Min­i­mal­ist mon­i­tor­ing

D-Link DCS-2530L

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Nickey Ross

When we're away from home, anx­i­ety can creep into our heads and plant the scari­est of thoughts. We will never know what is go­ing on, or who could be lurk­ing about in our safe space. For­tu­nately, D-Link puts our wor­ries to rest with the DCS-2530L Full HD 180-de­gree IP cam­era.

The DCS2530L sports a mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist look, and is cute to boot. There is an ad­justable han­dle that con­nects the cam­era to its mount­able base, al­low­ing a cer­tain de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity. Just like its sim­ple de­sign, set­ting up the cam­era was just as easy. First, it is manda­tory to down­load the my­dlink Lite app to your mo­bile de­vice to get started on home sur­veil­lance. Next, we scanned the QR code on the con­fig­u­ra­tion card and

CON­CLU­SION If an in­truder was caught on cam­era, the DCS-2530L would let you make out their fa­cial de­tails.

then con­nected to the SSID net­work shown. From there, we con­nected to our lo­cal net­work and the setup was com­plete.

With that out of the way, the DCS-2530L of­fers a wide num­ber of im­pres­sive fea­tures, in­clud­ing a Wi-Fi sig­nal lo­ca­tor that in­di­cates the best spot to place the cam­era. A light at the south sec­tion of the cam­era will blink from am­ber to green, where am­ber sig­ni­fies a weak sig­nal and green in­di­cates a strong sig­nal.

The cam­era has a wide 180-de­gree field of view to pro­vide an ex­ten­sive cov­er­age. This is achieved through the use of de-warp­ing tech­nol­ogy. With the my­dlink Lite app, you also can mon­i­tor your home in 1080p qual­ity. Al­ter­na­tively, you can also set the view­ing qual­ity to a lower res­o­lu­tion like 480p or 720p. The video turns out crisp and clear, with min­i­mal dis­tor­tion. Thanks to built-in sound and mo­tion de­tec­tion, push alerts will no­tify you when the cam­era picks up any loud noises or mo­tion in its sweep.

One of the most im­pres­sive fea­tures of the DSC-2530L is its night vi­sion ca­pa­bil­ity. Even in poor light­ing con­di­tions or places with no light, the cam­era uses in­frared LEDs for you to make sense of what’s go­ing home at home, even in ab­so­lute dark­ness, up to 16 feet. The in­clu­sion of mi­croSD card sup­port, on the other hand, al­lows for up to 128GB worth of recorded footage.

The only draw­back to the cam­era is that it does not of­fer two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion. That be­ing said, the cam­era is still a worth­while pur­chase, and will pro­vide peace of mind when­ever you leave home for long pe­ri­ods of time.

View every­thing that goes on at home from the com­fort of your smart­phone.

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