Straight­for­ward se­cu­rity

D-Link DCS-5222L

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by John Law

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.

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