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D-Link DCS-930L Wireless Camere Review

The D-Link DCS-930L is one of the cameras compatible with mydlink to set up your own home surveillance system. You can access the camera anywhere at any time, as long as you have an internet connection available to you. The best thing about mydlink is that you don’t have to save IP addresses or open ports, since everything is made through a transversal NAT.

With the new service from mydlink, you can manage up to 4 IP cameras at the same time easily and comfortable from their website.

You can access your camera at http://eu.mydlink.com; but you can also assign a DynDNS host to our camera to instantly Access it without going to the website. mydlink also offers support for mobile iOS and Android devices with free platforms for these operative systems. The access to mydlink can be multiple and simultaneous, you can watch your camera in real-time from two places or devices at the same time.

Now we present to you an analysis of the camera and our impressions.

Technical Features:

  • Wireless: Wireless has B7G class and N.
  • LAN: Ethernet port is 10/100.
  • Camera: You can record more than 640 × 480 20FPS, 320 × 240 to over 30FPS, 160 × 120 to over 30 FPS.
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  • WPS: WPS button takes to connect to the AP in an easy, fast and secure.
  • Integrated microphone for recording sounds all around.
  • Interesting features like E-Mail, FTP and DynDNS Host internal menu setting to detect movements.
  • 1.0 lux CMOS sensor for low-light conditions.
  • Infrared: This model does not include infrared.
  • Power supply: 5V Voltage required with an intensity of 1.2 Amp making a maximum consumption of 6W

Now, after reviewing the technical specs, here is the external analysis.

External Analysis

The first thing you notice about this camera is its size, it really is very small. It supports Wireless N connectivity, it’s capable of sending emails and configuring it is quick and easy.

The best feature is the mydlink integration, D-Link’s website to manage the camera.

In the back we can see a little diagram of our home network with the installed camera. The camera can be configured so you can Access it through Wi-Fi, cable or both. You can also access it through the home network with any device or from outside with a 3G device.

It’s important to note that the traffic mydlink transfers are not encrypted, so you have to be careful if, for example, you access your camera from a public place.

Once you open the box, you’ll see the IP camera and the installation CD, which is necessary to configure and manage the camera from the start.

The bad news for GNU/Linux users is that the software isn’t compatible with this operative system, so you’ll have to use Windows -at least temporarily- to install and set up the drivers and the device.

The camera includes:

  • Ethernet
  • Power Cord
  • Installation guide, Instruction manual, warranty and software CD

Here you can see the IP camera in detail, as you can see its design is simple but nice-looking. The quality of the frontal microphone is quite high; the frontal LED changes from red (not configured) to green (working correctly).

On the back you can see an Ethernet port to connect the camera to the router and the plug for the power cord.

As you can see, the camera is fully moveable.

There’s also a WPS button to connect to the router quickly, easily and safely. However, the router must be compatible with this technology, like most modern routers.

The rest button is very small; you can only press with a clip or something similar, not with a pen or pencil.

This concludes the external analysis of this IP camera, now let’s see how to install and configure it so we can start using it.

Installation, configuration and tests

Like we said before, the software included with the camera is only compatible with Windows.

Once you insert the CD you must manually execute autoron.exe and deactivate any firewall, otherwise the camera won’t be detected and you will not be able to install the software.

In the next menu you’ll see several installation options; the first one will let you install the mydlink platform.

Once you select the option, the next menu will let you select if your router supports WPS connectivity or not, in case it doesn’t, you must configure it manually.

D-Link’s installation wizard is very intuitive; installing the software is so fast and easy that we don’t think a tutorial about it is necessary. They have made this program simple and accessible to anyone.

Once we’re done with the configuration, all we have to do is register at mydlink and activate the account with the confirmation email they will send us. If everything’s right we’ll see something like this:

In the “Camera Info” tag you’ll see advanced information about the state, and in the “Advanced Settings” one will let us configure very interesting parameters of the camera like if it were a router.

Here you can take a look of the interface of the IP camera, since it’s already configured, you don’t have to change any settings in the Network Setup and Wireless Setup tags.

The camera uses NAT-T so if we use a DynDNS host we can access it automatically, although this isn’t necessary with the mydlink website, but it’s another valid method.

In the picture you can configure basic aspects to take screenshots and then send them.

Here we configure video parameters, like resolution or refresh rate.

Since the camera has a microphone, like me mentioned, here we can configure the audio.

The Motion Detection is the most important option, you can configure a grid to detect movement, and when it does you can have the camera take pictures and send them to your email o a previously configured FTP serves.

Here we can configure the email to send emails to our account and see what’s happening at the location on your camera. Configuration is very simple since all we have to do is set the email the program will send the pictures to.

We’ve tested this function with a Gmail account and it works flawlessly, the parameters to configure a Gmail account are here.

We can also upload the pictures to our private FTP server or just when the camera detects movement, which is a way to keep your information safe.

This concludes this small analysis that shows the potential of this IP camera; the mydlink website along with the email and FTP options will keep us always informed of what’s going on at our place or business.

Strengths

  • Easy to manage the camera time.
  • Image Quality.
  • Small size.
  • Options FTP and E-mail

Weaknesses

  • Wireless coverage somewhat low. If we connect the camera away from AP’ll take no coverage.

Conclusions

This IP camera from D-Link is very easy to configure, it offers many options, the installation is simple and intuitive and you don’t have to change the configuration of your router. This makes it ideal for those who don’t know much about networks or routers.

The e-mail and FTP options are, undoubtedly, necessary for a secure surveillance since we will be able to notice any anomaly without having to constantly check the screen or configure NAS or other recording devices. This camera is not only easy to use, but also comes with everything you’ll ever need.

That’s why from now on, if someone asks us about IP cameras, this is the model we’ll recommend.

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