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Introduction

mydlink.com home

At a Glance
Product mydlink [Website]
Summary Cloud portal for D-Link cloud-enabled devices
Pros • No router port forwarding or dynamic DNS required
• Web and iOS / Android app access
Cons • No documentation of DIR-605L cloud features
• Slow response times
• No remote admin access for router

D-Link launched mydlink.com about three years ago at CES as a cloud portal for managing a wide range of home monitoring products. Many of those products never shipped, but the mydlink site lived on as a remote access and management portal for D-Link's expanding line of networked cameras.

With the quiet announcement of the DIR-605L Cloud Router at this year's CES, it looks like mydlink.com may finally get to play a more expanded role. I just posted the performance and (non-cloud) feature review over on SmallNetBuilder. In this review, I'll be taking a general look at mydlink.com and then focusing in on what it brings to the the cloud for the 605L.

Setup

The opening screenshot above shows mydlink.com's home page. Its attractive design belies its first weakness, which I discovered when I had trouble opening an account via the 605L's built-in registration feature. So I hit mydlink.com, clicked the Not registered? link under the home page's Sign In button and got the page below.

How to sign up for mydlink

How to sign up for mydlink

Since the 605L doesn't come with a CD, this page obviously hasn't been updated. The 605L has mydlink registration built into the startup wizard you see every time you log into the router.

DIR-605L built-in mydlink registration

DIR-605L built-in mydlink registration

Fortunately, I had also procured D-Link's latest mydlink cam, the DSC-942L, for review. But when I ran the included CD, I still got a cryptic Passwordis invalid (sic) popup and couldn't register an account. On a hunch, I changed the mydlink password I was trying to use from a combination of letters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters to letters only and was finally allowed to register. It would have been great if the error message had told me that "special" characters are verboten or that this requirement was noted somewhere in the documentation.

Once your mydlink account is created, the IP cam CD-based wizard automatically registers the device with the cloud. With the CD-less 605L, the registration is also taken care of once you save the settings.

Note that account creation and device activation can be done only from mydlink enabled devices. I suspect this is due to the nature of the connection between the devices and the mydlink cloud. Since they require no port forwarding or UPnP support in the router(s) they are attached to, the devices must open the connection.

The connection is quite robust, since it successfully negotiated the barriers of my main router's NAT firewall and another in my ADSL router. Once up, communication between the mydlink portal and the devices stayed up without a hiccup.

I had two devices registered to the mydlink portal: the DIR-605L router and DCS-942L camera. And that's what I found when I logged in. Since we'll be doing a separate review of the DCS-942L, I won't spend too much time on its mydlink features. But I will say that they don't include the ability to record or even start/stop video recording. Snapshots can be taken from both the web interface and ioS/Android apps, but they are stored on the device you are using to access mydlink.

DIR-605L built-in mydlink registration

DIR-605L built-in mydlink registration

The My Devices view shown above combines into one screen information that is available on separate screens in the apps. The router up and downlink speeds are zero because no traffic was running through the router when I took this shot. Even if there had been traffic, the readouts don't auto-update—you need to hit the little refresh button below the downlink readout.

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