Linksys Announces Wireless Internet Video Camera With Pan/Tilt/Zoom Capabilities

IRVINE, Calif. – MAY 31, 2006 – Linksys®, a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc., the recognized leading provider of voice, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and small business customer, today announced the immediate availability of the Linksys Wireless-G Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Internet Camera with Audio (WVC200). The new PTZ Internet Camera, part of the Linksys Business Series of products, can send live video and audio through the Internet to be seen and heard through a web browser anywhere in the world making for simple access for mobile workers or remote users.

Unlike standard “web cams” requiring an attached PC, the PTZ Internet Camera contains its own IP address, so businesses can easily connect it to an existing Ethernet or Wireless network. The WVC200 comes equipped with a LCD screen on the front of the camera that displays the IP address so multiple cameras can be easily managed.

“We’ve designed a camera that provides small businesses the tool they need to monitor their office during businesses hours or while they are away,” said David Tucker, Linksys senior director of product marketing for the small business solutions business unit. “The camera can be accessed over the internet, enabling the office to be remotely monitored. Users can be alerted by email or phone when unexpected movement has occurred after hours, eliminating the need to actively monitor the camera. It’s an ideal solution for providing peace of mind at the price small business budgets can afford.”

Remote Controlled Viewing
The WVC200 images can be password protected or can be left open for the world to see. Support for Dynamic DNS enables access to the camera by using an easy-to-remember URL “name”, even if the business is using a dynamic IP address.

The Pan/Tilt and 2X digital zoom function allows for remote control of the camera’s movement and focus remotely. Up to 10 simultaneous users can have access to the camera at any point in time. Software is included for multiple camera monitoring, and recording to a hard drive with advanced search by time and date. Recording can be set up to record by motion trigger, manual or schedule recording and playback on Windows Media Player without the need for a proprietary player.

Advanced Video Features
The advanced MPEG-4 video compression produces a high-quality, high-frame rate, 640x480 video stream. MPEG-4 encoding facilitates good video quality in varying bandwidth environments. The WVC200 also supports MJPEG compression for video, providing good video quality at high bandwidth rates.

The comprehensive video features include an Infrared (IR) cut filter which allows you to see the images in low or no light environments when an external IR lamp is used. Snapshots (in JPEG format) of the image can be taken and saved. Snapshots can also be scheduled and sent to an FTP server.

Security for Peace of Mind
Advanced features of the PTZ Internet Camera include a Security mode. When the camera detects motion, it begins to record the video and audio feed and simultaneously sends an e-mail alert to the office, a pager or a cell phone. Up to three e-mail alerts can be sent, including a short video clip in an email attachment. Users can then log onto the live video stream if the situation warrants. Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) security features include WEP and WPA encryption.

Features

  • CMOS Sensor with Glass Lens
  • Dual - Codec MPEG-4 or MJPEG Selectable Compression
  • Capture Video and Audio (with Built-In Microphone) to an external Hard Drive
  • Built-In Web Server for Remote Access with On-Screen Users Connected Information
  • Supports UPnP for Easy Discovery on the Network
  • DDNS support Linksys SoloLinkâ„¢*and Other Available Free DDNS Services
  • Supports up to 10 Simultaneous Users
  • Included Software for Monitoring and Recording Up to 9 Cameras Simultaneously
  • Email Alerts to up to 4 Email addresses with Video Clips upon Motion Detection
  • LCD Screen on Camera Displays Full IP Address

*SoloLinkâ„¢ Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) Service
Linksys is also offering an optional service that makes the use and access of its wireless products easier and friendlier. Many Internet providers assign a new IP address to a connection from time to time or anytime an Internet connection is restarted. The SoloLink™ service is a DDNS service that keeps track of the IP address of the camera, even when it changes, with an easy to remember web address the customer selects so the camera’s video stream can be found quickly and easily. All customers receive a free 90-day trial of the SoloLink service with the purchase of the WVC200. The price of the SoloLink service starts at $19.99 for a 1-year subscription.

Pricing and Availability
The Linksys Wireless-G PTZ Internet Camera with Audio (WVC200) is available immediately through distribution, online resellers and Value Added Resellers (VARs) for an estimated street price of $299

About Linksys
Founded in 1988, Linksys, a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the recognized leader in Voice, Wireless and Ethernet networking hardware for consumer, SOHO and small business users. Linksys is dedicated to making networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and applications. Linksys provides award-winning product support to its customers. For more information, visit www.linksys.com.

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