Wow, talk about a camera that can do it all, the Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera from D-Link is definitely the way to go. No, it isn’t the best camera that exists, but considering the price and simple setup, you really can’t go wrong with this.
As in title, this is a Wi-Fi camera so you will have to place it in an area that gets a decent Wi-Fi reception. It had a slight issue connecting to my Wi-Fi during the initial setup so I had to reset it, but ever since then, it has worked perfectly. Other than that small hiccup, the setup was a complete breeze. I think a 6-year-old could setup this camera without a problem. Once setup, you can view your camera live from a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop using the mydlink app or website. Although the mydlink app and website do the job, it would be nice if they had a cleaner user interface.
Please note that this camera is not completely wireless, it requires an included cable in the back to give it power. There’re only two buttons on this camera, the network refresh, and the tiny reset button which can be clicked using the end of a paperclip. You can configure your camera to your liking using the mydlink app or website. A few things you can do in mydlink is renaming your camera, switching night/day mode, speaking through the microphone, and much more.
For the price, this camera has darn good quality. In fact, 1080p 180-Degree Full HD quality. With 180-degrees of goodness, this camera can cover almost an entire room. Not only does this camera work great in daylight, but also performs extremely well in darkness. There’s a little feature in the app where you can change the camera from normal to night-vision. The best way isn’t manually doing that, but turning it on auto so it knows when it’s dark or light. One little thing I noticed when it switches modes is you can hear a physical click noise. It’s not good nor bad, I just don’t want you to think that yours is broken when it does that.
All of the holes in the back are for a speaker. Yes, you can go into the mydlink app and listen what’s happening in your house in real time through the built-in microphone. You can even speak into your phone and it will come out of this speaker. The camera quality is amazing, but not so much for the speaker and microphone. If you’re planning on buying this just for the speaker or microphone, you might be disappointed. But if you’re buying it for the camera quality, go for it and you’ll be giving yourself a pat on the back later.
One last feature I must mention is something called Active Area. You can go into mydlink and highlight a specific area in which the camera will notify you if it detects motion in. You can also change the sensitivity of that area. As you can see in the picture above, there is a micro SD slot on the bottom side of the camera. This allows the camera to save footage which can later be viewed on your phone. If you don’t put a micro SD card in here, you can only get a live view of your camera and won’t be able to save footage when it detects motion. A micro SD card is not included, but I would highly recommend getting one if you choose to get this camera.
You really can’t get much better than this when it comes to self-installed home security cameras. Of course, you could hire a professional to come out to your house and install a better camera, but that would blow a huge hole in your wallet. With this, you can install it in five minutes and be viewing it live from your phone without having to break the bank. This camera isn’t dirt cheap, but if you don’t want to pay the price of a professional system yet have a reliable camera, the D-Link is the one for you.