December 6, 2010

How to Setup Logitech Alert and Tips

Logitech Alert is a Video Security solution offered by Logitech. Check a Review of Logitech Alert to learn more about the service, and then continue reading to learn how to setup Logitech Alert and a few tips.

The do it yourself steps to setup Logitech Alert are shown below.

Logitech’s software running on a PC (no Mac) is used to configure the cameras and set them up on your Internet router. While these steps are relatively simple as shown in the video below, familiarity with your router is required.

Multiple cameras can be setup to monitor different areas of the home. While viewing remotely, each camera will use your Internet upload bandwidth. If you watch one camera at a time, your existing DSL, Cable or Fiber Internet connection should be sufficient. However, if you plan on watching multiple cameras concurrently, make sure you have a fast Internet connection (e.g. Verizon FIOS). For best experience, plan on about 1 Mbps of upload bandwidth per camera e.g. to view live video from four cameras concurrently, you’ll need 1x4 = 4 Mbps of upload bandwidth. Also note, viewing in HD requires high upload bandwidths.

The cameras use Homeplug powerline networking to connect to your Internet router. This means that cameras can only be placed next to a power outlet, which may not always be available nearby, especially at outdoor locations. Also, the powerline networking may not work at all locations as it is very dependent on the quality your Home’s electrical wiring and its layout. Other IP cameras provide power-over-ethernet (PoE) feature as a solution for such locations. Hopefully, Logitech will also provide PoE cameras as an option in the future. 

With the Commander software running on a PC, the system can be setup to send alerts and also record small video clips on detecting motion. While this is a very useful feature, it works best indoors where there is little ambient motion. An outdoor camera pointing at a tree will react to all ambient motion (e.g. tree swaying in wind) and generate alerts for those events. The video clips are recorded on the microSD card on the camera. The video recordings can be periodically downloaded to a PC.