How to setup the D-Link DCS-5222L and use it with Sensr.net

D-link DCS 522L

D-link DCS 522L

The D-Link DCS-522L is one of the most popular cameras on amazon and is great of use with Sensr.net. The DCS-522L has a ton of great features like night vision and pan/tilt. It also records HD video which is an awesome plus. Setup is pretty much the same as all of the DCS-5000 series so this will look a lot like some of our other posts.

Why use Sensr.net?

D-Link has their own web-based viewing service called MyDlink. While this service does allow for remote viewing it does not record the feed. Sensr.net will automatically save up to a months worth of data on our servers so you can see what happens when you’re not looking. Sensr.net also has a bunch of other cool features so you can

Overview

  1. Setup your MyDlink Service
  2. Tell Sensr.net about your camera
  3. Tell your camera about Sensr.net

Step 1:  To setup the camera out of the box, just use the CD and instructions that come with the camera. Basically you’ll need to connect the camera to your router and run some software from the CD.  You’ll end up creating an account on the MyDlink site that will let you log into your camera through their website or using the MyDlink apps.  Once you have that setup, you’ll be able to log into your camera and change it’s configurations.  You’ll be able to see the camera’s configuration page which looks something like this:

D-Link DCS-930L Admin page configured on Sensr.net

DCS-930L Admin page

You can now make changes to your camera’s config through your browser. You don’t need to do anything else if you just want to view the camera live inside your home or through the MyDlink website. (There are other configs like wireless and image size, all of which you can get to through the web interface, I’m not going to cover them here.)

Add a New Camera to your Sensr.net Account

Step 2 Login to Sensr.net using your email and password.  If you don’t have an account, you can add one for free on the sign up page.  Once you’re logged in, just click the Add Camerabutton in green.

Click the green button.

Next you’ll see a page where you can set the camera’s title, the time zone, privacy, and model.  The Title should give you some sort of idea where your camera is just to keep you organized should you add more cameras. The time zone is necessary because it is used to create the day view of the archives.  Cameras are private by default, meaning only you can see them.  If you want your camera to be public, you can change that setting here.  The camera model just tells us what kind of camera you’re setting up.  In this case it would be a DCS-5222L.

Name your camera and give us some basic info about it.

Once you fill in the details and click the Next Step link we’ll generate some FTP credentials for you. You’ll need to put these into your camera in the next step. You’ll need the FTP Server, the Username, and the Password.

Keep this window open or copy and paste them somewhere since you’ll need them soon.  You can always find them later if you need them again or loose them.  They’ll be under the camera’s details page.

FTP credentials

 

Tell your Camera about Sensr.net

Step 3  Now you just need to let your camera know to start uploading to Sensr.net.  Go back to the page for your DCS-5222L.  You can get here by logging into MyDlink and clicking on the configuration link.  Click on “SETUP” on the top menu and then “FTP” on the side.  The page should be something like this:

DCS-5020L FTP setup page configured on Sensr.net

DCS-5020L FTP setup page

The red arrows above show the settings you need to configure.  Under Host Name copy and paste the FTP server name you got from Sensr.net.  Copy the user name and password as well.  Make sure to select “Passive Mode”,  we only support passive FTP on Sensr.net.

You also need to tell your camera to send images to Sensr.net on a schedule.  You do this by selecting the check box “Enable uploading to the FTP server” and confirm that “Always” and “1 Frames/Second”

are selected.    These are the defaults and seem to work well.  The other default’s for the file name are also well supported, so no reason to change them.

Make sure to click the “Save Settings” button at the top of the page.  Once you’ve done this, your DCS-5222L should be sending images to Sensr.net.

Now you are done. If you click next step on the Sensr.net page you should get to a page showing you your camera feed like this:

Success!

Now that you have the camera setup, you can do all sorts of things like:

If you have any problems or questions, just click the Feedback button on the right side of every Sensr.net page or send an email to info@sensr.net and ask us a question.  We usually respond quickly and try hard to get back within 24 hours at the latest.

Have fun!