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D-Link IP Cameras for Home => DCS-2630L => Topic started by: celltech on April 26, 2018, 06:34:40 AM

Title: 2630L Setup, thoughts, and problems
Post by: celltech on April 26, 2018, 06:34:40 AM
Picked up a refurb 2630L from FleaBay the other day.  I was using old cell phones as webcams because they could FTP the files to my server.  But of course they were not reliable and kept locking up every few days.  So I went looking for a "real" camera that could FTP.  Amazed at just how few there are...

So setup of the 2630 is a total PITA.  I have 3 wifi APs and it would not manually connect to any of them.  Had to use WPS and then it would attach...weird.  I then get into it and setup a static IP and start playing with the settings.  It was at this point I learn the Live Video and motion area setup were useless cause I can't get any video to come through.  Of course I am on Win 10, tried Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc...  Will D-Link ever update this thing to work on a modern platform???  Lucky for me my work laptop is still on Win 7 and it's old Firefox is able to make it work.

So I got FTP working, but it only sends 10 seconds of video at a time.  Is there any way to let it wait till the entire motion event is over and then just send the 1 larger file???  I did put a SD card into it and have it recording as well.

NTP based date/time would not work until I added some DNS IPs.  Just threw in Google and Verizon addresses.

No special characters allowed in the admin password when setting up with the APP, but you can change it in the web browser?  Really???? Come on D-Link...

Took forever to get the Android APP to work.  D-Link registration kept giving me an error for hours then it suddenly went through.  At least I can set the motion area through there if needed and the remove viewing seems to work.  In fact, the registration went through right after I added the DNS IPs, not sure if it's related?

I guess for $60 it's hard to complain, but not sure a non IT person would ever get it working.  I might get another one and try to weather proof it for outside use.
Title: Re: 2630L Setup, thoughts, and problems
Post by: FurryNutz on April 26, 2018, 09:55:42 AM
IE11 should work.

For FF, you need to load up FF ESR Version of there browser as ESR still allows plug ins.
http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=66483.0 (http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=66483.0)
Title: Re: 2630L Setup, thoughts, and problems
Post by: celltech on April 27, 2018, 07:39:44 AM
Finally figured out the browser issue.  I could get Live View to work with IE and ESR Firefox, but the motion detection setup would only display a black box.  I uninstalled my antivirus (BitDefender) and now everything works.  Sooooo frustrating...

So is there any way around the 10 second FTP file limit???
Title: Re: 2630L Setup, thoughts, and problems
Post by: FurryNutz on April 27, 2018, 08:03:04 AM
Some security programs can interfere with cameras. If they have an exceptions feature you can add the cameras IP address to that feature so the security program won't bother it.

I don't have this model camera. Something to ask NG support about. Check the UI for any settings that might be available....
Can try D-View Cam program as well for live video recordings. Not sure if it supports this model camera though...