Security cameras were once considered useless devices, unless you own a bank or are working in one, and need to protect a safe filled with other people’s properties and valuables. Yet throughout the years, the technology has decreased and its price dropped down to the degree wherein regular consumers can make their homes more secure with the help of a Wi-Fi-enabled system.
Although this is the case, these security cameras still don’t come off as cheap by any means, but if you can’t put a good price on security, it’s definitely an option that should be thoroughly explored.
Today, we’ll be focusing on the D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT which is a security camera system that is categorized into two different parts: one is a hub that links to your cameras and router. This can be placed in different areas of your home, and if there are any sounds or movements detected, will report and notify you with such.
D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT Review – What’s in the Box?
Our OMNA DCS-2802KT from D-Link came in a nice sturdy package that’s simple yet really eye-catching. The company used a the sky blue and white theme for the device’s box and we think that this approach is really nice and very refreshing.
The front portion of the box features an image of the wireless security camera and the name D-Link on the upper-left portion of the package. On the lower part of the package, there is a strip of white that goes around the rest of the box, and this is where the product’s features are being displayed. On the sides, you’ll see another image of the device, yet there are indications on certain parts of the device to show what the functions are. You will also find some other important information about the device to give you a better idea of what its specifications and features are.
Inside, you will find the D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT; there are a total of two cameras in the box which can be used for inside or outside your home. Not only that, but you also get a Wi-Fi hub / base station that is used to connect the camera. Other than this, other items that are in the package include the following: two mounting brackets, a micro USB power adapter, mounting arm, DC power adapter, one Ethernet cable, and a quick installation guide.
D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT Review
The two OMNA DCS-2802KT’s in the box are very easy to setup, and once you’re done with the configuration process, you’re good to go. Just like the Arlo Pro 2, the D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT is charged using a micro-USB and can be magnetically popped onto a half-ball mount which can be screwed to your wall. Remember that the camera’s battery can’t be removed, so you will have to go through instances of downtime while its battery charges. But don’t worry since charging the device doesn’t occur often.
The OMNA DCS-2802KT cameras are IP65-rated waterproof and are powered by durable rechargeable batteries; it only means that the system is very easy to configure for DIY individuals. The OMNA DCS-2802KT hub sure can support up to a total of 4 cameras despite only having two present in the box; though keep in mind that there isn’t any way of purchasing extra units as of the moment.
Not only is the camera very easy to set up, but it also provides you with fantastic video quality once you’ve configured it for use. It offers 1080p fully colored visuals in the day, and very crisp and clear quality night vision images at night; plus, it also reaches around 15 feet in total.
The OMNA DCS-2802KT is built-in with two ¼-inch megapixel progressive CMOS sensor which features a 1.9-millimeter focal lens; it also has an aperture of F2.2 and a 7.5-meter IR illumination distance. The security camera also includes integrated ICR filters, a microphone, and also a speaker while its angles cater to horizontal 115°, diagonal 135°, and vertical 64° views.
For the video resolution, its main profile is 1080p that goes up to 24 FPS; for the second profile, it’s 720p at up to 14 FPS. The camera makes use of a wireless 802.11 n/g/b connectivity with WPA / WPA2 encryption; not only that, but the company also integrated Bluetooth 4.0 in this device. The OMNA DCS-2802KT also has a micro SD card slot, an ethernet port, plus a single USB 2.0 port. For the power adapter, it has 100 – 240 Volts AC, 50 / 60Hz for the input, while its output is 5 Volts DC 2-A.
The D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT camera is also powered by a 6700 mAh rechargeable li-ion battery which is said to last for months before you actually need to charge them.
Stay Connected to your Home Even When Away
If you need to check your home and your loved ones while you’re away, you can easily do this with the OMNA DCS-2802KT since the camera kit comes with an integrated high-quality and full HD sensor that helps capture very detailed and crisp snapshots, as well as full HD quality videos. You’ll be able to see everything clearly even in every corner.
4 Simultaneous Views in a Single Complete Perspective
You will be able to see more than just a single camera feed on the same screen with mydlink’s multi-view mode. It is a free application included with the OMNA DCS-2802KT where you can have all your live feeds segregated in just one place. This will let you easily scroll down and up to check on everything that’s happening in your home. The OMNA DCS-2802KT is also a camera kit that lets you record up to a total of four concurrent streams.
Wire-Free Features for Flexible and Better Security
Since the OMNA DCS-2802KT is a wireless device, you can position the security camera in any area you want. D-Link’s camera will provide you with ultimate flexibility to help you better keep an eye on the areas in your home. Since there are no wires to deal with, you don’t have to bother with drilling holes into your walls; plus, you don’t need to worry about intruders simply cutting off your camera’s wires.
Continued of Performance with just One Charge
The OMNA DCS-2802KT’s batteries don’t drain fast since these come with 6,700 mAh rechargeable lithium batteries, giving you continuous surveillance for a number of months with just one charge. It’s the best choice for homeowners who need excellent and long-lasting performance.
Works Excellently Outdoors
These OMNA cameras feature rated IP65 weatherproof casing which protects the cameras against rain, snow, and wind. It’s a great choice for extending your home’s surveillance system in outdoor areas that are hard to reach.
All Footage Stored in Cloud
You don’t have to worry about losing your camera footage since OMNA’s Premium subscription for mydlink allows you to take snapshots and record video clips to the cloud which can be accessed at any time. Playback recordings from the cloud or download footage to your mobile phone.
See More in Low-Light
Usually, surveillance cameras are no longer effective in low-light environments, which can be disappointing especially if it costs a fortune to get one. Fortunately, this OMNA DCS-2802KT has impressive night vision capabilities that let you see even when the surroundings are dark. This OMNA camera not only features round-the-clock monitoring, but it’s also integrated with an infrared LED that makes the camera record videos even in complete darkness, up to a distance of 7.5 meters.
Compatible with the Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT
The OMNA DCS-2802KT works excellently with Alexa and Google Assistant. With that, you can stream live videos from your camera to Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Echo Spot, or Echo Show. This lets you keep track of everything right at the comfort of your couch.
Hear and Be Heard
This OMNA camera from D-Link comes with an integrated speaker and microphone so you can speak to the other members of your home even when you’re not around. You can also hear the audio of live videos via live viewing. With your mobile device, you can talk and broadcast audio live.
PIR Motion Detection
With the integrated PIR motion detection, your OMNA camera can recognize movements from heat source such as the human body. This feature is extremely useful and effective even in low-light environments.
Professional Surveillance Expansion
If you need additional cameras to help you monitor your home, the OMNA DCS-2802KT comes with a Wi-Fi hub that can hold up to four connected cameras. This allows you to easily add wire-free cameras when necessary. Whether you need it at the backyard or basement, the OMNA solves your problems with surveillance cameras.
Camera Hardware Profile
1/4” 2 megapixel progressive CMOS sensor
Minimum illumination: B/W mode (IR LEDs on): 0 lux
Lens focal length: 1.9 mm
7.5 metre IR illumination distance
Angle of view: Horizontal: 115°, Vertical: 64° Diagonal: 135°
Built-in Infrared-Cut Removable (ICR) Filter
Built-in microphone and speaker
Pinch to Zoom Digital zoom
Configurable sound detection level
Time stamp and text overlay
Configurable motion detection windows
JPEG for still images
Main Profile 1080P (1920 x 1080) at up to 24 fps
Second Profile 720P (1280 x 720) at up to 15 fps
MPEG-2 AAC LC
802.11n/g/b wireless with WPA/WPA2 encryption
IPv4, IPv6, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP
Sound level detection
Event recording to external Hard Drive or MicroSD card2
Event notification and snapshot/video clip download to mobile device
mydlink Cloud Recording2
mydlink app for iOS and Android devices1,3
240 grams ± 5%
Input: 100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Output: 5 V DC 2 A (Micro-USB)
Standby: <0.28 mW ± 5%
Active Day Mode: <1,200mW ± 5%
Active Night Mode: <1,880mW ± 5%
Operating: -20 to 45 °C
Storage: -20 to 70 °C
Operating: 10% to 95% non-condensing
Hub Hardware Profile
microSD card slot
One USB 2.0 Port
One Ethernet Port
IPv4, IPv6, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP
195 grams ± 5%
Input: 100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Output: 12 V DC 1.5 A (Micro-USB)
Maximum: 18 watts ± 5%
Operating: 0 to 40 °C
Storage: -20 to 70 °C
Operating: 10% to 95% non-condensing
Using the Product
The D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT is very user-friendly and easy to install. You can set this up in almost any non-submersible spot, and since it is a wireless device that comes with a magnetic back, you’d have a difficult time finding a place where you can’t install this.
Its Wi-Fi hub can be installed indoors then linked to your internet router with the use of a some network cabling; lastly, you can pair this with your smart device via D-Link’s mydlink app. You just need to load the application, add your device, then scan through the QR code located at the back of the hub.
The real appeal to this is the noise and motion detection. Every single time anything moves within the OMNA DCS-2802KT’s field of vision, the device will snap a quick video before logging this. You’ll also get an instant alert to be able to check the clip right away. Its video quality is excellent and you’ll get to see crystal-clear videos with 1080p resolution; another notable aspect of the device is that it can even work adequately in the dark.
All the videos will be stored in your cloud for a certain period of time depending on the amount you’ll be spending in terms of subscription. The good thing about this is you don’t need to decide and choose right away since there’s already a year’s worth of Premium plan included in the package. This gives you unlimited shots from up to a total of five cameras which will be stored for a total of two weeks.
All in all, we can say that the D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT performed excellently and we’re giving the company two thumbs-up for making a security camera that is very efficient and reliable.
You’ll be able to view the OMNA DCS-2802KT using the supporting application called the mydlink app. You can download this on your smartphone to be able to view the area of your home where you setup the security camera. But what we really liked about the kit is that you can link this to your smart assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant, or even IFTTT which is really convenient.
But what makes this product stand out from other similar cameras is that it features noise and motion detection, so anytime as long as it’s within its field of vision, the camera will log then send you a notification. This will make it easier for you to check on your home via smartphone. You’ll be able to download recorded clips to your phone if you ever need to share your footage.
There are also additional features that come with the OMNA DCS-2802KT that you’ll also find pretty useful. The hub has a built-in siren can hit around 100 decibels; so basically, if there’s an intruder around, the alarm would scare them away in a heartbeat. It’s a great device since you can switch and leave this on when you won’t be home for a period of time. Not only that, but the OMNA DCS-2802KT comes with a 2-way mic which can be really useful for communication. Below are the key features of the mydlink application:
Provides Peace of Mind at all Times
The mydlink app lets you keep track of every single camera you add in your home which helps ensure security. It’s like an additional pair of eyes that lets you monitor the different places of your home. The mydlinkapp is a useful and convenient application that is easy to use for you to manage all recorded and live audio and video.
View for 5 Preset Cameras with Multiview
If you need to use multiple cameras and want to view everything at once, Multiview solves this issue. The mydlink app gives you a clear view of the feeds of every single surveillance camera that is installed and connected. It provides an instant bird’s eye view around your home.
Share and Access Now or Later
The mydlink cloud recording lets you easily share the things you’ve captured on your favorite applications. You can choose to share it immediately or later since you can save all footage to the cloud. With that, you can still access these files anytime and anywhere. Advanced filtering options such as Event Type, Device, Date, and Location are also present so you can easily find a clip you are searching for.
Approve or Reject with the Access List
The mydlink app features the Access List which lets you restrict viewing and access on specific devices and grant access to your approved list selected devices.
Overall, the D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT Wire-free Camera Kit is the excellent surveillance system for keeping your entire household safe and fully monitored. The best thing about this camera kit is that it doesn’t make your house look unsightly unlike other security cameras in the market. It’s great for indoor and outdoor use as well.
If the two supplied cameras aren’t enough for your home, you can simply expand the system with additional four cameras. Its water-resistant features, siren features, and motion detection are some of the things that make this camera kit the excellent device for surveillance.
The battery of the cameras last more than three months without charging which is really impressive, and a year of premium cloud storage makes it much better. We really liked that it operates with IFTTT automation which makes the camera work with other smart home devices such as automatically switching the lights on upon detection of sound or motion. IFTTT sends an alert to people you choose to be notified with alerts during these situations.
Another thing we liked is the ease of installation. The camera doesn’t have any wires so we didn’t need an external power source for this. The mounting brackets that come with the kit make the installation process stress free. If you’re looking for the perfect surveillance cameras for your home that is durable, efficient, and effective, we highly recommend the D-Link OMNA DCS-2802KT for you.