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Published on November 26th, 2017 | by Greg

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D-Link’s Omna 180 Cam HD: Wide View + HomeKit

Black Friday may have come and gone, and Small Business Saturday is close to ending, but the holiday weekend continues- and there are tons of deals out there for Cyber Monday and beyond. And no matter what you’re picking up, or where you are shopping, you should consider adding a little more gadget to your life. If you have an iPad or an iPhone- any of them, not just the hot new iPhone X- then today’s product might just be for you.

The new D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD is one of the first HomeKit-first wireless IP cameras on the market. It skips Android support and is completely dedicated to iOS, and it’s the first camera to be native to the HomeKit platform. For those looking for support, this little guy does boast integrations with other devices, allowing you to use it as a sensor and trigger lights to come on when motion is detected, for instance. Early adopters will likely be satisfied- solid video quality in 1080p high definition and a cute, small body mean it’s an easy addition to your home or apartment.

Granted, there are limitations. There’s no cloud storage, an unusual omission for a company with strong services- we prefer local storage, so didn’t really miss it, but many folks prefer the simplicity (and even potential security). There’s no built-in storage either; you simply add a microSD card of your desired size. The 180 in the name refers to the 180-degree wide-angle lens, and while 120-degree views are normal, the wider angle helps cover more of a room allowing you to see just about everything from just about anywhere. While the downside is that wide-angles usually result in a fisheye distortion, D-Link built in some de-warping technology to help avoid this, and it works pretty well. There’s night vision, two-way audio, and pretty good motion alerts (no sound alerts) but no IFTTT compatibility, and no web app either (so you can’t view from your computer).

We’ve seen plenty of D-Link gear in the past, from several solid cameras to a wide range of excellent routers. And we like the new Omna app, which doesn’t require registration or logins- you just install the app, and then pair the device. And you can use Siri to check on the camera’s status, but HomeKit is still in early days, and some of it’s features and functionalities are not yet up to the competition. We’ll likely see some major changes over the next few months (CES is coming up pretty soon), but in the meantime, D-Link’s Omna 180 has your back- and is definitely affordably priced, available now online and in stores for $149 at press time.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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