My one beef with baby gear is often how short of a time it actually gets used. So I have a special place in my heart for gear that grows with your child or that is multipurpose. One of my latest finds is the mydlink-enabled Wireless N Network Camera (DCS-930L) from D-Link.

When you’re shopping for a baby monitor, you’re more likely to end up at Babies R’ Us than at Best Buy, but here’s why you might want to consider this wireless network camera for your nursery.

Multi-purpose. Yes, it can work as a baby video monitor, but it can also function as a nanny cam, a homework time checker, a cat-better-stay-off-the-couch watcher, a who-really-is-eating-cookies-at-night viewer, a grandparents-in-Florida-can-watch-Junior’s-birthday-party device and a security camera. Plus with the built-in microphone, you can see and hear everything that’s going on.

Plug and play. D-Link makes set-up simple with their plug-n-play technology which only requires 3 easy steps to set the camera up. No configuring routers, no complicated wires. Simple, easy and done in minutes.

View from anywhere with internet access. Your living room, your neighbor’s house, across the ocean or on your smart phone (yes, there’s an app for that). Anywhere you can access the internet, you can log on to, enter your username and password and view the camera’s contents. This means you can check in on your baby while doing email in the living room, watch your house while you’re on vacation, or allow faraway relatives to get a glimpse of daily life or a special event.

Wireless. No need for wires draped across the room. The camera connects wirelessly to your network so the power cord is the only one you’ll have to deal with. (It can be plugged in too if your house isn’t wired for WiFi.)

Camera Management Software. While the camera is simple and easy to use, advanced users can access some of the product’s fancier features with the included D-ViewCam management software. With this software, users can set up trigger motion detection, record directly from the camera to a local hard drive, create recording schedules or e-mail alert notifications, and add additional cameras. (Software for for Windows PCs only.)

The mydlink-enabled Wireless N Network Camera ($79) definitely costs more than a basic audio baby monitor, but it’s comparable to some of the more expensive video and audio baby monitors on the market. And it can do a whole lot more.

Visit D-Link to learn more and find an online or local retailer.


Note: D-Link sent a sample of this product for review.

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