D-Link vs. Dropcam Shootout

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Jan 29, 2014

D-Link is not happy.

Over the last two years, upstart Dropcam has received a ton of coverage from dozens of publications, including IPVM (see our 2 Dropcam tests - original camera and new 'Pro' camera). 

Meanwhile D-Link, who reports selling far more IP cameras than Dropcam to consumers, is ignored. Worse, D-Link emphasizes that they offer recording for free via on-board SD card while Dropcam requires paying $100+ per year.

So, who is better for home use? The incumbent D-Link or the upstart Dropcam?

In this report, we decide, doing a test of D-Link's 720p DCS-2132L and contrasting that to Dropcam. Beyond the normal video and bandwidth analysis, we focus on two key areas of importance for consumers:

  • Which is easier for non technical people to setup? By how much and why?
  • Which is better for non technical people to access, search and download recorded video?

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**, *** ** ****** *** **** ***? *** ********* *-**** or *** ******* *******?

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  • ***** ** ****** *** *** ********* ****** ** *****? ** how **** *** ***?
  • ***** ** ****** *** *** ********* ****** ** ******, ****** and ******** ******** *****?

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Competitive ********

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  • **** *****: ******* **** ***** **** *-**** ******* ** ******, **** ****** latency. ** ******* ******* *** ******** *** ****** *********.
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  • ** **** ********* ******** *** *********:***** ******* ******** *** ********** *********, ***** ***** *** ** about * ******* *** ****** *** ** **** **** **** limits. *-**** **** **** ****** ** ****** **** ** * future ******, *** *** *** ** *** ** ******* ** reducing ********* *** ********** ***********. *-**** ** ******* ** *** suffer **** **** **********, *** ** ******* ********.
  • *************: ********* *********** ** *** *-**** ***** *** *** ****** than *********** **** ** *******, ** ** ** **** **** most. **** ***** ** ******* ***** ** ********* ** * limited ** ****.

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Physical ********

** **** * **** ** *** ******** ************ ** *** DCS-2132L ** **** ***** *****:

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

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** *** *****, *** ***-***** ** **** ******* **** *** UBX1301 *** ** *** **** ****** **************, ****** ** ********* ** ******* ******* ** *** ******* and *****. 

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Comments (11)

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****** ******* ******* ** ** ********* ** *** *-****?

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* **** ** **** *** **** ***** * **** ****** my ******* *** * **** ********* ** ** *** ****, quickest, ******* ****** * **** **** **** **** ** ** roughly * ******** ******.

* ******* *** *** ********* *-**** **** ******* ** **** article. *** *** *** *********** ** *** ***** *********** *** bandwidth *********** ** ******* ******? *** ***** *** ******** ** live **** *** ******* **** *** ******** ***** ** ******* comparing ** *-****?

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****, *** ****** ****** ******** **** *** *** **** *-***, no?

**'** **** ******** *********** *** ** ********* ***** *** * post.

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* ***** ** ********** ** ****** **** ****, *** **** because * **** ******* ***** ******* ** *** ******** *** some ** *** ********** ****. **** **** *** ***** ******* thus ***, *** ** *********** ** * ****** ******** * would **** ** ****.

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