Linksys WVC54GC webcam reviewed March 10, 2008Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Technology, Web, Windows/Microsoft.
Last week I ordered a couple of Linksys WVC54GC web cameras to test out the technology for potential use at work. Well, they arrived this afternoon so I couldn’t resist the temptation to unbox one of them and set it up. I had to know if it was as easy to set up as I had heard. Well, it’s not.
I must say the first roadblock I ran into was the requirement to use Windows to run the setup software. I figured it would be like a Linksys wireless access point and they would have a web interface to setup the hardware. But, that wasn’t the case. I couldn’t use my Mac to set it up. I had to use a Windows based computer. Grrr!
Once I ran the setup program and configured the wireless web camera I went to my Mac to see the streaming video image. But, it didn’t work. I went back to a Windows computer and entered the IP address of the camera and it then prompted me to install an ActiveX program. Grrrr! It requires Internet Explorer and ActiveX to view the camera image. So, I not only can’t configure the camera using my Mac, I can’t even watch the video image from my Mac.
Believe it or not, the video image on the Windows computer was decent. It had a much higher quality than I expected. I was able to point the camera to a television and then watch that TV through the web browser (provided I was using Internet Explorer — Grrrrr!). The only fault I have with the video image is the size — it’s fairly small (320 x 240 resolution). You can enlarge that on the viewing end to a full 640 x 480, but it’s a just “fat” pixels, not an improvement on the image resolution.
If you are a Mac user and need a web cam, this is not the model for you. Keep shopping. But, if you are a Windows user this may be just the web camera you were looking for. It worked very well using the Windows computer.