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.

*-**** ** *** ** *** **** ******** ******** ** ******* in *** ******/**** ******. ** **** ******, ** **** ****-**** ***-***, ** *********** **** ****** **** ** ********* **** ******.

*** ** *** ***** ********* ** ******* *********, ** ******* the *** *** *********** ** *** ****** ********* *********** *** camera **** *-****'* *** *** ** **** ** ******** *** party *** *******.

** ***** * ****** ** ******** *** ******** ****** **** the ******/******** *** *** * ****** *** (**** ** ***). As ****, ** ********* ********* ******** *** *****-**** ** **** environment.

******** ** *** **** ******* ** ********-******* ********* * ****** **** ******* ************* *** ***** *****.

[***************]

***************

*** **** ***** **** **** ** *********** *** ** **** and ****** * *** ******* ******* ******* ****** **********, ** find *** *-**** ***-*** ** ** ** ********** ***. **** its ****** *****, ******** ********** *** ******** *** ********, ** provides *** *** ********** *** * **** ************ ******** ** a *** ****. ** *** ***** ****, *** ****** ****** functionality, *** ****** **** ********** ***** *** **** ** ****** in *** ****** *** ***** *********** ** *********** ** ***-********* users.

*** * ***** ******** (**** **** **** * *******), *** DCS-920 ***** **** ** ** '**' ***, ******** **** ** is ********** ** * ******** **** **** ******** *** ******* darkness. * ***** ******** **** ***** **** ********* ** ***** Cam, *** ******** ***** ********** ********, *** **** * ********** simple ********** ** ********** **** **********, *********, *** ************* *****.

*** * ****** ********** (**** * *******), *** ***-*** *** fit ** *** ****** ** *** ***** *** ******** ********* purposes. *** ***** **** *** *** ***** *********** ***** ****** from *********** ******** ** ******** ****** *** ***** ** ****. While *** *** ***** ***** ** **********, *** *****-*** ** the ******* ****** ***** *** ****** ***** ** ******. ** addition, **** ** *** *** ***** *** ******* *** ******* to "******" *** *********, *** ****** ** ******* *** ************ VMS *******. 

Key ********

*****:***** ** *** *-**** ***-*** *** ****. ** *** ***** on ******** ***, *** ******** ******  *** ************ ********** ** ********* *** identifying *** ****** **** *** *******.

Monitoring ********: The included version of the DViewCam monitoring software (ver 2.03) on the CD is not compatible with 64bit OS. D-Link recommends downloading version 3.0 (64bit compatible) via their ****** *** ****(*** ********* ********* ** *** **** *******). 

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.

Details ** ********: With the camera's 5mm fixed lens, it will be difficult to get facial details of a subject within a large room but enough to identify the subject as a human.

Nighttime ***********:  In an indoor low light test, where the light level was controlled and measured at 1lux, the image was too dark to make out distinguishing features of our subject in the field of view; He appeared as a silhouette in the image. 

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.

*** ****** *** *******, ** **** **** ** ************ ********* the ****** ** ***** ************ ***, **** ****, ********, *** I-Catcher *******.

Remote ****** & **********: The DCS-920 does not have any processes to automatically setup your network for remote access; All port forwarding tasks must be performed on your network router manually.

*-**** **** **** ***** ******* *******, *** *** ******** ************* **** *** **** *** ********* to **** *******, *** **** *** ****** ** *** ******'* web ********* ******* *** ************ ** *** *******.

Product ********

***** ******* *** *-**** ***-***, ** ******** ***** ******* ******:

  • ******** **** ***** *****
  • *** ***** ****, */*" **** ******
  • ******* ********** ** ******* ** *****
  • ***** ****** ******** ** ** *** ********** ***** ****** ** camera's *** *********
  • ******** ***** ** ******** ************; ******** ** ***.*** ****
  • ********** ******** ******** ** **, *** **** ******** ***** ********* systems (****** ******* *.* ** ********** **** *-****'* *** ****)
  • ***** *** ** * ******** **** *** ** ****'* *** (refer ** *** ****** ** **** ********), ***** ******** ***** **** ********** *** ******** ************* **** ******* features **** ********* *** ****/****, *** *******, **********, *** ***** exporting (***** *** **/*** *** ******** *******)

*****

*** *-**** ***-*** ** ********* ******* ****** ****** ******** ** an **** ** $***.** *** *********** ************* $** ***

Physical ********

*** ********* ********** ********** *** ******** **** ****** *** *********** of *** ***-***.

*** ****** *******:

  • ****** *** ******** ** ***** ************
  • ******** ******** ***.*** ****
  • ****** *** *** ***** ****
  • ******* ********** ** ******* ****** ** *****
  • ******** **** ***** *****
  • ** ******* ** *** ****
  • ************* *** ******* *********** ** ******* ********* 

Setup & *************

*** ********* ********** ****** *** ***** ********* **** ***** *** included ** ** ********* *** ******'* *** *********.

*** ****** *******:

  • ***** ** ******** * ***** ******
  • ***** ****** ******** ** **** **'* **** *****
  • ** *** ** *** ** ******* ** ******, *** ***** wizard *** **** ** ****** *** ****** ** *** *******
  • ***** ****** **** ******* *** ************* ** * **** ** step *******
  • *-**** *** ** *-****'* ***** ********** ********
  • *** ******* ** *-**** *** **** ** ******** **** *** CD ** *** ********** **** ***** ********* *******
  • ******* *.*, ***** ** ** *** **********, *** ** ********** on *-****'* *** ****
  • ** *** *** *********, ** **** **** *****, ****** ****** the ******* ** **** ********
  • ****** **** *** **** **** ******** ******** *** *** ***** interface ******** ****
  • *** ********* ******** * ****** ** ****** ************* *******
  • ********** *** ***** **** *** ** ********** ** *** ***** section
  • **********, ********, *** ********** ** ********** ******** ** *** ***** Setup *******

Image ******* ********

*** ***-*** *** ****** ** ********* ************ *** ***** ******.  The ******** ***** ** ******** ** ** ********** ** *** quality ** ********** **** ******* *******.

******** *** ****** *****(**.*** ********)

*** ****** *******:

  • ** * ******* ****** *****, ***** ******* *** ****, *** detail ** ******* *** **** *** ****** **** * ****** muddy
  • ** * *** ***** ****** ***** (* ***), ******* ***** up ** * **********, *** ************* ******* *** ***** ** ****
  • ** * **** ******* ***** *****, ******* ***** ****** *** details, **** ******* ***** *******, ** ** *** **** ** be ****

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

IP Camera - 15 Year Shootout on May 22, 2017
How far have IP cameras come? We bought and tested 4 cameras across the past 15 years to understand how much and where performance has...
Remote Video Monitoring Providers Directory on May 19, 2017
Remote video monitoring can help integrators generate RMR plus end users lower their security costs and/or improve response to critical...
Shark Tank Startup Guard Llama Mobile Panic Tested on May 16, 2017
A Shark Tank TV show appearance has attracted big attention for Guard Llama, a security startup touting a 'panic button' paired with mobile app...
Blink XT Outdoor Totally Wireless Camera Tested on May 11, 2017
Running wires for cameras outdoors is one of the biggest challenges, especially for consumer or DIY installs. Now, Blink has released an outdoor...
Burglar Alarm Partitions Guide on May 10, 2017
Many burglar alarm systems have a single designated level of access for users. A user can arm or disarm the entire alarm by entering a single code....
48MP 180 Camera (Digital Watchdog) Test on May 10, 2017
Camera resolution continues to advance, with Digital Watchdog offering the MegaPIX PANO 48MP 180° camera, the highest resolution mainstream camera...
Hanwha 9MP Fisheye Camera Tested (PNF-9010R) on May 09, 2017
12MP sensor fisheye panoramic cameras are becoming increasingly common. We have tested Hikvision's DS-2CD63C2F as well as Panasonic's SFV481 4K...
Arming States For Burglar Alarms on May 04, 2017
Burglar alarms give the user the ability to choose how much of their alarm is active at any time. Activating alarm sensors on windows and...
Duress Codes For Alarms Systems on May 02, 2017
An alarm system can call for help in the event of an attempted break in, but only if it is armed. If an adversary forces an authorized user to...
Burglar Alarm Zoning Guide on Apr 28, 2017
The function of an alarm panel is to gather information from sensors and respond to this information by triggering actions. While it is possible to...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Avigilon New COO James Henderson Profile on May 23, 2017
It has been nearly 2 years since the infamous Bryan Schmode 'resigned' as Avigilon COO. Now, Avigilon once again has a COO, promoting James...
Aura's 'Invisible Ripple' Next Gen Intrusion Detection Tested on May 22, 2017
Aura Home is a startup intrusion detection system, but it claims new, high-tech sensing that monitors the 'invisible ripples' movement creates,...
Pelco Shutting Down Clovis Line, Laying Off 200 on May 22, 2017
Pelco's Clovis facility once turned out some of the industry's most popular products. Now, the facility is mostly building "obsolete" equipment,...
IP Camera - 15 Year Shootout on May 22, 2017
How far have IP cameras come? We bought and tested 4 cameras across the past 15 years to understand how much and where performance has...
Remote Video Monitoring Providers Directory on May 19, 2017
Remote video monitoring can help integrators generate RMR plus end users lower their security costs and/or improve response to critical...
Axis Criticizes OEMs: "When You Buy An Axis Camera, An Axis Camera Is What You Get!" on May 19, 2017
When you buy a Honeywell camera, you likely get a Hikvision, Dahua or some other company's product. The same goes for easily 100 different...
Hackable 125kHz Access Control Migration Guide on May 19, 2017
Despite being one of the most popular credentials, 125 kHz credentials are easily copied and insecure as we showed in our test results, video...
Forget The Backdoor, "ALL HIKVISION PRODUCTS" On Sale on May 18, 2017
Less than 2 weeks after the Hikvision Backdoor was confirmed, Hikvision has launched a sale "ON ALL HIKVISION PRODUCTS". In this note, we examine...
Amazon Techs Installing IP Cameras Tested on May 18, 2017
In 2015, Amazon started offering video surveillance installation. Now, Amazon has made it a lot easier, with automatic add-on options and...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact