Testing D-Link's IP Camera (DCS-920)

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Jul 19, 2010

D-Link is one of the most commonly selected IP cameras in the budget/home market. In this report, we test the D-Link DCS-920, an inexpensive cube camera that we purchased from Amazon.

One of the least expensive IP cameras available, we examine the use and limitations of the camera including integrating the camera with D-Link's own VMS as well as multiple 3rd party VMS systems.

We found a number of positive and negative points with the camera/solution and not a simple fit (good or bad). As such, we recommend carefully weighing the trade-offs in your environment.

Contrast to our test results of the Cisco-Linksys WVC80N for a camera with similar functionality and price point.

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Bandwidth: The bandwidth consumption during the day was measured at 1.3Mbps, and 650kbps at night.  The camera's video settings were at 640x480, 15fps, MJPEG codec.

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Third ***** *** *******: The DCS-920 was able to connect to the Luxriot DVR software using it's MJPEG stream. Although Milestone Enterprise does have support for D-Link cameras, we verified that the DCS-290 model is not supported.  In addition, we verified ExacqVision VMS did not support the camera.

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