Cisco Wireless-G PTZ Internet Security Video Camera -w/2-Way Audio WVC210

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10 Responses to “Cisco Wireless-G PTZ Internet Security Video Camera -w/2-Way Audio WVC210”

  1. Michael J. Moomaw Says:


    This Cisco Webcam works well for me. Once set up it works very reliably. I use it to monitor my driveway and cul de sac and it works well whether I am in my house or traveling across the country. Support for Video, Pictures and RTSP streaming makes it useful from almost any device.

    Like many cameras, the motion detection capability is touchy. I can’t quite get it set up to catch the motion I want.

    Most of the time I access this device with Ubuntu Linux and this cam works fine with Linux, Windows or Apple OSX.

  2. Randy W. Abner Says:


    I saw the options and the maker of this camera and thought wow – a great deal from a reputable company.

    I was sadly mistaken. the camera software was very lacking. the camera controls were very jerky. the low light quality was terrible. the audio (in/out) was very poor. the ftp application would not work. i returned it.

    kudos to Amazon for handling my refund so cleanly!

    it is a great design idea, but the saying you get what you pay for is true. I will save my pennies for a canon c60(it actually works as advertised but it cost a lot more)…


  3. D. Miller Says:


    Camera works great, but setup is a bear. Were it not for my computer scientist network specialist son, I’d be sunk. And still am. Set it up in vacation home for monitoring from permanent residence. Numerous calls and router work-arounds and ip this and ip that, we got this dog to hunt. Came home, worked fine. Until the third day. It’s just not there, unreachable. Will attempt to re-instate on return trip this summer and will add to this review if we can get it working.

  4. James E. Tate Says:


    The WVC210 works great in Linux using the ZoneMinder application. (Found in most Linux Repo’s)

    Running in Firefox web browser at a IP address

  5. Andrew J. Hogan Says:


    Highlights: reasonable value for the money – good hardware, better than WVC200, lousy software – having used it for a few months, I would buy another, but there’s still lots of room for improvement. PTZ: only digital Zoom (not optical – so really, there’s no Zoom, just Pan, Tilt).

    Details: I purchased the camera in December, 2008. Prior to using the WVC210, I’ve used two WVC200s. The 210 is an improvement over the 200 – better color, better image in low light, two-way audio, and I haven’t had to reboot the 210 (the 200s are prone to lockups, occasionally). I use the “Kiwi Syslog Daemon” with all the cameras. And, the 210 audit trail is much improved over the 200. One key logging feature that the 210 has, is the ability to audit who logged in/out (and when) – the 200 does not do this. If you think about infrastructure security, this is a plus for the 210 and a HUGE mark against the 200. Like the 200, the 210 does not do motion detection – they both look at overall light level changes in a defined region. Labeling the function as “motion detection” is false advertising. Two outdoor examples: (1) if you setup a screen region and turn up the sensitivity, changes in sunlight (caused by clouds coming and going) will trigger a false motion-detection event (2) after turning down the gain to eliminate false sunlight triggers, objects (person, dog, car) that appears small at a distance can pass through the region without detection. Both cameras use an ActiveX control to view/listen to video/audio. The problem is, most public internet computers block the install of ActiveX controls, so if you want to check on your camera(s) while on vacation (off site), you better have your laptop along. Additionally, neither the 200 nor 210 accommodate this known shortcoming – for example, both could easily have a firmware upgrade to allow the user to see a snapshot JPG of the current image (when the ActiveX interface is not available) – neither camera has this feature. As for the monitoring software bundled with the 210 and 200 products, here Cisco has done an awful job as it takes over the ownership of these products from Linksys. The “Video Monitoring System v1.0.0.0″ bundled with the 210 is not at all backward compatible with the 200. Adding insult, the interface is user-hostile, not allowing you to size it or move it – it has to be in the upper left corner of the screen and it wastes a lot of screen real-estate. The “Monitor v1.0.0.18″ bundled with the 200 has a smaller footprint and it allows you to size and move the interface. It is forward compatible to the 210, but video only (not audio). It also gives you much more configuration control at your fingertips including volume control and on-the-fly record / stop / playback. In a nutshell, the interface of the old software is much better than the new stuff. If you will have a mix of WVC200 and WVC210 cameras, and if you want to use the monitoring software to record surveillance video, you will have to use the software that comes with the WVC200. You can search for e-pinions by me for reviews of the WVC200 for more details about pros/cons of this family of ip cameras.

  6. Alfred Says:


    I purchased this PTZ wireless internet camera so I could easily watch my home while away (see how our dog is doing in the kennel). It is satisfactory in this capacity. The “Zoom” is not what I expected. There is no optical zoom, only a 2x digital zoom. This only works inside of the browser plug-in that comes with the device. Doing a 2x zoom produces a very grainy image. In my opinion, this is not desirable. The pan/tilt functions work fine as do the 8 preset positions (note that zoom is not presetable). The unit has a fairly sensitive microphone but the squelch level is not adjustable so medium to soft sounds are full of audio dropouts. Color balance, in automatic mode, has a decidedly greenish tint. After several days of operation, the unit will stop streaming video. Fortunately, a “reset” function can be performed remotely which restores normal operation. Normally I use Internet Explorer to access the camera from the Internet (a special plug-in must be installed within IE). The application software (actually hosted by a computer inside the PTZ) is functional though a bit confusing at times. Presets are defined, modes selected, IP addresses configured, even overlaying date/time on the video feed are all settable. When away from a desktop, I use a program called “IP Cam Viewer” on a Google Nexus smartphone to view streaming images from this camera. No audio is supported on the IP Cam Viewer however I can flip among the pre-established presets. (When the camera pans and tilts, it is fairly noisy. This sound is easily heard by anyone in the room.) My setup consists of the CISCO PTZ camera with a wireless connection to a Linksys wireless router located about 40′ away. The router is connected to a cable modem. I opened a port in the router to allow access to the PTZ from the general internet. This all works. One final comment, the “stand” that comes with the unit is non-adjustable and was a real pain. It is designed to hold the PTZ on a desktop so it is angled upwards. I wanted the camera to sit on top of a bookcase and look down into the room. The stand would not allow this position. So I finally had to build my own stand that holds the camera more vertical so I could achieve the downward angle wanted to image the room. Would I buy this again? Probably, but I would take a close look at the marketplace to see what else is there. The misleading claim of zoom capability, the color balance, and inability to preset-with-zoom are drawbacks in my opinion.

  7. Dennis F. Colligan Says:


    Camera works well in low light and color is good. Does not play nice with Windows Vista,,( needs a patch). For the novice user the setup can be difficult. Video can stream to my Smartphone quite well. (Storm). User install and user guide info is incomplete but again if you are above average technically it’s OK. Overall I would say it does what they advertise but you may need help making everything work to it’s capabilities.

  8. MERTMAG Says:


    Good image quality and has worked well for the past 6 months. I would give it 5 stars but the reception is weak on this camera. WIFI looses connection if you are very far from your router. I had to add an access point and a bridge to keep all my cameras connected. And I only have a 1600 sq ft house. I like the two way audio. It is ok in low light but not really as good as I would like. The motion works well but may be too well for some. You will get lots of email images. The microphone works well and picks up almost any noise in range. It’s nice to be able to see what’s happening at home while your away. The motor is noisy, no doubt about it. But over all I am pleased with the camera and the software is fair. Too bad the software won’t accept any other cameras only the WVC210 and WVC200.

  9. Edward J. Farrell Says:


    This is a nice camera with a really nice picture. I was replacing a d-link 5300G (which is outdated) and this picture is much better. The range of motion on this camera was a little disappointing. The calibration actually has a wider range than you can get by moving it yourself. It probably has a horizontal range of 110-120 degrees. The d-link had close to 200 degrees.

    For people who want to use this with an apple airport, you need to choose WPA2 Personal and AES encryption. No other combination works. If that combination doesn’t work for you, it’s probably a setting on your airport. Make sure you have your wifi channel set to “automatic” and that your protocol is a/g compatible. There is no documentation about this and if you call the super-lame cisco support line, they’ll tell you they can’t help you because it is a third-party product.

    All-in-all I am happy with this camera. I still may replace it because of the limited horizontal pan range, but the big advantage it has over the d-link models is that you aren’t limited to using internet explorer, so you can view this from firefox or chrome, and even your iphone.

  10. Mixed Emotions Says:


    As noted in the ratings, the camera is well made by a reputable company. Once configured and install most functions work well. The notable operational deficiency is the zoom function. The only zoom is two X and at that focal point the picture is distorted – somewhat pixelized. The picture quality when not in zoom mode is exceptional for the cost of the unit.

    The biggest deficiency is the bandwidth horsepower it takes to operate the camera. A minimum speed DSL connection will not work. Also there are some issues related to connecting to Cisco E-x000 series routers. Again the problem is bandwidth. Cisco small business support was top notched to try to get the configuration working, but lacks lab testing capability with consumer end router products made by their own company.

    Buyers should know, this is a small business grade product and meant to be used only through a robust broadband connection. should make stronger online/advertising notations regarding minimum hardware and network capability to use the camera effectively. End user consumers with marginal highspeed connections – beware, this product is not for you!

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