Review of Cisco-Linksys Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera - WVC80N
Reviewed on: July 27, 2013
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Pros & Cons
The Cisco – Linksys Wireless – N Internet Home Monitoring Camera is designed to send live video or images on computer or through the internet web browser or smartphone anywhere in the world. This compact, self-contained unit helps in keeping track of kids, workplace, monitor home, elderly people or anything else that is of importance. The wireless connectivity and sleek design makes it easy for placement anywhere – either mounted on a wall or using the included desktop stand, to enjoy peace of mind of reliable vigilance. This unit contains its own web server to connect directly to a network either through wired Ethernet or wireless (Linksys router is more compatible than any other router).
The high quality and high frame rate video compression creates a sharp video stream. The real time feeds can be viewed on any network home computer, on the web or RTSP enabled smartphone when on the go. In security mode, the camera sends an email alert with a short video of 5 seconds to maximum of 3 recipients whenever a motion is detected within its range. Depending on the situation or emergency, necessary action can be taken. This unit comes with 2 recording options – Live or on Pre-determined schedule and records the audio / video streams from multiple cameras to local hard drive or shared network with the included Viewer & Recorder utility. The camera can also record directly to a compatible NAS device.
However, even though this unit comes from a well know brand it does have some disappointing drawbacks. The poor quality camera often stops working and requires restarting especially during auto recording on motion mode. Many have complained that this unit works perfectly fine when connected through wire or Ethernet cable, but fails to connect in most case wirelessly thus defeating the purpose of being wireless. Many reviewers faced difficulty in setting up the port forwarding for remote access for various reasons and it is important to be compatible with TZO service. Also, this unit comes with poor audio quality, especially during remote viewing and is not compatible with Androids devices.
Overall, the Cisco – Linksys Wireless – N is an average Home Monitoring Camera to monitor the security of loved ones with a reasonable price. This unit is backed with 1 year limited warranty and a 90 days free complimentary phone or online chat support.
- Dimension: 9.6 x 6.2 x 2.3 inches
- Weight: 4.6 ounces
Review Group #: 1
Easy to setup especially with Linksys router • Frequently stops working and needs restart • Picture and sound quality are better than most • Works fine when directly connected to the PC but it defeats the purpose of being wireless
Review Group #: 2
Easy to setup for some and not for some • Works as advertised • Works only when connected with Ethernet cable • Setting up the port forwarding is a difficult part
Review Group #: 3
Motion detection and recording features work very well • Motion detection screen has good granular control • Often the auto recording on motion software has to be restarted to record again • Scheduled recording feature is hard to configure • File size limits constantly reset themselves to default
Review Group #: 4
Not easy to setup on Wi-Fi • Features motion detection with email alerts • Advised not to disconnect the Ethernet cable during wireless setup as stated in the instructions
Review Group #: 5
Motion detection works and e-mails video • Video streaming doesn't work well with all browsers and apps • Once set up correctly the camera works well
Review Group #: 6
Remote viewing is easy to setup • This router does not work with TZO service • Remote viewing on iPhone Safari works well but there is no sound
Where to Buy
Amazon.com Rating: 2.90 stars from 220 reviews, Price: $119.99
Cnet.com Rating: 2.50 stars from 4 reviews.