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D-Link DCS-2330L Outdoor HD Network Camera Review

D-Link DCS-2330L Outdoor HD Network Camera Review

Today we look at the DCS-2330L from D-Link. Read on as Tyler explores the ins and outs of this efficient HD network surveillance camera solution.

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Tyler Bernath
Published Thu, Apr 3 2014 9:41 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:32 PM CDT
Rating: 88%Manufacturer: D-Link

Introduction & Pricing, Availability and Specifications

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If you like being able to monitor your home while away or even your children as they play in the yard, network cameras offer the flexibility one needs to easily get the job done. In our last cloud camera review, we had the chance to look at the 2332L from D-Link, an 800p solution for outdoor use. Today, we switch gears and look at the 2330L, which as you can guess is one notch down from 2332L featuring 720p monitoring.

The D-Link DCS-2330L carries many of the same features found in the 2332L; we have the same IP65 weatherproof housing along with built-in IR LEDs with a working distance of 5 meters. H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG are the available containers for encoding and streaming video with microSD the standard used for onboard storage.

Pricing, Availability and Specifications

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Taking a quick look at the specifications, we find the 2330L features a 0.25" Megapixel CMOS sensor with a 5 meter PIR sensor for night illumination. Additionally, we have a built-in microphone and speaker.

The housing of the camera is IP65 compliant, allowing for superior dust and water protection. Configurable resolutions range from 1280 x 720 in 16:9 format to 1024 x 768 in the 4:3 format, with H.264 MPEG4 and MJPEG encoding.

Pricing of the DCS-2330L at this time is set at $179.99 with a one-year warranty.

PRICING: You can find the D-Link 2330L 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 2330L retails for $214.71 at Amazon.

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Packaging for the 2330L features marketing information along the edges with a clear window showing the camera itself.

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The scope of delivery includes everything needed for quick and easy setup. Above, we have mounting hardware, an Ethernet cable, and reading materials.

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The back of the camera houses the tripod type mounting bolt, and the Ethernet port is covered by a weatherproof grommet. To the right, we have the power cord and WPS button.

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Looking at the front of the 2330L, we find the lens in the center with the IR LED to the right.

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Here you can see the profile of the camera in its entirety.

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Inside the back cover of the camera, you will find the microSD port for adding storage to your camera.

Management GUI

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Starting off with the landing for the management GUI, we have two setup wizards that can aid in setting up the camera.

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Moving on, we check out the image setup tab where we are able to change settings of the camera on-the-fly while having a small live image above to preview any setting changes.

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Video setup for the 2330L is quite similar to the 2332L we looked at a few months ago. The biggest difference is the 16:9 resolution has been tuned down to a max of 720p, whereas the 2332L supports 800p.

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Motion detection setup is rather simple to setup; you simply drag across the preview screen the area you want to enable detection on.

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Sound detection is a feature that was not on the 2332L but is included here. As you can see, it gives you a live bar graph of sound in the room the camera is installed in, and you can set an alert based on noise level within.

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Above, we have the IR LED setup screen where you can adjust the light levels that will trigger night vision.

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Here we have the setup wizard for MyDLink, a cloud based service from D-Link that enables you to view your camera while you're away from home.

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Initial setup of the camera requires you to utilize the wired connection

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You can then choose to setup the camera to connect to a wireless network if you choose.

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After a few more steps, your camera is ready to go.

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DViewCam, seen above, allows you to monitor up to 32 cameras at once on a single screen. As you can see, I have the 2332L and the 2330L setup in mine.

Final Thoughts

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With many options in the market for the end-user to build their very own network security solution, D-Link has always done quite well with their lineup of network cameras. As I have stated in previous articles, I have used many of D-Link's solutions. So, how does the 2330L stack up against those?

If we use the direct compare method and stack it next to the 2332L, the only difference between the two is resolution. The 2332L is capable of 1280 x 800, while the 2330L maxes out at 1280 x 720. The 2330L does have the sound activation-recording feature that the 2332L did not have.

Build quality of the 2330L was quite good as the casing features the IP65 weatherproof design, causing it to fall in line with the Outdoor lineup from D-Link. Performance was exceptional while using the wired Ethernet setup but does require some tuning if you choose to take the wireless route. Daylight conditions allowed the camera to give a great deal of clarity in streaming to the DViewCam software, while the night vision setup could use a little work as it shows shadows of light colored objects at night.

MSRP of the D-Link 2330L is set at $179.99 with a one-year warranty. Current market pricing can be found below.

PRICING: You can find the D-Link 2330L 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 2330L retails for $214.71 at Amazon.

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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