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Cammy Camera Monitoring Software Review with the D-Link DCS-930L

By: Anthony Garreffa | Network Cameras in Networking | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 5:11 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Cammy

Using the Cammy software


I set up my Cammy in my office to play around with it, connecting it directly to my Netgear router through an Ethernet port. I then used my smartphone to access it through Wi-Fi. The resolution on the Cammy is only 640x480 resolution, which doesn't look super crisp, but it does the job.


Getting it setup, something we walked you through above, was incredibly simple. This is something Cammy is pushing here - the super easy setup procedure. The last thing you need is some 400-step installation, where things get confusing with IP addresses, ports, passwords, and all sorts of configuration where things get messy. Cammy has simplified all of this with a beautiful, simple to use UI on both iOS and Android devices.




Once you're connected, you can dive right into the Cammy software, which doesn't give you many options to play around with. As you can see in the above shot, we have just a few parts of the menu that we can really do things with. My Cameras lets you access the cameras that you have attached into the Cammy software, where you can then tap Add Camera that will allow you to, well, add a camera to Cammy.


Next, we have Search Events, which lets you choose a specific frame of time to look at recorded footage. Introduction is what you saw above, which walked us through Cammy, Feedback and Sign Out are self-explanatory.




Diving into the My Cameras section, we can see in the shot on the left our camera. It records footage for you and lets you go through it at will. You can tap into any of the recordings, and then play through the frames recorded. On the right, is what you'll click into, where you can then fast-forward or rewind, and then play/pause the recording. You can also share the recording through various apps, so you could email it to yourself, or save it to your cloud service.


Cammy is incredibly easy to use, as you can see from our look at it today. Even the most novice user could get not only a single camera up and running within minutes, but multiple cameras could easily be set up within 10 minutes total. This is the beautiful part of Cammy: it is just super easy to use.



What's Hot


It's Free!!: Cammy is free. The D-Link camera supplied is what costs money, but the Cammy software is completely free from the iTunes and Play Stores. This makes it a great option for those who already own a camera and want to get their hands-on some easy-to-use camera software.


Smart Motion Detection: This is a great feature, as it means the camera isn't just sitting there 24/7 recording. It will only start recording when it detects motion. This makes it great for security, which would be its main purpose.


Very User Friendly: Cammy has made it as easy as possible to get any person, with or without technical experience, to get a camera setup with Cammy. I don't think there could be anything easier, apart from Cammy coming to your house and doing it for you.



What's Not


640x480 Video Recording: We are talking $32.99 here, so you can't really complain about the video quality for that price. This isn't Cammy's fault either, it's the D-Link camera it supplied. You could always hook up a better camera, and enjoy HD or higher resolutions, while still using the great Cammy software.



Final Thoughts


Remember, this isn't a review of the camera - but more of the software. The only negative thing I had to say about Cammy was the camera, but this is out of their control. The software itself is a good piece of kit considering the cheap price of the D-Link camera included. If you already have a camera at home, you can just download the Cammy software and away you go - completely, 100% free.


Cammy has something great here, some software that has an incredibly easy-to-use UI, and best of all: free. Who doesn't like free software, especially when they might have multiple cameras at home that they want to use? If you are one of these people, with cameras at home and no way to properly manage them on your smartphone, you probably need Cammy in your life.



PRICING: You can find the D-Link DCS-930L mydlink-Enabled Wireless-N Network Camera for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The D-Link DCS-930L mydlink-Enabled Wireless-N Network Camera retails for $32.99 at Amazon.


Canada: The D-Link DCS-930L mydlink-Enabled Wireless-N Network Camera retails for CDN$66.82 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging75%
Value for Money100%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: If you want some software to manage the cameras in your house, Cammy is a one stop shop. An easy-to-use interface, and is super quick to set up.

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