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D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

  • Wireless Camera
  • Cloud
  • 640 x 480 MAX Resolution
  • IR LED for Night Vision
  • Video Storage with microSD slot
  • H.264 Video Compression
  • 2 Way Audio
  • Motion Detection
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Learn more about the D-Link DCS-942L

Model

Brand
D-Link
Model
DCS-942L
Color
White

Spec

Network Camera
Yes
Type
Wireless Camera
Connection Type
RJ45
Wireless Standard
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wireless Antenna
Internal Antenna
Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Up to 4x Digital Zoom
Sensor
VGA 1/5 inch CMOS Sensor
MAX Resolution
640 x 480
Video Capture Resolution
640 x 480 at up to 30 fps
320 x 240 at up to 30 fps
160 x 120 at up to 30 fps
Frame Rate
30fps
Lens Type
Focal length: 3.15 mm, F2.8
Security
WPS, WEP, WPA, WPA2
Night Vision
Yes
Power
Input: 100-249 V AC, 50/60Hz
Output: 5 V DC, 1.2A
External AC-to-DC switching power adapter
5.5W Max Power Consumption
Camera Type
Day/Night, 2 Way Audio, MicroSD Camera

Feature

Features
Minimum Illumination:
Color: 1 Lux @ F2.8
B/W: 0 Lux with IR LED on

IR LED:
5 meter illumination distance
PIR Sensor

3A Control:
AGC (Auto Gain Control)
AWB (Auto White Balance)
AES (Auto Electronic Shutter)

Built-in Network Interface:
10/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
802.11b/g/n WLAN

SDRAM: 128 MB

Flash Memory: 16 MB

Ready to record using the built-in microSD card reader

Video Codecs:
H.264
MPEG-4
MJPEG
JPEG for still image

Network Protocol:
IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP
RTSP, RTP, RTCP
DHCP Client
NTP Client (D-Link)
DNS Client
DDNS Client (D-Link)
SMTP Client
FTP Client
HTTP Server
PPPoE
UPnP Port Forwarding
LLTD
3GPP (Video only)

Dimensions:
Including the bracket and stand: 2.6" x 2.6" x 5" (65.8mm x 65mm x 126mm)
Camera only: 1.1" x 2.4" x 3.8" (27.2mm x 60mm x 96mm)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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3 out of 5 eggsGood Value, Average Camera

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: Small profile, built in Wireless N, 30 fps recording, decent software bundle, somewhat easy setup (when it works), option to wire the camera with ethernet, very low power consumption, wall mounting kit included, pretty long power cable, very low price (at least he sale price), average night vision (useful to 10 feet, no more, indoor only, very low FPS)

Cons: Included software doesn't do enough, IR vision is weak (at best), field of view is extremely narrow, sensor is extremely susceptible to light changes (triggers motion with most software), camera occasionally shuts itself down or stops transmitting, IR is useless behind glass, built in microphone is extremely low end, WPS setup does not work, default web interface is clunky (at best), defaults IP to 192.168.0.* regardless of what DHCP sets the camera to (can force resets if setting static IP's)

Other Thoughts: I had very high hopes for this little camera, but I found the bundled software to be extremely lacking. I ended up pairing the camera with iSpy (great open-source, free software that's fully compatible with this camera, and thousands of others) and found that the sensor on this camera is extremely flaky and often picks up subtle light level changes as full scene changes and that triggers alerts and motion detection within the iSpy. The WPS function didn't work at all with my top of the line NetGear router. The "wizard" config is nice, but there's no way to set a static IP without logging into the device and then it defaults to a subnet very few people are on which can cause all sorts of problems. I've found the camera will stop transmitting or shut down when it goes from night to day mode (even with IR disabled). I find myself having the restart it multiple times per week. This camera is not good for outdoor use, at all - even from inside. The field of view is extremely narrow and the sensor is really made for indoor use. Sticking a couple of these around the house to watch things indoors is great, but beyond that this is an extremely limited use camera and the software provided by DLink is extremely lacking.

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4 out of 5 eggsA solid indoor-only camera without any significant flaws

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: * Initial wireless setup wasn't exceptionally difficult. I just used the quickstart sheet and followed the directions.
* 2 ways to view your video feed: web browser or free mobile app
* 2-way communication option (Also see CONS section)
* Video recording, ability to set triggers and to choose where it is stored
* Event notification based on various triggers (motion, sound, times)
* Excellent color reproduction in regularly lit areas. (Indoor lighting, outside, etc.)
* Decent low light performance with & without IR assistance. In my two-car garage, I placed the camera in one corner and walked to the opposite corner. I then shut the garage door. I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. I flicked on my phone and checked out the streaming video. There's enough detail to be able to note my skin color and that I was wearing shorts and a tank top. I figure the viewing angle is just about 90° from center.
* Can automatically switch between Day Mode(color) & Night Mode (B&W infrared)
* Can switch to a lower res (240p) if you are recording close up areas and/or don't want to use up as much storage space on your microSD card. Surprisingly, the 240p resolution still isn't all that bad.
* With each camera being self-contained and thus no master control box required, adding additional cameras is as easy as setting them up and registering them with your MyDLink account
* I ended up using this as a baby monitoring system. It's WAY WAY less expensive and just as effective than what you'll find at the big-box baby & toy stores.
* Nicely weighted base allows the camera to be set in almost any position and not have it tip over when not bolted down.

Cons: * Could be a little tricky for novices to setup & configure, but that's almost "par for the course" when it comes to WiFi/Cloud devices.
* 2-way communication is kind of a gimmick in this price range since it requires hookup to an external speaker, which in of itself will require its own accessories and mounting solution.
* Since this is a fixed lens, zoom functionality is digital...similar to functionality you might find on a phone. Thus, zooming just makes on-screen detail larger, not necessarily clearer.
* "Cloud enabled" devices seem to all share a certain amount of head-scratching because they have their internet-based interface and then a separate interface on your local network. Each interface has different functions, some overlapping and some only in one interface or the other.
* Effectively for indoor use only
* Couldn't figure out how to change the video recording profile. I found where you set the details of each profile, but how to actually implement a specific profile eluded me. (I didn't attempt to contact Tech Support...at least not yet.)

Other Thoughts: One of things I try to take into consideration when reviewing things is to keep in mind that I'm reviewing the item based on the noted specifications of the device. Since this is listed as a 640x480 camera, I'm not going to knock it for not being 720p or 1080p. I believe people should understand the technical specs and limitations of what they are buying. If the product doesn't live up to the specs or it's just difficult to use, then yes, that's certainly worth noting.

For being a standalone IP-based camera, I think it's pretty nice for this price range. As of this writing, it's $80.
I feel this camera is best served as an easy solution to monitoring a specific inside section of your home. I first used the camera to record stuff going on outside by setting it on a window sill. At about 50ft+ out to the street, you're not going to pick up the text of any license plates, but you can easily tell a make & model of a vehicle as it goes by. If you leave it in "day mode" during the night, it's not overly shabby at picking up detail under street lights, but beyond that, you're not gonna get much else. Using "night mode" while in front of a window to record activities results in reflection from the IR, so unless you're flush against a window pane, don't expect a lot out of night mode when trying to view from window sill.
I've decided to use the camera as the primary camera to monitor my infant's crib. I think it works great for that! It's great to be able to know how he's doing when the babysitter puts him down for the night and mommy & daddy want to check in on him from their phone!
Assuming you don't bolt it down, it's easily moved and repositioned. As long as I'm within 10ft of a power outlet, I can easily move the camera to a new location. Since it's already been configured on the WiFi, it only takes a couple of minutes to re-establish it's connection to the network.

I put an 8GB microSD card in the device and formatted it via the local interface reached via its internal IP address. Then I went about configuring the video resolution and it's triggers. It took me a bit to figure out how playback video from the microSD still in the device. You can do it from the internet-based interface or it's local network interface, but the "how to" is mildly different. My browser also wanted to throw up a flag about the web certificate not being trusted, but bypassing that was easy and caused no unexpected problems. One nice feature is the ability to have the recorded video include the prior & post 10 seconds of video before the trigger actually occurs. You can also set it to automatically overwrite the oldest videos if your microSD card runs out of space. I can't really tell you how much video you can get on a given capacity card since your choice of video compression/quality will make a difference. With the "night mode" video, I'm averaging about 2MB per 30sec of "Excellent Quality" video @ 640x480.

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2 out of 5 eggsCheap camera and difficult setup

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: -Camera screen is a pretty nice setup
-Night vision mode is kind of cool (yet fairly standard)
-May have slightly easier setup with WPS enabled router
-2 way audio works (needs a speaker hooked to camera though)

Camera Screen:
The camera screen in the settings web interface is actually pretty nicely laid out. It is easy to turn the 2 way audio on and off (or make it 1 way), switch to/from night mode (or set it to automatic), and change zoom.

Cons: -4x digital zoom is blurry as all fuzz
-Very difficult setup
-Poorly designed Android app
-Poor Resolution (max 640 X 480 at 30fps)
-The web interface is the same as other D-Link products (personally don't like it)
-Many settings don't seem to work or save
-2 way audio often gives echo feedback since it always listens (no push to talk)
-Mount doesn't always hold the camera in position (even when tightened)
-Clicks when switching between day and night mode

Setup:
My router does not have WPS enabled (DD-WRT) and I rather not run a wired cable all the way from my router to a camera (especially not the 3ft cable it comes with). Unfortunately, they don't make this easy. I had to connect via cable, go into the 192.168.x.x setup screen that they don't tell you about in the instructions, manually enter my SSID and other net info, unplug the camera, and plug the power back in. Luckily after all of that, it worked on my wireless. And no, the easy install computer software did not find the camera so I needed to manually type in the local IP.

Android app:
It starts off alright and the camera view screen works fairly well. The only problem is it freezes and crashes a lot, as in EVERY time I used it. I don't think there is a way to exit without force closing. Also, it looked like you could make it send your phone a notification on motion detection (pretty cool) but I'll never know because it wouldn't save the setting and most of the times it would crash when I tried going to the settings screen.

Other Thoughts: This is definitely not good for the average user. It was very difficult to setup and the automatic stuff didn't even work. And because of the low quality, even advanced users will want to stay away. However, for the price with the massive discount it may be a fair (not great) affordable option. Just remember, there is a reason for that (currently $120) discount.

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate the feedback as we greatly value the input and we are sorry to hear that you are dissatisfied with your purchase. D-Link suggests that you make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest firmware from www.support.dlink.com. In addition, make sure you have the latest updated version of the mydlink app on your android device. If you are still experiencing issues feel free to contact our technical support team for assistance by calling 1-877-453-5465. Thank you for choosing D-Link.

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4 out of 5 eggsFair for the price

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: Very easy setup although nothing is said under system requirements about Linux the cam is perfectly usable through the web interface and VLC can connect through the rtsp:// address of the stream you want. This cam can be set up with a wide spectrum of video and sound quality, the presets seem sufficient for any needs most users would have, but can be extensively tweaked as needed.

Cons: The software that allows you to connect to the video stream live in the browser is for Windows and Mac only. If you are using the wireless connection, signal strength IS EVERYTHING in order to stream the video, I would recommend a hard-wire connection if and when possible.

Other Thoughts: The install of the newest firmware went without any hitch, although at the time it rebooted it was dark enough to kick into night mode and I was puzzled as to why the picture came back Black & White??? Once I figured out it was in night mode I calmed down (need to keep that in mind). Creating an account with D-Linkddns allows you to connect to the cam remotely over the internet, it works well and would be an easy way to keep tabs on things at home while you are away. Keep in mind that you may have to set your router up to allow access over the internet, port-forwarding is needed.

Setting up the movement sensor is straight forward enough, and is certainly the way to go if you are using this device as a home security device... no need to record all those still frames and fill up an SD card for no reason if you opt to go with the SD card.

The nighttime operation is fair, not super range but decent, I can see my entire front porch with no issues. Most media players would allow you to adjust brightness and contrast anyway.

For the price point it is a fair value, although I have seen much better... I have also seen very much worse. A decent home owners grade IP cam.

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4 out of 5 eggsEggXpert: Do it yourself, IP Security

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: Pros
+Versatile connection types: Wireless and Ethernet
+Monitoring on: Direct IP, Android or Apple App, Via MYDLINK website.
+Has night vision
+Pretty easy to setup
+You can set up motion and sound detection, to send video to an Ftp or Email address
+This is a true IP camera, with wireless
+Price and packaging with directions
+SD card slot for recording
+Programmable resolutions and FPS
+External speaker jack

The pros of the definitely outweigh the cons of the camera. From what I can tell, the software and firmware, seem to have the bugs worked out. Whichever mode you use, it should provide you with a pleasant experience.

My favorite feature of this camera is the night vision which is in black and white, not green. Being able to see your picture day or night is very important to me. When you couple this with the ability to record video on the camera via micro-SD card. Connecting to your router or access point with wireless Ethernet is the icing on the cake! This gives me an awesome versatility with how I choose to use the camera. The only limitation of course is having an outlet nearby and Dlink was thoughtful enough to include a ten foot power cord, to allow you to mount the camera on the ceiling if you like.

Having a motion and voice detector built into the camera are high end features that will save a ton of space for recordings. Then there is no wasted time reviewing video if you are trying to “catch someone the the act” This camera is not really set up for “covert” use. If it switches to night vision the cheap infrared lights glow red, but you can select daylight only. Of course the size is the other mitigating factor.

The camera is not designed to be in the weather / outdoors. You could put it behind a vented plexiglass box (out of the sunlight) or in a “mudroom” very easily for front door security and greeter. Since the unit has a built in microphone and you can hook up an external speaker. You can use it to see who is at the door, and talk to them with your remote app on your phone! Isn't technology grand!

Something beneficial you should consider, if you wanted to setup a simple four room surveillance system. These are true stand alone IP cameras, and do not require a “decoder / video processor card”, they are fully functional units individually. If you save the video to an FTP or on the VPN, you can access all of your video for each separate camera in one spot. The biggest benefit is there is zero hit to the frame rates by adding more cameras, because the camera does the work, not a card. A surveillance system cuts frame rates, with each camera added. The box shows that you can view 4 cameras at once in the software, but I was unable to test this out.

Cons: Cons:
-Camera quality and focus is sub par
-Resolution is maxed at 640x480
-Range of clarity is about 15ft
-Switching detection for night vision needs refinement
-There is a ton of dot crawl under low light conditions before switching to night vision.
-The hardware is pretty slow, when doing operations

After spending about two hours setting up this camera it was setup properly to work with all software.
On the initial setup I used WPS (push the button mode to sync), to connect wireless to my network. It setup great on that first attempt. However, I highly recommend that you set it up with a wired connection first. That way, when you run the setup program on your computer, you can have it update the bios faster and more reliably. You need to have lots of patience with the bios updates, don't touch anything! It can take up to 10 minutes. If you are an advanced user, I recommend not updating the bios right away with the initial setup software. Wait until it is setup then access the camera, via web browser, directly with the IP that is set in the initial software setup. That way you can see the progress. I do not understand why Dlink chose to have their start-up configuration software in a zipped format instead of an Exe file.

For a MSRP price of $199.00 I feel it is too much and I would not pay this because of the camera used. Thank goodness it is not $199 now. I am sure DLINK chose to use a lower resolution camera, and probably slower electronics in the camera to keep the price point down. The resolution works good for 15ft, and then it is just too “pixely” even in the highest resolution. You really cannot beat the lower Newegg price of this item, for all they crammed into this package.

Other Thoughts: My initial feelings were not overly impressed with this product, because of the camera picture quality. But as I played around with the camera and deeply thought about the feature set of this product. I am left feeling impressed with this camera, because of all the functionality it has at a good price point. If you need a better resolution camera for higher definition then this is not the solution you are looking for. If however, you need a baby monitor, or maybe front door security, or general monitoring of a room in your house or garage then this could be an excellent camera.

There are 3 main ways of accessing the camera, direct IP with browser, MYDLINK on the web, and a phone app. All the interfaces look a bit different, but function about the same. The interface is a tad bit clunky, but it works fine. You will need to do some downloading in order to get them all to work. Also if you are using Chrome, disable background operations, or all the extensions will not install.

Since this is a true IP camera, it has all of the bells and whistles of that are needed to configure in a multitude of different ways. I will also go over my experiences with the camera. Before I go into way too much detail I will give you my general feelings about the product then cover the pros and cons.

I am not going to bore you with all of the different video resolutions, because they are listed in the specs. There are enough resolutions to meet any average need that you use this camera for.

Of course having cameras with built in wireless is its biggest asset for the average person, it minimizes setup time for a multi-room surveillance. You are really only limited by the bandwidth of your router. Honestly, if I were setting up a surveillance system, it would have its own dedicated router. Preferably one that had a USB port, that supports NAS storage.

Because this is a true IP camera, You can directly access this camera on the web, with or without any DLINK software. By creating a VPN (virtual private network) you can have as many cameras as you want with direct access. This is a feature I look for in high end security cameras. I dislike that many companies charge a monthly access fee to use their web access portals to view your cameras.

As far as functionality goes, this camera has all the “features” I look for in professional surveillance equipment. It not being lower resolution HD video gets it an egg subtracted. If you want HD video then you will probably need to look for a higher end model from DLINK or at another brand.

That being said, in my opinion the security industry needs to get off their duffs, and start providing “us” the average consumer, better much better quality cameras and decoders, because they are cheap now due mass adoption of cellphone and video cards. I expect at a minimum for a professional surveillance system to run 720p @ 30FPS with a range of 25ft, including IR illumination, and at a reasonable cost.

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  • Robert C.
  • 7/14/2014 8:11:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera at a Great Price

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: Camera linked with my D-link router right out of the box.
After a firmware upgrade and a Java upgrade the camera performed flawless. I placed the camera on my covered patio, 60 feet away from the router and is hidden in a plastic box disguised as a 'lite beer sign'. The camera pokes through the 'B' in beer and works great!
Maybe this time I can catch the person who is trying to steal my backyard garden gnome.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I would buy another D-link camera and router if the occasion arises.

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  • Alexander M.
  • 7/13/2014 6:01:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsOK Camera for an OK Price

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: Well, before I got this camera to review, I actually owned the previous generation (932-L). This product has great small packaging with not a lot of waste (so very eco-friendly). In the box you get the camera, a power cord, an ethernet cord and the instructions as well as some product info pamphlets. Setup was easy. Two options to get going: connect it to the router through the provided ethernet cord or use the WPS button on the back of the product. Then once the light turns green (usually after a minute), go to the website and download and run the setup software and it is now good to run with the mobile app on your phone. This device works both during the night and day. Using the other features of the device is a bit more difficult (see cons), but once you get them going it is an awesome device.

Advanced Features:
-Emailing/FTP of either motion detection or regular interval pictures.
-New with this next generation is to take actual video recording and FTP it up to a site.
-MicroSD card slot for video recording


The mobile app is wonderful as it provides the live feed of your camera on your phone (iphone and android), provides a way to push firmware to the camera and take easy snapshots. Overall I have had its older brother (the 932-L) running for a year without any issues and am hoping this one will be the same.

Cons: The biggest let down on this device is doing the advanced features of the device. After initial setup, there is nothing to tell you how to setup the advanced features. The way I knew how to get to them was from using its older brother. First you must determine the IP address of the device from your network. Once you get that, you open an internet browser and type in the IP address to login to the internet interface. Once you get in with the username of admin and the password you used to do the initial setup you get brought to an ugly interface of black and orange, which doesn’t make any sense as D-Link’s colors are white and blue. The menu of the interface is very confusing but once you google search on how to do everything you’ll eventually figure it out. I am very disappointed by the way to access these advanced features. Other than that the only other feature missing from this camera is being able to pan and tilt it, but if you want that there are other camera’s for that.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this isn’t the best camera for keeping your house secure...I would say the best option this can be used for is a nanny cam. I am disappointed with the online interface of managing the camera and its advanced features. Looking at the original price of $200, I would say that is way too high for the features and functionality of this camera, but since it is on sale for $70 I would say that is a fair price. The mobile app shines in watching a live feed and taking snapshots and updating firmware. I just wish that D-Link would fix the disgusting interface of managing the camera.

Manufacturer Response:

We want to thank you for the feedback as we greatly appreciate the input and we are sorry to hear that the product did not meet your expectations. We will pass on the information you have provided to our Product Management team. Please be advised that the DCS-942L is not designed to be a pan and tilt camera. If you visit www.support.dlink.com and look at the product's user manual, you will be able to find the necessary information on how to use all the product's advanced features. You may also contact us by calling 1-877-453-5465 for anytime you need assistance. We thank you for choosing D-Link.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks fine out of the box but manual setup unlocks true power

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: Very easy basic setup, just plug everything in (including Ethernet cable for initial install), download the setup wizard from the website given to register an account, then you are all set to start using the web interface. Just login and you can live view a stream from your camera over the internet. There are also iOS and Android apps that do the same. Picture quality is VGA and audio is not perfect but does work alright. If you just want to use this camera for viewing on demand, such as for a baby monitor or pet cam, installation ends here. However, the true power of the camera comes when you configure it manually by logging into the camera directly on your local network. It has a configuration page just like a router setup page which has many, many more options, including, most importantly, advanced motion control settings and recording settings, which are not available through the mydlink website. This allows for many more advanced uses- for example, if you want to actually record footage to use it as a security camera, you can set it to record to a machine on your local network or a microSD card. Advanced recording settings include recording on motion trigger, continuous recording, and sending you email alerts if the motion sensor gets triggered. It is a little more time consuming to set it up by logging in directly but it is worth it.

Cons: Night vision does work quite well but the infrared LEDs are somewhat visibly on. This makes the camera not so great for night security as in the dark it stands out and it’s obvious it’s there unless you try to hide it. That’s the most major complaint I have really. Smaller things include: VGA picture quality, sound is not the greatest, and the install does require downloading some software and setting up manually for the advanced features. However at the price point, I don’t think these are major issues. If you need better you can always pay more for a more advanced model.

Other Thoughts: I did not encounter the setup issues other users seem to have had. Try updating the firmware- some of the releases add new features and are not just bugfix and performance updates. My camera required a firmware update out of the box and I did not notice issues with it, so make sure it’s updated before setting everything up. Hopefully later cameras will have later firmware preloaded.

I don’t recommend using this as a hardcore security camera. Yes, it will work to maybe monitor outside your front door or your driveway but I wouldn’t expect it to be great in the event of a burglary or break in. The camera is pretty noticeable, it looks a bit like a webcam and it requires some work to install discreetly (eg without the power cable being obvious). If you really need that kind of security though, I recommend you consider spending a good amount more money.

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  • JOSEPH H.
  • 6/1/2014 10:01:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what is says

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: Once I stopped trying to set these up like a the network tech that I am and just do it the easy way these things go in simple and quick. Even used the wifi button on the router to set up the cam's. I have 4 fo these and 3 5222's and they work great.

Cons: They are VGA like the box says. Do not like that when in night vision the LEDs glow red, they should be invisable to the neaked eye. Also they make a noise when switching between night and day modes. IOS app does not hold a candle to the Android app.

Other Thoughts: I have seen the negitive reviews but I have gotten 6 of these to work now with out a problem, haven't even attached a lan cable durning the install. For viewing you can not beat the Android App for a Buck. Works great view the cameras 4 at a time, watch recorded video.

Highly recommend them (I like the video from my HD D-Link cams alot better) When I first installed them I needed something I could buy locally at best buy in an hour.

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  • Terry A.
  • 3/7/2014 8:01:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsPainful set-up, SD card issues

This review is from: D-Link DCS-942L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640x480 Resolution, Night Vision, Video Storage with microSD slot, mydlink enabled

Pros: none

Cons: Tedious set-up, SD card not recognized, zero support

Other Thoughts: First of all, I'm a techie and own several other IP cameras. Never have I spent so much time setting up a new camera. This took me over 2 hours to set up because I had to keep entering the same info over and over again into the MyDLink user interface. I kept getting the error message saying "cannot load image" yet the camera was connected because I could see the picture on my phone using 3rd party software. Eventually got it to work, but when I started personalizing the camera, each screen took forever to load. I have blazing fast internet too. I felt that I was trying to download Gone with the Wind using dial-up. Actually I wasn't even using wifi at this point but was direct connected via Ethernet.

Now to the SD card recording, which is why I bought this camera in the first place. The camera would not recognize any of the sd cards I tried to use, even though they were all on the "supported card" list. I finally gave up and sent an email to support. Got a confirmation email that my request was received, but have never been contacted. Returning camera. Don't waste your time. The "D" in Dlink stands for dumb! Will never buy a Dlink product again.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear that you returned the hardware. For future reference, do not hesitate to contact our technical support team for assistance. In most cases they will be able to diagnose the problem and then guide you through the solution process. We appreciate and value your feedback and we hope that you will choose D-Link in the future.

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