How to set up an affordable home monitoring system


A home monitoring system need not be expensive or difficult to set up. With the right products, setup requires only a few pieces of equipment and few or no tools: Just place a few cameras on a shelf or bookcase (or attach them to a wall or ceiling) and plug them into a power socket. Connect them to a home network, step through the setup wizard, and you’re ready to go.
The Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-932L) and the Enhanced Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-942L) fit the bill: They’re discreet and easy to place on a shelf or hang from a wall or ceiling. They communicate via Wi-Fi, so they connect to a home computer network automatically without the need to run cables throughout the house and plug-and-play setup ensures fast foolproof configuration. Finally, they’re affordable, so you can cover a wide area without breaking the bank.


Networked cameras are different from webcams because they operate independently of a computer, you can access a live stream of video and audio from each camera via the Internet or 3G, using a computer or smartphone. With your cameras mounted and positioned, it’s time to figure out how to send video streams from the cameras to the Internet. That’s where your existing computer network comes in. A home network based on the latest Wireless N standard is the best option since live video requires a good deal of bandwidth and the newest routers offer enhanced performance and range. If you need a new router to support your camera network, the D-Link DIR-842 is a solid choice, offering exceptional performance and range affordably.

How to monitor your home from anywhere, anytime


Keep an eye on what matters to you most with mydlink™ Cloud Services

Peace of mind in an instant 
If you want to make sure that the kids are OK when they come home from school, check that your dog isn’t tearing the house up or ensure your home is safe and sound while you’re on holiday, our simple guide to home monitoring and security is a great place to start. We’ll help you determine everything you need to view what’s happening at home… wherever you are.

Why home monitoring?
Our range of home monitoring solutions allows you to monitor and record your home via any Internet-connected computer, iPad®, iPhone®, or Android™ device, anytime and anywhere.

Our entry-level cameras enable you to check on your home with live video and audio streaming – perfect for keeping an eye on the kids when they get home from school. While our Enhanced Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-942L) allows you to record video footage of your home for up to 7 days.

Adding our mydlink™ Network Video Recorder (DNR-322L) means you can record multiple cameras for up to 6 weeks* – ideal for keeping an eye on your home when you are away on a longer break.

Getting started
For a simple, yet highly effective home monitoring system, you’ll need these components:

  • An Internet connection
  • A router
  • One or more network cameras
  • A PC, iPhone, Android Phone,
  • iPad or Android tablet
  • A mydlink™ account

If you want to set up comprehensive home security you can add a mydlink™ Network Video Recorder (DNR-322L).

Your Internet connection and router
A fast and reliable Internet connection ensures your mydlink™ camera is always connected and shows you real-time footage – so having the right router is essential. We’ve launched a range of routers which have been specifically designed for the demands of video. Both routers give the very best speed and coverage around your home.

Wireless AC1200 Dual-band Gigabit Cloud Router with mydlink app (DIR-850L)
The DIR-850L Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router lets you easily connect to, control and monitor your network using the future of wireless technology and unique mydlink. By downloading the free mydlink app you can monitor your home network remotely. Plus, with the included SharePort Technology, accessing and sharing your files, playlists and videos have never been so easy.

Viewing your camera with mydlink™ Cloud Services
The mydlink™ Cloud Services portal allows you to access your cameras from any computer, iPad, iPhone, Android Phone or Android tablet. mydlink™ Cloud Services are easy to install, simply insert the installation CD in the box, into your PC/notebook. Once the camera is set up, you’ll be prompted to create your mydlink™ Cloud Services account. mydlink™ Cloud Services will detect compatible cameras set up in your home, garage or any other indoor location, and quickly configure them onto a network, which means you can start viewing straight away.

Each mydlink™ Cloud Services-enabled camera can also be viewed via your personal account on, giving you the complete freedom of remote monitoring – wherever you are in the world.

Choosing the right product for you
We have a wide range of products in the mydlink™ Cloud Services family that is suitable for monitoring or recording during the day and night. So whatever your situation, we can help you find the right combination of products that will really work for you.

Anxious new parents?
When you’re new to the parenting world, you have a tendency to want to check on your bundle of joy every 5 minutes. However, standing over your child can disturb their sleep. So the perfect solution to this is a camera that gives you the flexibility of being able to view the nursery wherever you are in the house.

The Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-932L)

  •  Easy to set up – our mydlink service allows instant 24/7 access to video footage from your iPad, iPhone or Android device so you can check up on your child from any room in the house.
  • With built-in infrared LEDs, this camera has night vision so you can see your child sleeping soundly in low light – making it a perfect choice for day and night.

Worried about your home’s security?

Over the last year, some of your neighbours’ flats have been broken into and some expensive belongings were stolen. It’s not surprising that you feel anxious about leaving your home unattended. You’d like something that allows you to keep a constant eye on your property and record any footage should you need to.

The Enhanced Day/Night Cloud Camera (DCS-942L)

  • Including a free 16GB microSD card, you’ll benefit from 7 days continuous recording* – perfect for those times that you have to work away.
  • Featuring a Passive Infrared (PIR) motion-detection sensor, you can trigger recordings’ good deal of bandwidth, and the newest routers offer enhanced performance and range. If you need a new router to support your camera network, the D-Link DIR-850L is a solid choice, offering exceptional performance and range at an affordable price. Recorder that allows you to record footage from all your mydlink™ Cloud Services cameras simultaneously.