D-Link has very kindly sent across two of their current IP Cameras for review. The first of these is the DCS-936L HD Wi-Fi Camera, boasting a wide-angle lens that captures your entire room, wall-to-wall, in HD (720p.) The built-in night vision, motion and sound detection, and a complete with a mobile app allow the user to see and hear exactly what is happening, day or night. D-Link is touting this as revolutionary design with rotatable head means it can be placed conveniently on a shelf, mounted on the wall or the ceiling whilst still providing images in the correct orientation.

The D-Link DCS-936L is for sale here, on Amazon.

Functions & Features

  • Receive push notification and/or e-mail with snapshots or video clips whenever motion or sound is detected using just the DCS-936L and an Internet connection
  • Built-in motion detection keeps you aware of what’s happening, and you can set volume limits to detect when a loud sound is picked up by the camera
  • An integrated microSD card slot* allows you to record videos directly onto the camera, without the need for a computer
  • You can set up the camera to record only when motion or sound is detected


Camera Hardware Profile

  • 1/4” Megapixel HD progressive CMOS sensor
  • 5 metre IR illumination distance
  • Minimum illumination:
    • Colour (Day Mode), IR LEDs off: 2.6 lux
    • B/W (Night Mode), IR LEDs off: 1.5 lux
    • B/W (Night Mode), IR LEDs on: 0 lux
  • Built-in Infrared-Cut Removable (ICR) Filter module
  • Fixed length 2.45 mm
  • Aperture F2.4
  • Angle of view
    • (H) 112°
    • (V) 77°
    • (D) 120°
  • Minimum object distance: 50 cm
  • Built-in microphone

Image Features

  • Configurable image size, quality, frame rate, and bit rate
  • Configurable brightness, contrast, sharpness, and saturation
  • Configurable motion detection windows
  • Time stamp and text overlays

Video Compression

  • Simultaneous H.264/MJPEG format compression
  • JPEG for still images

Video Resolution

  • 720P (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 352), QVGA (320 x 176) at up to 30 fps

Audio Compression

  • PCM


  • 802.11n/g wireless with WPA/WPA2 encryption
  • Operates on 2.4 GHz band
  • microSD card slot*
  • Single-band 1T1R mode supports a maximum data rate of 72.2 Mbps (PHY rate) using 20 MHz bandwidth**


Network Protocols

  • IPv4, IPv6, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP
  • DHCP Client
  • NTP Client (D-Link)
  • DNS Client
  • DDNS Client (D-Link)
  • SMTP Client
  • HTTP Server
  • PPPoE
  • UPnP, UPnP Port Forwarding
  • HTTPS for configuration
  • Bonjour


  • Administrator and user group protection
  • Password authentication
  • HTTP and RTSP digest encryption

System Integration

System Requirements for Web Interface

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 10/8/7 or Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 12, Chrome 20, or Safari 6 or higher

Event Management

  • Motion detection
  • Sound level detection
  • Event notification and uploading of snapshots/video clips via SMTP

Remote Management

  • Configuration accessible via web browser

Mobile support

  • mydlink Lite app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Windows
  • mydlink+ app for iOS and Android



  • 92.1 x 65.9 x 90.7 mm (3.6 x 2.6 x  3.6 inches)


  • 140.0 grams  ± 5%


  • 5 V DC, 1.2 A through external power adapter
  • Power adapter: 100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption

  • 4 watts maximum ± 5%


  • Operating: 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
  • Storage: -20 to 70˚ C (-4 to 158 ˚F)


  • Operating: 20% to 80% non-condensing
  • Storage: 20% to 80% non-condensing


  • CE
  • CE LVD
  • FCC Class B
  • ICES