Jan 08

What is the D-Link mydlink Home Monitor HD?

Part of the D-Link mydlink Home range, the Monitor HD (D-link DCS-935L) is a wireless IP camera that’s ideal for basic home surveillance. It supports 720p recording, has a nightvision mode, and can be used to trigger other mydlink Home products if it sees or hears anything – for instance, turning a light on using the mydlink Home Motion Sensor. Also, thanks to the companion app, you can monitor your home from anywhere round the world.

D-Link mydlink Home Monitor HD – Design and Features

Like the rest of the mydlink Home range, the Monitor HD is meant to be as simple as possible to use, and this is something that’s reflected in its design. Its smart white chassis should fit in with most décor while the incorporated mounting arm keeps setup nice and easy.

The mount can be used either as a stand or a wall mount, with just a couple of screws required to fix it. The mounting arm uses a ball joint to spin and pivot to face just about any direction you need. The arm is a little flimsy and probably won’t stand up to too many adjustments or refittings, but for a one-time installation it’s fine.

Dimensions of the unit are just 60 x 92 x 24mm for the camera and 85 x 58 x 40mm for the stand, so it should fit in quite unobtrusively to most homes. The only real eyesore is the size of the black ring around the lens, which makes the unit stand out a bit more.

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Equipped with a Micro USB socket, the Monitor HD could be powered by any old Micro USB cable. This is particularly convenient if the unit isn’t near to any plug sockets as it means you can run a long USB cable instead, with none of the annoyance of having to find the right adapter for the power supply. The supplied mains adapter has a reasonably long 1.5m cable – enough if your plug sockets are relatively high up your wall but 2m would’ve given a little extra wiggle room.

The Monitor HD’s main feature is its 720p camera. It uses a 1/4-inch 1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a fixed 2.38mm focal length (85-degree diagonal view) and f/2.4 aperture. This makes for a sensibly specified imaging system that should provide sufficient quality images even in low light and for a reasonably wide field of view.

The basic image sensor is backed up by four infrared LEDs so that the camera can see in the dark. The stated range of this system is 5m, which is sufficient to see across the other side of most average UK rooms.

A microphone is also included and as well as providing a direct audio feed for live viewing and recording it can also be used to trigger the camera if a noise is detected. The camera can also be used to detect motion via the camera. Both are configurable for sensitivity and can be turned off via the mydlink Home app.

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Speaking of which, the app is what ties the whole mydlink Home system together and elevates all the products in the range above more typical standalone, manually configured ones. You do have to sign up to the free mydlink Home service to get everything running, but it’s a quick and simply process.

Available for both Android and iOS devices it works with the Smart Plug, Motion Sensor and the mydlink Home Monitor 360, as well as the Monitor HD. It can be used to both help set up the device and to monitor the products, allowing schedules to be set and rules to be made that cause one device to trigger another. For the Monitor HD it can be used to view a video feed, turn the unit on/off, adjust noise/motion alerts and more. It’s a very neat system… when it works.

Rounding things out on the feature front, on the back of the camera are buttons for WPS – the automatic system for connecting devices to your Wi-Fi – and a direct mode which allows you to connect straight to the camera, rather than joining it to another network. There’s also a reset button and status LEDs.

D-Link mydlink Home Monitor HD – Performance

We were all set to be as impressed by the Monitor HD as we were by the Motion Sensor and Smart Plug, however the Monitor HD came a cropper straight away. The QR code-based system for connecting the mydlink Home app to the device that had worked so well on those other devices just plain didn’t work on this occasion. Although the app detected the Monitor HD it just crashed when trying to save settings to the device.

Our first few attempts to connect via WPS instead also failed, so instead we got the laptop out and connected to the camera manually – after resetting the camera to default – then logged on to its web interface and changed settings that way. Even this, though, didn’t have us entirely up and running, as the app still didn’t see it. Indeed, the web interface and app have very little crossover – the two are quite different in their styling, layout and the options on offer.

Anyway, we finally got it up and running and were initially impressed by the app experience. The interface quickly loads a live feed of your camera, and there are on-screen buttons for turning audio on and off, snapping a picture, switching between night and day modes (or setting it to auto) and bringing up an information overlay.

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Hop into the settings menu and you can enable and adjust the sensitivity of motion and sound detection. These can then be used to trigger the mydlink Home Smart Plug to turn on or off and it’ll send you an alert.

However, we were truly amazed to find that the app doesn’t offer the option to have the camera automatically record a clip, whether motion is detected by the camera or another mydlink Home appliance. This suddenly makes the whole system rather less powerful than it otherwise could and perhaps should be.

Indeed you can’t actually record video using the app at all, which is a real disappointment.

What you can do, however, is use the camera’s web interface to automate recordings and still image snapshots. These can be configured to record for a few seconds before and after the triggering event and the results are emailed to you. It’s a bit of a faff to setup but it’s good to see the power user option is there if you know what you’re doing.

As for the quality of footage, we were generally impressed. Overall detail is of course limited as, although technically HD, 720p isn’t exactly a huge resolution when it comes to trying to make out an intruders face for instance. Jpeg compression is also very evident and the dynamic range is quite narrow, with darker areas being crushed into complete blackness. Overall, though, it’s still quite sufficient for most purposes and even in low light it copes well.

Switching to night mode and the range is impressive, with the LEDs easily providing sufficient light to fill a typical 3 x 4m bedroom for instance. Inevitably the centre is brighter than the surrounding area but coverage isn’t too bad at all.

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Should I buy the D-Link mydlink Home Monitor HD?

The Monitor HD is a very competent general-purpose home surveillance camera. It’s small, provides good-quality footage and has a night mode with a decent range.

The fact that it’s a bit temperamental when being set up with the mydlink Home app is a bit annoying, and the lack of remote recording through the app is even more so. However, it still does all the recording functions you’d expect through its web interface and otherwise the app is excellent, providing an easy way to keep an eye on your home wherever you are in the world.

Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/d-link-home-monitor-hd-dcs-935l-review#mRr4BXU2Ws1wtkTE.99

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Jan 07

Step 1: Log in to your mydlink account at http://www.mydlink.com

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Step 2: Select your mydlink-enabled camera to view live video.

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Jan 07
  • Smartphone or tablet with iPhone/iPad: iOS 5.1.1 or higher; Android 4.01 or higher

 

  • 802.11g/n Wi-Fi network (Wireless N network recommended for optimal performance)

 

  • Internet access required for remote viewing

 

You are advised to check your mobile device operating system’s application store for the most up-to-date requirements for the mydlinkBaby Camera app.

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Dec 27

The D-viewCam mobile app allows you to view live feeds and playback recorded video from your NVR or Running D-ViewCam software using your Apple or Android Smartphone.

Note: You must be using a D-Link NVR (DNR-322L or DNR-326)

Step 1: Download the D-ViewCam Mobile App from the Apple or Android App Store and launch the App

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Step 2: Click on the + icon on the top right to add your NVR

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Step 3: Enter your NVR Credentials

  • Server Name: This is an Optional name for your NVR (Used to easily identify specific NVRs in a multi NVR environment)
  • Server Address: Enter the IP address of your NVR
    • Note: If using the APP within the same network enter the private IP address of the NVR (e.g. 192.168.0.x)
    • If using the APP remotely (over the internet or through 3G/4G, you would need to enter the Public/Internet IP address of your Router/Firewall.
      • If using a D-Link router, this can be found under the Status Tab of the routers setup page.
      • Contact your router manufacture or IT administrator for further assistance.
  • Live Streaming Port: 5150
  • Playback Server: 5160
  • Username: Username used to access your NVR
  • Password: Password used to access your NVR

Click Save

Note: If using the D-View Cam Mobile APP over the Internet/3G/4G you will need to open the Live Streaming and Playback Server ports on your router/firewall to allow access to the NVR. Ports 5150 and 5160 are required. (See below for instructions how to open ports on a D-Link router)

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Step 4: Select your NVR

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Opening Ports on a D-Link router
Step 1: Log into Router- Open Internet Browser and type http://192.168.0.1 into the address bar
Step2: Enter Username and Password (default username is admin and there is no password)
Step 3: Click on the Advanced Tab > Virtual Server
Step 4: Check to Enable

  • Name: Enter name for rule (i.e. dviewcam- Streaming)
  • IP address: Enter the IP of the PC running dviewcam (Private IP- E.g. 192.168.0.102)
  • Public: 5150
  • Private: 5150
  • Protocol: All
  • Schedule: Always

Repeat for port 5160

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Dec 26

Step 1: Download the install wizard for your camera from

 

http://www.mydlink.com/support

 

Step 2: Launch the install wizard:

 

  • Step 2.1 : Select a language from the drop-down menu and click Start.

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  • Step 2.2: Accept the End User License Agreement by checking the box next to “I accept these terms and conditions”, then click Next.

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  • Step 2.3: Follow the on-screen instructions to connect your camera to your router and connect the power. Click Next after you have completed each step.

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  • Step 2.4: Confirm that the LED on the front of the camera is lit solid green.

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  • Step 2.5: Select your DCS-2330L using the radio button from the menu on the left-hand side of the camera name. Enter and confirm a password for the Administrator account in the fields provided. This password will be required when logging in to the camera’s web-based configuration interface. Click Nextto continue.

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  • Step 2.6: Using the radio buttons, select how you wish to connect your camera to your router for normal operation. You can choose to connect using wired connection (Ethernet cable), or a wireless connectionby using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), or manually by Selecting a wireless network. Choose the appropriate radio button for your configuration, and click Next to continue.

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2.6.1 If you selected Ethernet cable connection, follow the on-screen instructions to ensure that your camera is connected to your router using an Ethernet cable. Once completed, click Next to continue the wizard.

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2.6.2 If you selected By using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), follow the on-screen instructions to connect your camera to your wireless router using WPS. Once completed, click Next to continue the wizard.

Note: Your router must support WPS Push-button Connection (PBC) in order to use this method.

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2.6.3 If you selected By selecting a wireless network, choose an available wireless network from the drop-down menu. If you do not see your wireless network in the list, click Rescan to search for wireless networks again. If your network requires a password, enter it in the Wireless password field. Click Next to continue.

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Step 2.7.1: In order to use the cloud features of your camera, you will need to register it with your mydlink account. If you do not have a mydlink account, you can create one during this step.

To add the DCS-2330L to your existing mydlink account, select Yes, I already have a mydlink account, then enter your mydlink account username (email address) and password in the fields provided and clickNext.

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2.7.2: If you selected No, I want to sign up for a new account, enter the information required for account registration in the fields provided. Check the box to indicate that you have read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy for mydlink Cloud Services. Click Next to continue.

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2.7.3: If you do not wish to use the mydlink service, select I don’t want to enable mydlink cloud service. You will not be able to use any of the cloud features associated with your camera. Click Next to continue.

 

  • Step 2.8: Setup is complete. A summary page with display your camera’s setup details, as well as your mydlink account information. Click Finish.

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 Step 3: You can now log in to your mydlink account to view and manage your DCS-2330L by visiting http://www.mydlink.com

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