High Speed (802.11ac) Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera: D-Link DCS-2136L

D-Link has recently announced that they’ll be releasing a Wireless-AC compliant network camera during the end of 2013. As you might know, 802.11ac is the latest and the fastest wireless standard available today. Though wireless cameras are already available, this is the first time I have come across Wireless AC standard built into an IP surveillance camera.

If you need a Wireless Camera today, there are many with Wireless N technology. Wireless N supports decent speeds and might be sufficient for most use-cases.

But, if you feel higher speeds might be useful for your application (if you need to record HD videos for higher clarity images, for example), Wireless AC camera, along with Wireless AC router/access point might be of interest to you.  Since Wireless AC works in the 5 Ghz band, this camera can be useful if your area has a lot of wireless networks around it, as most of them will be on 2.4 Ghz and you can be on 5 Ghz – avoiding all the wireless clutter and interference. Also, if the distance between the camera and wireless router is great, Wireless AC might provide better connectivity than Wireless N.

Since this camera will also be compatible with earlier technologies – n/a/g/b, you can buy the camera now, use it in your existing wireless network and avail higher speeds as and when you upgrade the network to Wireless AC. Early adopters might be tempted to get their hands on the latest technology.


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