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Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera - BL-C131A

Abt Model: BLC131A | UPC Code: 037988845156
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Plug-And-Play Installation/ Pan, Tilt, Digital Zoom With Presets/ Simultaneous MPEG-4 And JPEG/ Night View Mode/ Up To 30 Frames Per Second/ Thermal Sensor/ Built-In Microphone/ Privacy Mode/ Silver Finish
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Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera - BLC131A

Key Features:

  • 802.11g/b Wireless
  • Pan/Tilt/Digital Zoom with Presets
  • Simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG
  • 1 Lux Color Night View Mode
  • Up to 30 Frames per Second CMOS1
  • Full-screen Monitoring
  • Remote Monitoring from Cell Phone
  • 4-up and 12-up Multi-camera Pages
  • Built-in Web Server/IP Address (IPv4/v6)
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Thermal Sensor
  • Image Transfer by Motion Detection, Sensor Alert, Timer
  • Privacy Mode
  • Plug-and-Play Installation
  • Free Web Address
  • Multi-Language Interface

Features:

  • Keep an Eye on Your Pets
    Always feel close to your pets, whether at work or on vacation. Did the walker show up as promised? Is the dog sleeping on the sofa? Is the cat scratching your new leather chair? You'll know instantly with the Panasonic PetCam.
  • See There When You Can't Be There™
    Place this plug-and-play camera in your home, office, vacation home, or almost anywhere else you'd like to keep an eye on things, with no PC required at the location. The camera can be viewed and controlled from a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone2 or PDA3, with no additional software required. All of the other required software, including control software (TCP/UDP) and e-mail software (SMTP), is already inside the camera.
  • Control the Camera Remotely
    Using a standard Web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA, you can control the movement of the camera. There is Pan (left & right) movement and Tilt (up & down) movement available. You can also assign a "Home Position" that allows you to return the camera to a pre-designated shooting position. Up to eight shooting positions can be registered in advance, so you can aim the camera exactly where you want it. You can also click on the part of the image you want to see, and automatically bring that part to the center of the screen.
  • When You Need a Little Privacy
    With the built-in Privacy mode, your privacy is protected by simply pressing a button. An indicator on the front of the camera turns red, and you know at a glance that the camera is now only accessible by you4. The camera can also be set up to show a green light when the camera is being accessed.
  • Sensor Recording
    With the built-in heat sensor, the camera can be set to record and/or notify you by email when someone enters the room. It can even automatically move to a preset location when triggered, just in case someone was viewing a different part of the room.
  • Record Only What You Want to Record
    The camera can be set to automatically record video at certain times and certain speeds.
  • Create Your Own Free Web Address
    The FREE Viewnetcam.com service allows you to create a personal Web address (e.g. http://bob.viewnetcam.com) so you can view your camera's live images on the Internet. Access your Panasonic Network Camera live from virtually any Internet connection point around the world! Your Web browser is the only software you'll need. Here's how the camera and service works: Special software embedded within your Panasonic Network Camera gives your camera the ability to locate your unique Internet address. No matter what kind of Internet connection you have or which Internet provider you use, the Viewnetcam.com service will keep your camera's Internet address permanent.

Specifications:

SERVER FEATURES

  • Image Compression JPEG (3 levels), MPEG
  • Quality Video Resolution 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (default), 192 x 144
  • Image Quality JPEG (favor clarity, standard, favor motion), MPEG5
  • Frame Rate Max. 30 frames/sec (640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 192 x 144)
  • Authentication User ID/password
  • IPv4/v6 IPv4/v6 Dual Stack
  • Supported Network Protocols IPv4 / IPv6 Dual Stack
    IPv4: TCP, UDP, IP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, DHCP, DNS, ARP, ICMP, POP3, NTP, UPnP™, SMTP Authentication, RTP, RTSP, RTCP
    IPv6: TCP, UDP, IP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, DNS, ICMPv6, POP3, NDP, NTP, RTP, RTSP, RTCP
  • Simultaneous Viewers 30
  • Buffered Images Approx. 250 images (320 x 240) - standard image quality - with time display
  • Image Buffer Alarm, time or motion detection-Image Buffer Triggers
  • Image Transfer via E-Mail (SMTP) or FTP SMTP, FTP, HTTP
  • Free DDNS Compatible (Viewnetcam.com) 1 Yes
  • Cellular Phone Compatibility View Snapshot and Control from Compatible Cell Phone
  • Multi-Language Interface Yes

CAMERA FEATURES

  • Zoom 10x digital zoom (by area)
  • Image Sensor 1/6" CMOS sensor, approx. 320,000 pixels
  • Viewing Angle Horizontal: 49° (total 149°)
  • Vertical: 37° (total 87°)
  • Remote Pan Angle -50° up to +50°
  • Remote Tilt Angle -40° to +10° (or less based upon user setting)
  • Maximum Pan/Tilt Speed Pan: 50°/sec Tilt: 50°/sec
  • Lens Brightness F2.8
  • Required Light Intensity 10 to 10,000 lux (in color night view mode: 3 to 10,000 lux)
  • Lens Focus Point Fixed (focal range: 0.3m to 8)

AUDIO FEATURES

  • 2-Way Audio No
  • CODEC ADPCM (32kbps)
  • Frequency Range 300Hz - 3.4kHz
  • Input Built-in Microphone
  • Output No

WIRELESS FEATURES

  • Standard IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Antenna Diversity
  • Wireless Technology IEEE802.11b/g
  • Number of Channels 11 channels
  • Transmission Speed up to 54Mbps
  • Security SSID, WEP (64/128/152 bit), WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES)

INTERFACE FEATURES

  • Network Connection Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX)
  • External I/O Connector No
  • Speaker/Microphone Jack No

OTHER FEATURES

  • Built-in Sensor Yes
  • Power Over Ethernet Compatibility No
  • Operating Temperature +5°C to +40°C (+41°F to +104°F)
  • Operating Humidity 20-80% RHG, non-condensing
  • Power Source Input: 100-240V AC
  • Output: 9V DC
  • Power Consumption 6W

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3.88"
  • Width: 2.94"
  • Depth: 2.88"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.46 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Warranty

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

More reasons to buy the Panasonic BL-C131A from Abt Electronics
  • Abt.com is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Panasonic BL-C131A is Brand New.
  • The Panasonic BL-C131A Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
 

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Convenient (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Exceeded expectations (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best camera in it's price range

    I successfully installed the camera using the wireless function (after making one call to tech support). Unfortunately I had frequent disconnects from the network, necessitating a reboot of the camera to get it...Read complete review

    I successfully installed the camera using the wireless function (after making one call to tech support). Unfortunately I had frequent disconnects from the network, necessitating a reboot of the camera to get it working again. After three more calls to tech support I was lucky to get a support person that suggested the problem may have been related to my WPA encryption. I disabled the encryption and the camera connection is now 100%. I feel this should have been covered by the first tech support person I spoke to, not the 3rd or 4th. I decided to use MAC filtering, and should note the camera would not connect with MAC filtering. Another call to tech support, and I was advised that MAC filtering wasn't recommend with this camera. After thoroughly reading the online support, I found that there are not one, but two MAC numbers for the camera that must be entered in the router configuration. I believe the tech support rep was totally unaware of this. The camera is now 100% again, using MAC filtering. All in all, it works great and would love to get a few more, especially since I now know how to get it working properly.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Difficult to setup, ok quality, good features.

    PROS: Lots of features. Fairly comfortable design. CONS: Even if your tech-minded, it can be difficult to setup. Interface is very 1980s. Clumsy and ugly. Not setup at all for friendly...Read complete review

    PROS: Lots of features. Fairly comfortable design. CONS: Even if your tech-minded, it can be difficult to setup. Interface is very 1980s. Clumsy and ugly. Not setup at all for friendly viewing for friends or family. So if you're looking for a 'website webcam' you may want to look elsewhere. NOT Apple Mac friendly but can be used and setup by a mac. VERDICT: I'd keep shopping. I knew much of the cons going in, but when I saw the actual quality of the video produced and just how ugly the interface was, I was let down.

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    5 yrs + still working.

    By 

    from Houston

    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Difficult to use

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

      I had 4 of this cameras for over 5 yrs still working fine, set up a little complicated, but tech support will walk through. When change new router, have to reset up the cameras. Time for new 1080p cameras.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      It just works

      By 

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

      More features than you'll take advantage of. Had this product for 3+ years. Very satisfied. I own two.

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Takes all your bandwidth

      By 

      from NH

      Pros

      • Convenient
      • Durable
      • Exceeded expectations

      Cons

      • need separate internet

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

        I have three and have always faulted my isp and router for poor download speeds and breaks. I experimented with the cameras my DL speed wirelessly is now 7 mb up from the former 1.5 due to ONE camera. Connected the camera wired still suck all the bandwidth.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent IP Camera from a leading brand

        By 

        from UK

        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Reliable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult to use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

          I have 4 of these working non-stop for about 2 years. I have found them indispensable. I can remote monitor from anywhere and receive notification e-mails and file uploads when the cameras are triggered. The set-up, especially if you have more than one unit requires an understanding of port-forwarding so an ability to read FAQ's and blogs is probably necessary. Once I'd sussed it I found it straightforward. The set-up menus are sophisticated compared with cheaper IP cameras from lesser brands, so you can do a lot more with Panasonic cameras, even though they are not the cheapest out there. Triggering by movement work very well, I have images streamed to my NAS and emailed to my cloud service - which is handy for seeing what has been going on from a remote location. Panasonic provides their own DDNS service for life to help with remote monitoring. I thoroughly recommend this product.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Great, first couple of years

          By 

          from Tulsa, OK

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Convenient
          • Easy to use
          • Inexpensive

          Cons

          • Did not meet expectations
          • Poor quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

            As long as you don't want to run these camera full time for two years they are great. After that kind of use they begin to fail. I purchased four of them and currently none of them are functioning properly.

            Comment on this review

            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Own 5 BL-Cxxx cams

            By 

            from Troy,IL

            Pros

            • Convenient
            • Durable
            • easy to place on web site
            • Easy to use
            • Exceeded expectations

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

                I own 5 of these cams. I think my first BL-C30 was one of the first as the picture quality is better now with the 111 and the 131. What is really nice is you can write your own code to place pictures or video into your web page, if you like. One draw back with the 131 and the 111 is they force you to use the viewnetcam or your own dynamic dns. If you have a static ip address you might not be able to get the cam working correctly, by turnng off the Dynamic dns feature. THe BL-C30 units work great without having to use a dynamic dns on a static ip. But other then that I love these cams, one of my cams has been working now NON stop in a bad enviorment for 6 years now without a problem.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Cam, viewnetcam issues

                By 

                from Undisclosed

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Convenient
                • Easy to use

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

                  This is an excellent camera, easy to set up and get working wirelessly. My issues came with trying to register with viewnetcam. Wasn't able to do it. Emailing Panasonic didn't help. However, calling them to follow up, I found the problem was that B&H Photo had sold me a returned camera, already registered to the other user. The camera was in perfect working order, but obviously B&H didn't realize this problem. Interestingly, they are no longer sellling this model. Something to watch for, but certainly not a strike against Panasonic - great camera and follow up service.

                  Comment on this review

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Difficult to setup, ok quality, good features.

                  By 

                  from Lund, Sweden

                  Pros

                  • nice basic design.

                  Cons

                  • Did not meet expectations
                  • Difficult to use
                  • Poor Documentation

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

                    PROS: Lots of features. Fairly comfortable design. CONS: Even if your tech-minded, it can be difficult to setup. Interface is very 1980s. Clumsy and ugly. Not setup at all for friendly viewing for friends or family. So if you're looking for a 'website webcam' you may want to look elsewhere. NOT Apple Mac friendly but can be used and setup by a mac. VERDICT: I'd keep shopping. I knew much of the cons going in, but when I saw the actual quality of the video produced and just how ugly the interface was, I was let down.

                    Comment on this review

                    (23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best camera in it's price range

                    By 

                    from Bronxville, NY

                    Pros

                    • Easy to use

                    Cons

                    • can be difficult to install initially

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

                      I successfully installed the camera using the wireless function (after making one call to tech support). Unfortunately I had frequent disconnects from the network, necessitating a reboot of the camera to get it working again. After three more calls to tech support I was lucky to get a support person that suggested the problem may have been related to my WPA encryption. I disabled the encryption and the camera connection is now 100%. I feel this should have been covered by the first tech support person I spoke to, not the 3rd or 4th. I decided to use MAC filtering, and should note the camera would not connect with MAC filtering. Another call to tech support, and I was advised that MAC filtering wasn't recommend with this camera. After thoroughly reading the online support, I found that there are not one, but two MAC numbers for the camera that must be entered in the router configuration. I believe the tech support rep was totally unaware of this. The camera is now 100% again, using MAC filtering. All in all, it works great and would love to get a few more, especially since I now know how to get it working properly.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      BL-C131A

                      By 

                      from Oregon

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Convenient
                      • Exceeded expectations

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic Wireless PetCam Network Camera:

                          This camera is FANTASTIC!

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