I have to applaud D-Link for their efforts to provide a security camera solution for a Windows Home Server.  In the same breadth, I have to chastise D-Link for providing a security camera solution for a Windows Home Server that is not ready for prime time.

During the past year, We Got Served has written a few articles about a D-Link camera add-in for Windows Home Server.  Back in October, Terry discussed the beta release of D-Link D-ViewCam for Windows Home Server.  We decided that with the release of the software, it was time to download the software and see if WGS could get a few cameras from D-Link for a review.  D-Link obliged and sent me a pair each of the DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP cameras to use with D-ViewCam for WHS.

The Company

Most readers probably know who D-Link is, but it is always nice to know what is important to a company by reading their “About Statement”.  In the case of D-Link, the Principles and Values of D-Link

The spirit of building connectivity for people is applied throughout all of D-Link.
Principles:

  • To introduce convenience, reliability and savings to SoHo/workgroup/enterprise networking.
  • To deliver high-performance solutions that reflect the commitment of a team aimed at building connectivity for people.
  • To meet people’s demands for easier communication with a fair investment.
  • To design valuable, high-quality, user-friendly products to reach out to all kinds of people.
  • To believe in the desire of individuals to easily access information, entertainment and communication at home, at school or at work.
  • To find ways to connect business partners with new markets and opportunities, helping them to attain success and growth objectives.

Values:

  • World-class quality.
  • Fastest response time on the market.
  • The most competitive costs.
  • The best customer service.

Building Networks for People
The “Building Networks for People” tagline is based on the idea and mission to make technology affordable for the mass market consumer and small to medium business so that everyone can realize the benefits of technology. The company founders strive to empower consumers and businesses to share files, data and access, but more importantly…ideas.
Since 1986, D-Link defines leading edge technology. From a true designer, developer and manufacturer D-Link delivers products that are standards-based, value priced and reliable.

The Review Components

Today’s review consists of three components, the D-ViewCam software for WHS, the DCS-1100 wired IP camera, and the DCS-1130 wireless IP camera.

The software:

The D-Link D-ViewCam is a software add-in for Windows Home Server that provides instant access to your live camera feeds and all the surveillance video already saved to your server. Compatible with the D-Link Network Cameras models DCS-920, DCS-1100, DCS-1130 and DCS-2121, this add-in allows users to easily manage their recording, streaming, and camera settings – all within the Windows Home Server administrative Console. Manage and access up to 4 live camera feeds from home or even remotely via the web.

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The Hardware:

DCS-1100 wired IP camera

The mydlink™-enabled Wired Network Camera (DCS-1100) comes with everything you need to quickly add a surveillance camera to your home or small office network. It works right out of the box. Simply connect the cables, plug in the camera, run the short installation wizard and setup is complete. To view what the camera is seeing, simply log on to mydlink.com, choose your device, and start viewing – there is no need to configure your router* to open up ports or remember hard-to-memorize Internet addresses.

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DCS-1130 wireless camera

The mydlink™-enabled Wireless N Network Camera (DCS-1130) comes with everything you need to quickly add a surveillance camera to your home or small office network. It works right out of the box. Simply connect the cables, plug in the camera, run the short installation wizard and setup is complete. To view what the camera is seeing, simply log on to mydlink.com, choose your device, and start viewing – there is no need to configure your router* to open up ports or remember hard-to-memorize Internet addresses.

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