D-Link Home Network Camera DCS-942L review

Simple to use, but packed with features

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  • Easy to set-up
  • Decent video quality
  • Web interface easy to use
  • Night vision works well
  • SD card recording
  • Wi-Fi built-in


  • A bit pricey

The D-Link Enhanced Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera DCS-942L is obviously aimed at first-time users of network cameras.

The setup was one of the quickest and easiest we've experienced, with a clear walkthrough guiding us through the process - a far cry from the complex and time consuming installations of older and more advanced network cameras.

The camera is supplied with an Ethernet cable, but you can also connect to the network wirelessly via WPS, which gives you a bit of leeway when positioning it.

During the setup you're asked to set up a mydlink account, which lets you log in and see a live stream from any internet connected device. There's also a mydlink app for iOS and Android.

The web interface is clear and easy to use, with options for viewing the feed full screen, taking snapshots, recording footage and choosing where to store the video files. You can also zoom in and out, though this simply magnifies the pixels, with blocky results.

The video itself, at 640 x 480 pixels, is clear, detailed and smooth, even when played back on a remote laptop via Wi-Fi. Although the interface is simple, a little exploration reveals advanced tools, like motion control and the ability to record to an SD card.

Night vision also works well thanks to four infrared LEDs around the lens, and is activated automatically when light levels drop.

This is a great starter camera for anyone interested in home surveillance.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Camera
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Maximum Focal Length3.15 mm
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Colour SupportColour, Monochrome
Connectivity TechnologyWireless, Cable
Brand NameD-Link
Wireless TechnologyWi-Fi
Height96 mm
Width27.2 mm
Depth60 mm
Focal Length3.15 mm
ManufacturerD-Link Systems, Inc
Product ModelDCS-942L
Product NameDCS-942L Network Camera
Video FormatsMotion JPEG, MPEG-4
Manufacturer Part NumberDCS-942L
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dlink.co.uk
Marketing Information

Record up to 5x more footage, see in the dark with night vision, the DCS-942L provides true around the clock surveillance so you can check in on your home at anytime with a browser, iPhone, iPad or Android device.

No complicated setup is required when you use mydlink. Just log-in, choose your device and start viewing. Take mydlink on vacation or at work and have peace of mind wherever you go. The DCS-942L has a built in microSD card slot and enhanced video compression that allows you to record up to 5x more footage when compared to MJPEG. The camera also comes with enhanced motion detection and night vision that lets you see up to 15 feet in pitch black.

Weight (Approximate)76.9 g