Good starter surveillance camera with excellent D-link support, apps and enough features for the discerning home user.
An indoor IP camera, the D-Link DCS-935L or DCS935L is a 720p wireless CCTV system. It is easy to setup, simple to access remotely and records video and audio of sufficient quality for indoor monitoring applications.
- Easy setup
- Good support
- Onboard microphone
- Picture quality not amazing
- Unexciting design
- Older technology
D-Link cameras are functional in appearance. For several years they have followed a home CCTV tradition in simple white plastic lozenges, and the DCS-935L is no exception.
Personally, I would like to see something different in home CCTV design. I’d rather manufacturers experimented with new form factors, like the D-Link 825L baby monitor – think ‘golf ball’.
Alternatively, the Netgear Arlo offers some variety from the lollipop-style DCS935L looks.
D-Link DCS-935L Is A Tidy Indoor Camera
Everything about the D-Link is functional, and so it makes a good purchase as an ordinary indoor wireless camera.
It will record 1280 x 720 pixels resolution footage at 30fps. It might not sound overly impressive, but compared to the old analog CCTV systems, 720p is not too shabby. Image quality is very competent for the price point, and will capture solid video in a normally lit room.
The DCS-935L has IR LEDs, so it can capture movement and low quality images in absolute darkness. To be honest, as an indoor IP cam to watch a pet or the kids, I have no problem with a slightly grainy image. D-Link are pitching this as a home monitoring camera. Tuck this away on a bookshelf and you will hardly know it’s there.
You get audio recording via the onboard microphone. Sadly, no spooking your relatives with ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ by The Velvet Underground over a 2-way system. You do get to listen in.
D-Link have really made the wireless setup painless. You can choose iOS and Android apps to aid the process. The D-Link DCS-935L camera installation and D-link software guide users through the setup. You can troubleshoot these IP cameras with enough support. Plenty of D-link users online can offer a word of advice, and Google is your friend.
Wireless on the DCS935L D-link camera is a great feature. For a home user looking for a simple indoor surveillance solution, it’s great to do everything over wifi. D-Link is slowly releasing wireless AC standard IP cameras, so the future is certainly wireless for indoor home CCTV cams.
These AC standard IP cams will offer a more reliable connection. D-link wireless support is really good, compared to other budget CCTV kits.
DCS-935L Is Like White Bread
The D-Link DCS-935L does the job.
The Mydlink software gives you a straightforward remote access option. D-Link boasts ‘zero configuration’ which makes me chuckle. Many important features though are immediately accessible with minimal fuss on a DCS935L like the other D-Link cameras in the range.
With some faffing you can set this IP cam to record to a NAS, usually over FTP. My feeling is that most users looking at a DCS-935L won’t be interested in this feature.
For a wireless 720p CCTV solution to let you quickly view your video stream remotely when you’re away from home, the DCS-935L is a solid choice.
D-Link DCS-935L Technical Specs
- Camera: 1/4” Megapixel progressive CMOS sensor; 5 metre IR illumination distance
- Lens: Fixed length 2.38 mm; Aperture: F2.4; Angle of view: (D) 85.98°
- Built-in microphone
- Video: H.264/MJPEG format compression; JPEG for still images; Resolution: 1280 x 720, 800 x 600, 720 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 at frame rates up to 30 fps
- Audio Compression: AAC, G.711
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless with WEP/WPA/WPA2 encryption; Operates on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
- Network Protocols: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, NTP Client (D-Link) plus DNS, SMTP, FTP, HTTP and more
- Motion detection; Sound level detection; Event notification and uploading of snapshots/video clips via SMTP or FTP
- Dimensions: 58.0 x 84.5 x 124.9 mm (2.28 inches x 3.33 inches x 4.92 inches)
Power Consumption: 3.5 watts maximum