Gadgets DCS-855L

Published on April 19th, 2015 | by Greg


An Easier Way To Watch: D-Link’s New 855L Baby Camera

You may not always be able to be there, but you probably always wish you could be. That’s the rule for children and pets, and maybe even just your home or apartment, and being able to keep an eye on things can help peace of mind (and avoid more serious issues). Security cameras, nanny cams, and other traditional solutions are decent- but what many folks seem to want is a more sophisticated baby monitor, one with wireless so you can check in from afar, along with two-way audio so you can hear and speak and comfort. And temperature monitoring is a handy extra, just in case. That’s what D-Link has tried to do with their new 855L HD Pan and Tilt Wifi Baby Camera.

About a year ago, we checked out the D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera, a natural evolution from their line of wireless webcams to a family-friendly product with several features aimed specifically at helping parents. Like it’s predecessor, the updated model includes temperature sensing and the ability to play back lullabies, and even swappable colored rings in blue or pink to make the camera a little more cute. A with the last review, we must confess that we didn’t use it to monitor an actual human baby, but did regularly check in on pets. And, again, the wide field of view and solid 720p resolution were competitive with other small surveillance cameras, and you can record directly to onboard storage, via the microSD slot.

There’s night vision as well, 4x digital zoom, and decent alerts and notifications for sound, motion, and even temperature. But there are some major improvements over the 825L, most notably the tilt-pan functionality allowing you to shift the camera’s lens around remotely. The 855L doesn’t look quite as friendly, with it’s square base and less approachable, larger size. The app- a custom Android and iOS application- has gotten a little friendlier though, or maybe it just seemed that way, as initial setup and connection was simple and easy. Even mounting solutions are included if you need.

At $230 or so, online and in stores, the D-Link 855L is a pretty nifty, straightforward way to have a fairly powerful camera in place quickly. It’s not really built for multi-camera environments nor outdoors use, and it’s certainly not going to hide invisibly. But if you’d like to interact with your loved ones from a distance, and want the ability to pan/tilt in order to adjust your view, it’s worth the investment.


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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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