February 25, 2024

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D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera with mydlink-Enabled and a Built-In Wi-Fi Extender (DCS-5020L)

Review of D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera with mydlink-Enabled and a Built-In Wi-Fi Extender (DCS-5020L).

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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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Review Summary:

These days home security is not only about safety but you want to keep on eye not only on your belongings but your family. D-Link DCS-5020L provides you with some options where you can easily monitor your home or any other location without too much effort or expense. D-link has created a wi-fi camera which you can place and network easily and view on your computer or telephone. It provides a free app to make the viewing easy. Plus you can Zoom and pan the camera for different angles and for taking closer look. It also has smart alerts, plus it has motion detection and can notify you when motion is detected.

It is pretty easy to setup though I think that is dependent on the computer and network you have. I did have a bit of problem with java on my mac but all and all when everything was updated I easily connected and setup three cameras in three different rooms. You can network through Ethernet or wi-fi. What is amazing it works in daylight as well as in the dark, during the day the image is in color and at night it shows black and white even where there are no lights on you can see in the room. The nice thing about these cameras are that you don’t commit to any monthly charges, no installation charges or waiting. You can monitor your belongings remotely and have a piece of mind. DCS-5020L also includes a wi-fi extender which helps you add more cameras or expand your home network.

It has 66 degree horizontal field of view and shows up to 26 feet in complete darkness. The sound capability which you can turn off on the app is also useful so you can hear everything where the camera is placed. Plus you get both audio detection as well motion detection and alerts. It works with the following networking protocols: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client , NTP Client (D-Link), DNS Client , DDNS Client (Dyndns and D-Link), SMTP Client, FTP Client , HTTP Server , PPPoE, UPnP Port Forwarding , LLTD

And it has a built in protocol: 10/100 BASE-TX Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WLAN and the following video codecs: H.264, MJPEG, JPEG for still images. It does come with a mounting bracket or you can simply use it by placing it on a piece of furniture. You can easily use this or if you go to their site they have all the information to setup your complete security system. Or you can get a network video recorder if you would like to record and view later.

It is a rather inexpensive way to do security all by yourself. Plus you can monitor your children or baby in a different room or when you leave them with someone, such as a babysitter or even monitor an elderly parent even in another city or state. All you need is really an internet connection and electricity.


  • Night Vision
  • Pan and Zoom
  • Inexpensive
  • Free App
  • Cons

  • Sometimes hard to setup