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Published on July 6th, 2012 | by Kira

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D-Link: Monitoring Your Home 24/7

Do you own a lot of ex­pen­sive equip­ment that you feel needs to be mon­i­tored? Live in a neigh­bor­hood that is per­haps not the best? Have kids that you want to keep an ex­tra eye on? Watched too many hor­ror movies and be­come afraid of clowns vis­it­ing you while you sleep? Or just re­al­ly miss Mr. Fluffy when you are not home? There are plen­ty of rea­sons that you should in­vest in your own home surveil­lance cam­era.

We got to play with the D-Link Wire­less Day/Night Home Net­work Cam­era (DCS-932L). This cam­era is a lot of fun, I feel like I am a spy when I play with it. It is a very easy set up, and does not need to be con­nect­ed or even have a com­put­er on to work. You can use the D-Link MovieN­ite that we re­cent­ly re­viewedthe D-Link web­site, or the app on ei­ther your iPhone or An­droid to watch it. As a Black­ber­ry us­er, I was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ed that I could not stalk my house from my phone.

The best part about the cam­era is that it works in com­plete dark­ness, us­ing in­frared. Sure, the im­age is kind of grainy and while us­ing the night vi­sion even more so, I feel like I am on a ghost hunters show when us­ing it. Sure, the video qual­i­ty isn’t amaz­ing. It is good enough to catch what is go­ing on, but you cer­tain­ly won’t be able to see the col­or of the eyes of what­ev­er clown or cat or child that you are watch­ing. The oth­er down­side is that you can not ad­just the view of the cam­era re­mote­ly, which can be very an­noy­ing if some­thing is hap­pen­ing on the edge of the cam­era or right off the frame. You can how­ev­er, zoom in and out, which is nice. There is al­so au­dio, which is lim­it­ed, as al­ways the case in sim­i­lar cam­eras..

I am pret­ty im­pressed that you can set it up so that the soft­ware will no­ti­fy you, via email, if it de­tects move­ment. Alerts of this type are a pret­ty im­por­tant fea­ture, and the mo­tion de­tec­tion on this mod­el seemed sol­id. It will in­clude an im­age from be­fore the move­ment and three im­ages af­ter the mo­tion was de­tect­ed. This may stop your heart ev­ery time Mr. Fluffy walks in front of the cam­era, but if some­thing se­ri­ous ev­er hap­pens in your home, you will be the first to know. You can al­so set the cam­era to record dur­ing cer­tain times of the day or night, and these pre­sets worked pret­ty well.

Over­all, the D-Link Wire­less Day/Night Home Net­work Cam­era does the job with aplomb, even when placed in a very dark room. The im­age and au­dio qual­i­ty could be bet­ter, but for $85 it works quite well.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.



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