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D-Link DCS-942L

D-Link DCS-942L
alaScore 86

952 reviews

Jul, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 952 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and design. 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 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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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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D-Link DCS-942L

 

I did not encounter the setup issues other users seem to have had. Try updating the firmware- some of the releases add new features and are not just bugfix and performance updates. My camera required a firmware update out of the box and I did not...

Very easy basic setup, just plug everything in (including Ethernet cable for initial install), download the setup wizard from the website given to register an account, then you are all set to start using the web interface. Just login and you can live...

Night vision does work quite well but the infrared LEDs are somewhat visibly on. This makes the camera not so great for night security as in the dark it stands out and it’s obvious it’s there unless you try to hide it. That’s the most major complaint I...

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D-Link DCS-942L

 

Overall, this isn't the best camera for keeping your house secure...I would say the best option this can be used for is a nanny cam. I am disappointed with the online interface of managing the camera and its advanced features. Looking at the original...

Well, before I got this camera to review, I actually owned the previous generation (932-L). This product has great small packaging with not a lot of waste (so very eco-friendly). In the box you get the camera, a power cord, an ethernet cord and the...

The biggest let down on this device is doing the advanced features of the device. After initial setup, there is nothing to tell you how to setup the advanced features. The way I knew how to get to them was from using its older brother. First you must...

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Works fine out of the box but manual setup unlocks true power

 

I did not encounter the setup issues other users seem to have had. Try updating the firmware- some of the releases add new features and are not just bugfix and performance updates. My camera required a firmware update out of the box and I did not...

Very easy basic setup, just plug everything in (including Ethernet cable for initial install), download the setup wizard from the website given to register an account, then you are all set to start using the web interface. Just login and you can live...

Night vision does work quite well but the infrared LEDs are somewhat visibly on. This makes the camera not so great for night security as in the dark it stands out and it’s obvious it’s there unless you try to hide it. That’s the most major complaint I...

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OK Camera for an OK Price

 

Overall, this isn't the best camera for keeping your house secure...I would say the best option this can be used for is a nanny cam. I am disappointed with the online interface of managing the camera and its advanced features. Looking at the original...

Well, before I got this camera to review, I actually owned the previous generation (932-L). This product has great small packaging with not a lot of waste (so very eco-friendly). In the box you get the camera, a power cord, an ethernet cord and the...

The biggest let down on this device is doing the advanced features of the device. After initial setup, there is nothing to tell you how to setup the advanced features. The way I knew how to get to them was from using its older brother. First you must...

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Does what is says

 

I have seen the negitive reviews but I have gotten 6 of these to work now with out a problem, haven't even attached a lan cable durning the install. For viewing you can not beat the Android App for a Buck. Works great view the cameras 4 at a time,...

Once I stopped trying to set these up like a the network tech that I am and just do it the easy way these things go in simple and quick. Even used the wifi button on the router to set up the cam's. I have 4 fo these and 3 5222's and they work great

They are VGA like the box says. Do not like that when in night vision the LEDs glow red, they should be invisable to the neaked eye. Also they make a noise when switching between night and day modes. IOS app does not hold a candle to the Android app

Product Specifications

Configuration

Face Tracking: No
Integrated Microphone: Yes

Connectivity

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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