D-Link announces cloud-based cams

Home surveillance cameras that can be controlled from any device will be relased in early April, the company has announced.

Home surveillance cameras that can be controlled from any device have been released by D-Link this month, the company has announced.

The cameras, D-Link routers and D-Link cloud storage will all be accessible and controllable while users are off-site.

The cloud service is a personal, secured service that cannot be shared with others unless they have your username and password, although the company said it would look into creating permissions if tehre was customer demand.

"You're really relating your own personal environment," D-Link's ANZ marketing director, Maurice Famolaro, said at a Gold Coast IT event.

Users can view the camera feed through the Mydlink service, available as an app for mobile devices, and some cameras will support speakers so customers can speak to those in front of the lens.

"So you can tell the dog off," Famolaro said.

"It's pretty cool. Little bit of Big Brother."

If users see something they do not like - Famolaro used the example of a parent whose child refused to get off the PlayStation - they can log into the router through the Mydlink app and cut off the connected device.

Customers can also monitor data usage through the service.

Users will have to have a D-Link device that can bind to the Mydlink service, but customers do not have to buy a D-Link router to get the camera to work.

D-Link was unable to tell PC World much about the company's cloud storage service, but it will also be accessible and controllable from the app.

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