Ap­ple-style home se­cu­rity

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - By Ng Chong Seng

D-Link is no stranger to home se­cu­rity cam­eras, but its Omna 180 is quite a bit di er­ent from the rest. One of two HomeKit cam­eras conrmed to date, it’s the only one that has ac­tu­ally shipped.

A quick scan of the HomeKit code was all I did to pair the Omna 180 with my iPhone and get it onto my net­work. The cam­era then ap­peared in the Ap­ple Home app on my iPhone, and all my other iOS de­vices signed into the same iCloud ac­count.

While D-Link’s own Omna app can view the live stream too, I used it more for ad­vanced set­tings not found in Ap­ple’s Home app, such as up­dat­ing the cam­era’s rmware, play­ing back the videos recorded to the cam­era’s mi­croSD card, or chang­ing mo­tion de­tec­tion pa­ram­e­ters.

Since the cam­era is HomeKit en­abled, I could do a lot of Ap­ple-y stu with it too, such as ask­ing Siri to check on the cam­era’s sta­tus (this would bring up the live feed), and congure sim­ple au­to­ma­tion recipes in the Home app. For ex­am­ple, I’ve cre­ated a rule that will turn on a light when mo­tion is de­tected. The Omna 180’s pic­ture qual­ity is good, but not great. Its 180-de­gree eld of view works best for end-toend room cov­er­age; and even though there’s a bit of dis­tor­tion at both ends, I never found it to be a prob­lem. Night vi­sion also worked well in my tests, as long as the sub­ject wasn’t over 3 meters away from the cam­era. Push alerts came in timely, too.

My big­gest gripe is that there’s no zoom func­tion, not even dig­i­tal zoom. The cam­era also doesn’t sup­port sound de­tec­tion. For $319, the Omna 180 is a tad light on fea­tures. Per­son­ally, I’m okay with sav­ing the video clips to a mi­croSD card, but I can un­der­stand that for se­cu­rity rea­sons oth­ers may pre­fer a net­work or cloud stor­age op­tion.

If you use an iPhone or iPad and are look­ing for a se­cure and an easy to use home sur­veil­lance cam­era, the Omna 180 is a de­cent

CON­CLU­SION HomeKit in­te­gra­tion makes the Omna 180 se­cure and easy to use. Non-iOS users should look else­where.

choice. Un­like other IP cam­eras, it has the po­ten­tial to get bet­ter, though that rests a lot on what Ap­ple has planned for HomeKit.

You can’t save clips to the cloud, only to the cam­era’s mi­croSD card.

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