- Wireless Camera
- VGA 1/5 inch CMOS Sensor
- 640 x 480 MAX Resolution
Features need polished, but Cloud camera is nice. 11/10/2013
This review is from: D-Link DCS-933L 640 x 480 MAX Resolution Cloud 1150 Day/Night Network Camera
I found the D-Link DCS-933L Cloud camera to be pretty good at the general purpose it was intended for. That is connect to the internet via a browser or smartphone/tablet
app in order to check up or keeps tabs on things remotely. The camera comes with the camera itself, flat style Ethernet cable, power adapter, small quick install guide, and drywall mount screws. No installation media is included, but the guide directs you to the Mydlink Support site to download the Setup Wizard. The wizard is very
straight forward and as long as you follow the instructions you will be up and running pretty quickly. You will have to create a MyDlink account, but this is also very
straight forward and easy to do. I downloaded the Android MyDlink Lite app and was ready to go in no time. The app is very simple, easy to use, and quick to connect to the camera. I've set this in several locations and can see where anyone could have dozens of uses for this product.
In order to get to some of the more advanced features of the camera, you can connect to the built-in webpage on the camera itself from your local network. This is
similar to configuring a standard consumer router with a familiar layout. You will want to note the IP address of the camera when you went through the wizard in order to
access the cameras page and the password you created. Once I was able to access the camera's built in webpage, most of the settings are pretty easy to figure out if you have some technical knowledge. I would suggest downloading the User Manual on the MyDlink Support site for the camera where the other support files were located. The guide is really good and was able to answer a majority of my questions on setup.
If you want to use the camera for more of a security purpose and record video, DLink also has a free D-ViewCam software avaliable on the Support site. This allows you to control and record from multiple cameras in a security system type interface. The Infrared night vision works pretty well and is visible to about the 15 feet in darkness as advertised. The built-in WiFi extender will give you a little extra range out of your existing wireless signal, which could be helpful if you needed a little extra range. It also has a motion and sound detection that you can setup and will send you a notification email when it is tripped
I think the camera offers a lot for the price, however, some of the advertised features were just not executed as I would have liked to see. Many of them are also available only in the camera's built in webpage or by using the D-ViewCam software as opposed to the MyDlink Cloud site where most people will use this product.
The motion and sound detection features sounds like a great feature, however, I found them to be a bit of a let down since the only option through the MyDlink site is to send an email if it detects a motion or sound. There is an option on the device website to email images or a very short video, but you need an SMTP mail relay to direct this to and is not an available option though the MyDlink settings or Cloud services.
The live camera view on both the built in web page of the camera and the MyDlink site use JAVA. I tested with both Firefox and Internet Explorer and the Java security window is a constant nuisance. It pops up a number of times each time I go to a page to view the camera. I have yet to find a way to suppress this, though, I think it would en-tale lowing security settings a great deal.
The IR LEDs turn on and off with a very loud relay click. I am not sure why this is necessary or if every other camera with IR LEDs is similar, but I found this very odd. If you are keeping tabs on things and using this in a "security" type fashion, you may not want to draw attention to the camera when it goes in or our of night mode.
I have mixed feelings about this product. I think the MyDlink Cloud services is really kinda cool and is easy to navigate and use the camera remotely. Minus the annoyance of the Java security popup in the browser, I am pretty impressed with the site and its ease to get me connected to the camera. The smartphone app is very simple and quick to connect to the camera. If your main goal is to find a camera that is easy to setup that you can access remotely via an app or browser, then this is a great choice.
My disappointment comes when I start to look at the other features the camera has and how they are not integrated into the MyDlink Cloud services. I'd like to see more of the available options put into the cloud so I can manage the camera from one place or at least get to most of the option this way. I also think the Web interface may be to challenging for a novice user.
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