Following on from our review of the D-Link Smart Home Plug, we have decided to take a look at the other products in the ‘mydlink Home’ range. In this review, we’ll be looking at the Monitor HD video camera.
The PIR Sensor will be covered in an upcoming review.
The Monitor HD is a 720p video camera that can be used anywhere in the home. The camera has night capabilities with IR LEDs capable of illuminating up to 5m, and so for the purposes of this review, I will be installing it in my nursery as a baby monitor.
It’s a nice looking camera with a gloss white finish which should compliment most interiors. On lifting it from the box, the first thing that hit me was just how incredibly light it is. This may sound odd, but before I even start to use it, I want to weigh the thing down!
Sure enough, after plugging the mains cable in and positioning the camera where I wanted it, the slight curvature of the mains cable angled the camera away. It took a few attemps to get it to sit still in the right direction. Fortunately you can mount it on a wall using screws and D-Link kindly provide a drilling template in the box should you wish to go down that route.
As with the other products in the range, the camera has a WPS button on the side which when pressed in combination with the WPS button on your router, will connect to your home Wi-Fi network.
D-Link advertise the camera as for use exclusively with it’s mydlink Home app (available on iOS or Android). Indeed, for most people, this will be what they use and it will be more than satisfactory. However, after digging a little deeper I discovered that it’s capable of operating as a standard IP camera over HTTP/S, RTSP and UPNP. It’s worth noting this as I don’t think D-Link are doing themselves any favours by ignoring traditional IP camera sales when it works so well.
So just to reiterate, you can view the video/audio stream in the mydlink Home app, or any IP camera app. The initial setup of the camera and any firmware updates will need to be done in-app though.
Firmware updates are applied in-app, automatically…
Here is a full colour daytime shot taken from the nursery window:
Top: D-Link DCS-935L (IR LED on). Bottom: Foscam 9804W (IR LED on).
Audio is provided via a built-in microphone, but there’s no 2-way baby-soothing audio functionality.
As a starter camera, I can honestly think of nothing better due to its integration with the mydlink Home app and the provided setup wizard.
It really is the kind of thing you could buy for your grandmother and she’ll be able to configure it for herself. Dig a little further though and D-Link have provided the features to make this a good investment as a standalone IP camera too. It’s a product that will grow with you if you’re new to this sort of thing.
TheTechSpy rating: 8/10