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D-Link DCS-942L

D-Link DCS-942L
alaScore 86

957 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 957 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The reliability and value for money also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the D-Link DCS-942L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for D-Link DCS-942L

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 4 user reviews of D-Link DCS-942L from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Web Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dlink Day and Night Home IP Web Cam WirelessD-Link DCS-942L Netcam, PC / Mac, Wireless Interface

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Amazon.com review summary for D-Link DCS-942L

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of D-Link DCS-942L from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Webcams on Amazon.com.

usability

58% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: D-Link DCS-942L mydlink-Enabled Enhanced Wireless-N Day/Night Network Camera

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D-Link DCS-942L Enhanced Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera

 

30 fps framerate at all resolutions, Night vision worked to advertised distance and beyond, mydlink.com portal provides remote viewing with no router configuration

Soft plastic ball and socket pivot construction feels cheap, Night to day mode transitions were problematic, Need browser open to record video, Could benefit from more IR illumination

Cloud-enabled day/night IP cam with local SD recording

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D-Link DCS-942L Wireless N Day/Night IP Camera review

 

Until now, many IP cameras required a separate computer to be left running in order to store recorded video, including D-Link's older DCS-932L IP camera. A better approach is to have a small single device dedicated to the task. So D-Link has added a...

For small businesses that need a few cameras just to keep an eye on things, D-Link's cameras and NVR are incredibly good value though when compared with professional surveillance systems. The video quality is just about good enough to compete too, and...

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REVIEW: D-Link DCS-942L home security camera

 

Whether you see it as step towards an Orwellian surveillance state or a necessary measure to ensure the protection of your home, there's no denying that DIY home security camera kits are big business these days. D-Link have recently launched a...

We really like the idea of affordable home security camera kits, and while on paper D-Link's DCS-942L fits the bill, in reality it is hard to recommend. While the mobile Android and iOS viewing options are commendable, little else here is. Cheaply...

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Good Value, Average Camera

 

I had very high hopes for this little camera, but I found the bundled software to be extremely lacking. I ended up pairing the camera with iSpy (great open-source, free software that's fully compatible with this camera, and thousands of others) and...

Small profile, built in Wireless N, 30 fps recording, decent software bundle, somewhat easy setup (when it works), option to wire the camera with ethernet, very low power consumption, wall mounting kit included, pretty long power cable, very low price...

Included software doesn't do enough, IR vision is weak (at best), field of view is extremely narrow, sensor is extremely susceptible to light changes (triggers motion with most software), camera occasionally shuts itself down or stops transmitting, IR...

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A solid indoor-only camera without any significant flaws

 

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...

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,...

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...

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ATI Radeon 7500 64mb PCI card

 

This is definitely not good for the average user. It was very difficult to setup and the automatic stuff didn't even work. And because of the low quality, even advanced users will want to stay away. However, for the price with the massive discount it...

Camera screen is a pretty nice setup ; Night vision mode is kind of cool (yet fairly standard) ; May have slightly easier setup with WPS enabled router ; 2 way audio works (needs a speaker hooked to camera though) ; Camera Screen ; The camera screen in...

4x digital zoom is blurry as all fuzz ; Very difficult setup ; Poorly designed Android app ; Poor Resolution (max 640 X 480 at 30fps) ; The web interface is the same as other D-Link products (personally don't like it) ; Many settings don't seem to work...

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Cheap camera and difficult setup

 

This is definitely not good for the average user. It was very difficult to setup and the automatic stuff didn't even work. And because of the low quality, even advanced users will want to stay away. However, for the price with the massive discount it...

Camera screen is a pretty nice setup ; Night vision mode is kind of cool (yet fairly standard) ; May have slightly easier setup with WPS enabled router ; 2 way audio works (needs a speaker hooked to camera though) ; Camera Screen ; The camera screen in...

4x digital zoom is blurry as all fuzz ; Very difficult setup ; Poorly designed Android app ; Poor Resolution (max 640 X 480 at 30fps) ; The web interface is the same as other D-Link products (personally don't like it) ; Many settings don't seem to work...

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Fair for the price

 

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...

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...

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...

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EggXpert: Do it yourself, IP Security

 

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. I am left feeling impressed with this camera,...

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...

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...

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Great Camera at a Great Price

 

I would buy another D-link camera and router if the occasion arises.

Camera linked with my D-link router right out of the box ; After a firmware upgrade and a Java upgrade the camera performed flawless. I placed the camera on my covered patio, 60 feet away from the router and is hidden in a plastic box disguised as a...

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Product Specifications

Configuration

Face Tracking: No
Integrated Microphone: Yes

Connectivity

Apple Lightning Connector: No
Firewire: No
Network Interface:Fast Ethernet
Wireless Interface: Yes

General Features

Chip Type:CMOS
Platform:PC / Mac
Type:Netcam
Zoom Type:Digital
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