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Published on March 29th, 2014 | by Greg

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D-Link Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera: Security In Any Season

Security is turning from a major investment and a service only for the rich into something widely affordable and even aimed at do-it-yourselfers. Whether for small business or home purposes, it’s certainly nice to have some peace of mind knowing that your house, apartment, pets, or office are in good shape, safe and sound. We’ve seen complete systems that help just about anyone get a pretty sophisticated setup up and running quickly. Today’s gadget, though, is a solution that’s even faster- an outdoor-capable surveillance camera that’s wireless and doesn’t require an expensive package.

The D-Link Outdoor HD Wireless Network Cloud Camera might be a mouthful to say. But it’s actually a pretty simple, more refined take on your average IP camera. While you can find plenty of models that tilt/pan including many that we’ve reviewed, they are mostly meant for indoors use, and few of them offer enough resolution to cover a larger area like you probably want if you were to set one up to cover an outdoors area. D-Link makes some excellent networking gear, like their speedy 802.11 routers, as well as a wide range of networked cameras including some that we’ve previously tested. This one offers 720p resolution at 30 frames per second, and like most others has a limited night vision mode and no optical zoom but does offer digital zoom. Unlike many, you can backup footage directly to a microSD card, allowing you to store video in case of networking problem or other issue. Plus, D-Link built this one with inclement weather in mind, as it has a full IP65 weather-resistant housing, and held up even in snow and rain and sub-zero temperatures.

Motion detection has improved greatly- it used to be that a shadow or even changes in light would trigger alerts, but that’s no longer the case. And there are sound alerts too, as well as email and push notification features. They worked well- once setup- which was the only real issue we had with this solid hardware package. The D-Link cloud features can be hit and miss, and though the free app (iOS) is decent, it can be hard to get it working well outside of the local network. This isn’t a problem unique to D-Link, of course, but a bit more vexing is that their web features were a bit difficult to access, control, and use from other tablets and smart devices.

Footage is clear- better than many other cameras in this category, with crisper images and less blur than most competitors. Audio is only so-so, but connected to an 802.11n router, streaming was pretty solid and range as well (over 50 feet). You’ll need some tools to get it mounted, and a screwdriver to access the SD card slot (it’s weatherproof after all). We do recommend using the app, and definitely relying on the SD card slot for local backups just in case. Good security doesn’t have to cost much- and the D-Link Outdoor HD Wireless Network Camera is a great entrant that will hold up to some rough environments, perfect if you have an outlet above your door or entrance. Available now for around $195, online and in stores.

 

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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