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Wi-Fi security camera: Something to watch over me
Linksys Wireless-G PTZ internet camera
A wireless network offers a great opportunity to set up surveillance cameras that watch over your home or office without the hassle and expense of running video cables throughout the building. The £149 Linksys Wireless-G PTZ internet camera goes a step further than static cameras by letting you pan and zoom it remotely.
Setting it up took about 10 minutes. I started by plugging the camera into my router with an ethernet cable and running the included CD on my computer. After that, a wizard took over and found the camera on the third try.
I had to enter the camera's IP address on my computer to access the camera's setup screens and enter the network's encryption code. Finally, I disconnected the ethernet cable and the camera was on its own; it connected with my Wi-Fi network on the first try.
The interface, which works with PCs only, can handle four separate video feeds over an 802.11b/g link. With it, I can remotely watch the scene, pan the camera side-to-side and up-and-down, and zoom in on a detail.
There's an annoying one- or two-second delay between clicking on an action and the camera carrying it out, and you can hear the device's servo motors positioning the camera. The 640x480 video stream is surprisingly clear and detailed, although the video gets choppy when the camera gets about 90 feet away from the router.
I really like that the PTZ internet camera has a removable antenna that can be swapped for a more powerful one, potentially extending its range. After sensing motion in its field of view, the camera can take a snapshot, record video and then alert me via an email, making it a burglar alarm that can capture evidence at the scene of the crime.
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