Omna Wire-Free Indoor / Outdoor Home Surveillance Kit (DCS-2802KT) Reviewed

9

Design

9.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Ease of Use

9.0/10

Pros

  • 12 months mydlink cloud storage
  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Image quality

Cons

  • Price
  • No Apple HomeKit Support

We have covered a range of security cameras in the past and they all had one thing in common – you needed to have either a PoE network port or power point nearby. But what if you wanted a camera in the corner of your block, behind a tool shed where you have neither? You could go down the expensive path of digging a trench and having cables run or you could simply grab the D-Link Omna Wire-Free camera kit (DCS-2802KT). Like the Arlo, the Omna Wire-Free kit consists of satellite cameras that can be mounted literally anywhere outside (or inside) and are cable free.

When you buy the kit, you will get a Wi-Fi hub and two cameras. The hub transmits data from the cameras and up to D-Link’s cloud service, so you can see what’s happening from the convenience of your mobile phone. Another cool feature of the hub is the inclusion of a 100dB siren that can be motion or remotely triggered to scare off any unwanted visitors. Or use it as a very loud doorbell.

Easy to install

The D-Link OMNA Wire-Free camera is easy to install. You can install them in almost any non-submersible location you can think off. Being free of wires and having a magnetic back as well as the inclusion of wall mounts, you would really struggle to find somewhere it couldn’t be installed. For our testing we whacked the units directly onto a water pipe and shed wall. The magnetic backing held the cameras in position without any issue.

D-Link Omna Wire-Free mounted directly to down pipe

The Wi-Fi hub is installed indoors, connected to your internet router via a network patch lead and finally paired with a smart device using D-Link’s mydlink application. Simply load the app, add device and scan in the QR code on the back of the hub.

mydlink couldn’t be easier to install

You get complimentary 12 months of mydlink Cloud recording service for up to 5 cameras. As I already subscribed to the service, it automatically upgraded to the Pro service for 12 months.  

12 months mydlink cloud storage included

Water resistant

Now, I did mention above not to install this submersed. But that’s not to say the camera isn’t suited for outdoors, you just don’t want to install it underwater in a pool, pond or spa – it is not a GoPro. The Omna Wire-Free is IP65-Rated so it can take a good battering from the elements outside. Likewise, when you hold the camera you will notice how solid the unit feels.

Battery powered

The Omna Wire-Free cameras are powered by 6700 mAh rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. These batteries are rated to last for months before needing a recharge. Charging them are as easy as removing the protective cover and plugging in the supplied micro USB charger. Batteries are not removable, so you do need to take the camera to your charging point.

Compatibility with other devices

In addition to working with mydlink. The Omna Wire-Free kit (DCS-2802KT) can also work with Smart Home assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. However, currently no Apple HomeKit support. Similarly, using Google or Alexa, you can stream and cast your live video to a compatible TV using Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show, Echo Spot and Google Chromecast.

Works with popular smart assistants

Sample Picture Quality

Camera mounted directly to shed
Image quality during the day
Image quality at night

Final Thoughts

This is an excellent wire-free camera kit for both indoor and outdoor use to supplement an existing hardwired surveillance system.  If the supplied pair of cameras are not enough, you can expand the system to handle a total of four cameras. The water-resistant features, motion detection, and siren features are great for this category of camera.

You will also appreciate the ease of installation. Since the camera does not have any wires, you can install it without any external power source. The supplied mounting brackets make the process stress free.  The price is a tad on the high side, but this can be overlooked given the inclusion of the mydlink cloud for 12 months and siren feature on the hub.

The only thing we didn’t like was the extra-long name.

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