DCS-6620G: Advantages of Wireless

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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.

If using directional antennas, the DCS-6620G could be located at a great distance away from an access point. Installers could also choose to use an alternate power source to power the camera. A nice option would be a rechargeable battery kit that uses a solar panel. The unit draws under 10 watts of power, so a self-powered configuration would be completely feasible.

The DCS-6600 series cameras are designed for indoor use—those looking to overcome that limitation can use the optional DCS-70 outdoor enclosure. With an MSRP of $499.99, the DCS-70 is a dome-shaped enclosure that is designed for use with motorized pan and tilt cameras. This IP66-certified enclosure protects the camera from dust and heavy jets of water. The DCS-70 features a built-in power supply and uses a heater and blower to keep the camera at proper operating temperatures.

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.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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