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D-Link DCS-5020L

D-Link DCS-5020L
alaScore 98

210 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the D-Link DCS-5020L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 210 reviews)

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D-Link Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Cloud Camera (DCS-5020L)


D-Link's pan/tilt/zoom camera doesn't add enough to the package to make it the best home surveillance camera, especially without online (or any) video storage. Still, the camera and mydlink service do a good job with streaming VGA video at a low cost...

Good price. Free 24/7 video streaming. Support for multiple cameras. Wide viewing range with pan/tilt. Decent free mobile app for iOS and Android and even Windows Phone. Includes Wi-Fi Extender option

No cloud "DVR" recording. No online storage. Not HD video. No travel point settings for instant pan/tilt

The experience of using a PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) camera should be like in the movies—all that range of motion should let you see anything in the room, up close, and in startling detail. That's never the case with consumer-level PTZ cameras. I was not...

Consumer review by:

Nice inexpensive security


I first purchased a "WanView" (I think that was the name of it), but never got it to work, because I didn't understand the tech info in the users manual. It was a wireless, IR camera for outdoor use. no support, it's from China where they must have had...

This camera was very easy to set up. Compared to others I've purchased, where you actually had to go into the router and assign a port number and port forwarding, this "dlink" software is easy to work with. I was able to use the iPhone app with no...

It wasn't free

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Basic IP camera with nice features


Overall I would have no problem recommending this camera. It has very good features for its price and the motion and sound detection work pretty well. I was never able to get the sound detection to work to my liking but I am loving the motion detection...

The D-Link DCS-5020L is a very user friendly, easy to setup IP camera. After receiving this product I was up and running in a matter of minutes. The installation is very straight forward and only required me to hard-wire the camera to my router until I...

This section was a bit of a mixed bag, a lot of grips I have this this camera are minor at most but the amount results in the minus of one egg off the rating scale ; This first grip I have is the camera's resolution. At this price point and with these...


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Good for the price


Had to install Java runtime for the mydlink app to work on my PC be careful not to load the toolbar with the Java installer In night mode it has 4 very faint lights around the camera lens that light up The activity light and power light are on the...

In the BOX - Camera, Power plug, Short Ethernet Cable, two mounting screws with drywall inserts, seperate wall mount with drilling template, and a Quick Install Guide ; Can use Zero Configuration setup if your router supports it or manual setup ;...

Controlling the camera can be tedious as you must keep clicking the screen to make it move a tiny bit at a time ; Camera would disconnect occasionally when viewing it via iPhone, could be a connectivity issue on the phone, but still annoying ; Camera...

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DCS-5020L Cloud Camera


I like it for close viewing and the wireless is a plus. Other than that they need to revamp the soft ware. and kick up the resolution size is also nice,

Wireless. and wireless extender nice little addition. I also like the night vision and the pan scan 340 degrees pan by 120 degrees tilt . and the I also like the sound very load and clear. and motion detection. view fairly decent at 1x all though not...

soft ware is very poor for what the rest of the package is. tried to use the recording soft ware wouldn't even work on my windows 7 machine. black screen tried three time to install it same results every time. did do a firmware update first thing

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A geeky fun toy, but not quite ready for the CIA


Setup was fairly straight forward. Download and install the software, plug in your camera, input network settings and you're done. It allows for DHCP, Static IP or PPPoE connections. You must use an Ethernet cable during initial installation and...

This is a network attached, remote controlled, pan and tilt, night vision capable, smart phone accessible, color zoom camera with a built in Wi-Fi extender and sound + motion detection. How is this anything but a Pro? If I only had something like this...

Picture quality. The camera’s highest resolution is 640x480, and it’s not a nice VGA 640x480 either, rather it’s a pixelated, artifact filled, color washed, contrast overkill, I am a webcam from the 90’s sort of a 640x480. This is my biggest complaint....

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It gives me great security


We are very happy with this camera it gives us the security we neededThis product has... Sensitive motion detection, Adequate viewing area, Many good, useful featuresAbout me... Parent of kids



Consumer review by:

Pretty decent camera


I have purchased a couple of cameras from this outfit (to watch my dogs when I am out) and I do like the cameras and the quality of the picture. For some reason though, I have had to reset this camera a couple of times and it is kind of annoying since...

Easy to set up

I have had to reset it a few times

Consumer review by:

I am controlling this camera from Budapest.


I can check on my Condo from Eastern Europe using my laptop, ipad, or smartphone. It brings a bit of home from a great distance.This product has... Sensitive motion detection, Adequate viewing area, Many good, useful featuresAbout me... Frequent...

I can scan my condo with my computer or my phone

No complaints here

Consumer review by:

Great Home Surveillance camera


Bought this as a "nanny cam" for my house and setup was pretty straightforward. LOVE the ablility to get the feed thru all our smartphones and tablets, including Windows based ones.The only con is really the size. Its hard to make it indiscernable at...

Its a surveillance camera for half the price

Little bigger than I expected