- Brand Name: D-Link
- Model Number: DCS-900W
- Item Package Quantity: 1
D-Link Wireless Internet Camera, Home Security, 802.11b, 11Mbps
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- Archive Streaming Video to Your Hard Drive
- Bundled Software for Multi-Camera Monitoring and Management
- Integrated Web Server
- Web-based Remote Access Using Any Java Enabled Web Browser
- 802.11b Wireless or 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Connection
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I tried to set the camera up behind the router according to the instruction on the manual from the CD provided, it didn't work. After playing around for 3 hours, I finally figured out that the default port 80 and 8481 don't work, you have to open up the second port 81 and 8482. I IPView software provided in the CD does not have motion sensor, you can download the latest version of IPView with motion sensor for the DLINK website, and it works very well. It can detect a slightest movement.
PROS: price, good picture(can adjust brightness), motion sensor software(download latest IPView).
CONS: no audio, can not pan view(must manually pan camera), no email picture option.
I recently examined a Hawking camera. Superficially, it seemed to have security, but there were only two official ways to get an image from the camera. One was by using a facility where the camera e-mailed you an image. This image was tagged as spam by my provider because it used the big5 character set, even though it contained no text. But the other way was to use a java applet which was automatically downloaded from the camera, the same way any applet would be loaded.
This was the only image data displayed on the camera's web interface.
I wanted to get a still image, so I traced the applet's data stream. The applet simply connected to a port on the camera and then presented four characters and a newline. The camera responded with a four byte header and a jpeg. I was able to use echo, sleep and netcat to pull jpegs out of the camera - but I did not have to present the password to pull jpegs out of the camera.
The instructions that come with the camera tell you to open this port to the Internet via port forwarding from your firewall. You also open the camera's web port.
If you do this, then a hacker can see that you have this camera and then they can look for other open ports, and if they find the camera port, they can easily pull jpegs out of it with no password.
This is OK, though, since the camera is so incredibly bad that all that anyone will see is sort of a flesh shaped amorphous mass. I took this camera back to the store.
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i found a 4x4x6 waterproof plastic box at Home Depot, begged them for a 3x3 glass scrap, and mounted this outside w/motion detector light (see above). we'll see how it handles Florida sun next summer.
bingo! i now have 5 of these running very nicely.
please note that i use free linux software instead of PC monitoring app (IP-View) that comes with it, but friends seem to have good luck w/that app. the linux app ('motion') allows me to mix USB, video, and network cams in one survelliance app.
newest firmware for cam (2.28) hasn't crashed since i booted it over a week ago fyi.
For the price <$100> you can't beat them. I am amazed by their update times over the web. These cameras will act as independent web servers, if you set up your router correctly. Each camera needs to have its IP and port associated correctly, after that it's cake.
As I mentioned, these cameras do update quite fast. A fact I did not appreciate until I experienced the Toshiba IK-WB01. I only use the highest resolution setting (640x400). At this resolution, you will be able to capture moving cars fairly clearly. Meaning, you can recognize make, model, color and driver hair color.
If you want to capture images a night, the DCS-900w is not for you. You should consider purchasing the DCS-950g. The DCS-900w is good to 2 Lux, making it useless at night. <Unless you install 1200w motion lights or something. > The DCS-950g is good to 0.5 Lux to give you an idea of the difference.
1-Relatively low cost
2-Easy to setup
3-Good updates at high resolution
4-Very stable - occasional power blips confuse it like all my other wireless gear. If power blips are a problem for you, use a UPS or a timer like the guy above.
5-Software IPView light is useful
6-NOT for low light
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Returned product almost immediately. Way not ready for prime time.Published 4 months ago by CommuteByCycle
Mine didnt work. When i recived the camara it was in two pieces. The base and the camara and the joint that held them together was broken as well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by la-wandra collins
It was a decent camera in it's day (circa 2005), but quite limited compared to technology of 2013. It doesn't even support 802. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by MJ
I have had this camera for 6 years... just bought another one. I also own a Linksys WVC54GC. I recommend this camera as it is easy to configure on a secure WEP 64 network and has a... Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by T. Noyes
This camera has been discontinued by D-Link. It will not work with Silverlight, XP service pack 2, or Vista. Read morePublished on January 10, 2009 by F. Fujita
This isn't so much a review of the camera itself, as it is information on a way to resolve what I consider to be the camera's biggest downside (other cameras too!). Read morePublished on November 26, 2007 by danijag
This camera failed to work from the moment I plugged it in. The lights flashed virtually at random... Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by House Centipede
This camera was easy to set up just like the DCS-900's I own. I want to note that you can run this camera via ethernet cable if you want. Read morePublished on June 21, 2007 by Eric Barger