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TRENDnet has been on my radar for a few months now with their low cost IP cameras, PoE capabilities, and green initiatives.
The TRENDnet TV-IP262P is a Power over Ethernet Dome Internet camera. I do have a fondness for companies who use very little packaging material, and the TV-IP262P was snugly positioned in it’s box with a simple cardboard frame. The IP camera itself is a medium sized plastic dome and included a clear dome cover, Cat5 cable, a power supply, mounting screws, and a packet of instructions with a drill template and the TRENDnet installation software.
The camera was advertised as compatible with both PC and Mac, yet I tried it on a PC first. The installation CD was easy to use by walking me right through the process. I plugged the Cat5 cable into the TRENDnet TRE-T88g PoE+ Switch and in no time I had the camera up and running. I will say if you already have an existing system and are running your cameras on Milestone or ExacqVision software, this might not be the camera for you. Neither company’s software was recognizing the TV-IP262P.
The TRENDnet TV-IP262P had a great picture with excellent light balance so the shadowed areas are brightened and the bright areas are toned down. Details were easily identifiable with the smooth resolution and frame rate. The easy-to-navigate web browser made it simple to set up video motion detection areas, create a recording schedule, configure, decide where recordings and snapshots will be stored/sent to, and more. The physical appearance of the camera is clean with easy access to the power, mic in/line out, and a SD card slot.
Since everything worked so smoothly, I decided to pull up the feed on my MacBook. It’s a long story involving a lot of download time, Java not displaying, restarting, etc, basically it just ended up making my head hurt. After an hour, the only thing that worked was the ibuprofen I took for the headache. I’m sure if I wanted to take the time to Google it, I’d get it working, but instead I just called it quits.
TRENDnet does have an app available for their Internet Cameras. SecurView Mobile is available for free download at the App Store or Google Play. It was super simple to use–I just typed in the IP address, port number, username and password, gave it a title and after a few seconds of refreshing, the feed was up and running on my iPhone. So, you know, a point to TRENDnet for flawless execution of getting it up and running.
The TRENDnet TV-IP262P was incredibly easy to install and came with everything necessary to get it up and running with an excellent picture. If you’re looking for a camera that will be filming indoors in good light, this is going to be a great low cost solution. I’m really impressed with it!