D-Link DCS-936L

For those look­ing for some­thing dis­creet.

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Amuch more af­ford­able cam­era than the DCS2630L, the DCS936L is built for peo­ple look­ing for some­thing much sim­pler. It’s a great lit­tle cam­era, com­pact and ca­pa­ble, and us­ing D-Link’s solid and non-tech­ni­cal cloud ser­vice and mo­bile apps for con­trol.

Its hockey-puck de­sign is great for shelf or ceil­ing mount­ing, with the cam­era lens flipping up from and ro­tat­ing around a cir­cu­lar base. It can also be wall mounted, but you might find it a lit­tle frus­trat­ing to an­gle the cam­era just right.

We found the im­age qual­ity to be per­fectly solid when we tested it. Be­cause it has a very wide an­gle lens (though not as wide as the DCS-2630L), it does have a no­table amount of fish-eye dis­tor­tion, but that tends to be the cost of cap­tur­ing a larger part of a room at once.

We’re also fans of D-Link mo­bile soft­ware and web in­ter­face. It’s very easy to set up and in­tu­itive to use, but still cov­ers some of the more ad­vanced fea­tures well, like fine-tun­ing mo­tion de­tec­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tions and record­ings (pinch-to-zoom on mo­biles is also re­ally neat). You can con­fig­ure it to record lo­cally to a mi­croSD card, and snaps can be sent to your mo­bile.

There’s one fi­nal lit­tle touch that we love as well: the Wi-Fi sig­nal lo­ca­tor. It’s a vis­ual in­di­ca­tor of Wi-Fi re­cep­tion, mak­ing it eas­ier to po­si­tion the cam­era in a spot where it gets good enough Wi-Fi sig­nals.


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