D-Link DCS-2630L: A 180 Degree View, HD WiFi 802.11ac Camera

Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 20 October 2015. Page 4 of 4. 9 Comments

The 180 degree viewing also worked as advertised without distorting the camera or having a fisheye effect. The two-way audio support also worked as advertised. However, my only gripe there is that there tended to be some audio feedback when listening to the camera's microphone when it was positioned near other electronic equipment.

While I've only had a few days so far to try out the DCS-2630L camera, so far I'm enjoying the camera and it's a very nice upgrade over my older SD WiFi cameras like the DCS-932L. Eventually, I'll likely end up changing over to the DCS-2630L or DCS-960L given the great 1080p clarity and 180 degree viewing. My main gripe with this camera is the live video support from the web interface requiring a proprietary plug-in, which isn't Linux compatible and just silly when they could implement HTML5 video support or at the very least load a near-live static image when the plug-in isn't detected. Look for the DCS-2630L and DCS-960L to begin appearing at Internet retailers like Amazon.com shortly. The price at $199 may seem a bit steep, but it's the same price as the latest Nest Cam, which offers only a 130 degree viewing angle. I'll be sure to post a follow-up here on Phoronix after having some more time to play with this new Full HD, 180 degree field of view 802.11ac WiFi camera.

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