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Wireless IP Camera
on June 23, 2013
OK, so I was a little apprehensive about buying this camera as the reviews are mixed. I have only had the camera a few days so these are initial impressions, I will provide some updates as time goes on. Here are initial impressions:
Set up is simple. I run a wireless home network with an old cisco-linksys wireless router and several wireless devices including several Apple Macintosh products and a Playstation 3. I was concerned at first because the "zero configuration setup" was shown to be only for d-link routers. For all other routers, you are directed to the d-link website to download a configuration wizard. You download either for mac or windows as appropriate. The mac wizard was very simple. From opening the box to looking at live video stream on my MacBook was about 15-20 minutes.
Basically, the wizard has you plug the camera into your router via the included ethernet cable. Then you plug in the power, wait for the camera to detect your network (via the wizard), log the camera into your network via the wizard, and you are pretty much done. You unplug the ethernet and have a working wireless IP camera.
IF you have a d-link router there is a "zero-configuration" option that I guess is easier. However, with the wizard it was very easy with my linksys setup. No port forwarding/dealing with IP adressing/etc is required to set up the camera. I was actually surprised by how easy it was. So setup = 5 stars.
Camera housing in constructed of questionable-quality white plastic. The camera housing is attached to the base via a swivel assembly that allows a reasonable range of rotation (about 90 degrees in any direction). The base of the camera is large enough it can sit on a flat surface, also, the base can be mounted to a wall with the two (included!) screws.
Good enough. It's not HD or super-high framerate, but for a home monitoring camera of this price range, it's pretty darn good. No complaints from me on that.
The included IR is a nice touch. It really helps at night. In complete darkness, you can see nothing with the optical camera, but turn on the IR and you can see pets/kids/whatever you want pretty well.
This is where the real problems lie, and where really the only frustration in the process occurred for me. D-links camera management software is pretty terrible. The website software I've only used a couple times (I use my Ipad, see below, to view the video feed) but seems pretty glitchy and wants to freeze up my computer. Downloading the app for my ipad was very frustrating. Here is an important note for ipad/iphone users:
DON'T DOWNLOAD THE MYDLINK+ APP FOR IPAD/PHONE. IT DOESN'T WORK. But for some reason d-link is keeping it on the app store at a price of a whopping 99 cents. So save your money and buy a candy bar. Because there is another app, the MY DLINK LITE app, that works just fine for me, and is free. Now, it's not pretty, but it works. So get the free one, and be happier.
D-link doesn't seem to be supporting their apps well, which is surprising given the number of horrid reviews on the app store.
OK, so that's pretty much it for now. Updates to come regarding the longevity of the camera, etc. Thanks for reading!
After a few months of ownership, it seems this is a rather reliable camera. I've had no trouble with it yet, it works as advertised. When I am around the home, I don't use it, to save power. When I leave, I plug it in, and it has no problems connecting to my wireless network. Still works great!
Still awesome. Works great. Only other thing to post is some loser advertiser posted in my comments about a pay web service to host your web stream. DON'T PAY FOR THAT. You don't need to. That's one of the great things about this D-Link camera, that service is free, through D-Link. So although the app may not be the best thing ever, it's OK, and your certainly don't need to pay for a webcam service to use your D-Link camera, so please ignore that comment. Thanks!