WVC54G? Good or Bad?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by pipdipchip, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. pipdipchip

    pipdipchip Network Guru Member

    I was thinking of buying a WVC54G but I haven't been able to find much information on it other then the default marketing crap. Does anyone have one? Is it good? Can you post some screenshots of the web interface? Thanks.
  2. cdiaz

    cdiaz Network Guru Member


    In my experience:

    They are good if you want to use them in a Windows enviroment (IE and ActiveX)
    You can't view the stream with Firefox or something like that

    - Displays some variant of Microsoft's MPEG-4 codec, thats bad

    - The video quality are bad for a professional use. (Aka Surveillance)

    - But for amateur use is good.

    - Only a few software are compatible with them

    - They can't output MJPEG frames.

    - Real resolutions and FPS:

    160x128 30 fps
    320x240 20~25 fps
    640x480 7~15 fps

    - With low light enviroment the video quality are poor.

    - A Good thing is that they run in Linux and the GPL code are available, but there are no modified firmware are available at moment.
  3. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

    Depends for what you want to use it.

    Pos :
    - Easy to configure and use
    - Has WPA support
    - (Partly) Open Source
    - Microphone

    Neg :
    - Only Windows and IE (ActiveX)
    - No FTP image upload
    - No free DynDNS
    - No 3rd party firmware yet

    Unfortunately the source code seems to be incomplete and the device is not popular with hackers (in contrast with the nslu2).
  4. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    Imho using a good Ethernet network camera in combination with a WRT54G(S) runing in client mode to handle the WLAN part is a better solution. Axis for example has some decent network cameras. http://www.axis.com/

    I can recommend the Axis 211. I'm using these cameras myself for surveillance purposes in combination with WRT54GS for WLAN conncetivity.
    Many features, good image quality, very light sensitive (0.75 lux), standard MJPEG or MPEG-4 output. And it's still moderately priced compared to other Axis cameras.

    Sure, the WVC54G is less expensive. But you are getting, what you are paying for. Bad image quality, low light sensitivity and the video output is incompatible with most video processing applications.
  5. harolds5

    harolds5 Network Guru Member

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