Despite the relatively low image resolution, the wireless DCS-932L has enough features and decent D-Link software to recommend this IP cam as a solid budget option.
It doesn’t look very exciting, the apps and software just work, and there are no fancy monthly subscriptions to make remote access really, really simple.
For any one of these reasons, many buyers looking for an indoor home monitor camera might discount the D-Link DCS-932L.
But bear with me – I think this little D-Link has enough up it’s sleeve to meet the needs of many home users.
D-Link DCS-932L – enough features for the Average Buyer
So the image resolution on the D-Link DCS-932L is a mediocre 640×480 pixels.
Laughable to some, but bear in mind the usage scenarios for these little IP cameras. They aren’t designed to count the pores on a spotty teenager’s face at fifty paces. And the D-Link DCS-932L isn’t trying to compete with the 1080P goodness in a Nest Cam.
No, these little indoor monitor cams can alert you if the postman came this morning. Or will tell you what time the home care assistant arrived to help your dad this afternoon. Or they will let you peep in on a sickly pet when you’re sitting at your desk at work.
Recording at 640 pixels and 20FPS is not much. But it’s enough if you’re shopping for a simple home monitor, to alert you to motion events, rather than trying to capture HD footage for your next Hollywood movie project.
The D-Link DCS-932l is wireless, and uses the wireless N standard for better signal quality and bandwidth. It has a WPS button for simple setup, or you can shove an ethernet cable in the back if your wifi is weak.
It has night-vision, and whilst you aren’t going to ID a stranger from the footage, it’s good enough to spot a family member wandering around the house in the night. On onboard microphone records slightly muddy audio, but there’s no speaker for yelling back out via the DCS-932L.
D-Link provide their own custom apps to let you view a live feed, and the D-Link DCS-932L can be setup to record to a remote target, like a NAS.
If you have a cheap little D-Link Sharecenter NAS like the DNS-320L, you can even setup your own mini-cloud surveillance system with very little effort.
A bare 2-bay D-Link NAS can be bought for less than £40, so if you have hard drives gathering dust, this makes for a pretty cheap little NVR solution.
The D-Link DCS-932L won’t be enough for power users
The D-Link DCS-932L isn’t ‘My Gran Proof’ but the D-Link website and support is good enough to help most users setup the camera how they want it.
Power users might be disappointed, as there’s no ONVIF support and there isn’t the flexibility you find in a nice Hikvision cam.
I’d like to see onboard memory card support as a simple, local backup solution but you can’t get everything.
For less than £50, and closer to £40 when the D-Link DCS-932L is on offer, this is a budget camera with solid software support.
The integration with the D-Link Sharecentre NAS is a good value addition. The D-Link DCS-932L is a home monitor in the true sense of the word. If you can drop your specification requirements in terms of resolution, the DCS-932L offers many of the features you would find on more expensive IP cams.
The price is pitched to compete with the likes of Foscam, and personally I rate the D-Link support and technical documentation over the Foscam alternatives.
Motion detection, easy wireless setup, and solid remote access with email alerts, the D-Link DCS-932L will tick many boxes for home users.
Accept the limitations on the DCS-932L and it will do it’s job without hurting your wallet.