Our Review of the D-Link DCS-2530L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera

d-link-dcs-2530lOkay, it’s been a while since I reviewed a D-Link product, and one of the last one was the Full HD Ultra-Wide View Wi-Fi Camera. This particular DCS-2530L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Cmaera is a smaller version of that, and we had a chance to check it out for ourselves.

Just to let you know, you will be hearing some form of 180 in this review. First of all, it has a 180 degree field of view, which allows a 50 percent more view with a very wide angle lens. Oh, it also has a 1080p HD quality video which gives a lot of great clear video. So, there is a 180 listed twice, because 1080p is kind of like 180.

As you might have guessed, it is made for security, as it has night vision for 16 feet with built-in IR LEDs. It has sound and motion detection for some push alert notification when loud noises or movement is detected. You can put the recorded footage on microSD/SDXC slot.

Do you want to view this on Wi-Fi? That can hapen, and there is a remote viewing on the smartphone or tablet. It’s nice, and it has a mydlink Lite app.

Now, I just checked out the original Full HD Ultra-Wide View Wi-Fi Camera, and that model had most of the same features. The cool thing is that is cheaper at $159.99. You can get it at Best Buy and the D-Link site.

D-Link AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router Review

D-Link AC3150Okay, I have reviewed a lot of routers in the past, and I’m starting to get used to setting them up. It is something that I never look forward to, because it is never fun to set up stuff when it can screw up that which you know works. Still, if you can make something work better, it is worth the time to do it.

Such is the case for the AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router, and it resembles a crab or an upside-down dead spider. In case you are wondering, those antennas are made for delivering maximum range around the home. You should be able to get faster Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3165 Mpbs (1000 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 2165 Mbps on 5 GHz).

Now, I have had a chance to test this out, and I have noticed that my websites come up very, very fast. The issue is that I don’t get a cure for blackouts. Yeah, I am going to have to blame my provider for that (I’m talking to you, Time Warner!).

It is apparently set up for gaming with this kind of set-up, and I suppose that is good! You should be able to get this on the D-Link site for $279.99.

Our Review of the D-Link Full HD Ultra-Wide View Wi-Fi Camera

D-LinkI’ve reviewed a lot of D-Link products in the past, and the last camera was The Outdoor HD Wireless Network Cloud Camera. I was fortunate enough to receive another from D-Link with the Full HD Ultra-Wide View Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-2630L), and something else came with it as well.

The company sent me these glasses that had these blinders on them, so my field-of-vision was limited. I decided not to take a picture of myself in them, but to quote Dennis Hopper from the movie Speed: “You got your blinders on!” I have no idea how much field of vision an actual human has, but this Ultra-Wide View Wi-Fi Camera has a 180 degree view, with 1080p resolution. What is interesting is that the view feels like a movie theater rather than the fisheye lens in some 180 degree cameras.

This camera can record video footage to a microSD card up to 128 GB. This allows for up to a week of continuous clip recordings that are accessible through web portal and the MyDlink application. By the way, the camera begins recording automatically to a microSD card when it senses changes in the home. You can even add up to three additional D-Link Wi-Fi cameras and make a kind of homemade security system.

The camera itself has a lot of interesting bonuses, like a built-in microphone, and it can even send alert notifications if the sound gets loud, like with broken glass. There is also a light sensor in case the camera needs to see in the dark.

If this sounds interesting to you, it is available for $199.99 at Best Buy and the D-Link shop. You can find out more information about it here.

Hands on with the D-Link mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor

D-Link WiFi Water SensorI believe that there is a term for “The Internet of Things” IOT, made to describe any device that is hooked to the Internet to do its job. In the case of D-Link mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor, it is a device that is connected to you Wi-Fi network to let you know if you have a water leak.

If you have a water heater or pipes that could leak, wouldn’t it be good to have something that could detect it? Not only does this device have an alarm built within the device, but it will push notifications through your Wi-Fi network so you can receive an alert on a mydlink Home App so you can see if there is something wet that shouldn’t be wet.

Set up is pretty easy, as you just plug in the Wi-Fi Water Sensor into an outlet, and then dangle the 3.5 foot sensor cable into the place where you might have a dampness problem. Push a button to join it to the network, and you have a way of preventing minor water damage before it gets really serious.

If you are a home-owner who is afraid of things like this, then the D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor is available for about $59.99 on the D-Link site.

The Outdoor HD Wireless Network Cloud Camera from D-Link

D-Link DCS-2330LFresh off my review of the Wi-Fi Baby Camera from D-Link, today I’m going to talk about the Outdoor HD Wireless Network Cloud Camera. This is another product from D-Link which is similar.

The Outdoor HD Wireless Network Cloud Camera is not made for the baby’s room, but it is, in fact, made for the outdoors. It is made for a lucky thirteen, which means it is good for -13 degrees to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is it good for those temperatures, but it has a waterproof housing which means it is good for when it gets rainy, or even dusty.

It is difficult for me to talk about this product without talking about the aforementioned Baby Camera, as they are quite similar. For example, this DCS-2330L is able to record in Night Vision allowing good sight for about 15 feet in total darkness. It records in 720 HD, and it will record to a microSD card.

Another similarity is that you can access the footage anywhere with the mydlink app for iOS, Android, and Windows. Unlike the baby monitor, this is one camera that you want to use for all kinds of things like surveillance, or any other place where you need an extra eye. You can also receive handy push notifications for occasions for motion detection.

All in all, I’ve got to give it high marks. If you want to see it for yourself, feel free to head over to the D-Link site and pay $179.00.

The D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera (DCS-825L)

D-Link DCS-825LI haven’t been a new parent for over 10 years, but I believe that it practically a requirement to have a baby monitor with video now. The D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera is certainly all that, and more.

I’ve reviewed D-Link products before, and they are the ones that you want when you have anything Internet related. I had a chance to try out their AC-1750 Router, twice. The D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera, or DCS-825L, is able to connect to your Wi-Fi Internet connection, and then connect to your mobile phone with the free mydlink mobile app. This way, you can use the Baby Camera on the go. By the way, I am talking about when you might need to take your baby monitor on the road with you, not a situation where you are watching your baby from a far away location. D-Link and I don’t recommend the later. But one of the great features of the DCS-825L is an optional use of a battery pack (not included), so you don’t need a power cord.

Other features of the DCS-825L including motion detection, sound detection, and even temperature detection. Normally, you just get one of these and not the other, but this has push alerts and you can use the monitor even if the smartphone is locked. Another helpful feature is the night vision, which is a usually feature on baby monitors, and this one is good for 16 feet.

Another unusual feature is that this can do lullabyes, and it comes with 5 pre-programmed. There is also a two-way radio so you can communicate with the baby, assuming that doesn’t freak him or her out. Did I mention that there is a 4X pinch to zoom feature from the mobile app? Oh, it’s there.

As far as I am concerned, this D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera is the perfect gift for a couple who are about to have a baby. You should be able to get it on Amazon for about $179.99, and find out more information about it here.

D-Link Wireless Range Extender DAP-1320

DAP1320I have seen a lot of wireless range extenders, and I will have to say this one from D-Link is probably the most compact and simple. Products like the zBoost Metro can increase the range, as well as this Wireless N300 Range Finder from D-Link, makers of the AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router.

The Wireless N300 Range Extender, or DAP-1320, is a simple small device that fits in the palm of your hand. All you need to do is plug it in, and then hit the WPS button your your router. Hold down the button on the DAP-1320, and you’ve got some extended range on your Wi-Fi network, including the dead zones.

How much extension? About 300 Mbps wireless performance, I am told. Now, I tried this around my own house, and I noticed some improvement, but I think I would have to get into some precise measurements to be accurate. Thanks to the aforementioned AC1750 Dual Band Router, I have very few dead zones in my house.

You should be able to purchase the Wireless Range Extender on the D-Link site for about $49.99 as a special offer.

D-Link Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router

D-Link AC1750It isn’t every day that I get to review a router, and I must admit that I am a little late on this one. I received this last week, but I only reviewed it last weekend. Yes, I know I am a little late on this review. Dude, I’ve got other things going on, man.

The D-Link AC1750 is that big can that you see there. It is the Next Generation 11AC Wi-Fi, which means that is good for up to 450 + 1300 Mbps. It allows for faster Wi-Fi speeds and less interference.

I can testify to this being true. My old router is in my living room, and I used to only get three bars on my laptop in my home office, maybe four if I am lucky. With the D-Link AC1750, I get five bars. This is really nice, because I used to get these stupid Internet blackouts where I had to move my laptop around the room. Yeah, it was stupid, but the AC1750 solved that.

Another feature that I like is that it has SharePort Mobile, which allows you to stream and share files over your home network from virtually any connected USB drive to your mobile devices. There is also an app for that, and it supports Android and iOS.

I believe that this black can is durable too. I accidentally knocked it over twice after installation, and it works as well as I described. I can’t recommend it more highly. Make sure that when you are installing it, you use Internet Explorer and not Firefox. This is the reason for my tardy review. So, if you want on this, head to the D-Link site and lay down $149.99.