What Features Do You Need in a Network Camera?

Deciding between wired or a wireless connectivity is the first step toward figuring out exactly what kind of network camera will work best in your home. The networking connection is the easiest part to figure out. .

Now what about the other important features found in typical network cameras?

If you’re planning to shoot video in the daylight, you might not need to worry about cameras that can perform in low-light or no-light environments. But don’t assume that these important features don’t exist: Infrared-LED equipped cameras like D-Link’s brand-new Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera (DCS-932L) can help you to monitor a location 24/7. This lets you check up on pets and babies, and safeguard critical areas of your home without the need for a full-fledged security system.

You should also consider the kind of monitoring you plan to do: Do you want to record the day-to-day activity in a given location for playback later? Or is it enough to be able to tap in to the network camera feed when you need to get a quick look at a certain spot in your home? If recording, you’ll want to explore network cameras that work seamlessly with network-attached storage devices.

But whether you’re just tuning in to your feed for a second or two, or watching the traffic online, the most important feature of a consumer-grade network camera — beyond the video quality, which I’ll address in mynext blog post — is the way you’ll access the live feed. You don’t want to have to battle a slew of arcane network camera configurations, complicated router configurations, port forwarding, or other nonsense just to be able view your live feeds.

D-Link addresses thi­­s challenge with the mydlink portal, which gives you one-button access — as well as access via iPhone or Android smartphone — to the video feed from any of your supported mydlink-enabled cameras. You can check out what’s going on, save snapshots of interesting events, and view the status of any supported D-Link network camera, to name a few handy features.

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