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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. The resolution is fine for a baby monitor, seeing if your server lights are on in a dark room, checking to see if you closed your garage door when you are at the airport, or seeing if there is a car...
  • 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 detection, pan/tilt/zoom, wired/wireless, two-way audio, easy setup, night vision with IR cut filter, are all potential price-raising options. This one has all of them except fo...
  • 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 store video to cloud storage for later review. It does not – there is no record to cloud function. To record video for later review you have to buy a D-Link NVR or use the SD slo...
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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. The camera needs to be plugged in to the router for setup, MyDlink application is run and the software is installed. If Java is not installed then the application exits and Java needs to be installed.
  • 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 able to take ‘snapshot’ when motion event seen. No cloud storage on My Dlink. External powered speaker required for 2 way audio.
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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

AR004296

Erick S., Newegg
15 December 2014
  • Pros: AR004296 Great tech support..friendly service!!
  • Cons: no cons
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Overall 8
8.0

I like them...

David S., Newegg
11 December 2014
  • Pros: The camera's themselves are fairly thin if you want to remove them from the stands to make them easier to conceal. And once I figured out they needed a firmware update immediately out of the box, they were very easy to set up. The Iphone "lite" app and the Ipad mydlink+ app are both very easy to use and switch back and forth between cameras.
  • Cons: It took me a couple of hours before I realized the cams needed the firmware update. That was annoying. But my biggest stickler is the PC Software that you have to install if you want to view and/or record to your PC (and you can ONLY record to your PC, because the mobile apps will only let you take snapshots, no video, which is utter B.S.). It is bulky, and I constantly have to "validate" each days footage before I can replay it. And I have yet to get it to motion rec...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Michael H., Newegg
7 November 2014
  • Pros: Easy to use/setup/access via the web. Color is good. Overall a nice camera
  • Cons: Early versions of firmware had some major bugs but they have since been fixed. Stand is a little cheesy.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works Now

Rebecca R., Newegg
14 August 2014
  • Pros: This is the updated review. I did what the D-Link rep told me to do and now it is working. Picture is good. I set it up using the user manual.
  • Cons: I had to wait a month to get a decent response on what to do to fix my problem. It takes the D-Link rep email over a week to get back to me. I had already tried resetting it but it didn't work before.
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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. I believe people should understand the technical specs and limitations of what they are buying. If the product doesn't live up to the specs or it's just difficult to use, then yes, that's certainly worth noting.
  • 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 where it is stored * Event notification based on various triggers (motion, sound, times) * Excellent color reproduction in regularly lit areas. (Indoor lighting, outside, etc.) *...
  • 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 accessories and mounting solution. * Since this is a fixed lens, zoom functionality is digital...similar to functionality you might find on a phone. Thus, zooming just makes on-screen...
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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). Creating an account with D-Linkddns allows you to connect to the cam remotely over the internet, it works well and would be an easy way to keep tabs on things at home while you are away.
  • 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 sufficient for any needs most users would have, but can be extensively tweaked as needed.
  • 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. Those they rate this low either don't know what they are doing or haven't seen the price of the expensive stuff. You get what you pay for and DLINK does an excellent job providing wireless real time images to anything. Excellent product.
  • 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 works flawlessly, motion detection provides 6 images per half second. Night vision good provided you use at least +2 contrast that does bring out much during day use. Not per...
  • 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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