Summary: This is ver hard to configure. It took me several hours to set it up and still it is not fully functional. The trick getting it up and running at least half way is this box and your computer need to on the same router/switch box. Just being on the same network is not enough and setup wizard would not see it.
If 1/2 star was possible, that would still be 1/2 star too much
Arlo Miller, Amazon
16 January 2014
Summary: The interface for this thing looks straightforward enough. I assure you this thing is impossible to get working. I've restored it to defaults and started over, following the install guides from the beginning, line by line. Still nothing. I can get it on the network, it will connect to the cameras. I can set up the recording schedules. BUT, it won't -give me the live view -record anything So, its pretty much useless.
Summary: First unit was defective and replaced. The device locks up and the only way to fix it (unlock so you can view live or recorded video through mydlink) is to unplug the unit and plug it back in (there is a power button on the device but it doesn't work). The whole idea is to be able to monitor video (live or recorded) when away from the home, but if you have to be home to get the device to work (unplug and plug back in when it locks up), it is useless.
Summary: Why does it only playback one channel? It gives you the option of playing back more than 1, but then gives an error that the maximum number of channels has been exceeded. So don't offer me the option of choosing more than 1... if one is the limit.
Pros: Small and compact.. works very well in recording from up to 9 cameras, great for the price.
Cons: Poor playback. You can only playback 1 channel at a time. Requires software to be run from a PC or MAC to add the device to the mydlink.com cloud interface...
Excerpt: Set up has been good effort so far. Guides provided the details to set up and configure. Was able to get myDlink interface to my Android with very little effort.Next step, add the rest of the cameras.
Summary: This NVR works pretty much as expected. I am currently using it with D-Link DCS-2230 cameras and it integrates well with these. I would like if it integrated with other manufacturer's cameras also, but I can see why D-Link wouldn't do that.
Excerpt: I have two 4 TB drives installed (fortunately I ordered compatible drives; check specs). One drive for eight cameras running 24/7. This gives me 3-4 weeks of recordings. The other drive is a network share drive. Now for the BUT... Use D-Link cameras and check the compatibility list on the specs. I have three DSC-6010L and five DSC-2310L cameras. I got a couple defective 2310's and had them replaced. The software to view the cameras is adequate.
Pros: Compact, Easy to setup, Network Drive, Standalone Recorder
Cons: Must Use D-link Cameras, Software Adequate Video
Summary: I recently bought a house and wanted a video surveillance system that'd be easy to use and web accessible. The Dlink series of products looked like a good choice. I started off with just cams, 7 of them, and was going to use the Dlink software on my desktop computer to record the video. The software looks like its out of 1990, and it caused my computer to crash about 3 times a day, definitely not useful. Then I decided to invest in this NVR.