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D-Link DCS-5029L HD 720P Pan/Tilt  Night Vision Motion Detection 2 Way Audio Wireless  mydlink enabled Surveillance Cloud  IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: HD quality video as advertised. Good night vision.

It is easy to perform initial configuration of camera with setup wizard. However, further configuration will require use of web interface.

Setup wizard has to be downloaded form D-link website. There is no CD included.

Cons: Software still needs lots of work.

Only comes with quick-setup manual, which asks to use mydlink cloud service.

It is possible to use this camera without joining mydlink cloud service, however it makes browsing recorded video much harder.

mydlink cloud service provides a way to access multiple cameras without memorizing their IP addresses. It uses Active X for internet explorer and Java applet for other browsers. However, I could not get Active X to run on Internet Explorer 11. D-link says open website in compatibility view, but it still did not work out for me. It fails to connect to camera (possibility security setting problem).

Java applet on Firefox and Chrome works good. However, playback requires WMP Extension plug-in. This may cause problem with non-windows computers or other browsers that don't have WMP support.

Playback of recorded video without using mydlink cloud service is very impractical. Web interface only allows you to browse recorded video files and you have to download and play each video file. File name does show time, but the fact it requires downloading will slowdown browsing significantly.
Mydlink cloud will allow browsing recorded video easier by selecting date and time frame. It also shows thumbnail of each file. However, it still have to download each file in order to play. (It will play in WMP plug-in on the browser. Files are downloaded to temporary folder).

Microphone is very sensitive and it actually records noise from motors when panning or tilting. This is good for recording any noise. But makes microphone useless when running as auto panning. Auto panning will also cause camera to record all the time as it will set motion event.

This camera does not come with full printed user manual. User manual has to be downloaded form D-link website. Web-interface is rather complicated and hard to configure without user manual.
Mydlink cloud does not provide any easier way to configure the camera as it will just open web interface for advanced settings.

Other Thoughts: This camera has pretty good hardware, but lacks software support.
Wish D-link have created a software that will be able to use full capability of the camera without using Active X or Java applet.

I will give 5 stars if this camera had better software.

It is possible use DVR or DVR software to record video stream from the camera instead of recording to micro SD card. However, this will increase cost significantly and impractical for running 1 or 2 cameras.

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very small USB Wireless LAN Adapter.
Because it is so small, I did not expect much from this wireless adapter. However, it still gets decent signal with very small built in antenna.
Installation is very simple. Just plug-in and install driver.

Works very well as long as your have good signal.

Since most, if not all, of today's portable devices come with built-in wireless adapters, for most people will have no use for this tiny wireless adapter. However, it can be great replacement if your wireless adapter is broken. (Although I would recommend replacing built-in wireless card instead.)

This can be used on desktops as well, but there really is no reason to use tiny wireless adapter with reduced performance on desktop.

Cons: This wireless adapter is somewhat outdated for today's standard. Only supports 150Mbps and Wireless N in 2.4 GHz. (No dual band).
However, considering its size and price it is acceptable and still quiet usable.

A short USB extension could have been added for desktop users to improve reception. But than, that might increase cost as well.

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WD Purple WD40PURX 4TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Reliable hard disk drive, specifically designed for DVR purpose.
Runs fairly cool.

Cons: Price is pretty high. But since this hard disk drive is designed for a special purpose, that is understandable.
Sequential read : 146.2 MB/s and Sequential write: 143.2 MB/s.
Slow speed compared with other desktop HDD. But more than adequate for DVR uses.

Other Thoughts: Not all DVR will support 4TB HDD and if using PC based DVR, have to format as GPT partitions in order to use full 4TB in 1 partition.

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Display Name: Byoung O.

Date Joined: 08/25/02

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  • First Review: 09/03/04
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