Panasonic BB-HCM371A Outdoor Wireless Network Camera

Panasonic BB-HCM371A Outdoor Wireless Network Camera

Panasonic BB-HCM371A Outdoor Wireless Network Camera Rating:
List Price: $999.95
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Product Description

Outdoor Wireless Network Camera with 2-Way Audio


  • Two-Way Voice Communication
  • CCD Sensor for Enhanced Image Expression
  • SD Memory Card Recording
  • Simple Ethernet Connection - No PC Required
  • One Year Warranty

Panasonic BB-HCM371A Outdoor Wireless Network Camera out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 682 user reviews
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10 Responses to “Panasonic BB-HCM371A Outdoor Wireless Network Camera”

  1. N. Andersen Says:


    I find it appalling that a camera this expensive only supports the flawed WEP WiFi encryption protocol.

    It leads me to believe that it is an older model that hasn’t been updated in a while.

    I returned mine.

  2. D. Cook Says:


    I was looking for a camera we could put on our sailboat so we could watch the boat remotely. I wanted it to be weatherproof and wireless.

    I own the other panasonic wireless models and while they work well, they don’t have audio that works on Apple computers (no codex).

    I was very surprised when THIS camera’s audio worked! Not only that, but when I added my other cameras to the MULTI menu of THIS camera, their audio suddenly worked as well (that is because THIS camera has the codex in a little plugin that it installs when the webpage comes up – so as long as THIS cameras software is running, if you look at other cameras in MULTI mode they get to use the codex as well).

    Anyway – great camera, FANTASTIC color and good motion. Good audio. Works very well!

  3. Archer Koch Says:


    I’ve used this camera for the better part of a year now. I’ve used it in a variety of locations and conditions. It’s presently mounted outdoors and transmitting wirelessly to a router sitting indoors 340′ away. I use dynamic DNS to access the camera remotely via DSL. The framerate is decent, but still-picture quality (clarity) could definitely be better — especially when the subject is moving. The motion detection is good and triggers reliably to upload images to an FTP site. The camera is very configurable, but best-suited for the tech-savvy. Plus, it’s evident that a lot of the instructions written into the camera firmware were done by a non-native English-speaking individual. I’ve successfully viewed the camera remotely via my Motorola Q. Sound quality from the camera is very good. I can hear the frogs chirping in a nearby riverbed right now.

    For what it’s worth, I also own a very expensive Axis camera. The bottom line is that, although this camera has room for improvement, it still comes pretty close to justifying its cost.

  4. A. Conti Says:


    I purchased this camera because I didn’t want to run Ethernet cable to my router. If this is not a problem for you, I would recommend you check out the BB-HCM311A. Note that with the BB-HCM371A, you still have to run wire for power, which sort of defeats the wireless concept.

    Be warned that you still need an ethernet cable to plug into your router for set up.

    Speaking of setup, if you don’t know your network settings, this camera will be a pain to setup. For example, if you don’t know the IP to your DNS, you’re in trouble. Fortunately for me, I managed to configure it successfully and I’m no system administrator.

    Physical installation was straight forward. I mounted my camera high and I was afraid I was going to drop it while threading it to the mount. Panasonic really should have come up with a safety system where you can tether the camera while you screw it in place.

    My biggest gripe is the web-based software. It’s feature-rich, but I cannot capture images the way I like. For example, I cannot acquire a time lapse movie of an overnight shot. I either get the first few seconds or the last few seconds. If a prowler saunters into camera shot at 2:00AM, I wouldn’t see him. There’s also a bug when you play the time-lapse motion image. Once you play it once, you cannot play it again. :-(

    Also, downloaded images are in PCN form. What the heck kind of image format is that?

    Another gripe is that night vision isn’t great. In this day and age, a camera like this should perform better in terms of night vision.

  5. Nathaniel Gildersleeve Says:


    I looked for a long time for a remote camera to keep an eye on a vacation residence. Reviews of other similar cameras like the Toshiba IK-WB11A were spotty at best especially when using in wireless mode. Panasonic cameras seemed to get good reliability reviews, so when an outdoor wireless-G came out I decided to give it a try. I had some difficulty getting the ports forwarded through my router. The directions are pretty sparse when it comes to setting up your router. I guess there is a fair variability in how each different router is set up. Once that problem was solved it has been rock solid. In the 4 months I have had it running, I only had to reset it once, after a 3 day power failure. Actually, I think it was the router, not the camera that needed to be reset, but I reset everything. It does everything it is advertised to do although I don’t use the audio feature. The motion detection feature works better than other webcam security software that I have tried.


    I have now had this installed over 4 years and it continues to function as good as the day I bought it. As it is in a vacation home and I am frequently gone, I have had some problems with loss access via the internet. It appears that this is secondary to flaky DSL router. I finally purchased a simple timer at the hardware store. It turns off the router every night at midnight and then turns it back on a minute later, effectively resetting the router each day. Since then no problems. It doesn’t require a computer to be running so both the router and the camera boot back up following a power failure.

  6. LaLoca Says:


    I purchased this camera to keep an eye on my house while away. So far it has delivered for over a year. Also has helped to finger those who don’t pick up after their dogs!!!

    Setup was straight forward, until it came to the part of connecting over the WAN (for viewing from work). Don’t know why anyone would think that WIRELESS means not having to run wires for power. Oh yeah, that guy who gave it 2 stars :)

    This camera is not for the meek if you to go through more than 1 router. You need to understand quite a bit about networking to get this to happen.

    All that said, customer support was excellent and they put me on the right track. I am going to buy another for the back and I tried to see if I could find something less expensive, but you give up a lot. So here’s my list in order of importance:


    – Free DNS Account (this would cost you otherwise)

    – Totally browser based so can be viewed from iMac, PC or Linux box

    – Alarm I/O, which I use to trigger the camera to preset view area

    – On-board storage via SandDisc

    – email alerting

    – motion detection


    – Clumsy playback!!! when on frame 244/1000 and you hit play, it starts from 1.

    Should be able to take a date and time and find the frame for you

    – No optical zoom. At 640×480, having 10x Digital Zoom just gives grainy video.

    I’ll take 2x optical zoom and give up 10x digital

    – Cannot zoom on a preset

  7. C. Roberson Says:


    I just received this unit and have to state that I’m rather disappointed. First, we are an all-Mac household with a SonicWall firewall but this unit is so heavily PC-dependent that it would not work out the box with either.

    Another reviewer said it would work with the Macintosh but I couldn’t even see the unit in the ARP cache or the DHCP leases of the firewall. The only way I could initially talk to the unit was to dig out an old PC and use the enclosed CD. It would be nice if there was a switch that could be flipped manually to tell the camera to use DHCP instead of UPnP (which I don’t find “that universal”).

    The second thing that really surprised me was that this unit only supports WEP wireless security instead of WPA. For all the talk about security in the documentation and in the setup tools, WEP is a very poor choice. To use this unit wirelessly in my network, which is why I bought it, I will have to gut the security of the rest of my network. This is a serious shortcoming, in my opinion, especially for such an expensive camera.

    Finally, I’m finding the Panasonic support site clumsy and limited in scope and utility. This product has potential but it its shortcomings get in the way of its utility. Until they add WPA, I can’t recommend this unit. If you’re a Mac user, make sure you have access to a Windows machine to get it out of UPnP. I think it defaults a 192.168.x.x. address.

  8. Daphne L. Says:


    I had first purchased a couple of Panasonic BL-30C wireless web cams to keep an eye on a vacation house that is far away from us. I wanted to put one outside too and decided to give this one a try against the weather. It was a bit harder to set up than the BL-30c, but after a few trial and errors and some persistence, I managed to get this one going too. The picture quality is very impressive and the audio is a nice optional feature! Very clear viewing in the daytime, and good night mode too. It has been reliable, and I am very pleased I bought it.

  9. W. Wong Says:


    I am extremely unhappy with this camera. On the surface, the camera looks great–it offers SD recording, wireless connectivity, and remote management. But this is a really poorly made camera with poor supporting software. Firstly, it took me 3 nights trying to set this up–and I’m a long time techie. I followed the directions EXACTLY… got wired connection working fine… but the wireless was terrible. The camera kept telling me it wouldn’t connect, even though I had all the settings correct. I even reset my wireless router to setup the most basic wireless LAN, and it still didn’t work. Then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason it worked. Garbage. I still don’t know why it worked.

    The remote management was interesting and I like the fact that it let me control and move the camera remotely. It also lets you setup specific times to allow “triggers”… but the trigger software is spotty. The sensitivity controls for when the triggers set off didn’t work well at all and it basically capture everything or nothing. Axis has much better event management software.

    Finally, the picture quality is TERRIBLE. It claims that it can record up to VGA at 12 frames/sec, but it doesn’t even COME close to that… at VGA it records maybe 1 or 2 frames/sec at best. Even at that quality there are noticeable artifacts and blurriness. I researched all the other cameras at this price level and amazingly this seemed that it had the best specs, but I suppose there’s no subsitution for first hand experience. This is a terrible camera… I ended up buying the Axis 207w. It doesn’t have movement capabilities, but for half the price, it’s picture quality is 2x better and setup was a breeze.

  10. John Schoeneck Says:


    The BB-HCM371A is easy to setup if your router supports Universal Plug’n’Play (I’m using a late model Linksys 54G). If you’re using several other cameras in addition to this one, you may have do some manual configuration of the router ports. Panasonic’s setup instructions are adequate but clearly they’ve been translated from Japanese. Picture quality is good for a camera in this price range. Camera is best mounted out of direct sunlight… underneath a roof overhang is ideal.

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