D-link Vigilance DCS-4602EV A tougher security camera
SECURITY CAMERA ❘ £146 from Amazon www.snipca.com/24636
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.