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Published on July 8th, 2015 | by Greg

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D-Link’s Expandable, Capable HD Wi-Fi 802.11AC Camera

IP cameras have become a major market- it used to be that the only folks who bought cameras were home automation professionals and businesses who needed a security solution. They were finicky, complicated, often expensive, and generally limited in device support. But a few years ago, thanks to Moore’s Law and general advancements in wireless technology and image sensors, they became greatly more accessible.

And now they are cheap, easy, and friendly enough to recommend for just about anyone. Sure, there are security applications, but today’s model isn’t weatherproof or built for outdoors use (we have seen some that are perfect for that). But as a nannycam, a baby monitor, or just a way to track who runs into your kitchen, D-Link’s DCS-935L HD Day/Night Wireless Camera offers plenty to like. It’s got night vision and sound/motion detection capabilities including push notifications, 720p high-definition at 30 frames per second recording to an SD memory card, and no ongoing monthly fees. And it’s definitely priced competitively.

A couple of things are missing that are available from others, including those in D-Link’s own lineup- like two-way audio, as there is a microphone but no speaker. And this one isn’t as cute as the family-focused 855L we checked out a couple of months ago. Unlike the rest of the field though, this guy offers 802.11ac support for the latest wireless networks, while most cameras are stuck in the previous generation of 802.11b/g/n (which are also of course supported by the 935L too). In fact, it was the first to do so. Apps are available for both iOS and Android, so you can connect and view from your smartphone or mobile device. As is normal, you can expect some delay in live viewing. This is a fixed-direction model, so you can’t tilt or pan the camera, but it’s has a smaller footprint and is less expensive than such models.

Plus, it’s easily expandable- we didn’t have a chance to test the functionality, but you can connect up to four total cameras to an external accessory, the mydlink Camera Video Recorder, and save multiple streams to hard drives for backup. The mydlink app has improved greatly over the years too- we’ve tested it out several times over the years, including way back in 2012, and it’s better-looking, faster, and easier to use than ever. Available for around $120 online and in stores, the D-Link 11AC Wireless HD Day/Night Surveillance Camera is a great buy, a focused IP camera without too many bells or whistles but still stable and solid!

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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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