D-Link DCS-930L Wireless N Camera Review – Do You Know What Your Kids Are Doing?

by nessel on March 15, 2011

D-Link DCS-930 Wireless Camera

Moms and Dads are certainly no strangers to surveillance cameras.  Many of us have used simple wireless camera systems to look and listen in on our precious ones as they sleep…or don’t sleep!   As technology moves forward, things are starting to get interesting in the world of surveillance cameras and today we review the D-Link DCS-930L Wireless N Camera.

At Dad Does,  We Don’t Care About Tech Specs, We Care About “Parent Specs”

The D-Link Wireless camera has a bunch of sophisticated technology built into it, but we are not going to focus on that.  If you want to read tech specs, just jump over to the D-Link site and read away.   We simply want to know if the D-Link Wireless Camera can make a busy Mom or Dad’s life easier or less hectic.

Let’s start by looking at a video showing the features and functions of the D-Link Wireless Camera -

D-Link DCS-930L Shows That Hi-Tech Doesn’t Have to be Hi-Stress

I love hi-tech gadgets, but they don’t often love me back.  Many gadgets require frequent firmware upgrades and a close personal relationship with technical support.  I am very happy to say this is NOT the case with the D-Link Wireless camera.  This is very impressive since the camera contains its own CPU and web-server!

After living with the D-Link Wireless camera for a few weeks I can honestly say that it performs as advertised without requiring any work on my part.

Check in On Your House or The Kids – Anytime, Anywhere

Once you do the initial setup of the camera, which is very easy, you simply need to decide where to place the wireless camera.   The camera uses its CPU and web-server to send video and audio via your wireless router, so your computer at home does not need to be on for the camera to work.

In terms of range from your wireless router, if your computer can get a signal, the D-Link camera will have no problem connecting to the network.  With the camera in place, you can check in on your house at anytime – via any computer, by using the myDlink web program that was shown in the above video.  In addition, you can view your camera via a DLink app for the iPhone and Android phones.  The only strange thing is that you can not hear audio when using the apps.

Want To Go Crazy Secret Agent on Your Kids? No Problem!

My guess is most parents will go with the basic setup and just use the camera to check in on the kids or their house.  However, if you do want to get advanced, the myDlink software does have features like emailing you when there is any motion in selected zones.  You can also have the camera snap photos at different intervals and email the photos or upload them to a FTP site.

The D-Link DCS-930 also comes with the D-ViewCam software, which provides very advanced surveillance options.  You can use this software to record video from the camera (or multiple cameras if you have a few setup) and email you based on certain trigger events.

PROS of the D-Link DCS-930 Wireless N Camera:

  • Easy Setup.  No Messing  With IP addresses and Permissions
  • No PC needed – Camera Has CPU and Web Server Built-In
  • Simple myDlink Web Based Software for Easy Viewing from Any PC
  • iPhone and Android App for Remote Viewing by Phone
  • Motion Detection, Email Notification and Auto FTP Uploading of Images and Video

CONS of the D-Link DCS-930 Wireless N Camera:

  • Not great quality in low light settings
  • No ability to remotely rotate or move camera
  • No audio in the iPhone app
  • No battery pack option, must be close to an AC outlet

Conclusion:  D-Link DCS-930L Wireless N Camera

We really enjoyed using the D-Link Wireless N Camera.  The setup was a snap and while the camera and software have some sophisticated technology, it is incredibly easy to use.   Most of our issues with the camera were minor and our issue of low quality in low light is being addressed by the D-Link DCS-932L which uses Infrared technology to allow you to see in the dark.

If you need to do monitor a room that is dark, perhaps you should wait for the DCS-932L.  If you will be monitoring a decently lit room,  and you are looking for a simple to setup camera that you can view remotely from any computer, iPhone or Android phone, the D-Link DCS-930L is an excellent choice.

More Information:

Read about the D-Link DCS-930L Wireless Camera, it sells for about $70

Note:  Amazon Has The D-Link DCS 930L  on Sale for  $66 (click for details)

D-Link DCS-930L Wireless N Camera Gets 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -

4 D Rating - Well Done

Any Product That Receives 4 or 5 D’s is Dad Does Approved!

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FULL DISCLOSURE: We were sent a D-Link DCS-930L Camera to use and review. We were paid absolutely nothing for doing this review. We do not make any money if you decide to buy a D-Link Wireless camera. If you hack into my D-Link camera feed, please don’t hate me for being boring. This is a real review, by a real Dad!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1642818953 Natalie Weeks

    REALLY like how simple this is to use! I’m going now to find it! thanks!

  • Charlie Brown

    Excellent little camera!  One thing that no one told me was the amount of bandwidth the  camera would use.  I started using the camera about a month ago.  I would open my computer and turn the camera on.  The camera would be on all day everyday.  Until I started getting notices from my internet provider that I was over my usage limit.  It took me quite awhile before I figured out it was the camera.  I called Dlink customer support and they confirmed with me that the program uses a great deal of GB and suggested I change my internet coverage to unlimited usage as most of their customers have done.  Not at all happy about this.

    • http://www.daddoes.com Dan Dad Does

      Hi,

      Thank you for raising that excellent point – we were not aware of this!  We used the iPhone app to monitor and after about a minute it times you out and you need to reconnect.  We thought that was a little annoying, but based on what you say – it must be a feature to save bandwidth.  

      Thanks again for making us aware of this issue.  We will bring it up with D-Link and see if they have any other solutions.

      • Charlie Brown

        I am in Canada. Unfortuately the Canadian Government does not allow internet providers to offer unlimited bandwith.  Therefore, I will not be using my wonderful D-link camera in the future.  I wish I had know all this before I made my purchase.  To use the camera on a daily basis would be too costly. 

        • Brian Botticelli

          There is new firmware now that might address the bandwidth problem.  If not, consider using 3rd party software.  I use EvoCam4 for the Mac OS X to monitor and record the feed.

        • Christian

          what the hell are you talking about? DSL is almost always unlimited bandwidth… I had 3web DSL with unlimited bandwidth when i was living in mississauga (in the GTA) 2 years ago

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  • Charlie Brown

    Ok I wanted to do some follow up.  The reason I purchased the camera was to keep an eye on my second home which is approximately 600 miles from my primary residence.  I also have an internet connection there and today, was told I was over my band width.  So that is two internet companies that I use who have told me the same thing.  The problem with this camera is even though you may not always be checking it, the fact that it is on and connected to your router it will suck up the band width.  I am so disappointed.  It was a nice idea but a hard way to learn that this camera is just unaffordable for those who do not have unlimited band width. 

    • http://www.daddoes.com Dan Dad Does

      Hey Charlie,

      Thanks very much for posting this update.  This is very strange, I would think the camera only uses bandwidth when you are watching it via the browser or iPhone app.  I didn’t think it was transmitting anywhere if no one was logged into the myDlink software.

      I am going to email our contacts at D-Link  and see if we can get some more information about this issue.

      Thanks again for the updates – very much appreciated!

      • Charlie Brown

        Thanks Dan, that is what I thought as well.  When that green light is on, it stays on, which means it is transmitting regardless if there are eyes watching it or not,  I will be interested to here what your contact has to say about this,  If there is a way to use this camera with out using all this bandwidth I would be a happy man,  At the moment the camera is disconnected and back in it’s box.

        • Tom

          Really you guys?  Does this make any sense at all?  No.  When the green light is steady it means the camera is ready and active.  That’s all.  When the green light is blinking it means that only then is the camera broadcasting which means using internet bandwidth.  Only a browser, iPhone App or Android App or it’s own internal email and FTP trigger use of the internet.  Comon you guys.  

  • Sizzlebinge

    I purchased this camera for the new nanny and I love it! However, I cannot seem to find a way to purchase more cameras without buying the whole installation package. Are you guys aware of any way I can buy more cameras without having to buy everything all over again?

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  • Al_cardinal

    Works great when hardwired to the router but wirelessly does not. I have been troubleshooting this with Dlink tech support for the past 4 weeks and having to do the same thing time and time again, still no go. They tell me to leave it hardwired as they don’t know how to support. Will not honor warranty or fix it so that it works wirelessly.

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    I recently purchased 3 DCS-930L cameras. They setup and work perfectly in my home office. Everything is fine. If I take them into the next room or anywhere else in the house, they don’t work at all. The LED flashes green for a moment and then right back to red. 

  • Suzye55

    I have purchased this camera (3 of them) to monitor 3 different cashiers windows at a busy concession building.  Hoping this will be just what I am looking for in watching what I can’t see.  Would not have had to buy it if I had known everybody was honest, but there is always one that will dissapoint.  Getting it set up this weekend then will post again. Salesman was very good salesman. Sounds like this is just the miricle I need.

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  • John

    it video disconnect by itself after about 10 mins

  • Anonymous

    Nice ..
    Thank you

  • Ed

    I saw one of the Con’s as poor image quality in low light. I also found that one can add a cap to the circuit board and improve the low light quality. See this link for more info on where and how to do this.

    http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=52053.0

    Also I think that the bandwidth issue could be managed with setting it for motion and not using the D-Link software. You can set it up to be accessed only when you log into it by using from the web by setting it to be stand alone (logging in to it directly from the internet, not through D-Link). My guess is that it always transmits to D-Link so that it will work on dynamic internet addresses.

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