D-Link camera lets you watch your home on your smartphone

PHOENIX - If you've ever wished you could use your smartphone to check in on your home while away, D-Link has the answer.  

The D-Link Wireless Day/Night Home Network Camera (DCS-932L) is a camera that connects to your home network.  Once connected, you can view it from anywhere.  

Hardware

The D-Link network camera looks slick.  It's designed in white plastic with soft curves.  It's obviously designed for your home as it will look great in any office or bedroom.  There is a grey ring around the camera on the front that includes the infrared lights.

These turn on (even though you can't actually see them) when it is dark.  You can use the camera even in the dark thanks to these IR lights.

The included stand makes it easy to set the camera on a desk or dresser.  It's also easy to mount it on the wall.  The included power plug has a short cord and you'll need an extension if you're mounting the camera up high.

Setup

To setup the camera, even if you plan to use it on a wireless network, you have to connect it with an ethernet cable to your network.  

It takes a few minutes to go through the software that sets up your camera on your home network.  

This wasn't difficult but it could have been a bit more user friendly.  Maybe doing this via USB with software that automatically runs when plugged-in would make it easier.  None the less, setup took about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Software

There are a few different ways to view and interact with the camera.  There are apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch and Android.  Both are simple to use and work really well.  

They work best when the smartphone is on the same network as the camera.  On remote networks, it typically takes about 5-10 seconds for the camera to connect.  

Once connected both the video and audio worked well.  You can capture stills from the smartphone app but that's it.  You cannot record video or setup any type of motion capture.  

The webpage access offers similar features.  It's designed to be used to view the camera via a web browser and works well.  It is a bit heavy since it requires java.  

I would love to see web access without the java plug-in.  Maybe just HTML 5?  Java is fine but not always available on public or work terminals.  

D-Link also includes the D-ViewCam software package.  It lets you record video and stills from the camera at set times or when motion is detected.  This software is very detailed and great for high-end users.  

Most people who buy the D-Link network camera will probably never install this software.  None the less, it's a great option for those who want it.

Overall

The D-Link network camera is a great option for anyone looking to keep an eye on their home, pets or family remotely.  It would be a great nanny cam, front door cam or anything cam!  Once setup is complete, using the camera couldn't be any easier.  At $150 it's a great option and could provide peace of mind that is priceless.  

 

The D-Link DCS-932L Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera  is available now and sells for $150.

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