The idea of being able to wirelessly connect to your in-home surveillance system while you are out of the country always adds an extra layer of security and comfort for home owners. These days, cloud cameras with HD resolution and wide viewing angle are essential points that consumers look for when purchasing such device. So then, does the D-Link DCS-5222L tick off all the right prerequisites?
Aesthetically, the DCS5222L is simple, clean, and made to blend into a home. It’s a design that is often seen with other cloud cameras for the sake of keeping any attention towards it at a minimal. But let’s be frank, you wouldn’t buy any kind of security camera just because it would go together well with your curtains or the color of your walls.
Setting up the DCS-5222L is fairly straightforward: simply connect the cloud camera to your router, run the provided software (or simply visit D-Link’s official site for the downloads), create a new account and password, and choose between keeping the DCS-5222L connected via a wired or wireless connection.
On the subject of wireless connectivity, we’re a bit disappointed that this cloud camera can only maintain a wireless connection via the 2.4GHz waveband. We think it’s a missed opportunity for D-Link, especially since accessibility to both wavebands would benefit its consumer base greatly. Of course, it goes without saying that a strong wireless signal reduces any and all frame stuttering when streaming.
Overall streaming quality borders on acceptable, if not decent levels. Once you’re connected, you can choose between video streaming in 720p, 480p, or 240p (the lowest resolution option). By default, the video format that is used by the DCS-5222L is H.264, and the images captured are saved in JPEG format.
Like most security cameras, you can enable oscillation for the camera and even zoom in on a specific portion of the camera’s point of view. But be advised that utilizing the zoom function on the camera will produce a lot of noise within the video, and the reason for this is because while the DCS-5222L is able to stream at 720p quality, it does so by compressing the footage before streaming it to the user.
CONCLUSION The DCS-5222L is relatively straightforward to set up, and capable of decent video streaming quality.
Like most cloud-connected cameras, the DCS-5222L’s control option is accessible only through a web browser.