D-Link DCS-5020L Cloud Camera
Up in the Clouds
It is natural to expect more devices to adopt cloud technology with its growing prominence. People no longer store their data on external hard disks or flash drives but have moved on to applications like Dropbox or Google Docs, instead. While the idea of storing your data without a non-physical platform is exciting, what about a surveillance camera powered by cloud technology?
D-Link's latest Cloud Camera may look like a pretty modest webcam but it does come with some cool tricks up its sleeves. In terms of aesthetics, it appears like your standard webcam with a white matte finishing. That may seem uninteresting at first but given the core purpose of the Cloud Camera is to serve as a remote surveillance camera, it is good that the device blends in well with its surroundings. For extra discretion, users can opt to mount this Cloud Camera using an intuitive mount which allows it to rest above any wall socket.
However, before you can get to really start using this Cloud Camera, you need to have an available router. Be it through a Wi-Fi connection or a LAN cable, a router is absolutely necessary to get this device moving. After inserting the necessary cables and installing the drivers, the camera is then finally operational. However, given that the video display of the Cloud Camera is exclusively available through a browser, you need to make sure you have your flash player and Java up to date.
In terms of performance through its video feed, the Cloud Camera does quite well in our opinion. The video feed during our tests were extremely clear, being able to clearly see subjects in the foreground and as well as minute details in the background. However, this comes at a slightly noticeable delay, but not long enough for thieves to break in, steal all your belongings and run away.
Speaking about break-ins, the Cloud Camera also features sound and motion detection which notifies you of any disturbance via your mobile devices or desktop. From there, you're able to view the video feed from your device of choosing and pan, tilt, and zoom till you get a better idea of what's going on. Workers on late night shifts need not worry as the Cloud Camera does come with an infrared sensor that allows you to see up to eight meters in the dark. However, most of these features only open up once you sign up for an account which gives you full access to Mydlink cloud services.
In a nutshell, the D-Link DCS5020L Cloud Camera is a pretty good and affordable alternative to providing full video surveillance access to your home. It may seem a little too paranoid to some users but with the escalating crime rates and many homes in suburban areas being prone to break-ins; having a cool little device like this is a nice way of saying better safe than sorry.
You can mount the Cloud Camera on a wall socket for better discretion