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Peace of mind when away from home...
on 17 July 2013
This is a fantastic gadget. I have the cam setup to email me at work if anyone comes to my front door. I get photo's of the postman and people delivering leaflets regularly. It's very comforting to be able to check everything is OK at home when you're not there.
First, the good stuff. It's very easy to setup (I would recommend some basic understanding of networks, IP Addresses, etc. a total novice may struggle), the picture quality is great, sound quality isn't perfect but still very good. The frame rate (smoothness of picture movement, TV's are around 24fps) reduces as you increase the picture quality, and at the highest quality I was getting around 18-19fps, which is very useable, only slight jerkiness.
Even the night vision performance is good. The night image more or less looks like a slightly darker black and white version of the day or lit view. The cam looks neat and seems well made.
I have the cam setup at home on my wireless network (you can plug it in as well, doesn't have to be wireless) looking through my front window towards the front door. If someone rings the door bell, I can pick up my iPod or iPhone, run the D-Link app and connect to the cam within about 10-15 seconds, see who it is, and answer the door or not... great!
I can even use the same iPod or iPhone and connect to the cam from work, many miles away. Less useful for answering the door, but if you had cam's throughout the house, you could look round your house and hear what was going on remotely... fantastic stuff!
You can setup movement detection and the cam will email you when it sees something, which works, but you have to setup the areas the camera should ignore, or you'll get endless pictures of grass blowing in the wind. It seems you can record the cams feed through a piece of software supplied with the cam, if installed on your PC, but I haven't tried that. The same bit of software supports up to 32 cams.
Now the not so good... the cam struggles when looking through glass, as I have it installed. If you can look through straight forward, no problem, but looking at any kind of angle will pickup reflections on the glass you never even noticed, and it detracts from the picture rather than ruins it, but in night mode, the infra red LED's make it look like a bright torch is shining on the window and it's unusable.
All said, a great gadget, if not perfect.