a comment   

I purchased a unit just before Christmas and spent over 4 hours with techies in India. First call it was determined that I needed to download a new version of driver. The second time techie could not resolve issues with SoloLINK DDN. I am still locked out from accessing camera remotely.

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Billy posted a review   

I have found this camera fantastic. It does just what it say on the box. I setup this cam and a Linksys Router in 35mins. This cam can be setup, both wired and wireless, without the need for software or manuals. I have to admit that I've been in IT for 14yrs but anyone with a bit of common sense could do the same. I would advive "home PC end users" to RTFM.

The audio is very good and crisp and the video is not that bad either.

The cam was purchased to be used as a security cam with audio. One hour of "Normal" video recording with audio uses about approx 100MB of disk space. Also, if you have your own SMTP server you can have email alerts sent to your mobile email recieving device.

You can do other "security" stuff with this, or if your "that way inclined" wink wink....you cound be broadcasting your very own movies live....please please no one over 50.

Seriously, this is a very good piece of kit. You want be dissapointed, I wasn't !!!

 

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unix12 posted a comment   

Camera drops off the ip address when powered off, could not get camera back on wireless unless I plugged it on the local lan first, when un-plugged lost connection. I had problems with support. Got me in the ballpark but had to figure a lot on my own.
They are professional but I feel they were not fully trained. Should be a lower price for the issues.




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    "I purchased a unit just before Christmas and spent over 4 hours with techies in India. First call it was determined that I needed to download a new version of driver. The second time techie could..."

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