|Manufacturer||D-Link Systems, Inc.|
|RAM Size||32 MB|
|Memory Storage Capacity||32 MB|
|Hardware Platform||Tablet, Smartphone|
|Has Image Stabilization||No|
|Digital Zoom||4 x|
|Horizontal Resolution||640 Pixels|
|Max Vertical Resolution||480 Pixels|
|Real Angle Of View||45.3 Degrees|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Product Dimensions||9.3 x 5.99 x 2.49 cm; 72.12 Grams|
|Item Weight||72.1 g|
|Manufacturer||D-Link Systems, Inc.|
|Item Model Number||DCS-930L|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||23 November 2017|
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
|Alert type||Motion Only|
|Wireless communication technology||Wi-Fi|
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D-Link The DCS-930L is a unique and versatile surveillance solution for your home or small office. Unlike a traditional webcam, the DCS-930L is a complete system with a built-in CPU and web server that transmits high quality video images for security and surveillance. Simple installation and an intuitive web-based interface offer easy integration with your Ethernet or 802.11n wireless network. The DCS-930L also comes with remote monitoring and motion detection features for a complete and cost-effective home security solution. The DCS-930L includes 802.11n wireless for fast and easy integration into your existing network environment.
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I bought this camera as an observation device not really aiming to record (although I believe it does take photos when motion is detected and store it online on the cloud - even better if burgled to stop them stealing the footage and therefore proof as well!). I have an alarm system which rings me when triggered. I then have teh worry of a 40 minute rush home to check the flat in which time it would be totally deserted. I wanted to be able to log into a camera online and check the interior of the property following a notification.
So far it is relatively easy to setup following instruction.
1. It is wireless - Fantastic start. Most wireless CCTV is much more expensive than (300-odd-pounds at time of review). Place this anywhere in the house (near a power point) and it will work , although best not to be near electrics like microwaves.
2. Live viewing online - setup your dlink account and log in on your iphone using their app to watch the footage online - including taking snap shots AND even more usefully listening to the sound.
3. Sound - Following the previous point. Most basic CCTV doesn't allow you to listen to the sound live online so if you have a dog which you want to check on and see if he is crying or barking when leaving the house then this is perfect.
4. LED switch off - okay, maybe not a huge function but it does allow more discretion if you want to hide this away without it being seen.
5. Email notifications - At time of writing I havent been able to get this to work but there are settings for it so I have probably entered something wrong - In theory it will email you if it notices movement.
6. Boundary setting - You can set the motion boundary allowing you to exclude areas where your pets may walk to stop you getting emails about people being in the flat.
7. Online storage - again not fully tested but in theory it is meant to store the motion trigger footage online preventing any thieves from stealing your evidence (even if they do take your camera).
Not so great elements:
1. You MUST have the internet for this camera. It simply will have no use if you cant connect it to the internet. (Not an issue for most).
2. It can be a bit fiddly to set up. It took me a while to get the sync of the wireless as I tried it from scratch but I think it wanted a wired connection initially and then a wireless pairing after - although maybe that was my mistake.
3. THE POWER CABLE LENGTH - This is my biggest annoyance! The power cable must be about a meter long. I wanted to put this at high level to get a good view but the power cable is just far too short to reach from the socket to a high enough level.
4. POWER HEAD - okay, not a massive issue but it has an American (clarification needed) pin which plugs into a UK or EU adaptor. This hasn't really been executed with a great amount of effort. The head sits at a 90 degree direction to the plug meaning if its in a cable splitter / extender it can clash with other plugs and it also feels fairly cheaply put together for a dlink product.
5. Programming - You can program what time you want the motion sensor to trigger and what days but I wish you could have different times ON different days not just Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm for example. On Fridays I may not work until 6 and then I am likely to get emails when I move around. If the function is there it would have been good to set times or each day.
Overall I am happy with the purchase. The issues are small and for the price you cant complain (although I would be annoyed at the £70 RRP). It works well and so far even my workmates are getting a couple to check their homes.
The camera itself, in action, has a short power lead (about a metre) and communicates its video over a WiFi link. It doesn't need to be plugged into a computer so it can be put anywhere near a power socket.
I found the installation lengthy and fraught but finally got the thing working. Installation (via a Windows 7 HP laptop) is entirely driven by the Wizard on the CD. It starts in a straightforward fashion: the camera is attached to the router by a supplied Ethernet cable and is powered up. The camera gets to know the router and its front light turns green.
The first hitch came when the installation program repeatedly failed to find an Internet connection to D-link's servers in 'the cloud'. This problem was resolved by restarting the BT hub router (I find the BT home hub often unreliable and benefiting from restarts). Success at last.
The next problem was an out-of-date version of Java: D-link require the latest version if you're running Chrome. After manually un-installing the previous version I finally got the latest Java version to verify.
After that, I was able to get on to the D-link website and see the camera images for the first time. I then downloaded the Android app to my Galaxy S3 (this is straightforward from the website) and it worked.
My second laptop had to go through a similar (and messy) Java install before it was able to access the D-link website and get real-time images. I had saved the D-link URL to the Chrome tool-bar which Google helpfully syncs between machines.
So now everything works. There is a camera manual on the CD which has a lot more info than appears in the set-up Wizard - in particular it tells you how to configure more advanced functions such as motion detection and email notifications.
My first impression is that it's a rather basic device: the video-resolution is fair at best and the sound seems crackly; set-up was too technically-demanding and brittle. This seems to reflect the state-of-the-art, i.e. it's early days. Looking at some of the reviews of other cameras, I'm just grateful it works at all.
UPDATE: June 10th 2013
As described above, at the end of May I bought a D-Link DCS-930/L WiFi home surveillance camera from Amazon (the actual provider was Eagle Shopper EU). Emboldened by this I bought a second one a week ago, again from Amazon. In my fast, click-happy way, I failed to notice that the vendor had changed - it was now ShopCuscus. In fact when I opened the box a rather curious UK plug tumbled out, much less neat than the integrated plug of my first device. Again I ran through the installation process: it all worked until the final stage, where I had to associate the camera with my existing D-Link account in the cloud (this is how you control the connection to the camera). The ShopCuscus Wizard refused to recognise my account.
After much messing around and attempts to re-install, I called D-link tech support. The guy suggested that the problem was the new supplier - perhaps it was an imported camera with a different spec? He suggested I wrap the camera up and send it back. I was unimpressed. In the end I set up a second D-Link account with my backup email address and downloaded the (cheap) paid-for D-link Android app to conveniently access it. The free app is configured to access my original camera. It seems a lot of messing around to check that the cat hasn't died on us when we're on holiday!
The moral of this tale is two fold:
1. Always check that you buy stuff from one vendor, as system integration with multiple vendors is a nightmare.
2. The D-Link hardware is good, but the quality of the re-sellers' software is too brittle and unsophisticated. I think most of us believe we could program a module to link up correctly with a pre-existing D-link account - how hard can it be?
Only issue is no IR...however....I then bought a motion detector torch (£10 - see link below) and stuck it to my fridge!
Took a little bit of faffing to get it set up... don't use a crapple mac...use a PC, it will save you time and hassle. Also I use the MyDlink lite app which has been fine on my android phone...just don't use the app when on mobile data as it devours the data like a monster.