D-Link DCS-5020L Cloud Cam­era

Up in the Clouds

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // K C TAN

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

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