D-Link DCS-5030L HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Day/Night Security Camera Unboxing Review
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The D-Link DCS-5030L HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera makes home security easy. Experience confident clarity and total control with 720p HD recording and ultra-smooth pan, tilt, and digital 4x zoom functionality. The integrated sound and motion-sensing plus night vision technology provides you with around-the-clock surveillance of your home.
The DCS-5030L HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera offers you peace of mind by enabling you to monitor your home or business anywhere. Using the mydlink Lite mobile app on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer, you can stream 720p HD camera footage anytime. You can quickly scan a wide area from the app or move the camera to a specific pre-set position, allowing you to focus on particular points of interest automatically within your surveillance area.
You can also record up to 128 GB of playback on a micro SD card with the HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera. Using the mydlink Lite mobile app, you can save snapshots to your device or set up a recording schedule. For added security, furthermore, the camera’s motion and sound detection triggers auto-recording and push alert notifications to your devices.
Connect the HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera to any existing Wi-Fi network and use the mydlink Lite mobile app for easy setup. As a scalable alternative, you can also locally record up to four D-Link Wi-Fi Cameras by simply adding a mydlink Camera Recorder (DNR-202L).
Excellent camera for the price
I’ve used D-Link cameras for years but this was my first experience with mydlink. My first suggestion is to only use mydlink (and the Quick Install Card) to get your camera connected to your network. Once you do that, then read the detailed manual for the camera and connect yourself to the camera’s built in web page and do your detailed configuration from there. Don’t give up if you don’t see the web page as documented in the manual. I found that all browsers and version work. IE11 does but does not display the video. Mydlink does work, but I find that it is clunky, slow and sometimes confusing. I think that is confirmed from some of the other reviews for not only this camera (DCS-5030L) but other D-Link camera reviews. I tried several smartphone apps and found one that really seems to work well (Owlr) but there are others with similar functionality. Combine that with a subscription to DynDNS.org and you have everything you need for internal and remote viewing of your cameras. Because I had previous experience with an older generation of Dlink cameras (and this one is quite similar) I did not have to call the Dlink support line… so I have no idea what the customer support is like these days. Here’s an over view of my impressions:
Not sure why so many bad reviews, cam is stupid simple to setup. Also notice the bad reviews are NOT from verified purchases. Hu
Works fine, seems like more than half of the bad reviews are user error. I have 8 Dlink cams throughout the house and have NEVER had a problem with any of them. This one was no different, it was up and running right out of the box in about 3 minutes. I didn’t even use the WPS feature which would have been faster. I have a 64g card in it and in 10 days its used about 8 gig by taking a 30 second video if motion is detected. The family room screen cap is using the cam listed here. The other pics are from other Dlink cams. (BTW these are screen caps from my phone with all the cams set on the LOWEST resolution). I think one or two people submitted screen caps showing they didn’t bother to focus the cam itself and complained about bad resolution. The ring around the lens rotates and allows you to focus it. Insert Homer Simpson gif here…..DOH
Not a bad camera but the software is very poor
The camera isn’t bad but the software from D-Link is pretty buggy. The install process is easy if you have done it before otherwise it is very difficult. There are some youtube demos but they do not explain the process they simply say what to do in what order and when something goes wrong (which it will) then you are stuck. Most of the D-Link software does not work well and the list of things that it will not work with is rather large. For example viewing the cameras with a Firefox browser is greatly limited. Another example is that installing this camera the easy way using a brand new Samsung S8 does not work (so you have to do it the hard way).
Problem keeping it connected
Operates very well, when it operates. Drops off line too often, and requires a reboot of the power to restore wi-fi communication.
Review Of D-Link DCS-5030L Wireless Camera