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Logitech Spy Video Security Master System - 961-000288

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The easiest technology product I have ever used

by John Cronan on 10/29/2009

You may have seen the marketing campaign that says "Plug the camera into an outlet, plug a USB cable into another outlet, install the software". This is no marketing hype. It really is that easy. When you open the box you find the camera/clock assembly, which is slightly bigger than it looks in pictures, the USB adapter, and the software disc. Setting up the camera is as simple as plugging it in. Connecting your computer to the electric system which serves as a data network requires connecting a cable from the wall to your USB port. After installing the software-- also quite simple-- WiLife Command Center automatically detects your camera(s) and displays its/their video feed(s). The video is color and more than adequate in quality for the purpose. If the engineers made a slight tradeoff of image quality for the ease of use that comes with X10, they made the right decision. The motion detection is quite effective at capturing anything of interest without eating up terabytes of drive space. The only problem I have with the product is this: I live in an apartment. If my WiFi Command Center so easily detects my camera, how easy is it for other people to pick it up as well? To be fair, I haven't had the chance just yet to dive into the product's features. It may very well be a solved problem. Bottom line: Effective system that delivers a lot of value without taking much of your time.

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Product Overview

Discreetly monitor your home and business with the Logitech Spy Video Security Master System, a revolutionary video security system you can install in 15 minutes. Your Spy Camera is a fully functioning digital clock.

It’s all plug and play. Using innovative HomePlug technology, the Logitech Spy Camera Video Security Master System transmits encrypted video over existing electrical wires straight to your PC.


Manufacturer Logitech - Wilife
Mfg Part# 961-000288
SKU 207960373
UPC 097855052070
UPC 14 00097855052070
Three simple steps: Install the Logitech® Command Center PC software, connect the USB receiver, and plug in the camera anywhere around your home or office. Installation takes 15 minutes.
No-hassle setup: No new wires to run. No network configuration.
Automatic video storage: Intelligent camera detects motion, recording video directly to your PC’s hard drive for easy playback and archiving.
Powerful search and playback tools: Review stored video footage from prior hours, days, or weeks.
Intuitive Windows interface: Easily navigate and set your preferences.
Motion-activated cell-phone and e-mail alerts: Quickly update you when you’re on the go.
Expandable system: Monitor video for up to six cameras simultaneously.
Free remote viewing via the Internet: View live video from your WiLife account—anywhere, anytime.
Windows Mobile cell phone accessible: Check on your home or business even when you’re on the go.
Expandable for maximum coverage: Add up to five additional Logitech Indoor, Outdoor, or Spy Add-On Cameras in any combination to any Logitech Master System.
Attractive design: Spy Camera fits in with home and office decor.
Tech Specs
System Requirements
Recommended CPU speed (GHz): 1.4 (1 camera)
Recommended PC memory (MB): 384 (1 camera)
PC Video card memory (MB): 32 (1-2 cameras)Recommended DirectX 9 compatible
Display resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels or higher, 32-bit color
Hard drive (MB): 100 MB for program and a minimum of 500+ MB for video storage
Operating system: Microsoft® Windows Vista® (32/bit) Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition, XP Professional or XP Media Center Edition
Internet access required
Technical Specifications
Processing Power: 400 MHz DSP
Image Encoding: Windows® Media Video 9
Image Processing: Motion detection up to 16 zones, Auto brightness
Resolution: Selectable: 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels
Frame Rate: Selectable: 15, 10, or 5 frames/second
Bit Rate: Selectable
Color Depth: 10 bits
Focus: Preset
Viewing Angle: 80° (diagonal)
Firmware Updates: Selectable: Manual or Automatic
Operating Environment
Operating Temp. Range: +0° F to +110° F (-18° C to +44° C)
Storage Temp Range: -4° F to +140° F (-20° C to +60° C)
Humidity: (storage and operating) 5% to 95% (relative; non-condensing)
Voltage: 110/120 Volts AC, 50/60 Hz
Power supply to Camera cable: Built-in
Illumination: 2 lux minimum per IEC 61146-1
Property Size: Up to 10,000 square feet
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