Updated 1 Oct 2018

D-Link

HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera DCS-8100LH

Snapshot: The D-Link HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera DCS-8100LH is an audio and video baby monitor. How well does it perform?

HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera DCS-8100LH
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$250

Price comparison

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Test results

Overall score
84
Sound
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Ease of use
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Picture
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Good points

  • Excellent sound quality.
  • Excellent picture quality.
  • Excellent sound and vision range through indoor walls.
  • OK to set up and use.
  • Has "talk to baby" feature.
  • Picture zoom.
  • Can be monitored anywhere with internet connection as long as baby unit in WiFi range (uses a smartphone as a parent unit).
  • Alerts can be sent to a smartphone.
  • Up to 10 cameras can be viewed with the app.
  • Video can be recorded on a micro SD card.

But

  • No movement sensor.
  • No on/off switch on baby unit.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Audio/video monitors:
Picture performance (30%)
Sound performance (40%)
Ease of use (30%)

Audio-only products:
Sound performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

Performance assesses:
Sound range (how well it transmits through indoor walls).
Sensitivity and sound quality (whether the baby unit picks up soft sounds and how well the parent unit reproduces them).
Picture quality (of video monitors).

We also check for interference from a microwave or a digital cordless phone – and whether the monitor causes interference in a TV or a digital cordless phone.

Ease of use assesses:
The size and clarity of the labels, indicators and controls.
How easy it is to operate the controls and set up the unit.

Prices are from an August 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$250

Specifications

Type
Audio & video app (used on smartphone instead of parent unit)
Battery on baby unit
No
Battery low indicator
Yes (phone)

Features

Video monitor
Yes
Movement sensor
No
Room-temperature monitor
No
Sound indicator lights
Yes
Night light
No
Portable parent unit
Yes (phone)
Belt clip
Not applicable
2-way audio communication (talk to baby)
Yes
Plays a tune/s (e.g. lullaby)
No

More Info

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