Thanks M124, but that's saying exactly what I said. You can't use their website remotely.
With the Compro + free Seedonk software I can view my camera anywhere without having to manually forward any ports or do anything else.
I didn't have to forward any ports on my router and I have no issues. I can access the image/video via mydlink.com, even log into the camera to change settings if need be via this link. Both the Android and IOS apps also work fine.
Not sure if the setup CD somehow took care of this as I did have to use the CD. I'm not into instructions and tried to just set the thing up, I actually had to use the CD to get things setup and setup a mydlink account. I'm curious now and will be logging into the router when I get home to check out port forwarding.
This camera is a joke. Resolution of only 640 x 480!!!!
All other features are useless if the resolution itself is bad. This might work bright sun light as shown but wait for low light and then picture will be pitch dark. If you are serious about monitoring then spend your money smarter.
The business I work for, has about 100 DCS-900 cameras, previous generation. Currently we bought 9 of these cameras and their quality is far superior to the previous versions. I use http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6833127048 to make it "PoE" and only ran one CAT5E/CAT6 cable for both the Data and Power. We use them only for internal and during the day. At night and dark this camera is a waste. I ran IPview Cam on a server to record them. Quality with new ones is "good" It was also pretty easy to set them up on the wired network and well as wireless network. So for this price, I think its good for home use. Unless you need more feature rich software and PTZ.
I do something similar with my own IP cameras (mostly Trendnets). I FTP to my website every 20 minutes, and whenever the motion detection is triggered, then have them viewable on a web page that uses a nice slideshow effect to "play through them" up to the most recent image:
The Trendnet cameras (and maybe others?) create a directory name based on the date each day they FTP so each day a new directory is automatically created on my webserver and my PHP script looks for that day's directory, failing over to the previous day's directory if that one has not yet been created (say, before sunrise on a given day) I then use a little PHP to grab photo details (moddate, filesize, etc.) and display this info in the optional footer for each slide in the series to show this kind of info:
Front Yard Cam From April 07 2011 at 6:40:46 AM PDT (Size: 60.1k) Photo is 1 hrs 47 min old
The PHP script also determines sunrise/sunset times for my latitude and stops images taken in the dark from displaying in the slideshow (more than an hour before sunrise, or an hour after sunset).
Lastly, I have a cron job that runs once a night and calls a cleanup script I wrote that deletes any photo directories older than three days to ensure I don't fill up my web server.
Of the two I just ordered, I do plan on installing one outdoors. I recently bought a camera housing and mount from Monoprice.com for this very purpose. The housing is aluminum and is really intended for a more rectangular-shaped camera (such as your typical CCTV), but with a little modification, I can fit the DCS-930L into it.
Overall, I really do like the fact that I can use my Android phone to view live feeds. Now I know which cat is jumping on to my pool table while I'm at work!
The FTP album thing is really cool! I use a site called sensr.net with my DCS-930 and my Foscam (though I think any IP cam will work), and it does something similar automatically after you add a camera. They have a sweet DVR view that lets you play your motion images strung together. It's still in beta, but they're starting to add some social features too, so I can share my camera with my friends on FB. I know a guy who works there, and they reply pretty quickly to all of my feedback. BTW, with my DCS, their live view has less delay than the mydlink thing. Not a huge deal, but kind of nice.
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