The Omna 180 Cam HD (model: DSH-C310) is unlike any other home security cameras that D-Link has made. And I’m not just referring to its silver-gray cylindrical metal housing, which already is a departure from the black or white plastic that’s used on the company’s other network cameras. A lot of the Omna 180’s fame stems from the fact that it’s a HomeKit-enabled camera. In fact, it’s one of two HomeKit cameras confirmed to date, and at the time of this writing, the only one that has shipped.
For the uninitiated, HomeKit is Apple’s framework for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in the home. An accessory that wears the “Works with Apple HomeKit” badge, like the Omna 180, means that it has been tested and approved by Apple, and thus can be controlled securely with Apple’s own Home app that’s been been bundled with iOS since iOS 10. This whole HomeKit affair, which also requires an Apple-certified chip in the hardware, is the reason why D-Link has created a separate Omna range and a new app that goes by the same name.
The advantage of this Apple influence is evident right from the get-go. A quick scan of the HomeKit code is all that was needed to pair the Omna 180 with my iPhone and get it onto my network. This is in stark contrast to the 15-minute spells that I typically spent when configuring D-Link’s other cameras, which often involved switching between different networks and/or a trip to a web interface.
Once set up, the Omna 180 appeared in the Apple Home app on my iPhone, and all my other iOS devices signed into the same iCloud account. Just like any other HomeKit hardware accessory, it can be moved into a different “room” in the app for better organization. A quick glance of the thumbnail, which is an image grab of what the camera is seeing that's refreshed every 60 seconds, is usually all I need to do to find out if everything’s okay; and if I need to see a bigger picture or activate the built-in microphone (the camera supports 2-way audio), I can tap it to go full-screen and reveal more controls.
(By the way, the camera’s motion sensor appeared as a separate device in the Home app, but that isn’t uncommon for multi-function home automation devices. When I moved it or the camera to another room, the other would follow, which makes sense.)