D-Link Cloud Camera DCS-933L.
WIRELESS DAY/NIGHT SECURITY CAMERAS
Wireless security cameras which can see in the dark offer a great way to keep an eye on things when you're out and about.
While a traditional webcam must be plugged into a computer, these cameras are standalone devices. They simply need access to a powerpoint and your wireless network. Both are indoor-only cameras which come with a stand but can also go on a wall.
You can check the view from your camera at any time via your smartphone, but you can also set the camera to notify you when something moves. The mobile apps let you switch between cameras, so you can check the live feed from different rooms to see if everything is in order - and even listen in. These cameras have the benefit of infrared, so you can see a black and white image even when it's dark.
The Belkin only works with Apple and Android smartphones/tablets, while the D-Link also works with a Mac or PC. The D-Link can even act as a Wi-Fi booster for extending your coverage, or you've the option of running an Ethernet cable to your broadband modem/router.
The D-Link is a lot more cumbersome to configure, but its advanced sensitivity and scheduling options make it the better choice for the security-conscious. Alternatively if you just want to look in on things at home from time to time, then the Belkin's wider viewing angle and built-in speaker might suit you better.
Belkin Netcam HD+
The Belkin offers five levels of movement sensitivity and when something moves it emails you two photos. Open the live video feed in the app and the Belkin offers a much wider view than the D-Link thanks to a slightly fish-eyed lens. There's also two-way audio so you can talk to people at the other end, whether they be family or uninvited guests.
D-Link Cloud Camera DCS-933L
The D-Link offers 100 levels of motion sensitivity and lets you choose which areas of the room to monitor, plus it listens out for noises. You can schedule alerts to only operate at certain times on specific days of the week. You're emailed photos or a video when something moves, but these settings are buried in the advanced desktop configuration settings.
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Belkin's NetCam HD+ camera is part of its WeMo home automation system, offering a glimpse into the home of the future. Using an Apple or Android gadget you can access motion detectors, control your lights and even turn appliances on and off. WeMo is also compatible with If This Then That, so online activities can trigger real-world events and vice-versa.