• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup, decent monitoring but needs work from D-Link

    • Written by Clarence C from Calgary

    For what is worth, this camera does provide easy monitoring with motion detection and alerts. However, I will not be purchasing more to add to my HomeKit setup. If I didn't miss the last return date, I would have returned it... :)

    My Omn has firmware 1.3.

    [Pros]
    Easy to setup. HomeKit integration. It does work for the most part. Loud and clear speaker when you talk remotely. Audio streaming to iPhone/iPad over LTE is decent.

    [Cons]
    In the Home app, you get to see a snapshot from the camera. Tapping on it brings you to Live view. *If* you get a motion alert though, the image sent in Notification is not the motion detected snapshot but the last viewed snapshot. (D-Link blamed my home Wi-Fi network for this issue which is ridiculous and inaccurate.) So this makes alert useless (for me anyway) unless you go into Live View.

    Even if you are just opening the Home app, the snapshot shown with the "seconds" count up is not the latest snapshot. From my test since I purchased this camera on Oct 20 (today is Nov 18), it usually takes 20-60+ seconds for Home app to display the "latest" snapshot from the camera whether I am at home or away.

    The motion triggered video clips recorded to the SD card are only meant to play on iPhone/iPad app according to D-Link support. There is no audio codec for playing on the computer. Video plays fine but without sound.

    SD Playback often freezes the Omna app. I have had to power-cycle the camera to continue playback recorded video clips.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Remote Access Away From Home

    • Written by Ian M from LONDON

    Good camera ... but ... if you don't have Apple TV & you want to access your camera remotely while you're away on holiday you cannot take your iPad away with you too.
    In other words, you can use your iPad as a Home Hub (instead of Apple TV) but then the iPad has to stay in your property ... see Apple support article support.apple.com ref. HT207057, which states "The device that you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.".
    When I'm away for a few days I typically take my phone & also my iPad with me ... if you don't have Apple TV then taking both your phone + iPad with you means you cannot access your camera remotely ...
    You'd either need to a) leave your iPad at home, b) buy Apple TV, or c) buy / use another iPad as a home hub, in order to access the camera remotely.
    At least, that's what I'm finding so far ... you cannot simply triangulate phone to Omna Cloud to Camera over the Internet.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    update fail

    • Written by Faraz B from Doc

    in between update power failed and after that the omna180hd wont connet to ios anymore the light is still red and wont connet anter reset anymore whats should do ?

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    connection problems

    • Written by alexei K from montreal

    Some useful info for people who can't connect the cam.
    - If you're using timed access based on your devices' MAC addresses, the camera will not connect
    - If you use DHCP with fixed IPs or fixed IPs only, it's likely not connect

    Solutions: (1) Sacrifice your MAC filtering (that's what I did - set "Everyday-All Day" access ON) and (2) let it connect to the first IP it finds itself (this may eventually lead to IP conflicts on your LAN but you may try to extend your IP range to minimize impact).

    I'll try to figure out how to let it connect with MAC filtering at least. I'll post if I find a solution.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't upgrade firmware 1.3

    • Written by Dung B from Singapore

    Recent days it popped up a note told me to upgrade firmware to 1.3, after I pressed ok it took forever to complete downloading. Thanks goodness after cancel upgrading it still work with 1.0 firmware. Hope D-link will fix this soon for Android version only works with 1.3 firmware.

    I use my ipad as homehub, sometimes my 2 year old son turn off bluetooth / wifi on this ipad and then I cant access remotely.

    In case of eletricity off and then on, my wifi router and all devices restart, and their wifi IPs may change or conflick, only reconnect my Ipad to wifi network could help the camera work again.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product

    • Written by James A from Euless

    DO NOT UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE!!!! This causes the camera to be unusable.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but with irritating "flaws".

    • Written by Rolf N from Sollefteå

    Yes, some of the reviews states that you can´t connect to your iPhone unless you´re on the same network. If you are a lucky owner of an Apple TV you can actually watch through the camera app while away from home. Sorry to say my camera didn't´t make it when I installed the firmware upgrade to 1.3. It hung up when installing. Could not reset it. And the camera could not connect to my wi-fi. Sent the camera back to D-link here in Sweden and little more than a week later my new camera arrived today. I have now tried to install the firmware for a second time. And I'm sorry to say that the installation aborted in the middle of the installation process. This time however, I managed to reset the camera and I could install the camera as a new product again. Don´t know why I have this problem. But maybe my internet provider Telia and the Thomson router they sent me is part of the problem. In a few weeks I will change my internet provider and will upgrade my router then I´ll try to install the new firmware again. Apart from this problem the camera does what it is supposed to do.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it ok but not as espected

    • Written by Juan F from Beverly Hills

    I have several security wifi cameras in my wifi network...this d-link camera works, but is too slow to get the image.
    when I open the app from the other cameras (not apple homeki) they open fast...this takes like 10 seconds more.
    actually all apple homekit is slow, when you have all your house connected, updated on the status takes forever
    image qality is ok, no zoom but is decent. would be great being able to ajust the wide angle so if you dont need that much, i dont loose qality

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    meets expectations

    • Written by Walker F from Mansfield

    I bought this camera the first day it was available at my local apple store. I'm a typical early adopter so the lack of features are no surprise. It installed and setup easily. Works perfect in apple homekit app which was my reason for buying it. The fish eye effect is very extreme, but if positioned well the images are very clear and the 180 view angle is useful. My biggest concern and complaint is this thing is hot!!! Very hot to the touch and sometimes unable to be viewed until unplugged and restarted.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good enough yet with so much potential

    • Written by Ben W from Greenhithe, Kent

    The good:
    180° field of view is insane! See your whole room, no really!
    Video can be recorded to an SD card which is accessible on your iPhone even when you're away provided you have an AppleTV (4th Gen). 2 full days of HD video has taken up 1% of my 128GB microSD card which cost less than £40. For security, your video is not sent to anyone's servers too.
    The night vision is epic with 2 powerful IR LEDs. It easily lights up the whole room in pitch black darkness. Look out for objects in the foreground that may reflect the IR light causing the image to go dark.
    A long power lead gives flexibility with positioning
    There are multiple options for HomeKit automation. Motion sensing offers good control with a 9 segment choice of where to detect movement within the camera's field of view. A hidden gem comes if you use a 3rd party app like 'Eve' (from Elgato) as you can set sound (noise) thresholds to trigger a HomeKit scene too.

    The bad:
    No wall mount available to accurately position the camera from high in the room looking down.
    Recording to SD results in hundreds of 20 second clips throughout the day. Very hard to navigate your footage.
    When motion is sensed, lighting scenes can be triggered, but setting omna to turn them off when motion is no longer sensed is awful. Lights turn on for about 2 seconds and turn off and then it won't respond until the 'retrigger' timer has elapsed (say for 30 seconds). This bug REALLY needs addressing to make it a usable HomeKit motion sensor.

    I'd like to see the ability to view a time lapse of the day and for the video to be stitched together into larger time chunks than 20 seconds. It'd be great if you could skim through time lapse footage and where you stop you can play your footage and skip forward and back through all the footage. I hate that the video is recorded as 20 second clips. I won't be returning mine in the hope the software improves.

    37 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought to document market for HomeKit Camera

    • Written by Michael D from Palm Springs

    I've used Nest cameras for years… the image quality is excellent and the options are wonderful, including off-site video storage. But there is no integration with HomeKit… and there never will be because Google has started up their own "smart home" operation. I bought the OMNA Cam to show that there IS a market for a camera that's HomeKit compatible. The OMNA Cam is limited… the image quality is marginal, there is no zoom capability, video storage is limited to an SD card in the camera body, motion sensing is nice but minimal, HomeKit integration is easy and excellent. There is a LOT of room for improvement, much like the very first "DropCam". But that is to be expected… D-Link needs encouragement to improve their product. Buying the camera can provide that, I hope…

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Generally good, but lacks basics

    • Written by Michael R from Seattle

    The setup is easy, and the notifications have been pretty accurate. It detects a wide gamut of movement (though it's hard to see detail on the Apple Watch). My main problem, as others have noted, is that there is no way to only have motion detection on when you are away, and not have it on at home, unless you go into the Omna app and manually turn it on and off. This sort of defeats the purpose of having the Homekit integration. There is no way to control turning motion detection on or off in the Home app itself. Hopefully this is coming in an update and they just rushed to be the first ones on the market with Homekit integration.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    From Canary to D-Link

    • Written by Chris W from Colorado Springs

    I made the jump mainly for my HomeKit hobby. The setup is easy, UI is okay, took some figuring out for the notifications. I hope improvements and new features are added (i.e., Home-Away mode, viewable thumbnails from SD saves). It is kind of hard going from a Canary to the Omna as Canary had everything I wanted except for a monthly subscription and no HomeKit support. Here's to hoping the Omna gets some additional features, and soon!

    110 of 131 people found this useful