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Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless-G Internet HOME Monitoring Camera

Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless-G Internet HOME Monitoring Camera
alaScore 79

138 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless-G Internet HOME Monitoring Camera is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 138 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 1 - 10 of 76 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (15)

Consumer review by:

It's just OK

 

You get what you pay for. I yet to get internet access to camera.

It works. On line tech support OK

Instructions very vague. Digital zoom useless

Consumer review by:

Good bang for the buck

 

The camera is transmitting through a brick wall to a Linksys WRT54GS that is about 50 feet away. I run a pfSense firewall and was easily able to port forward to the camera and set up a DynDNS account to point to the camera from the internet. Some...

Low cost, lots of features. Camera seems stable. After about a week of use the camera has not locked up once

Documentation is poor. Finally found a web site that contained the information that made sense. Since I am on a Mac the enclosed software was of no use

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Not bad

 

I would definitely get a wifi camera with night vision. This is really where I want to use a wifi camera for about 50% of the time.

I liked the interface of the camera from Linksys. Setup was relatively simple, I didn't even need the setup sofware. Port forwarding from my router worked like a charm

No Cons, only that it doesn't perform well under low light. The other bummer about it is that it doesn't have night vision. Which in a house i think if you are looking for a camera you should get it with IR. The only other con I can think of is that I...

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Save yourself the headache

 

After struggling to get this connected to my wireless network, I set up the DDNS service through TZO. All was well until people I had established accounts for would email me telling me that it wouldn't let them log in. I discovered that the camera...

Doesn't require router DDNS support ; Compact ; Microphone ; Decent PC software

Tricky setup ; TZO service costs money after trial period ; VERY FLAKY ADMINISTRATION ; Weak connectivity

Consumer review by:

Audio doesn't work on Firefox

 

Great camera - good price

Most importantly, please be aware that you will *not* get audio on Firefox, due to the use of Microsoft's active X controls. This made the camera less than ideal for monitoring from a Mac for me. Totally bummed

Consumer review by:

First internet camera i bought

 

its a glorified baby surveillance, but if you want to be serious about surveillance please consider another camera with better resolution and possibly night vision

Well it is the cheapest wireless camera out there. Software is really good and easy to use

image quality is bad. does not work well with low lighting

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LINKSYS WVC54GCA 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera

 

None

The camera was never able to connect to any wireless network--regardless of security or encryption setup

Consumer review by:

Excellent sub 100 Dollar net cam.

 

Great little camera to monitor the baby's room. Might purchase one for outside security, once I test drive this a bit more. Comments about my setup. A Synology NAS box works great with this camera. No leaving a large power sucking machine on. The NAS...

Physical design isn't bad. I'd say a little on the bulky side ; Wireless pickup with this is pretty good. No dropouts in my 1923 mpls bungalow (built like a fortress) ; Sound not tested. Hooked up to be accessed and record to a ds108j nas server....

Gets a bit warm -- hopefully this means I can also use this model in Minnesota winters, in the unheated garage ; To get a clear low light picture, you really have to remove the color (B&W mode). Doesn't hurt too much, unless you must have your color

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The best in its class

 

The camera has a lot of functionality that isn't explicitly mentioned in the manuals/printed documentation. I had to browse around on the 'net to figure out how to grab a video stream / still image without needing a web browser. I bought this camera...

Very affordable. Rather easy to set up. Works well. Reliable. Image quality is pretty decent

It fails hard as a DHCP client. I own four of these, and every single one loses connectivity after a few hours if I let it use DHCP. Have to set each camera's IP statically, which is a tad inconvenient ; Wireless range is much weaker than I would expect

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Hard to configure

 

I bought this because it was a Linksys. As I always say, it should be plug and play. Period. It shouldn't require me to pay a third party for IP manipulation and I should not have to contact my ISP to get a static IP. That's a software deficiency. they...

Looks nice

Running a Linksys Wireless G router previously purchased from Newegg. Shut down antivirus, etc, router and computer would not find the camera. RMA'd

Product Specifications

The Linksys Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera sends live video through the Internet to a web browser anywhere in the world! This compact, self-contained unit lets you keep track of your home, your kids, your workplace - whatever's important to you. Unlike standard "web cams" that require an attached PC, the Internet Home Monitoring Camera contains its own web server, so it can connect directly to a network, either over Wireless-G (802.11g) networking, or over 10/100 Ethernet cable. Choose either MPEG-4 or Motion JPEG video compression for a high-quality, high-framerate, up to 640x480 video stream. The Compact Internet Home Monitoring Camera's unique form-factor and wireless connectivity allows you to mount it on a wall nearly anywhere, or slip it into its included stand for desktop use. Once it's connected to your home network, you can "see what it sees" from any PC in the house, while the video stream is secured from the outside world, hidden behind your Router. You can also turn on Security Mode, which tells the camera to send a message with a short video attached to up to three email addresses whenever it detects motion in its field of view. You can then log onto the live video stream if the situation warrants. The included Viewer & Recorder utility lets you record the audio/video stream to your local hard drive, "live" or on a predetermined schedule.

CCTV

Audio Support: Yes
Camera Mechanical Design:Fixed
Equipment Category:CCTV cameras
Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480
Network Interface:Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.5in
Height:4.7in
Weight:4.6oz
Width:3.5in

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:Canada
Manufacturer:Linksys
Model:WVC54GCA
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Linksys Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP

Video Input

Camera Type:Network camera
Digital Video Format:ASF / MJPEG / MPEG-4