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Cisco Small Business Wired IP Camera with 2-Way Audio / PowerOverEthernet / MAX Resolution 640x480 (PVC2300)

  • MPEG4 and MJPEG Video Compression
  • Sony Progressive CCD sensor camera
  • 2.6x Optical Zoom
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Learn more about the Cisco Small Business PVC2300


Cisco Small Business


Network Camera
Wired Camera
Connection Type
Ethernet w/POE, Microphone IN, Speaker OUT, Power (12V, 1A), GPIO, 4-pin IRIS port
Networking Protocol
4x Digital Zoom
1/4” Progressive CCD Sensor
MAX Resolution
640 x 480
Video Capture Resolution
Frame Rate
Lens Type
CS-Mount lens, Fixed Focus; Adapter also Included for Lenses that Require more Distance Between Sensor and Lens
User List: User Rights List to View Video and/or to Camera Control Functions
Username/password: Logon Authentication 20 Character Username and 8 Character Password
Kensington lock: Physical Security Option
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME or 98SE
Power over Ethernet
External Power Adapter 12 VDC 1A 110~120VAC/60Hz Switching or PoE 48V/0.3A


Standard box-type camera allows for flexible installation
Mounts in a standard outdoor or indoor enclosure
Provides controls for mounting on a Pelco pan/tilt base and control movement remotely
Removable CS-mount lens - camera can be customized for multiple applications - zoom lens, wide-angled, vari-focal, auto-Iris lenses, etc
1/4’’ Progressive scan CCD sensor delivers good quality video
Low light sensitivity with high-quality lens, sensor, and a programmable IR-cut filter functionality
Audio input/output for external microphone and/or speaker
IO ports facilitates alarm triggers, turn on/off of lights, etc
Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows for flexible installation
Dual CODEC (MPEG-4 and MJPEG) supported simultaneously
IP Multicast support
RTSP video/audio streaming to unicast and multicast clients
3GPP allows viewing of video on a mobile device
Motion detection with event notifications to an email account or alarm log in the monitoring software
JPEG snapshots at multiple resolutions that can be sent to an FTP server
Overlay watermarks/graphics and text
Up to 10 unicast users and unlimited multicast users
Built-in web server for remote access over IP
Secure control over HTTPS
Included software for monitoring and recording up to 16 cameras simultaneously

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  • Zach H.
  • 2/27/2011 9:22:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgood

Pros: Easy to configure

Cons: Expensive for what you get

Other Thoughts: Bought 8 of these.
They are pretty good cameras, certainly better than the cheapo trendnet ones.
They definatly do the trick for small business.
I think they're overpriced though.
Yes Cisco is awesome, and quality is very good, but I think these cameras are worth more around the $150 - $175 range.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2010 6:12:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCisco PVC2300

Pros: Management of the camera is fairly easy and straightforward. Works well over a 100M home network. No noticeable congestion or slowdowns.
Only 1 strange 'it just stopped working' incident over the past 3-4 months. Remove power plug/plug it back in and all has been well since.

Cons: Cannot seem to get a good focus with the included manual focus lens. Approx range to target area is 30-to-45 feet, well within range of the camera and lens, but it doesn't get a crisp sharp focus at all. My less expensive mini dv digital camcorder has way better focus...
The included monitoring software is so-so. When you open the Playback module, the calendar to choose a date and time range for viewing defaults to 2007?!? I am no programmer, but it seems it should be fairly easy to make it default to the current day or week maybe? Video files are in a proprietary format. The included software can convert them to avi though if needed.

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  • Jay W.
  • 10/15/2009 9:57:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsi\I'M SENDING IT BACK

Pros: Seems to have good image quality when viewed on my desktop but that's now what I bought it for.

Cons: Will not transmit to my ftp site, and gives no indication why not.
Too many options that make no sense to me.
The setup screens are incomprehensible to say the least
I just want it to do what other cameras have done for me: Snap a picture every 5 minutes and ftp it to my web site. Why is this so difficult?
Changes IP address at the drop of a hat.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for

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  • William M.
  • 6/19/2009 12:13:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great - Using it in High Profile Customer Installations

Pros: Camera works great, web based GUI tool is nice integrates will with other systems. Simple IP management scheme and ability to add focal lenses make this a huge plus.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Not sure why some others are having issues with web access. Make sure you have the latest .NET support from Microsoft as well as the right Active X controllers.

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  • Nathan J.
  • 3/26/2009 3:01:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggssolid camera

Pros: great price point
solid features
good image quality

Cons: its not as nice as the cisco ones that cost a lot more

Other Thoughts: i had problems with the video as described in the first post but it was because of a ip conflict. i changed the ip address of the camera and have had no problems since.

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  • Richard S.
  • 11/29/2007 12:13:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolute JUNK!


Cons: I have worked with security IP cameras for 5 years. This is the WORST piece of junk on the market. It crashes IE, and firefox. It boots about 50% of the time. When it does work the pciture lasts for about 30 seconds before turning into mush.

Other Thoughts: Do not waste your time!

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  • Ian M.
  • 11/20/2007 5:45:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCamera doesn't work as Linksys states

Pros: If it worked, the price

Cons: The camera doesn't multicast rtp or rstp streams as Linksys states. Per Linksys it requires much more of their products exclusively until they fix it and correct the documentation that states what this camera is capable of theoretically though omits the fact that it doesn't work.

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