D-link Vig­i­lance DCS-4602EV A tougher se­cu­rity cam­era

SE­CU­RITY CAM­ERA ❘ £146 from Ama­zon www.snipca.com/24636

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The Vig­i­lance DCS-4602EV does a sim­i­lar job to the Neat­gear Arlo (£196, see our re­view, Is­sue 454) or Google’s Nest Cam Out­door (£179, Is­sue 498). You mount it in­side or out­side your house, and it records what­ever’s go­ing on. While the other two are slickly pack­aged con­sumer prod­ucts, the DCS-4602EV is more the kind of thing bought from a cat­a­logue by some­one who owns a high-viz jacket, re­quir­ing a bit more tech­ni­cal nous to get it set up.

While con­sumer se­cu­rity cam­eras come in­te­grated with cloud ser­vices that make the live stream or mo­tion-trig­gered clips ac­ces­si­ble from any­where, D-link pro­vides a browser in­ter­face and a D-view­cam pro­gram, for Win­dows 10, that man­ages your cam­era(s) and record­ings. It’s a bit clunky, and if you want to ac­cess the feed from D-link’s mo­bile app, for ex­am­ple, you may need to fig­ure out how to en­able port for­ward­ing on your router. But if you don’t mind a bit of tin­ker­ing, it means you don’t have to pay for a cloud ser­vice to record from the cam­era. Google’s Nes Cam might be eas­ier to use, but it’ll cost you £80 a year.

The night vi­sion LEDS are ef­fec­tive, but pic­ture qual­ity gen­er­ally was only fair, de­spite the res­o­lu­tion of up to Full HD. Mo­tion de­tec­tion, which can trig­ger record­ing or snap­shots, was flex­i­ble. It needs a wired con­nec­tion, and the re­quired 12V Power over Eth­er­net (POE) adapter costs a few pounds ex­tra, but it’s fully wa­ter­proof and even van­dal-proof.

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