Home security and monitoring has become readily available in the marketplace as equipment becomes more discrete and affordable and in some cases, becoming standard features in modern homes. D-Link have expanded into this niche and have developed a variety of wireless network cameras, that can be easily set up at home by any novice.
The camera I have recently purchased is the DCS-932L Wireless Network Camera and I have installed it into my home. On offer:
– Wired or Wireless connection (802.11b/g/n)
– Enhanced security features (WEP/WPA/WPA2 security)
– 3 resolutions (640 x 480 @ 20 fps / 320 x 240 @ 30 fps / 160 x 120 @ 30 fps)
– Variety of features including 4x zoom, time stamps & alert system
So what can this camera be used for? It can be used within any room(s) to monitor the activities within. The camera does not come with any internal storage so you cannot easily record footage on board but can easily be hooked up to a computer to record and store your images.
I’ve used the DCS-932 as a baby monitor. The picture quality isn’t high definition but details and colours are good, the video is fairly smooth in its daylight and night vision modes. An audio feed via the camera is also available, but when tested it wasn’t very loud, but was clear enough to hear in quiet environments.
The camera has a very simple set up procedure, with only a few steps required. The camera can be mounted on the ceiling or wall, or standing on a piece of furniture. If going down the wireless route, the camera only requires a power supply (included). There is also a number of settings to assist in fine tuning your set up and making it secure.
The stream itself can be viewed anywhere in the world via the internet and a personal account with the D-Link. This account can also be used with the official free D-Link IOS & Android apps and I have been able to use these outside via 3G.
The camera cost a mere £45 from dabs.com and with that price in mind, its a brilliant budget wireless camera and any faults would be unjustified considering the price.