Over a year ago, I was introduced to the Netgear Arlo, a WiFi security camera system, fully wire-free, and at the time, it was great. Time has passed and technology has improved, and now D-Link has joined the game with their first fully wire-free camera system, the DCS-2802KT, or better known as the mydlink pro wire-free camera kit. At first glance, the kits contents, camera picture quality and features look very promising. I’ve eagerly been waiting for something from D-Link, as I have a number of products in my house from the brand, and they’ve always done me well. Let’s get into the box.
In the box:
– DCS-H100 Hub
– 2No. DCS-2800LH-EU cameras
– Power supply for hub, with separate supply for camera charging
– 1No. wall mount, 2No. snap mounts with screws
– Quick installation guide
Straight away, it’s great to see that there are two cameras included in this kit, as I feel two is the absolute minimum required if you plan on covering the front & backdoors of your home. The hub, the brain of the system, is very compact and has a very simple design. There is a LED indicator panel to the front, a microSD card slot on the side and a sync button to the top. On the back of the hub is a perforated speaker area (you can set the hub to alarm on motion activation), power input, power button, reset button, LAN port and a USB 2.0 port.
As for the cameras, they are very small, they will fit in the palm of your hand and feel robust & well constructed. The camera matches the look of the hub, having a predominantly white look, apart from the front of the camera which is black. To the front of the camera is the lens itself, a microphone, light sensor, status LED, a presence detector and a small speaker. To the side is the sync button and to the rear is the microUSB port for charging and circular indentation, which allows the camera to magnetically snap onto the provided mounts.
– Full HD 1080p (24fps) lens with 4x digital zoom (2mp CMOS sensor, F2.2, 140degree angle)
– Night vision (upto 7.5m), presence detection & 2 way audio
– IP65 rated camera body
– Hub can act as a house alarm @ 100dB+ siren
– Lithium batteries, ‘giving upto’ 6 months of operation
– Cloud, micro SD, external hard drive or phone storage options
– One year FREE cloud storage, unlimited motion triggered videos for 14 days (£49.99 thereafter)
– Works with Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant
– 2 year warranty
Set up was an absolute breeze, just plug the hub into your route and local plug socket, then turn it on. You then need to download the free mydlink app on your smart device and when in the app, you can scan the provided QR code and it will begin the setup. During the setup, you are prompted to sync the cameras to the hub, which basically just asks you to hit the ‘sync’ button on the camera. After a minute or two, the system is set up and you will be able to view the cameras on your smart device.
Within the app, are the settings and options for the system and each camera. On the app home screen, each camera can be quickly selected and the live stream viewed. When viewing a live stream, you can edit the options for the camera, including how the footage is stored (cloud, microSD or hard drive), take a screenshot, quick record to your smart device, and change settings like motion, night vision & name etc. You can also monitor the battery level for each camera, but when the battery does get low, you are alerted. You can also change the settings to the hub, add additional devices such as smart plugs, sensors & more cameras, plus view the recorded footage via a daily timeline. In this timeline, each motion detected event is recorded for a minute (editable) and this can be viewed, downloaded or shared via your smart device. The default setting is to record footage upon motion detection, but you can turn this off if you want a 24/7 recording.
Sample footage from my daughters room:
One feature I liked more than I thought, was the integration with third-party systems, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. At the time of reviewing the system, I also had the new Google Home Hub set up to review. To my excitement, both systems were compatible with each other, which meant after a quick set up, I was able to live view each camera, on the beautiful 7″ home hub display. I can picture this being very handy if a camera is set up to monitor your front door and you wanted to see who was knocking, before opening the door. I imagine this feature and/or similar would apply to Alexa and Google Chromcast too.
Performance wise, the picture quality and audio from the cameras is good, it’s a relatively smooth video, although sometimes doesn’t quite seem 24fps. The colours are good, the night vision works well and the motion detection of up to 7.5m seems very accurate. The app is very user-friendly, it’s easy to navigate, change settings and view live streams. There is sometimes a small delay when viewing the live streams, but it’s not off-putting. I would say though, it did take a long time for the Google Home Hub to display the live streams, 30 seconds plus maybe. I love that the system allows you to record and store your footage locally, as I know some people question the security of cloud storage, plus the additional fees associated. As mentioned before, you do get a years subscription when your first activate your system, which equates to 24 hours of online storage for free, for up to 3 cameras. If you want more, D-Link offers 7 day, 14 days & 30 day storage options for a monthly (£2.29 – £8.99) or yearly fee.
RRP for the system is £441.99, which is a steep investment, compared to alternatives in the market but in my mind, it’s worth the money. For more information, visit the official D-Link website.