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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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  • 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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  • Tracy T.
  • 2/23/2014 4:56:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsKeep looking

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

Pros: Trying to think of one

Cons: This cam has been a problem from day one. The wireless range is very short, It needs frequent re-sets, once the firmware update was installed it worked briefly then could never be re installed. The setup software apparently cannot deal with the firmware upgrade. Updated software could never find it during the set up process. The older bundled software found it but would never accept a password so set up failed. A search for the problem shows it is occurring for others as well yet D-Link provides no fix. Avoid this camera and avoid D-Link.

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  • Clinton S.
  • 11/3/2013 11:43:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGreat when it works...

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

Pros: When it works, its great, have it set up to on motion send 10 second (longest it supports) video to a FTP server i set up.
Motion works pretty well, not really accurate, (is configurable to only monitor certain areas for motion)
Night vision is pretty good, can see solidly 15 feet, but after that is dark. BUT with just a night light, it lights up and can see pretty well at a distance. Just the littlest amount of light makes a huge difference.

Cons: Stupid thing wont stay connected to the wireless network. Have tried updating firmware, static ip's, reserved ip's thorugh router, even just a normal DHCP. Continues to lose the connection to the router.

Getting really sick of every couple days having to go and reset the cameras, especially when i shouldnt have to do this....

Other Thoughts: Love the camera other than the networking issue, no way to attach Ethernet to it either... which is why i am using the wireless.

If this camera had no issues with networking, it'd be a 5 egg camera.

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  • Benjamin M.
  • 3/22/2013 10:58:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsmediocre product

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 is decent enough, black and white.
Software is workable.
Connected to internet and router easily enough.
iPhone app works.

Cons: Motion detection can only send to email or ftp which doesn't help much. I want it to "words with friends" style iPhone alert if there is motion. The iphone app is VERY barebones and while functional, disconnects often. Honestly I wouldnt need to use it much but they get to pay for streaming since the motion detection doesnt even send me a decent alert. The camera hardware seems decent, but the swivel isn't tight so the camera drifts either up or down depending on how you have it oriented. I will need to tape it in place once I get a permanent spot for it.

Other Thoughts: They could take this camera, and their web product and with a couple grand worth of development cost, have a REALLY super good product. They just need to invest more, and have some good people work on their products. I bought this product to see if I want more, but at this time I don't. The product is simply just too barebones for me. Once the web interface is improved considerably, I will be purchasing more though.

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  • Michael F.
  • 1/19/2013 5:19:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsReview update

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

Pros: This is an update to my previous review (wish they could be edited). I purchased newer version of the camera with the latest firmware and the whole process of setup and operation works so much better! The camera quality is just okay. I may return it and get the DCS-2132L which is HD.

Cons: The IR lights glow red when it is dark, which doesn't make the camera very stealthy.

Other Thoughts: Like I said don't buy DLINK products until 6 months after they are released otherwise they can be problematic.

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  • Michael F.
  • 10/31/2012 8:30:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsNice features, terrible software

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

Pros: Nice features. H.264

Cons: I could not get there Active-X software installed, which I assumed is neede to view the camera from a web browser. I did everything that was suggested (checked Acitve-X controls and disabled firewall)and still no luck. I was able to connect to camera using the IP address and downloaded and updated to the latest firmware (V1.12) to see if that helped and it just ended up ruining it. The firmware installed but I lost all the configuration pages!

Other Thoughts: After owning several D-link products there downfall has always been there software. New products are not thoroughly tested and early software feels like betaware. My advice is wait at least 6 months for them to get the bugs out and read the advice of people that own the product before you decide to buy. Sorry to say I read the reviews AFTER my experience and found tons of reviewers with similar problems (also on the similar DCS-932L).

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  • Paul N.
  • 5/11/2012 2:44:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsUnusable

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: Online-based software is junk.

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these at Fry's. Try as I might, I couldn't get the "cloud" based configuration software to work. Every time I tried to configure the motion sensing, a "Loding" (yes, that's what it said) graphic would come up, followed by the old IE "page cannot be found". There is nothing wrong with my connection, browser, or machine. I tried this several times. If manufacturers are going to be lemmings and jump on the "cloud" bandwagon by placing all the basic software functionality there, they should make sure it's rock solid. This kind of junk make this camera unusable.

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  • Aaron B.
  • 4/20/2012 7:56:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK, here's the scoop. h.264

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

Pros: Seems these new things always have buggy software, fair enough, I can tolerate some glitches to get the latest hotness.

Good stuff that works: #1 h264 encoding, #2 multiple streams and (3) good apps to view via ipad/ios.

New product only on firmware v 1.01, so its bound to get better! Buy it now and avoid being stuck with mjpg inefficiencies.

Some comments about the nylon pivot ball on the stand (which really isn't that bad unless you plan to be moving the camera around a lot). Note that this screws into a standard 1/4 -20 hole on the back of the camera, so if you don't like the stand, just buy a mini tripod. Otherwise the stock stand is fine.

In the box: AC adapter has a very long power cable (>10ft) which is nice. Also comes with a flat ethernet cable in matching white. Nice touch.

Cons: Good stuff that should work, but may be a bit buggy: Passive IR Motion detection seems too sensitive.

SD Card recording -- mostly works but had to reset a couple times to get it going (see dlink forums).

Auto switching from daylight mode to IR mode happens too soon for some folks taste (still enough light in room), and the threshold is not adjustable. Picture, however, is fine either way.

Needed to use IE (vs Firefox) for web admin interface, due to some conflict w/ java, active x and firefox and possibly VLC.

Good stuff that should be easier/more flexible: Email uploading should be able to check email settings to confirm they work. Email of multiple still shots could consolidate to 1 email instead of (for example) 6.

Mydlink (online service to find and view your cameras via webpage) setup should be able to be done from webadmin page on the camera, and not require re-running the install software every time you hard reset the camera...

Other Thoughts: My dlink online service is pretty cool and works well, although there aren't many "features." iPad, iPhone apps work. Might be nice to add non-d-link cameras to service (or pc/laptop based webcams)...

SD Card recording needs to be tightened up. Had trouble getting it running, but finally got it to work. Would be nice if it could be accessed via ftp/samba share etc. Maybe it can be, but I haven't seen instructions.

A couple of FYI's: The IR illuminating LEDS glow red when on. Doesn't bother me, but reduces the stealthyness. Can shut off the power/activity leds on the back, nice. Switching to/from night mode makes an audible click. This is due to the IR filter being mechanically flipped. Filter allows daylight mode to have truer colors. Can stream up to 640x480 30fps in h264. Multiple profiles for streaming vs saving to sd card, vs jpg.

Cool kit. I hear D-link customer service can be helpful getting you going if you aren't tech-y. Advanced features may require m

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