Techie Thursday is back!
Ever feel the need to have a surveillance camera at home? There are several usage of surveillance cameras from home protection, keeping an eye on kids or even keeping tabs on helpers. Given the many permutations of possibilities that may occur at home, it gives a piece of mind to have a surveillance camera at home to keep a watchful eye on the house and the happenings within.
I had on the network 2 DCS 942, 1 DCS 932 and the latest model DCS 5020. Each cost me about $109 during GSS with the lower end DCS 932 costing a mere $99. Today I will review the DCS 5020 .
The camera comes in with the installation disk , LAN cables for router connection, power plug and a wall installation unit. As this belong to the 'Cloud' family of cameras. Installation is touted to be fuss free. If paired with certain D-link router, it is said to be a simple plug and play procedure.
The router I had at home was from Starhub. It is a D-link model DVG-N5402SP. During the set up , the process is aborted and the error ' D-link server not found' kept popping up. Efforts to call to the D-link hotline was in vain and I was put on hold for more than 30mins. To their credit, they did call at the stipulated time after I dropped an email, thereby redeeming the earlier service lapse.
Set up took an incredible 1 hour after we bypass the local network and piggyback on the iPhone hotspot to register the product. The product needs to be registered to your dlink account before it can be use. You need to set up an account before installation.
The D-link 5020 gives sharp images when view via mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad. The ability to pan/ tilt at 340 degree is great. If located at the right angle, one camera is sufficient to cover the whole span of the room. With a horizontal viewing angle of 66 degree, it covers a much wider area compared to its fix lens brethren DCS 932/942.
After installation and comparison with the existing similar price DCS 932/942, I was impressed with the quality and the field of vision. I would gladly trade in my older models for this. Given the similar price range, this would be the first choice amongst all three. However if you need a recording function, this model lacks that particular function. Nevertheless remote photo can be taken on your iPhone/iPad/ android phones while you are out.
The current retail price for this is at $139 and available at Challenger.