DCS-6620G: Advantages of WirelessBy Frank Ohlhorst | Print
Need to keep an eye on things? Need to protect some assets? Short of a security guard, nothing works better than live video for protecting property. D-Link's latest IP cameras bring the security of video to almost anywhere.
The DCS-6620G proves to be a little more complicated to set up (if using Wi-Fi). Installers will have to configure a PC to communicate with the DCS-6620G over a wireless connection and then use the setup wizard to join the DCS-6620G to a wireless network. Installers will want to make sure that the Wi-Fi network is protected by encryption and that strong passwords are used for access to the camera. Ideally, installers will want to prevent anyone from "eavesdropping" and viewing the video offered by the camera.
The wireless capability offered by the DCS-6620G does have its advantages. The camera can be deployed or used anywhere that power is present. Obviously, with Wi-Fi, an Ethernet cable is not needed to connect the camera to the network. The unit sports dual antennas and offers very good Wi-Fi range, making the DCS-6620G suitable for a large warehouse or other environments where a hardwired connection isn't practical. With 802.11g, enough bandwidth is available to effectively run several cameras, depending upon the number of users, number of other wireless devices and overall configuration of the wireless network.
Most businesses will find it unrealistic to expect someone to constantly monitor the cameras, raising the question, Why bother with security cameras if no one is able to watch for problems? D-Link has an answer for that, with D-ViewCam 2.0, a free network monitoring utility. Installed on a Windows PC, D-ViewCam 2.0 can be configured to monitor 32 cameras and offers numerous functions to allow event and motion triggering. Local and remote monitoring is provided to those with the proper access credentials using a standard browser.