Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price free/subscription

The configuration pages look far more sophisticated than those offered by the WVC200 and are also easier to navigate. There's plenty to play with as you can set the default image size and quality for MPEG-4 and M-JPEG, add a date and time stamp to the live view and bring in your own custom overlay. Motion detection isn't as sophisticated as that offered by Axis but you can use full screen or up to three custom windows and set the sensitivity for each one.

If motion detection or any other sensor is activated the camera can download images to an FTP server, email them to three addresses and even use IM (Instant Messaging) applications such as Windows Live Messenger. For the latter you need to provide a Jabber server address and the manual is pretty useless on this but you'll find plenty of assistance at www.jabber.org. The camera works with Apple's Bonjour for automatic discovery - the same as used by iTunes to find shared music. You get predefined QoS (Quality of Service) settings for audio or video while CoS (Class of Service) options enable you to specify a traffic priority and which VLAN the camera should join.

The bundled Setup Wizard takes care of initial installation.

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The configuration pages look far more sophisticated than those offered by the WVC200 and are also easier to navigate. There's plenty to play with as you can set the default image size and quality for MPEG-4 and M-JPEG, add a date and time stamp to the live view and bring in your own custom overlay. Motion detection isn't as sophisticated as that offered by Axis but you can use full screen or up to three custom windows and set the sensitivity for each one.

If motion detection or any other sensor is activated the camera can download images to an FTP server, email them to three addresses and even use IM (Instant Messaging) applications such as Windows Live Messenger. For the latter you need to provide a Jabber server address and the manual is pretty useless on this but you'll find plenty of assistance at www.jabber.org. The camera works with Apple's Bonjour for automatic discovery - the same as used by iTunes to find shared music. You get predefined QoS (Quality of Service) settings for audio or video while CoS (Class of Service) options enable you to specify a traffic priority and which VLAN the camera should join.

Any IP camera will have to go some to beat Axis for image quality and we found the PVC2300 is not the one that'll do it. You have five options for quality and we found the Very High setting delivered a reasonably good picture. At this level quality is good with a sharp focus and accurate colour balance although motion does get a little jerky. Artefacts mar the picture at the default Normal setting although it does deliver smoother motion. As we expected, the digital zoom is of limited value and at the maximum 4X setting quality deteriorates sufficiently to make the image unusable.

Linksys provides a good software bundle, which enables you to access multiple cameras and record video direct to hard disk. Provide the IP address of each camera and you can access up to sixteen from the same interface, view and record their video feed and use the camera controls for activating outputs and taking snapshots.

Verdict

If you want the best image quality then Axis is still the place to go but Linksys' new business IP camera does deliver a lot of quality features including PoE support and all at a very reasonable price.

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