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D-Link DCS-2132L HD Wi-Fi Camera

  • HD 720p video resolution
  • Built-in microSD card slot supports 32 GB capacity to record video clip recordings based on motion triggers, schedules, or continuously
  • 16 feet of night vision
  • Motion detection triggers e-mail / push alert notifications
  • 4x digital zoom
  • mydlink app support for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows phone

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The DCS-2132L HD Wireless N Cube Network Camera is a mydlink-enabled IP surveillance camera that lets you monitor an area 24 hours a day. It helps you keep an eye on your home or office, even when you're away.

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Networking Protocol
DHCP client
NTP client (D-Link)
DNS client
DDNS client (D-Link)
SMTP client
FTP client
Samba client
UPnP port forwarding
IP filtering
ONVIF compliant


1/4” Megapixel progressive CMOS sensor
MAX Resolution
1280 x 800
Video Capture Resolution
16:9 - 1280 x 800, 1280 x 720, 800 x 450, 640 x 360, 480 x 270, 320 x 176, 176 x 144 up to 30 fps recording
4:3 - 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 640 x 480, 480 x 360, 320 x 240, 176 x 144 up to 30 fps recording
Administrator and user group protection
Password authentication
HTTP and RTSP digest encryption


Input: 100 to 240V AC, 50 / 60Hz
Output: 5V DC, 1.2A


720p HD Video Quality - Rich detail and crisp image quality for your surveillance recordings

Enhanced Motion Detection - Enhanced email alerting based on PIR motion-sensing technology

Local Recording - Record directly to your Cloud camera with the built-in microSD card slot

Night Vision - View up to 15 feet in complete darkness

Remote Viewing - View on iPhone, iPad or Android with mydlink app or

Wireless / Ethernet - Secure connection for flexible placement

Zero Configuration - Automatic and intelligent syncs with your home's route
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  • Ron W.
  • 3/26/2016 6:50:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCheap and Unreliable

Pros: small

Cons: These cameras are flaky - they do not stay online (bad wireless from a company that specializes in wireless)

Other Thoughts: do not recommend

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  • Doris B.
  • 1/26/2015 12:35:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsd-links

Pros: Great Camera

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: The person who helped me set up my camera, his name is Randy AR004611. he was just great, very smart and he knew what he was doing, I was able to understand him, and i must say d-links sure teaches them well, great service very nice person

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  • Doris B.
  • 10/22/2014 11:57:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat service

Pros: AR004624 The best, and smartest tec I ever had, He is very smart, and an asset to your company,

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: He has great knowledge

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2 out of 5 eggsSorry D-Link

Pros: I have purchased and used many of D-link's products but unfortunately this camera did not make it to that list. Currently, I also have a LOFTEK CXS 3200 which you can get for around $60 and has way better picture quality and features - make sure to read my Cons section.

Most of the features that the camera offered worked as expected, such as the Micro-SD, night vision, Sound, Motion Detection, Wireless/Wired connections and remote access.

I was able to setup the Camera with my wireless network pretty fast. The interface is actually very easy to use and understand; I was able to find all of the configurations and features where I expected them to be. The motion detection was very accurate also; I had no problems setting this up nor saving files to the Micro-SD or transferring to an FTP site or sending files through email after configuring the SMTP protocol. At night, the infrared kicks in and does show you a picture.

The Camera and the stand itself are OK. They really don't feel like the cheapest plastic, but definitely do not feel like something of high quality. It was very easy to adjust the angle (vertical, horizontal) or keep it pointing to a particular place by making simple adjustments on the stand. Wall mounting was also a breeze. Optionally, you can remove the Stand in case you want to mount the body of the camera using your own methods.

Cons: - Price! As mentioned above I have a LOFTEK CXS 3200 which is half the price, you can swivel around remotely and has a much clearer picture. This camera is just too expensive consider the low quality of the picture as I mention below. I did a comparison side by side in multiple environments (low light, bright, dim) and the LOFTEK wins by quite a bit.

- Picture Quality; Although the picture is in fact 720p, the quality is horrible with low lighting. I even tried pointing it at my yard during the day to get a nice clear view and the quality just wasn't there. In some cases it was just blurry when inside the house, you cannot really tell the person's face or make out simple objects. The picture quality did get better if the Camera was basically outside when it's nice and sunny. It really feels more like a baby monitor than anything else.

- Wifi Range: It's not the best. Where I was sitting I had 3 cellphones (Galaxy S4, Torch 9850 and iPhone 4s) and a laptop (HP g7) reach the wireless access point just fine. The camera had to be moved closer in order to reach the access point or it would lose connectivity randomly.

- Limited: For this price I should be at least able to move the camera remotely or have PoE features, which it doesn't.

Other Thoughts: Make sure to upgrade the Firmware as soon as you configure the Camera.

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2 out of 5 eggsCould have been good, but it's not made very well

Pros: - Incredibly easy to setup, you’ll be up and running within ten minutes of deciding where to place the camera. Although the camera is not plug and play the set up wizard will guide you through the steps to get it up and running, even if you do the steps out of order, like I did.

- The night vision is useful and works very well. The range is actually greater than 15 feet, in my tests it was around 20-25 feet in my house.

- Comes with the hardware to mount it to a wall.

- You can turn off the blinking green LED.

- In the event you did need to listen in on the audio, the range is actually quite good, I was able to hear myself talking at a normal tone around 20 feet away, the quality too is surprisingly good.

- Video transmission is flawless on a wired connection and very good on a strong wireless connection, by keeping the camera within 80 feet of my router I found it was able to transmit video with very little trouble.

- With pros stretched thin and relatively minor compared to cons, I found the mobile app to be the highpoint for this entire item. The app is incredibly simple to use, quick to install, and really helps the item to show what it has going for it. You can relax around your home or be on the go and still keep an eye on whatever you deem worth keeping an eye on. That may sound like a sales pitch but it does work incredibly well.

Cons: - Build quality is what I would consider to be quite poor; the included Ethernet cable feels cheap, the power cable too feels cheap and wiry, the power adapter itself is made of cheap thin plastic and the camera has its own quality maladies. Chief among said maladies is just the less than quality feeling of the camera and its stand. The camera housing and stand are made of thin plastic pieces which seem to fit together poorly.

- Although this would fit under the category of quality, I feel it deserves its own special mention to highlight just how detrimental the poor build is to the function of this camera. When I first opened the camera and set it up, I found it exceedingly hard to angle the camera how I wanted because the swivel joint, although made of metal, was fit very badly and didn’t properly support the camera’s weight. After rigging up a system which allowed me to actually test the camera, and leaving it on for a few hours, I decided to move the camera and rotate it to watch out my living room window. Upon doing this I discovered that seemingly by magic, the swivel joint now worked correctly, and after some careful examination, I was able to determine why: the camera itself puts out a fair amount of heat and does a bad job of dissipating it, this in turn heated up the swivel joint (it was actually warm to the touch!), causing the metal to expand, and making the swivel joint actually function properly.

- D-link seems to have used the “cloud” buzzword to try and sell this. Really there is no cloud feature as most people have come to expect it, you certainly can’t save your camera footage to anything like a cloud, and with the obvious high compression the video receives, you have to wonder why this feature isn’t offered.

- As virtually every other reviewer has mentioned, the image quality although the correct resolution, is very grainy and of a poor quality. You would imagine the camera would just take high quality video and leave the compression to D-Link’s so called “cloud”, or at least offer this as an option.

- Local storage using an SD card strikes me as a feature which isn’t very useful, somebody using this for something as mundane as a baby monitor has no use for what their baby has been doing, but rather what they are doing, and somebody using this as a security camera wouldn’t want their video to be recorded to a device which could be easily spotted and stolen.

- The settings of the camera seem to be divorced in a very odd manner, the advanced settings for the camera are accessed over your local network the same you would your router (just go to the device’s IP address) however other settings seem to only be accessible by going to the mydlink website, such as the night vision toggle, microphone input, and the motion detection. This might all make sense if the settings manager didn’t also have its own video feed available.

Other Thoughts: - The WPS button on the camera isn’t labeled as such and is instead labeled “RESET”.

- Near the end of my testing of this camera, it occurred what use perfectly suits it: a front door or front gate camera. Being alerted by movement means you would know when somebody has passed where you placed it, the short range of the speaker on the camera means it’s suitable for somebody within a few feet of it, the microphone in the camera allows them to speak back to you, and the grainy picture is less of a downfall when the camera is focused on something within a few feet of it. Too bad it’s only suitable for interior use.

- I was greatly disappointed by this item; overall the largest let down is the subpar quality and the promises the item makes that it doesn’t keep. For me to actually recommend this item it would have to be much cheaper, and made much better. I think the feature where this camera tries to overstretch itself is the resolution, as mentioned above, it is the proper resolution, but very low quality, I think that a lower resolution higher quality camera would make this a much more appealing item. Overall, if you’re thinking about a home security camera, I simply wouldn’t consider this as an option because the quality issues I highlighted mean that a draft could suddenly cause your security camera to be uselessly pointing at the floor. As a baby monitor or something similar, it is very expensive.

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3 out of 5 eggsPleasantly Surprised

Pros: *Decent Picture Quality
*Cool Features
- motion detection & email notification
- voice chat / audio (talk to your animals / hear room)
*Access from anywhere with internet proved to work well

Cons: *Picture Quality - 720p max - No 1080 - grainy anyway
*No Power on off button??
*Will not allow manual network setup - must use WPS
*Low Wireless connectivity range
*Bit of a hassle to setup Online
*Why does mine say the date is 4/2/2013 & why can't I change that?
*Email notification will email you to death! I have two cats, so any time they walk in range which is....ALWAYS, i'll be notified. @ 1am and beyond though I'm thinking my house is either haunted or bugs have taken over! lol

Other Thoughts: POSITIVES: Ever since it has been moved closer to the router I've had no problem from hotel or tethered 4GLTE internet connecting and checking on the house while away these past few weeks. Its been rock solid reliable! Very impressed, none of that dropping connection every day. I've also tested the speaker and my cats def hear me talking to them over the camera speaker & heard them reply lol. Works great!

Picture quality is what you'd expect from your typical webcam. Honestly, my Acer Aspire circa 2009 has a better cam. I'd call it HD before this. However I do understand its trying its best to compress images and send them over the internets. With that said you get very good detail with respect to other web cams you've probably used over the years. Everyone knows how terrible those no names can be. Laughable! Don't expect HD, but it is far from terrible. I'd say it's good.

NEGATIVES: Unfortunately I have more bad things to say than good about this product. I'm a systems tech, I travel 9 months out of the year for work. I'm gone quite often and these past 2 weeks I've been gone the camera has worked flawlessly. So why the low score? Because for the first 3 days I had it set up in my kitchen which is directly behind my living room (where it resides now) it would drop completely off the network, unrecoverable after 1 full day, roughly 18 hours. I almost wrote it off then decided to relocate it closer to my AT&T Router. Not a single problem since. That tells me range is a bit limited. Original spot in the kitchen was maybe 35ft away, one wall in between. Now it is roughly 10ft away mounted on the mantel over the fireplace. So keeping this thing in a remote section of the house might doesn't look like a viable option.

Which leads to my next complaint. You have to originally set this thing up over ethernet. Or at least that is what the instructions tell you. Also, you can forget about manual setup. Auto sees the camera while Manual says no camera exists? Huh? You are forced to use the WPS function for wireless functionality as you simply can't set this camera up manually. For power users this camera is not. And what about users who still rock older G routers that don't have WPS buttons? Good Luck. It will work, I promise, just don't expect it to on your first try.

Next up, I have yet to figure out how to change the date from April on this thing? The device even says it was activated on 8-9-2013. It's not under settings? How do I change the date!?

And no On/Off button? So if the device loses power for any reason expect to start all over again if connecting over wifi. You'll have to use WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) again, it will not connect automatically. Meaning it will not remember your SSID and log itself on without you.

Finally, at $150+ I just cant recommend it. @ 59 to 89 absolutely. It just doesn't seem ready for prime time at it's current price point. Wait for the price to go down, then buy one. You'll Like it.

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  • Steve D.
  • 8/20/2013 6:52:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBroke in 1 month...No Response from Support

Pros: Easy to use when it works

Cons: Poor Quality.

Other Thoughts: I purchased 2 of these cameras. One is working fine, the other does not work and I submitted a ticket with support and have not heard back in over a month. Very disappointed in D Link. Will not be purchasing their products again.

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3 out of 5 eggsSave money and go with the DCS-931L

Pros: This camera does support night vision, motion detection, HD resolution, and local storage for recording. However, that is about as far into the PROS that I can go with this device.

As for actual recording, the device did work as advertised and I was able to record and stream to my phone using the recommended apps. You can tell what is going on, but if you need more detail, I highly recommend finding another option.

Cons: Having recently reviewed the DCS-931L, I have found that the jump in price for this version to be entirely unjustified. Yes, this HD model offers a few more basic features over the 931L, however, it also sacrifices a few features and it is all around not worth the extra cost.

HD Resolution is misleading. You can make anything display at HD resolution, but if the image quality isn't good, it will still look like a blurry image no matter what resolution it is at.

No sound detection. This one was very odd considering it has a microphone built-in. The 931L does have sound detection and motion detection, but lacks night vision and the ability to record locally to the device. However, D-Link does offer an app from their website which can be configured to allow recording to your computer.

Setting up motion events, as others have stated, was not straight forward. The lack of a manual in the box only amplified this struggle. After the events are setup, they still would not work and it took me a while to discover that there was a motion detection setup wizard that needed to be ran. After all that was done and configured, motion events did start to work, but you had to be within 5-10 feet to get reliable results.

Another feature the 931L had over this one was the ability to act as a wireless extender. Granted, this is not necessary, but I fail to see how a twice as expensive model does not match the features of the cheaper model while adding more to it. Trying to weed my way through all of D-Link's offerings, though, was a bit of a headache in itself.

Other Thoughts: If you do not require night vision, and are just looking for a camera to watch your pets or your child while you are away or in a different room, steer towards the cheaper 931L.

If you really need the extra night vision and local recording, and desire a good HD picture, you are better off looking else-where. For $150, I know I expected a lot better.

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3 out of 5 eggsIts Ok but.....

Pros: Nice and compact. the downloaded software was super easy to setup as is the app for your mobil devices. The software interface is super easy to use and navigate thru. But unfortunately that's about all the pro's I can come up with.

Cons: OK on to the cons and I'll try and be somewhat gentle. First off the wireless usage I found for this to be utter rubbish, as long as I had the ethernet cable connected I had decent playback. Once the cable was removed and I went wireless with this camera I'd have about 10 seconds of footage before it froze up. Now I'm not on an antiquated computer with dial up service. I'm running 2600K oc'd 4.5Ghz xfire 7970's also oc'd on a 30/5Mbps cable connection. I've tested my speeds both wireless and wired repeatedly during testing to verify it was not my wireless service timing out. This camera just simply cut out to a still image after 10 seconds. Also setting it up for wireless as another reviewer stated it wants you to push a WPS button that does not exist. Priced at 149$ one would expect it to be better the picture quality is no where near 720 and is grainy as all get out. Cloud???? what cloud one would assume when seeing a product with cloud in its marketing that it would include either some cloud storage or at least the option to upload it to your own cloud. Nope the only way to store footage with this device is with the micro sd slot which guess what it doesn't even come with a card.

Other Thoughts: I've reviewed and tested several item from D-LINK and to be honest this was my first disappointing review I've posted for them. Lets hope they take what myself and others have said and tweak it out for the next revision of this device. D-LINK is a solid reputable company my thoughts are this product was rushed into production. While it may be possible I received a defective unit i do not believe so as it does work its just in my honest opinion it could of been a whole lot better.

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4 out of 5 eggsEasy as eating pie!

Pros: I thought I'd try a different route on this one. I wanted to see how easy this would be to get going so I gave it to my dad who ALWAYS comes to me with these things to setup. I wanted this review to go in favor for those with little tech knowledge. The results surprised me!

From getting it out of the box, he had very little issue getting this going. Once it was setup, I jumped in to try and improve the quality of the image, but there wasn't much improving going on. Lots of choices but the results are very little. You feel your getting a wide range of adjustments 0-255 but the actual results are more like 0-3.

Once he got it setup, you can put the camera anywhere you have a plug. You can shut off the LED so it doesn't draw attention to home invaders. You have multiple mounting options. The picture, even though disappointing for HD expectations, not so awful. Live view on iPod touch and iPhone with simple add download (Free)

For what you get, it's not a bad deal. It is simple enough for an old man to get going. The fact it is so easy to get going over the net so you can view on your other devices is great! When you've taken a small course on networking just so you could understand why DVRs are so different and what it is going to take to view them over the internet, you find this simple follow the directions and login to their cloud to view process a simple easy breeze!

After a few days of use, the camera was moved to a different plug and I'm guessing like the DNS service, it takes awhile to update. The camera wasn't available for viewing for most the day, but it did update itself and was back in action on its own. This is handy for those on vacation and the power goes out temporary. For those with some network skills, the settings and advance settings give you MAC address information, change from DHCP to Static IP for IP Reservation, for the ability to avoid waiting for the D-Link cloud to update the IP information. I strongly urge any camera owner to take a quick course on IP Reservation so their camera is always on the same IP and available to view no matter how often the power goes out or the device reboots. (Also useful for Printers and other devices that give you operational issues when they lose power or reboot and obtain a new IP on your network and have issues being detected) Other options in the advance settings include IPV6 settings, Multicast for all three streams, changing the HTTP port and HTTPS, RTSP, and more.

Cons: I didn't have any luck with putting the IR filter for night viewing in auto. It just wasn't working. If I put it on, it did very well at night. (Results may be affected by the IR lights from the 3 other security cameras in the area!) Auto or Off and you couldn't see nothing.

The HD expectations disappointed me, because when you see 720 on your HDTV, the picture is really nice. Not the case with the camera. It works, great for monitoring a room, but not for handing footage over to the police to ID an intruder. However, with using other CCTV cameras I am not quick to be real harsh on this unit because it's not doing as bad! I was also unhappy with how the sun from the window seems to wash out that whole area making it impossible to make out anything.

Live view audio is so horrid, you find yourself wanting to shut it off. Silence is much better! However, when I pulled videos off the MicroSD card, the audio was perfect. So the results of the recording prove to be better than the live view.

There is much room for improvement, but I'm still skeptical because the image is the most important thing in video security! This appears to be a simple Video Monitoring. Good for keeping an eye on your little ones and such.

Other Thoughts: I found the option to record to PC but it was much easier to just use the MicroSD slot. (I got jittery videos now and then, but I can't help but blame the slow card that was installed. A faster one may have yielded better results) A small 8GB seems to be plenty of space.

Not sure why, but the size of videos from motion recording appear to be very close. 2-4 megs. What I don't seem to get is why some play 2 seconds and some play 2 minutes and they are near the same size. Something doesn't seem quite right with that. (Guess the compression codec doesn't kick in till a few second in! ???)

The camera requested a firmware update, and my dad allowed it so that didn't prove difficult at all.
Over all, for what it is, this is a good product. You just got to know what it is before you put it to use. It is wonderful if you want to catch your cat in the act of jumping on the table or to put an end to an argument the kids may be having over who took the last cookie. I wouldn't recommend it as your only security protection though!

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