Published on July 6th, 2012 | by Kira0
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 reviewed, the 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.