I've been helping my retired friends, who winter down south, set up inexpensive home surveillence systems for their primary home residents (Usually 3' to 5 cameras). Until I found the WVC210 I've used Panasonics BL-131A's. I'm really impressed with this Linksys camera, in fact it would be perfect for home surveillence camera if the firmware had a few more features. The ideal system is one that includes stand alone wireless ip cameras that require only the camera/router/internet for the system to function. Both the Panasonic and the Linksys have this capability. They both also let you access them anytime on the web and have PTZ to check out the property. (Panasonic does allow for better Zoom)
Panasonic sends the motion detection email alert but the Linksys goes a step further by including a 5sec avi/with sound attachment. Would be greatly improved by having the ability to email more than a 5sec file. Would have helped to have it send using a more compressed file than avi (more information in the same size file). Argument could be made that some mail providers limit file size to 1mb but most providers have upped the attachment size these days because most of us send photos and video files that are much larger. Lets say we up the email attachment to a 2 or 3 min video. Then instead of just seeing someone walk to the front door, we see them ring the doorbell and make sure they walk away if we are not home.
FTP Alert - Again both cameras have this ability and again Linksys probably includes the 5 sec attachment. (Advantage Linksys) This is where Linksys could, however, gain many more customers like myself. We don't need to record/save files at set times during the day, we just need to record and save files if there is activity. Instead of just using FTP to accept an alert, it would be perfect to have the camera stream data to our FTP data storage site for longer periods when motion is detected. Lets say the firmware had settings that allowed streaming to go for maybe 10,20,30 min. Probably would want to have the ability to limit to file size if there were a lot of false triggers sent.
Both the Linksys and the Panasonic cameras don't handle morning or afternoon sunny days. Linksys has a big advantage by using a dome over their lens. Now they need to exploit the advantage by coming up with some non-glare plastic to use for the dome. Overall its a great camera and I will use more of them in the future. Wish there was an inexpensive outdoor version of it. Wouldn't take much to make it waterproof and that would be enough to use outdoors in places without severe weather.