Summary: Dont bother with this cam. DLink no longer provides support, and it took 15 hours to setup (and I know computers well!). Impossible to set up if your not computer proficient. Wireless sucks, hard to set up and range is poor. It is fairly cost efficient if you have the time to mess with it and the images are good. Need to purchase software to get the streaming video to a website.
Summary: I purchased this camera based on the salesman recommendation. He said that I can easily use this camera and view the images from a different computer. To start things off: I inserted the CD Rom into the drive and it didn't recognize my camera. I've even download the newest installaton program from D-Link's web site and my camera was still not recognized. Finally, after connecing the ethernet cable to the camera, it recognized the camera.
Summary: I bought this camera to test it as a security camera for a store I own. The camera sounds good if you look at all the features it has but when I hooked it up I found the software to be pretty bad. I'm a software engineer so maybe I expect too much but when you open the software and it takes up the full screen without a minimize button, i consider that pretty bad. Not to mention the software is not very intuitive at all and pretty difficult to work with.
Buggy and Difficult Installation but DLink Got It Working
Prof. Dragon "profdragon", Amazon
20 July 2004
Summary: I would give this product a three star rating. The DCS 2100+ started out worse than a plague of locusts. To be fair, I am reporting the final result. A Senior Level Technician at DLink figured out the problem and with download of the latest update to the application software (IP Surveillance) the DCS 2100+ works as does the IP Surveillance software (It now allows minimalization of the screen.
Summary: Even after an upgrade to the newest firmware, the wireless connection was buggy. The included "IP configuration" tool never found the camera even after it had obtained an IP address from my router. I had to use the DHCP table from my router to find the camera's IP address. I eventually got it connected to my wireless network (40b WEP, DHCP), but after about 10min it killed all of my wireless connections.
Summary: I am an experienced IT guy, but this camera has me tearing my hair out! First, a major warning: the spec sheet states that the camera can take 640x480 pics. This is NOT TRUE - the maximum available resolution is 320x240. The wireless interface is buggy and cumbersome to work with, and when I tried to set it up it not only crashed the camera several times, it crashed my entire wireless network.
Summary: First, I'm a computer guy. They pay me to do this kind of thing. Except I write software, I don't configure LANs. So I needed to call tech support because the camera was on a different subnet by default and their documentation, though long, was very lacking in advanced configuration. I had to call in three times to get the IP conflict resolved. The first two people didn't have a clue how to use the camera. The third guy knew it all and finished the job.
Summary: Bought this for use as a baby monitor; as it turns out, when we close the curtains and turn off the lights for her daytime nap, it gets so dark that the camera is useless. We didn't think it wsa that dark, but color cameras need a decent amount of light to work with, and much more than you'd think. Obviously that would keep her awake, hence defeating the concept of baby monitor while she's sleeping. I returned it and am now looking for a decent B&W one.
Brought 2 of them, since there is really nothing out there
Louis Y. "On est la pour vous aider ;-)", Amazon
18 December 2003
Summary: That can compare in this cam in terms of spec. I didn't have a chance to open the second box yet, but whatever the reason, the build in web browser freezes every 15m or so when it is in WiFi mode. I'm on phone with their technical support right now. No one there is really familiar with the product!!!! And they sound like teenagers!!! I can't believe it! I will try the second unit tonite. Looks like I'm going to be returned...
Summary: At first I was skeptical about the price being so high and the camera didn't look very solid. But now that I've gotten to hold it in my hand I can tell it was constructed well enough for what it does. I've also, obviously, gotten a chance to go through and play with all the settings and from what I've seen this is a great camera with lots of features. It has I/O ports on the back for the extreme user, but I am just basically using this for my home.