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Linux Journal: The Axis 2100 Network Camera [Review]

Aug 27, 2000, 13:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Schumaker)

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"Axis Communications sent Linux Journal one of their 2100 network cameras for review. I was lucky enough to spend a week playing with the thing, and I am very impressed. The camera is running Linux (version 2.0.33) and is powered by Axis' own chip--the Etrax-100."

"Axis bills the 2100 as a ``plug and watch digital camera with direct network attach''. Accurate enough. It truly does have an ``appliance'' feel. A PC is not needed--the camera operates stand-alone, requiring only a LAN or modem connection. It has a built-in web server, which allows you to view images through a browser and throw those images directly out on the Internet (or not). So, you can interact with friends, jazz up your web page, create small movies, monitor your home/office or, ahem, start a business."

"The camera weighs, excluding mini-tripod and power supply, a mere half of a pound. There is a feeling of fragility to the thing--one of the few "bad things" about the camera. Axis does have an industrial strength camera in the works, but no release date has been set. I actually knocked the camera down at one point (please don't tell the folks at Axis!). It fell about two feet and landed on the floor. The images on the screen froze. After two hours and a $500 transfer from savings to checking, I pushed the camera's reset button, which reboots the camera. Everything was fine after that. A heavier, more durable version will certainly be needed, especially for brutes like me."

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