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D-Link DCS-942L

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3381 reviews of D-Link DCS-942L. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams for all reviews. Views about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of D-Link DCS-942L from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams on People really like the usability.


82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: D-Link H. 264 wireless N day & night home IP camera DCS-942L Resolution 640 x 480.320 x 240 ,160D-Link DCS-942L Netcam, PC / Mac, Wireless InterfaceDlink Day and Night Home IP Web Cam Wireless

Nov, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2436 user reviews of D-Link DCS-942L from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Webcams on Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative comments about the reliability.

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73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: D-Link Wireless Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera with mydlink-Enabled (DCS-932L)D-Link DCS-942L mydlink-Enabled Enhanced Wireless-N Day/Night Network CameraD-Link Wireless Day/Night WiFi Network Surveillance Camera (Day/Night (2015 model) Black)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: SmallNetBuilder (

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, 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

May, 2009

Expert review by: Orestis Bastounis (

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...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Gerald Lynch (

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...

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

Decent Sub-100 buck IP cam with internal storage.


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...

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...

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...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: Footman (

Simple security camera


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...

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

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...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: IsLNdbOi (

Decent Camera, but not worth the MSRP.


This camera is decent with the features it comes with, BUT I personally would not pay the retail price this camera commands. On paper, it looks like a great camera, but once you actually set it up and start using it, you see all the shortcomings. The...

Limited night vision capability ; Connection to network via wifi or ethernet ; Can store video over network to a network drive or to a microSD card

Resolution is fairly low ; The low resolution + low night vision range make for pretty bad night / low-light image ; It's not PoE capable ; If you set it to store video on the microSD card and whoever you're filming sees the camera, they can simply...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: Krusty (

Great concept but useless in reality.


If only D-Link used a decent internal aerial or better still an external one this could have been such a great unit but instead it may be of use in a small apartment but certainly isn't usable in a house. Security cameras need to be at the perimeters...

Easy setup but both the included disk software was out of date as was firmware ; Web based & phone access a great plus ; Fairly easy for non technical user ; Fantastic if it worked

This product started out looking like a fantastic & useful security device, whilst it was next to the Wi-Fi router it was flawless. It wasn't till I moved it a relatively short distance from the router that the problem was evident - the Wi-Fi antenna...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: LeMike (

Not a bad camera - misses Linux


The camera works well - light and dark - and it no great problem to set up locally. Over MyDLink is a little involved but that's because I run Linux, not Windows or Mac. I set it up locally in a Windows VM (VirtualBox) and it works fine. For remote use...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Lance W. (

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...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: Andre L. (

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...

Aug, 2014

Product Specifications


Face Tracking: No
Integrated Microphone: Yes


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

General Features

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