WIRELESS HD SECURITY
Disguised as an unassuming wireless camera, the D-Link DCS-2136L packs a laundry list of features that most other cameras of its kind would envy, the best of which is its image quality, connectivity options, and speedy setup.
Getting the camera up and running was a quick and simple endeavor. The included installation disc makes the installation process one of the fastest we've had experienced with a wireless IP camera, as the instructions were clear and precise.
The installation requires the camera to be connected via LAN cable to a router and a free mydlink account will be created to let you remotely access your camera over the Internet however wireless installation could be made easier if the router is WPS compatible.
Once we got it up and running, the first thing that we noticed about the camera is its image quality. Rated at 720 HD resolution, we manage to get clear and sharp footage with very little lag. This is a very important feature on a surveillance camera as image quality determines its effectiveness. It also helps that the camera supports the latest wireless standard, 802.11n.
Because the camera uses the mydlink service, it is also compatible with the mydlink Lite mobile app. The app not only lets you view a live stream from the camera, but also activate some of the camera's features, such as speakers, microphone and light.
We found the Android and iOS app simple, easy to use and works very well. The photos were as clear as it was on a desktop PC, but you are limited to lower resolutions of 320 x 176 and 640 x 360 pixels. Nevertheless, we could not get the two-way communication feature to work well. Our voice came through as rather soft and sporadic.
For viewing at night, the camera comes with a highpowered white LED with an effective range of up to 15m, filling most rooms with light. Although powerful, this gives away the location of the camera, making it a prime target in an actual security breach situation.
Fortunately, the night vision is a great substitute. The camera boasts Color Night Vision technology, which works surprisingly well as it manages to retain and display colors well in a darkened room, accurately distinguishing the greens, reds, blues, and yellows.
We'd prefer if the camera was to be more inconspicuous, but most of the wireless IP cameras today aren't. An autofocus feature would have been very welcomed as well.