There are several wireless indoor camera options but D-Link, Foscam, and Dropcam / Nest Cam are consistently among the highest rated options.
Foscam was one of the most popular cameras with our readers last year. They make both indoor and outdoor cameras and offer a wide range of product. Their cameras are unique because they work with third-party software and products. In fact, Foscam recommends the use of several third-party apps. Opening their technology to other developers means better options for Foscam users. Foscam is compatible with third-party video recording software titles like Blue Iris, WebcamXP, VLC, and others.
Dropcam is the newest option and has been replaced by the Nest Cam. Launched in 2009, the Dropcam HD quickly became a #1 seller on Amazon before being gobbled up by Google subsidiary Nest in 2014. The Nest Cam is simple to use and easy to setup. We’ve tested the Nest Cam in-home and agree that ease of use is something that sets these cameras apart from others.
With that said, we’ve created two handy charts to help you compare the most important features of D-Link, Foscam, Dropcam, and Nest Cam.
Note: We use CVR as an abbreviation for “cloud video recording.”
Comparing D-Link, Foscam, and Nest Cam
|Model||D-Link DCS-5222L||D-Link DCS-2630L||Nest Cam||FI9831P||C2W Indoor|
|Resolution||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1280 x 960||1920 x 1080|
|Frame rate||30 fps||30 fps||30 fps||30 fps||23 fps|
|Wired or wireless||Wired or wireless||Wireless||Wireless||Wired or wireless||Wired or wireless|
|Private or public cloud||Private||Private||Public||Public||Public|
|D-Link DCS-5222L||D-Link DCS-2630L||Nest Cam||FI9831P||C2W Indoor|
|1280 x 720||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1280 x 960||1920 x 1080|
|30 fps||30 fps||30 fps||30 fps||23 fps|
|Wired or wireless||Wireless||Wireless||Wired or wireless||Wired or wireless|
More about D-Link
D-Link network cameras are made by the same D-Link company that creates networking gear like modems and routers. We’ve owned two D-Link cameras for years and they are still going strong. When we first started using D-Link, the setup wasn’t easy. Since that time, D-Link’s simplified the experience and now offer a quick setup option and a proprietary app.
In addition to cameras, D-Link has a line of network video recorders (NVRs). NVRs are intended to let you simultaneously record video and view real-time footage for up to 9 D-Link cameras. Finally, the new D-Link cameras will work with SmartThing’s video beta program.
DCS-5029L vs DCS-5222L in greater detail
The DCS-5029L and DCS-5222L are both compatible with SmartThings—and on paper, they look like the same camera, but there are slight differences.
First, the DCS-5222L has a fixed length of 4.57 mm and an aperture of F1.9. The DCS-5029 has a fixed length of 2.4 mm and an aperture of F2.0. In this case, the DCS-5222L aperture is slightly larger—which is better.
Second, the DCS-5029L requires 100-240 VAC power input, while the DCS-5222L needs 12V. Third, the 5222L is newer and has both motion and sound detection, the 5029L has only motion detection.
Earlier models compared
|Model||D-Link DCS-932L||Dropcam HD||Foscam F18910W|
|Resolution||640 x 480||1280 x 720||640 x 480|
|Wired or wireless||Wired or wireless||Wireless||Wired or wireless|
|Live streaming in color|
|Record to computer hard drive|
|CVR for 1 camera||Upgrade||Upgrade||Limited*|
|D-Link DCS-932L||Dropcam HD||Foscam F18910W|
|640 x 480||1280 x 720||640 x 480|
|Wired or wireless||Wireless||Wired or wireless|
How secure are these cameras?
Video surveillance cameras can be hacked and they have been hacked. Here are 5 steps you can take to make your camera more secure.
- Change the password ASAP. Some cameras will not ask you to generate a new password so don’t count on an ask to remind you to create one. Be proactive and use a password generator to create something strong.
- Keep your camera’s firmware up-to-date.
- Keep your camera’s mobile app up-to-date.
- Change the default port number to something higher than 80. In fact, pick something random like your grandma’s birthday.
- Set up a firewall with a rule to restrict MAC addresses.
Do you have more ideas on how to keep cameras secure? Feel free to share your tips in comments below.
*UPDATE 5/16/16 — Adjusted for new pricing