Cisco PVC2300 Business Internet Video Camera: Audio/PoE

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High-Quality Video Surveillance Platform with Power over Ethernet Provides Flexible Installation


• Box camera with PoE, interchangeable lenses, and I/O ports allow for flexible installation for multiple applications

• High-quality CCD sensor with low light sensitivity and an IR filter switcher provides optimal video image under multiple conditions

• Simultaneous dual codecs provide optimal combination of viewing and storage of video

• Two-way audio, IP Multicast, 3GPP, and lots of other advanced features make this solution ideal for surveillance deployments

Figure 1. Cisco PVC2300 Business Internet Video Camera: Audio/PoE

Product Overview

Cisco ® Small Business Video Surveillance Cameras provide customizable ways for small business owners to monitor and protect their companies. These high-quality solutions can be optimized for many different applications and sites. Each camera can be quickly mounted using the bracket included in the package. The cameras' compact form factor also enables them to be put inside a protective enclosure for interior or exterior installations. The Cisco Small Business Video Surveillance Cameras use removable CS-mount lenses and can be customized with optional zoom, wide-angle, vari-focal, auto-iris, or other types of lenses as required for a specific application or setting.
The Cisco PVC2300 Business Internet Video Camera (Figure 1) is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) device, so it can be powered from a PoE switch or power injector via Ethernet cabling. This enables installation near ceilings, on rooftops, or anywhere where power outlets may not be available. The Cisco PVC2300 camera can be mounted on any pan-tilt (PT) base that supports the Pelco D protocol and can be remotely rotated and controlled through an RS-485 interface. It also has two input and two output ports, which can be used to connect the camera to an alarm panel, siren, passive infrared (PIR) sensor, smoke detector, lighting switch (on/off), door sensor, etc.
The Cisco PVC2300 uses a high-quality progressive-scan charge-coupled device (CCD) sensor delivering good-quality video. The CCD sensor also has low-light sensitivity, so video can be captured even in very low light environments or during near-dark times of day. Additionally, the camera incorporates an infrared (IR) cut filter that, when used with a separate IR lamp, allows for video capture in total darkness.
The Cisco PVC2300 camera supports dual codecs (MPEG-4 and MJPEG). Both codecs can be used simultaneously. MPEG-4 gives efficient bandwidth consumption with good-quality compression and is optimal for real-time viewing of video. MJPEG gives optimal video quality with lossy compression, making it ideal for large-volume storage to a network attached storage (NAS) device.
The Cisco PVC2300's audio capabilities include two-way audio, embedded microphone, external speaker and microphone ports, and voice compression. With extensive feature support, such as IP Multicast, Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), Real Time Protocol (RTP), and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), video can be viewed from multiple endpoints and client applications such as 3G phones and QuickTime clients on PCs or Wi-Fi phones. Support for multiple network protocols such as 802.1p priority, 802.1q VLANs, and Dynamic DNS (DDNS) make the solution ideal for multiple IP surveillance applications. The camera can also be managed securely using HTTPS.


• 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 to control movement remotely

• Removable CS-mount lens

– Camera can be customized for multiple applications

– Supports zoom lens, wide-angled, vari-focal, auto-iris lenses, etc

• 1/4-inch progressive-scan CCD sensor delivers good-quality video

• Low light sensitivity with high-quality lens, sensor, and programmable IR cut filter capability

• Audio input/output for external microphone and/or speaker

• I/O ports facilitate alarm triggers, turning lights on/off, etc.

• PoE allows for flexible installation

• Dual codecs (MPEG-4 and MJPEG) supported simultaneously

• IP Multicast support

• RTSP video/audio streaming to unicast and multicast clients

• 4x digital zoom; can also use optical zoom with appropriate interchangeable lens

• Real-Time video recording from the Web interface directly with one button recording

• PC-less event recording directly to Network Attached Storage via integrated Samba client


Table 1 gives the specifications, package contents, and minimum requirements for the Cisco PVC2300 Business Internet Video Camera.

Table 1. Specifications for the Cisco PVC2300 Business Internet Video Camera: Audio/PoE



IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3af, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.1p (QoS Priority), IEEE 802.1q (VLAN)

Protocols supported

TCP/IP, HTTP, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), FTP, Bonjour, Network Time Protocol (NTP), DNS, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), RTP, RTSP, and DDNS


Ethernet with PoE, microphone IN, speaker OUT, power (12V, 1A), general-purpose I/O (GPIO), 4-pin IRIS port, RS-485 Serial Port



Cabling type

Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) Category 5


Power, Network

Camera type


I/O ports

• RS-485 x 1 (2 pins): supports Pelco D Protocol commands
• Input control x 2 (2 pins)
• Output control x 2 (2 pins)



1/4-in. progressive CCD sensor


0.4LUX @ F1.7

Lens type

CS-mount lens, fixed focus; adapter also included for lenses that require more distance between sensor and lens

Focal length

500mm~infinity (for included lens)

Field of view

47º Diagonal (for included lens)

Video resolution

640 x 480 (VGA), 320 x 240 (QVGA), 160 x 120 (QQVGA)

Frame rate

1 to 30 frames per second (selectable)


Provides iris control for CS-mount auto-iris lens when attached


Web UI

Built-In web interface for easy browser-based configuration (HTTP)


Web browser

• Internet Explorer 5.x or later
• Limited support for Netscape and Firefox. Browser controls for pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ), audio, and motion detection are limited or not supported with Netscape and Firefox.

Event logging

Event logging (syslog)

Web firmware upgrade

Firmware upgradable through web browser

Video Compression

Dual codec

• MPEG-4 simple profile
• Simultaneous dual stream




National Television System Committee (NTSC) and Phase Alternating Line (PAL)

Image settings

Brightness and contrast


4x digital zoom

Night vision

IR cut filter for low light

Video controls

Auto-white balance (AWB), auto-exposure (AES)

Image control

Select video by quality, bandwidth, and frame rate


3GPP for use with 3G phones


Motion detection

4 detection areas with individual sensitivity

Email alert

3 email addresses

FTP uploading

FTP server address and login settings

Instant messaging

Jabber client support


Schedule by time


Inputs 1, input 2, motion detection


Outputs 1, output 2, messaging, email, FTP



2-way audio

Built-in microphone

6mm, -40dB + 3dB

Microphone input

3.5-mm phone jack

Speaker output

3.5-mm phone jack


G.726 - 16K, G.711 A-law and µ-law

Sampling rate

8 KHz

Default bit rate

16 Kbps

Included Video Monitoring System Software (SWVMS16)

Monitoring/recording software

• Monitoring, recording, and playback for up to 16 cameras
• Advanced search histogram or by time and date
• Recording set up to record by motion trigger, manual, or schedule


User list

User rights list to view video and/or to control camera functions. Multi-level permissions (Administrator, Operator, and Viewer)


Logon authentication: 20-character username and 8-character password

Kensington lock

Physical security option



Allows for viewing from any client supporting these protocols, like 3G phones or QuickTime client


Keeps time of camera in sync with your network


Allows video clips to be emailed

FTP client

Facilitates scheduling transfer of images to an FTP server


Facilitates reaching the camera by a name irrespective of camera's IP address. Supports DDNS, TZO, and 3322 DDNS services


Allows autodiscovery of the camera by other UPnP devices

IP filtering

Allows or disallows access by IP address


Power options

• IEEE 802.3af PoE-48V/0.3A
• External power adapter: 12V/1A, 110~120V AC/60 Hz, switching

Power consumption




4.72 x 2.99 x 1.81 in. (120 x 76 x 46 mm)

Unit weight

1.15 lb (0.52 kg)


External power adapter 12V DC 1A 110~120V AC/60-Hz switching or PoE 48V/0.3A


FCC part 15C Class B, CE, UL, EMC/EMI Part 15B Class B for US

Operating temperature

32º to 122ºF (0º to 50ºC)

Storage temperature

-4º to 158ºF (-20º to 70ºC)

Operating humidity

10% to 80%

Storage humidity

0% to 19%

Package Contents

• Cisco PVC2300 Business Internet Video Camera
• Stand kit
• Power supply (12V 1A)
• 6-foot Ethernet cable
• Adapter ring to allow for C mount lens
• Allen wrench
• Quick installation guide
• CD including setup wizard, user guide and video monitoring software

Minimum Requirements (Camera)

• Wired Ethernet network
• Network adapter with Ethernet network cable and TCP/IP protocol installed per PC
• Switch/router to support multiple connection points
• Internet Explorer 6.x or later with ActiveX support for viewing
• Microsoft Windows Vista, XP to support Installation Wizard
• 2-GHz Pentium 4, or AMD Athlon Class CPU with 512 MB RAM
• 128-MB AGP video adapter

Minimum Video Monitoring System Requirements (4-Camera Viewing)

• CPU - Intel Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz
• RAM - 512 MB
• Motherboard - Intel 945 or 965 chip or above; Intel chipset recommended
• Video card - ATI Radeon 9200, NVIDIA GeForce FX-5200, or Intel 945G/965G or later; ATI recommended
• Ethernet - 100 BASE-T or above; Gigabit LAN recommended
• Hard disk - 80 GB or more
• Operating system - Microsoft Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2, or Microsoft Vista

Product Warranty

3-year limited hardware warranty with return to factory replacement and 90-day limited software warranty.

Table 2. Camera Upgrade Accessories



Camera Compatible

Auto Iris

Lens Types



Camera Lens Tamron 3-8mm Varifocal Manual Iris



3-8 mm



Camera Lens Computar Wide Angle 2.3mm Fixed Manual Iris



2.3 mm



IP Camera Fujinon 3-11 mm Varifocal Lens


Yes - DC




IP Camera Tamron 3-11 mm Varifocal Lens


Yes - DC




IP Camera Fujinon 3-8 mm Varifocal Lens


Yes - DC

3-8 mm



IP Camera Tamron 3-8 mm Varifocal Lens


Yes - DC

3-8 mm



IP Camera Fujinon 5-50 mm Varifocal Lens


Yes - DC

5-50 mm



IP Camera Tamron 5-50 mm Varifocal Lens


Yes - DC

5-50 mm


Cisco Limited Warranty for Cisco Small Business Series Products

This Cisco Small Business product comes with a 3-year limited hardware warranty with return to factory replacement and a 90-day limited software warranty. In addition, Cisco offers software application updates for bug fixes and telephone technical support at no charge for the first 12 months following the date of purchase. To download software updates, go to:
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