Testing Cisco-Linksys IP Home Monitoring Camera (WVC80N)

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Jun 19, 2010

How well can a $120 camera from Cisco work? Is it good (and simple enough) for your home? Does it make sense to integrate with a VMS system?

In this report, we examine our test results of the Cisco-Linksys home monitoring camera (WVC80N). Quite a number of people are using it as evidenced by the camera being the top selling 'home security system' on Amazon. We tested the camera with its own included software and with Luxriot's VMS. Also compare to our test of Cisco's SMB software and PTZ camera (PVC300).

As is standard with all of our camera tests, we recorded performance during daytime, nighttime, indoors, outdoors, wide dynamic range and at controlled lux levels (.3 and 1 lux). In addition, because the camera offers a remote access/managed video feature, we tested those capabilities (for a broader comparison of managed/hosted video options, review our VSaaS comparison report).

This is the first test in a new series examining 'budget' IP cameras. We bought a number of the top selling cameras on Amazon (also including D-Link, Panasonic, Trendnet) and will be systematically going through them in the next 2 months.

*** **** *** * $*** ****** **** ***** ****? ** it **** (*** ****** ******) *** **** ****? **** ** make ***** ** ********* **** * *** ******?

** **** ******, ** ******* *** **** ******* ** ********-******* **** ********** ****** (******). ***** * ****** ** ****** *** ***** ** ** evidenced ** *** ****** ***** *** *** ******* '**** ******** ******' ** ******. ** ****** *** ****** **** *** *** included ******** *** ***********'* ***. **** ******* ** *** **** *******'* *** ******** *** *** ****** (******).

** ** ******** **** *** ** *** ****** *****, ** recorded *********** ****** *******, *********, *******, ********, **** ******* ***** and ** ********** *** ****** (.* *** * ***). ** addition, ******* *** ****** ****** * ****** ******/******* ***** *******, we ****** ***** ************ (*** * ******* ********** ** *******/****** video *******, ****** ******** ********** ******).

**** ** *** ***** **** ** * *** ****** ********* 'budget' ** *******. ** ****** * ****** ** *** *** selling ******* ** ****** (**** ********* *-****, *********, ********) *** will ** ************** ***** ******* **** ** *** **** * months.

[***************]

Key ********

*****: ***** *** ***** ****** ******** ** *** ** ******** ***** results *** **** ** ***.  *** *** **** **** **** in **** **** **** ********** ** *** **** *******: ******* 7 **, ******** ********, *** ****-***** ********.  ******** **** ** had *** **** ********, *** ***** ****** *** *** **** the ***** ****** ** *** ******* ** ***** ********. **** could ** * *******, ********** ** *** ********** **** *** know *** ** ****** *** **** ****** **** ** ***** router ** ******** **** *** ******'* ** *******.

Monitoring ********: No instructions or manual was included in the CD or hard copy for the monitoring software. The software is simply called, Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera - Monitor. The software has basic live monitoring features like changing layouts, digital zoom, image quality control, screen snapshot, and microphone level controls.  Although the software could pull up recorded video on a timeline, we could not find any method to export the recorded video from the interface.  One final note: back in the setup process, when the setup wizard did not find the camera on the network, we used the Settings option on the monitoring software, and it was able to find the camera and identify its IP address.

*********: ****** *** *****, ** ******** *** ***** ******'* ********* *********** at *.***** ****** *** ***, *** ****** *** *****, ** jumped ** *****.

Wireless ************: We tested the wireless in and around a two story residential home, and we did not experience any problems in terms of dropped connections, video quality, or performance. Keep in mind, results may vary depending on the amount of wireless interference in your area. The camera does have 802.11n support, but it only supports access points broadcasting at the 2.4GHz wireless band. Since wireless home routers (that broadcast at 2.4GHz) are readily available in residential areas, interference is a real possibility. The camera does not support the newer routers / access points that broadcast on the 5GHz wireless band.

Details ** ********: Since this camera has a fixed lens, the field of view will generally be too wide to get crisp facial details, but good enough for human identification. 

Nighttime ***********: At 0.3 lux, the image will be too dark for practical use, but at 1 lux, image was surprisingly bright; Details of subject could be identified (within an indoor environment).

Third ***** *** *******: We tested camera compatibility with Luxriot DVR software. The VMS did support the camera and the features of changing resolution, setting frame quality, and brightness adjustment.  There was no support for the camera's integrated microphone and the VMS only supported the MPEG-4 stream.

**** ** *** '************' *** ******* ** *** **** ******* for **** ****** (*** *******, **** ****** *** **** ********* offering **** ** *** ******** *** ***** ******* ** *** market **** ** *********, **** *** ********).

Remote ****** *** **********:  This product may be a low cost alternative to current SaaS offerings.

*** ******* **** ** *******: *** ***** ****** ************* ******** port ********** ***** ** **** ******, **** ** **** ** the ***** *******, *** *** **** ******* ********** **** ****** IP ******* ** * ***. *******, ** *** **** **** than *** ******, ** ******** *** ** ******** *** ***** the ******** **** ** **** ****** ****** *** *** ***** one. **** *** ** ********* *** *** ***-********* **** (*** also ********* ** ******** *** ******* ******** ******* **************).*** ********* cost ** **** *** *** **** *******, ** ***** * yearly ************ ** $**.** ***.  

***************

*** **** ****** ******* *** * ****** **** ******** "***** of ****" ******** **** * ****** ******, *** ***** / Linksys ****** *** ** ****** ******* ** *** ******** **** of ***** *** ****** ********** *** *** *********** ** *** placement ** *** **** **** *** ******** ************ ********.

** *** **** *** * ***** ******** **** ***** ******** cameras **** ********* *************, *** ****** **** ******* ********* (*** NAS ******); *******, ****** ********** ******* *** *** ******* + web ********* **** *** ****** *********** *** ******** *******. ** addition, *** ***** ********** ******** ******** **** *** ****** **** not ** **** ***** *** * ******** ***** **** ****** live ********** ******* ** *** ********'* ******* ************* (******** *** able ** ****** ******** ***** **** *********).

*********** *** ****** ** * ****** ********** ** **** * cameras ***** * ***** ***** *** ** * *******. ******** the ******'* *********** *** **** *** *** ***** *****, *** point ** ******** ** ** *** *** *******. ** **** tested *** *********** ** **** ****** **** ********* **********, *******, and ***********; *** ** *** ***** *************, **** ******* *** able ** ******* *** ****** (*** *** *** ****** ******** were *********).

Product ********

** ****** ******** / ******* ******** ****** *** ******* ************ ****** ********, ********, *** **** dynamic ***** ******. *** ********* *** ******* ****** **** ******** through *** ******** ** *** *******:

  • ****** ******** * ******* ********** ** ******* *** *****, *** by *******, ** ** *** ** ******* *** *****
  • ***** ****, */*" **** ******
  • ****** ******** ****-* *** ***** ******
  • * **** **** ** ***** *******; ***** ****** *** ****** the ********* ** ****** ****** ********* **** ** ****
  • ***** ** ********* ******* * ****** ******** ** **; ** some ** *******, ***** ****** ***** *** ****** ****** ** network
  • *** ********** ******* *** *** ****, * ************ ***** ******* that *** ** ********** ******* ***** ****** **
  • ********** ******** ** ********, *** ** ************* *** ******** ** available ** ***** ** **
  • ********** ********** ***** **, *** ***** *********** ** *******
  • ******** ****** ********* ** ***; ** *******, ***** ********** ** 120 ****** *****

*****

*** ****** *** ** ********* ******* ****** ******* ** ** MSRP ** $***.** ***, *********** ************* $*** ***.

Physical ********

*** ********* ********** ******* *** ******** **** ****** *** *** of *** *********** **** ** ******** **** *** ******.

*** ****** *******:

  • ******** ****** *** ** ******** *******
  • ******** ******** ***.***
  • ******** **** *.**** ******** ****; ** **** *******
  • ***** ** ****: ***** ********* *** ********** **********
  • **** ** ****: ***** ******
  • **** ** ****: ******** ****, ** ***** ****, **/*** ******, WPS ******
  • ***** *** ** ****** ***** *** ****** ** ** **** for * **** ***** ************

Setup & *************

** *** ********* **********, ** ******* *** ******* ** ***** the ***** ****** ******** ** *** ** *** *** ***** / ******* ******.  ******* ** **** **** **** ******* ** marketed *** *** **** ****, ** **** *** **** ** installation **** *** ****** ** ******** ** *******.  ** ********, we ***** **** *** ******'* *** ********* ** ********* ******** settings **** *** ***** ****** *** *** *****.

*** ****** *******:

  • ***** ****** ******** ****-**-**** *********** ************
  • ****** *** ******* ** ********* *** *** ****** ** *** network, ** **** ***, *** ****** ****** ** **** *** camera
  • ***** ****** ***** **** ******** *********** ** **** ******* ** a **** ****
  • *** ****** *** **** **** ******** ******* ***** *** **-** Protected ***** ******* ** ********* ** ******, ** *** *** manually ***** **** ******** ***
  • ***** ****** ********** *** ****** *** ****** ****** ** ***** over *** ********
  • ****** *** ********** ******* *** *** *** ******* *** *******, which ** * ************ **** *** * ****** ***
  • ***** **** ******'* ******** *** ******** ** *** ***** ****** may ********* *** ******* ***** *** ****** ******
  • ***** * *********** **** *** **** ******'* *** ******* (******** by ***)
  • **** **** *** ******* ** * *** ******* ** **** your **** ***** **** *** ********
  • ** *******, *** **** ****-* *** *****, *** ********** ** at *******, *** *** ***** **** ** *****
  • ****** ******** ********* ******** ** * *** ******
  • **** ****** *** **** **** ** **** ***** **; ** NTP *******
  • ** ****** ** ***** ***** **** ********
  • ** *******, **** ********* ** ****** ******* ** *** *******; Check "****** ****** *********" *** ****** **** ****** ********* ********

Image ******* ********

** ****** *** ***** / ******* ****** ** ********, ********, and **** ******* ***** ****** ************. *** ******** *** ****** is ******** ********* *** ****** ***, ** **** ********* *** scenario ** ***** *** ****** ** ******* * ********* ******** from ** ******** *****.  ** *** ********* **********, ** ******* our ******** **** *** ******** ***** ***** *** ******* *** image ******* ** *** ***** **** ******* ******* ** ******.

******** *** ****** *****(**.*** ********)

*** ****** *******:

  • ** *** ******* ****** *****, *** ******'* ***** **** *** not ***** *** ******* ** *****
  • ****** *** ** ******** ******** ** ********* *** ** *** filter
  • ** * *** ***** ****** ***** (******** ** * ***), image *** ******** **** ********** *******
  • ** * **** ******* ***** *****, ******* ***** *** ****** out, *** ** ******* ****** *******, ** *** ********* ** see
  • ** ** ******* **** ******** ***** (******** ** *.* ***), image *** **** *** *****, *** ******** ** ********** *******, image *** **** ***** ********* *** *** ******** ********

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

VMS UI - Light vs Dark Preferences on Jun 16, 2017
Several VMS manufacturers have the ability to choose a user interface with either a light or dark color theme. 150+ integrators told us which they...
ESX 2017 Final Show Report on Jun 16, 2017
The ESX (Electronic Security Expo) day 3 / Thursday is done and the exhibits are over. IPVM was in Nashville covering it in-depth. Below covers...
Axis 20MP Q1659 Camera Tested on Jun 13, 2017
Axis has joined the super high resolution camera trend with their Q1659, a 20MP model equipped with Canon's APS-C sensor. We tested the Q1659...
Hikvision Ezviz Mini Trooper Totally Wireless Camera Tested on Jun 13, 2017
Totally wireless cameras are a major growth trend in video surveillance, driven by consumer demands to eliminate wiring. Hikvision is now joining...
RMR Integrator Importance Statistics on Jun 08, 2017
How do integrators feel about offering RMR / recurring revenue services? For many, their business revolves around RMR, while others see no...
Milestone New "+" Claims To "Conquer The Mid-Market" on Jun 07, 2017
Milestone has declared they are going to "Conquer The Mid-Market" with new "+" releases. Will they? In this report, we examine Milestone's "+"...
HID Edge EVO Tested on Jun 07, 2017
HID Edge controllers have been one of most common offerings in IP door controllers for years. The new generation is called Edge EVO. We tested...
Samsung SmartCam A1 Totally Wireless System on Jun 06, 2017
Hanwha is keeping the Samsung brand alive in consumer cameras with the SmartCam A1, a new offering combining an autotracking 1080p camera with base...
Security Yard Signs and Stickers Guide on Jun 05, 2017
Many security integrators use signs or stickers with their company name and logo. Posting these in front the homes of residential customers...
Manufacturer Revenue Directory on Jun 05, 2017
This report contains data on the revenue of 32 security manufacturers, trend analysis of whether they are gaining or losing ground and commentary...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Uniview Low-Cost Bullet PTZ Tested on Jun 21, 2017
Uniview is offering a HD zoom bullet camera, the IPC742SR9-PZ30-32G, with an integrated pan / tilt positioner, for the price of a low-cost...
QSR Video Surveillance Best Practices on Jun 21, 2017
Fast food restaurants or QSRs (quick service restaurants), are frequent victims of crime and fraud. Because they are open late, deal with cash, and...
45 Drives 'Lowest Cost' Enterprise Storage Company Profile on Jun 21, 2017
45 Drives claims the "lowest cost per Hard Drive Slot in the industry." But who or what is '45 Drives'? What started as a product design to...
No Hack, Still Liable, Court Finds ADT on Jun 20, 2017
Recently, ADT has been in the news for a $16 million settlement for a cyber security vulnerability class action suit. One of the most important...
Resolver / PPM 2000 Incident Management Platform Profile on Jun 20, 2017
You might have seen the company whose employees wear hockey jerseys at trade shows and wondered "what do they do?" PPM 2000 has been active in...
Axis P3225 Mk II Tested Vs. Original on Jun 20, 2017
Axis has released a number of 'Mk II' versions of their cameras, which are the same fundamental camera but with specific improvements. We tested...
Directory of 40 IP Camera Manufacturer Discovery Tools on Jun 19, 2017
Locating the IP address of a DHCP client or factory defaulted device on a network is often a difficult task.  In another report, we discussed...
Dahua Demotes USA CEO on Jun 19, 2017
Dahua has demoted their USA CEO Tim Wang. Inside this note, we examine the move, Dahua's challenges and what lies ahead for the...
Avigilon Increases Prices In Canada, Europe and UK on Jun 19, 2017
While many video surveillance companies are racing to see who can cut prices the fastest, Avigilon is taking a contrary approach, actually raising...
VMS UI - Light vs Dark Preferences on Jun 16, 2017
Several VMS manufacturers have the ability to choose a user interface with either a light or dark color theme. 150+ integrators told us which they...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact