Figure 10: DCS-930L Remote camera access via mydlink.com
This feature worked well and was easy to use. The site also tunnels back to the web server on the camera itself, allowing you to remotely change any setting that you could change locally. And there's also support for camera access
Figure 11: DCS-930L Access via an Android Cell Phone
This looks pretty good except for one problem. I could only get it to work when connected to my local network. Whenever I tried to access via the cell network, I'd get a timeout when trying to stream video. The app would log in properly and see my camera, it just couldn't get video.
I had the same issue when using the iPhone version of the app so there must be something about my network setup that the phone apps don't like. Or maybe my cell carrier doesn't allow apps to stream video for bandwidth reasons.
Accessing the camera's standard web page won't work on any device that doesn't support Java, which included my smartphone. But you can grab still shots via a documented
Under the Covers
It's pretty clear that this little camera is based on a Linux stack.
Whenever I get a new device on my LAN, one of the first things I do is a
So, what did I find? The Linux kernel is version 2.6.21 and like most of these consumer-level embedded devices busybox is used for utilities. The processor is a
Be careful about who you let access your camera over the LAN because I found a number of passwords in the clear including credentials for my Dynamic DNS account, the private HTTPS key plus a username and password to a
I also noticed a comment in the startup scripts indicating that the Telnet daemon was being started up for debugging purposes, so maybe someone forgot to turn it off for production? After poking around for a while using the Telnet interface, I would always get disconnected and could not
I liked this little camera even though it had a few bugs, and some quirks. But for $80 (street) IP camera, it worked pretty well. It is missing a few features such as the ability to record a video stream directly from the camera and it has no IR illumination for
I wouldn't use this unit for guarding Ft. Knox, or maybe even the local grocery store. But for casual home monitoring, it will do the job and the price is right.