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.


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.


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.


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 03


Small and inexpensive
Easy to set up and use for Apple users
Gets the job done


Wi-Fi extender range isn’t very good
Android music interface is clunky
Doesn’t use same app as other D-LInk home devices

What is the D-Link mydlink Home Music Everywhere?

As its name suggests, the D-Link mydlink Home Music Everywhere (DCH-M225) is a device for sharing your music around the home. It plugs into any mains outlet, then uses its Wi-Fi connection and audio jack to stream music from your phone or computer to your hi-fi or portable speaker. It also functions as a Wi-Fi extender, too.

D-Link Music Everywhere – Design and Features

Like most of the mydlink Home range, the Music Everywhere is a compact white cuboid device that’s little bigger than a normal UK plug, with dimensions of 54 x 42 x 55mm.

It’s simple too. Connecting to your home network is done via Wi-Fi only, so there are no Ethernet sockets. Instead there is a WPS button on the side for easy one-touch connection to your Wi-Fi. The 3.5mm jack for the audio is on the underside while a single light on the front indicates connection status, power, etc.

Thankfully you do get an audio cable in the box and it’s a plentiful 1.5m in length. This is particularly welcome as the likelihood of having a cable of sufficient length so as to reach right from your plug sockets to the input of your audio system is pretty slim for most households. If your audio system has dual phono inputs, or something more esoteric, then you’ll have to provide a cable or adapter yourself.


D-Link doesn’t provide stats for the quality of the audio adapter in the Music Everywhere, but does note that it’s compatible with either Apple’s Airplay streaming system or the more widely supported DLNA. This means it’ll register as a playback device on a host of systems including iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as Macs and PCs running iTunes and Windows Media Player (many other programs and mobile apps will work too).

As for Wi-Fi, it only supports the 2.4GHz band rather than having dual band support like the latest routers. This is less of an issue for audio playback, as very little bandwidth is needed for audio streaming. However, for when being used as a Wi-Fi extender this may limit its speed in some scenarios – particularly where you’ve got lots of competing Wi-Fi signals.

It also doesn’t support the latest Wi-Fi AC standard, though again this is overkill for a product of this type – if you want a high-speed extender that supports AC then you’ll need to pay a lot of money. Instead you get Wi-Fi b/g/n support.

D-Link Music Everywhere – Setup and Performance

Setup of the Music Everywhere is sadly not as simple as the rest of the mydlink Home range, which all run through a central mydlink Home app and use a nifty QR code reader to connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Instead, here you have a choice of three options for setting it up.

First, you can use WPS to connect the Music Everywhere to your network. Second you can connect to the Music Everywhere’s own default Wi-Fi signal then navigate to it’s own internal homepage to manually input your home network settings. Thirdly you can download another D-Link app called QRS, which can be used to search for and configure the device. It’s not difficult per se – especially if you’ve got a WPS-enabled router – but it’s definitely not as slick as the likes of the mydlink Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor or Smart Plug.

It’s not just that setup is more cumbersome but the lack of support for the mdlink Home app also means you can’t use it’s Actions and Places tools for managing how the Music Everywhere integrates with the rest of your smart home. For instance you can’t have the Wi-Fi Motion Sensor trigger the Music Everywhere to turn on, or have it operate according to a schedule.

Of course music playback isn’t an essential home security tool like those other devices but it would still be nice to control the whole lot through one app, especially as they come under the same marketing banner.

This situation is exacerbated by the fact that to play music from an Android phone you have to download yet another app – one that’s compatible with Airplay – and most of the options we found were not very slick. For playback from Apple products you can just select the Music Everywhere from the list of Airplay devices, while on Windows it’s also pretty easy as Windows Media Player and many other programs support DLNA.


Despite all this the overall experience isn’t all that difficult – it’s just not super easy – and you’ll soon be streaming your audio to your heart’s content. Audio quality is certainly not of the absolute highest quality – after all, there’s a reason high-end digital to analogue audio converters can costs hundreds of pounds – but is more than adequate for the vast majority of casual home uses.

There is definitely something satisfying about not having to buy a whole new system to get wireless audio round your home and in fact having the facility actually detached from the sound system is useful for taking your wireless audio with you – got an old stereo in the garage? Now it can have wireless audio too. Just one or two of these devices – say one in the kitchen and one in the living room – really makes a difference to how you listen to music throughout your home.

For those with audio stored on their home NAS it is a shame you can’t control playback from your phone but that’s just a limitation on the app support so it could come in the future.

As for the Wi-Fi Extender, we had a few issues getting a reliable connection from it. This is something we’ve experienced before with Wi-Fi extenders, generally finding them quite temperamental, but the problem seemed a little more acute here. Part of the issue seemed to be that the range at which it would connect to our router reliably seemed to fall within the range where our router (an Asus RT-N66U) would still out perform it, i.e. it wasn’t actually extending the signal. Moving the Music Everywhere further away would cause it to drop its connection to the router, with only a less than 5m range where it actually worked properly.

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Aug 13

D-Link’s DIR-636L is a rather interesting entry to the router market. It has several high-end features combined with lower-budget hardware and a price to match. Let’s see how this odd mix performs in the real world. Read more wireless router reviews.

The first thing that stands out about the D-Link DIR-636L is the styling. It is a rather handsome shiny monolithic cylinder which is a welcome contrast to the standard flat black or grey boxes that are the usual form factor of a router.

The front of the D-Link DIR-636L has a single power indicator and a WAN indicator light. The ports are the now-standard line of four gigabit ethernet connectors and a single WAN connector.


There is also the welcome addition of a USB 2.0 port to allow you to connect hard drives or printers to your router. The router contains no fans which makes it blissfully silent in operation.

One of the first things of note about the D-Link DIR-636L is that this is a 2.4GHz-only router so you will not have access to the 5GHz channels to boost your close-range wireless performance.

However this is to be expected in a router that costs around £55. In fact for that price it is amazing that D-Link have included some features not present on routers costing twice that.

The most vaunted feature of this D-Link DIR-636L router is the cloud access. This means that you can connect the router to a hard drive via the USB 2.0 port and make its contents available, not not only to your local network, but to any web browser over the internet or your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

However be aware that you can only stream video in formats that your iOS or Android device can play natively. For iOS and Android you will need to download the free SharePort app and login to your myDlink account. It should be noted that if you connect via an external router/modem, it must be in bridge mode in order to use the cloud services.

D-Link have added in some advanced features for parents allowing them the sort of control that before now only a dedicated proxy server could provide.

You can block access to websites by their web address and conversely you can block all access to the internet and only allow certain websites. This effectively creates a safe internet sandbox of websites that only you have allowed.

In addition to blocking features you can also install the myDlink app for iOS or Andriod. This app allows you to see a list of websites visited by devices connected to your router in real time.

D-Link DIR-636L: Performance

In terms of speed we shouldn’t expect blistering performance at this price and 2.4GHz radio band. However for a 2.4GHz router the speed at 1m was 92Mbps which is acceptable. The speed at 10m was 43Mbps which is also reasonable for this band.

There are faster 2.4GHz routers out there but until you jump to the 5GHz band there isn’t much in it. It’s worth noting that the 43Mbps bandwidth was enough to stream BBC iPlayer in HD, with a second computer web browsing at the same time.

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Aug 12

D-Link DAP-2690 Wireless N Simutaneous Dual-Band PoE Access Point Review

  1. Intro
  2. Features
  3. Setup
  4. Wireless configuration
  5. Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
  6. Closing Notes
Intro: The Dlink DAP2690 is a enterprise level wireless access point that is  somewhat affordable for small to medium businesses, has lots of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that enterprises require.
Features: The DAP2690 features the following:
Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz operation with 2 x2 MIMO connectivity at up to300Mbps
2 wired Gigabit LAN ports
4 2×2 mimo  5dBi  dual band internal SMA antennas with 21dBm output power for great wireless coverage and can also be upgraded for even better range.
Full VLAN configuration
Full and extremely detailed traffic shaping (QoS) and firewall controls
Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
Intrusion Protection Services
And lots more
1) Default SSID is dlink however you DO NOT connect to that. You must plug in to a router that has the 192.168.0.x subnet. It will NOT work to configure the URL with default URL that D-Link tells you to. Both have to be in this subnet to configure! I tried attatching to my Meraki Z1 router and it would NOT show up as a connected device. Also for another thing, the d-link access point configures itself to an open SSID BY DEFAULT so if you connect this to your network be prepared to have leechers on you right away. It obtains internet access status immediately, exposing you! Not very good D-Link!
Let’s take a look at the status page that tells us all our status.
Wireless Configuration:
Here’s the WLAN config screens:
The DAP2690 supports WPA/WPA2 and supports PSK and Enterprise authentication types that can be different for each SSID. Selecting “Enterprise” allows you to use D-Link Authentication, which allows you to define a username and password rather then a static key, allowing for more fine control over your wireless network. User based controls allow you to define limits PER USER so that if let’s say, they get fired, you just delete thier user account and not have to change the ENTIRE NETWORK’S encryption key.
Intrusion Protection:
The DAP2690 has wireless intrusion protection built in so you don’t have to worry about rogue APs, spoofs, etc. It will also protect against flood attacks, etc.
Here’s the config screens:
The intrusion protection has been tested and when I enabled it my phone/other devices could not connect to ANY of my other SSIDs besides the ones that are on the DAP2690. It worked well. I disabled the IPS features and the phone was able to connect to the other non-DAP2690 SSIDs. This is so people can’t bring rogue access points and it works.
Clustering feature:
The DAP also has something called “AP array” where you can cluster a few APs together and manage them as one
Throughput Tests: (Wireless)
I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.
Test environment: (Set 1)
Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theDAP2690): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Amped Wireless ACA1 USB WLAN connection:USB3 via a PCI-Express addon card.
5Ghz 802.11an mode: Channel 161 -76dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 12Mbytes/sec or 96Mbits/sec
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -69dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec
Test environment: (Set 2)
Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the DAP2690 is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theDAP2690): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -56dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 7Mbytes/sec or 56Mbits/sec
Test environment: (Set 3)
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theDAP2690): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client (same room as the DAP2690): HP /Core 2 Duo/2GB DDR2 RAM/20GB HD/Intel GMA/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/NETGEAR A6200 WiFi USB3.0 Adapter
5Ghz 802.11an mode: Channel 161 -72dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 11Mbytes/sec or 88Mbits/sec
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -74dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec
Decent management software with lots of options
Decent coverage and throughput on 5Ghz
No advanced client monitoring
Not so good 2.4Ghz throughput
No advanced logging/stats on website visits like Meraki does
Not very complete client info like Operating system, specs, etc. Very limited client details
Rating:  5/10
Recommended: mabye
From: http://remixedcat.blogspot.com/2014/08/dlink-dap2690-review.html

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Jun 28

Do not let its diminutive look fool you. Despite advisement but 130g, the D-Link DCS-2136L packs a robust punch with its video-image quality and sort of functions.

Set-up is fast and straightforward. It takes concerning 5 minutes, with clear directions provided each step of the approach. it’s support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), simplifying the installation method even any. throughout the method, a free mydlink account are going to be created to allow you to remotely access your camera over the web.

The camera has two-way communication and motion detection settings, with push notification support in order that notifications may be sent to the mobile app or to your e-mail address. A microSD card slot supports American state cards of up to 32GB.

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The camera also supports the latest wireless standard, 802.11ac.

The mobile app has a smooth, clean layout and is updated regularly, occasionally with new features. It can save snapshots directly to the phone’s gallery, set motion detection on and toggle night-vision mode.

With the mobile app, you are limited to lower resolutions of 320 x 176 pixels and 640 x 360 pixels, but colours are still accurate. Even on 3G networks, the frame rate remains solid. The audio quality is clear, with little ambient noise to obscure conversation.

A two-way communication feature is present as well, but it mutes the camera’s microphone when you talk through the mobile phone. This is a double-edged sword. While you avoid the common screeching sound of audio feedback, it means that you are effectively deaf while talking.

A big drawback is the limited recording ability. You can save videos to the microSD card in the camera but you need to use the PC to start the recording.

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As with most IP cameras, accessing the camera via the PC provides deeper customisation with extra settings, such as motion sensitivity, wide dynamic range and, more importantly, the option for high-definition (HD) viewing at 1,280 x 720 resolution. When the HD viewing option is activated, the video image quality jumps up, growing sharper with more vivid colours.

For viewing at night, the camera comes with a high-powered white LED with an effective range of up to 15m, filling most rooms with light. Although powerful, this can be disconcerting at night.

Fortunately, the night vision is a great substitute. The camera boasts colour night vision, which works surprisingly well – it manages to retain and display colours well in a darkened room, accurately distinguishing green, red, blue and yellow cushions on a sofa.

Those looking for a well-designed camera with unique features such as colour night vision will enjoy this D-Link device. The constant updates to the mobile app also point to continued support for this camera in the future.

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