D-Link DVC-1000 i2eye review:

D-Link DVC-1000 i2eye

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D-Link DVC-1000 i2eye

(Part #: DVC-1000) Released: Jan 15, 2003
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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Works without a PC; no long-distance or service fees; simple setup and operation.

The Bad No built-in wireless support; directory service may require router reconfiguration; video quality could be better.

The Bottom Line The DVC-1000 is an easy-to-use videoconferencing option for broadband users who don't want to be tethered to their PCs.

7.5 Overall

<p class="u2">Videoconferencing has long been restricted to niche markets such as White House national-security briefings, corporate boardrooms, and reruns of <i>The Jetsons.</i> D-Link's DVC-1000 i2eye videophone may change all that. This $300 standalone device lets you make video-enabled calls over a broadband Internet connection--no PC required.</p> <p class="u2">The silver-colored, plastic DVC-1000 is low-slung and slightly larger than a VHS videotape, designed to sit unobtrusively on top of your TV. The back-panel Ethernet port provides a connection to your network; to go wireless, consider buying an Ethernet-to-wireless bridge, such as D-Link's own <a href="/D_Link_Ethernet_to_Wireless_Bridge/4505-3304_7-20281152.html?tag=txt">DWL-810+</a>. Also on the back are standard monaural-audio and composite-video outputs that link to the television. </p> <p class="u2">A small, centered lens takes in all the action, while either the built-in mike or an external one connected via minijack handles half-duplex, speakerphone-style audio input. Attaching an ordinary telephone facilitates superior full-duplex interaction and easy dialing. You can maneuver through the onscreen menus with the included simple wireless remote.</p> <div id="incontent-ad-58dcc8f740af7" class="ad-incontent-ad" data-ad="incontent-ad" > <script> window.console && console.log && console.log("ADS: queuing incontent-ad-58dcc8f740af7 for display"); var cbsiGptDivIds = cbsiGptDivIds || []; cbsiGptDivIds.push("incontent-ad-58dcc8f740af7"); </script> </div> <p class="u2">Because the DVC-1000 operates independently of a computer, setup requires no software or remote programming from a connected PC, though initially, you may have to adjust your router or corporate firewall. The onscreen guide takes you through the process step by step in just a few minutes. </p>

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