Logitech Alert Video Surveillance System Review

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mike3325

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tblewis

After reading your review and these comments I went to the Logitech website to buy -- under Specifications, it says their software will run on a Windows PC or an Intel-based Mac with Flash 10. This suggests to me that the video stream is Flash-based and will NOT run on an iPhone or iPad. Can you clarify? 

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someuid

It is usually due to a cheap business owner who keeps recycling his vhs tapes rather than buying new ones, or lazy business owners who don't bother to notice the poor video and call someone to check the connections and the cables.  They are the ones to blame, not the equipment.

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squarebab

I wonder if it can be set up to work with an iPad, so when you hear a bump in the night you can quickly view all your cameras while in bed. Or anywhere in the house.

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MrMick

I don't have an iPad, so I can't test with it, but Logitech tells me their Mobile Commander software will work with an iPad as well as an iPhone

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Atomike

I've been looking for a camera like this for work - but one that can send a simple .jpeg image every 4 minutes or so - so that I can make a timelapse video. My company is constructing a new structure and we want to to timelapse. Can this camera do this?

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tsathoggua

looks sweet.

 

can't wait to deduct the price from my taxes.

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runevirage

How does Homeplug AV work? Does it work in all houses? 

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MrMick

HomePlug AV is basically Ethernet over the existing AC power line iines in your house. It forms the basis of the IEEE P1901 standard for power-line networking. The consortium behind it has a pretty good explanation of how it works here:

http://www.homeplug.org/tech/

It works well in most houses, but it's not perfect. My home, for instance, has about 50 Z-Wave lighting-control devices in it (dimmers, switches, and scene controllers). The Z-Wave devices inject noise into the power lines that reduces the effectiveness of HomePlug AV products. It doesn't cause them to fail entirely, but I don't get anywhere near the 150Mb/sec of TCP throughput that the standard is supposed to deliver. 

I run six of Logitech's old Wi-Life cameras in the house now, which are based on the older and very much slower HomePlug architecture, and it's pretty creaky. The new cameras work great.

 

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omen3330

It's kind of bullshit, a buddy of mine had cameras set up and someone stole his car but he police didn't do shit about it. The camera go a clear look of the guys face too. Don't let a camera fool you into a false sense of security.

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Keith E. Whisman

You see it every day on the news, grainy security camera video of someone killing somebody else or even of someone robbing a bank. It kills me, why do most security cameras suck? If you can't make out fine facial features with a camera then it shouldn't be sold as a security camera. America's Most Wanted every Sunday has these videos and pretty darn close to 100% of the time the video is just so noisy and grainy, you wonder why someone thought that was adequate. If someone shoots me I want my family to know that the person that shot me is on camera, in living color. Freaking 10megapixel baby... 

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MrMick

These cameras produce excellent video, although only at 15 frames per second. Click on any of the thumbnail images for an example.

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