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D-Link DCS-942L
7.9 out of 10

D-Link DCS-942L

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Overall 8
8.0

Decent Sub-100 buck IP cam with internal storage.

Gregory P., Newegg
17 February 2015
  • Summary: Inside the case the camera is powered by a Grain Media GM8126 SoC which has an embedded H.264 encoder as well as MPEG-4/JPEG and also manages the Ethernet connection. It has 128MB SDRAM and 16 MB flash and a single Ralink RT5370 b/g/n radio. The camera is priced about right.
  • Pros: Review is for the A4 hardware version with latest 1.24 Firmware released 2/11/15. When you spend under 100 bucks for an IP cam you usually get VGA resolution. A good lens, in-camera storage recording, 30 fps because of H.264, dedicated passive IR motion detection, video motion detection, sound de...
  • Cons: The trend is toward HD resolution (but those cams are significantly higher priced and HD doesn’t work well over a cellular connection). Ball and socket pivot tends to drift if you connect both the Ethernet and the power cable. “Cloud” designation can be misleading if you expect this camera to sto...
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Overall 8
8.0

Simple security camera

gregory b., Newegg
17 February 2015
  • Summary: This is the second DLink camera I own, the first being a DCS-5009L. The 942L is similar in some instances, setup can be a little cumbersome if initially setup on a PC that does not have Java enabled.
  • Pros: No dropped signal Night Vision Apps for Android and iOS 2 way audio Motion detection and email alerts Remote viewing Local recording via SD card My Dlink is straightforward and simple to navigate around.
  • Cons: Single band N, no 5ghz. Complex setup if java not installed Low resolution of camera 480p Need access to advance settings in some cases (time and date set) Some settings do not keep, like microphone mute Recording to SD card makes no sense for security camera as it can be easily removed Was not a...
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Overall quality 8
8.0

Not a bad camera - misses Linux

LeMike, TigerDirect.com
24 January 2015
  • Summary: The camera works well - light and dark - and it no great problem to set up locally. Over MyDLink is a little involved but that's because I run Linux, not Windows or Mac. I set it up locally in a Windows VM (VirtualBox) and it works fine.
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Overall 8
8.0

good customer service from DLink

tien n., Newegg
1 January 2015
  • Pros: Carlos ( AR004279) from Dlink helps get through the setting of the camera
  • Cons: so far no cons
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Overall 8
8.0

A solid indoor-only camera without any significant flaws

Jennifer T., Newegg
3 August 2014
  • Summary: One of things I try to take into consideration when reviewing things is to keep in mind that I'm reviewing the item based on the noted specifications of the device. Since this is listed as a 640x480 camera, I'm not going to knock it for not being 720p or 1080p.
  • Pros: * Initial wireless setup wasn't exceptionally difficult. I just used the quickstart sheet and followed the directions. * 2 ways to view your video feed: web browser or free mobile app * 2-way communication option (Also see CONS section) * Video recording, ability to set triggers and to choose whe...
  • Cons: * Could be a little tricky for novices to setup & configure, but that's almost "par for the course" when it comes to WiFi/Cloud devices. * 2-way communication is kind of a gimmick in this price range since it requires hookup to an external speaker, which in of itself will require its own accessor...
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Overall 8
8.0

Fair for the price

Andrew K., Newegg
21 July 2014
  • Summary: The install of the newest firmware went without any hitch, although at the time it rebooted it was dark enough to kick into night mode and I was puzzled as to why the picture came back Black & White??? Once I figured out it was in night mode I calmed down (need to keep that in mind).
  • Pros: Very easy setup although nothing is said under system requirements about Linux the cam is perfectly usable through the web interface and VLC can connect through the rtsp:// address of the stream you want. This cam can be set up with a wide spectrum of video and sound quality, the presets seem suf...
  • Cons: The software that allows you to connect to the video stream live in the browser is for Windows and Mac only. If you are using the wireless connection, signal strength IS EVERYTHING in order to stream the video, I would recommend a hard-wire connection if and when possible.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great buy

Michael F., Newegg
18 July 2014
  • Summary: I own 8 of these, located all over the house inside and out. Cheapest way to monitor anything wirelessly. Great cam for the price, decent program, excellent for smart phone and email detections.
  • Pros: easy to install, excellent range, works perfect on networks, smartphones, or DLINK media center on 1080i. Boot, secure and view. I used Velcro to stick mine everywhere instead of screws provided. This product is a steal if you are looking for price, universal connectivity, and easy viewing. Cloud...
  • Cons: More options on motion grid would be a benefit. DLINK does not recommend outdoor use however mine have been outdoors under eves for years without a single hiccup.
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Overall 8
8.0

It works

Riley R., Newegg
17 July 2014
  • Summary: Decent, but more detailed and helpful instructions really need to be included with these products.
  • Pros: Cheap, easy to set up, decent image quality for the price
  • Cons: Recording, scheduling, motion detection, and D-ViewCam configuring was extremely tough to figure out. The instructions that come with the camera are no help at all, and I had to search for HOURS online to find the D-ViewCam software to install on my PC. After finally locating the software, I had ...
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Overall 8
8.0

EggXpert: Do it yourself, IP Security

Jamie K., Newegg
16 July 2014
  • Summary: My initial feelings were not overly impressed with this product, because of the camera picture quality. But as I played around with the camera and deeply thought about the feature set of this product.
  • Pros: Pros +Versatile connection types: Wireless and Ethernet +Monitoring on: Direct IP, Android or Apple App, Via MYDLINK website. +Has night vision +Pretty easy to setup +You can set up motion and sound detection, to send video to an Ftp or Email address +This is a true IP camera, with wireless +Pric...
  • Cons: Cons: -Camera quality and focus is sub par -Resolution is maxed at 640x480 -Range of clarity is about 15ft -Switching detection for night vision needs refinement -There is a ton of dot crawl under low light conditions before switching to night vision. -The hardware is pretty slow, when doing oper...
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Overall 8
8.0

Works fine out of the box but manual setup unlocks true power

Anonymous, Newegg
13 July 2014
  • Summary: I did not encounter the setup issues other users seem to have had. Try updating the firmware- some of the releases add new features and are not just bugfix and performance updates.
  • Pros: Very easy basic setup, just plug everything in (including Ethernet cable for initial install), download the setup wizard from the website given to register an account, then you are all set to start using the web interface. Just login and you can live view a stream from your camera over the intern...
  • Cons: Night vision does work quite well but the infrared LEDs are somewhat visibly on. This makes the camera not so great for night security as in the dark it stands out and it’s obvious it’s there unless you try to hide it. That’s the most major complaint I have really. Smaller things include: VGA pic...
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