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TRENDnet TV-IP262P Review

TRENDnet has been on my radar for a few months now with their low cost IP cameras, PoE capabilities, and green initiatives.

TV-IP262P camera

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.

TrendNet TV-IP262P

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.

A Screen Shot of the Live Viewing web browser from TRENDnet.

A Screen Shot of the Live Viewing web browser from TRENDnet.

Under the Setup/Motion Detection Tab.  The browser was very user friendly!

Under the Setup/Motion Detection Tab. The browser was very user friendly!

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.

Checking out the color contrast between my living room and the winter-y scene outside on both the laptop and iPhone.

Checking out the color contrast between my living room and the winter-y scene outside on both the laptop and iPhone.

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!

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2 comments on “TRENDnet TV-IP262P Review

  1. John A. Berrios
    February 20, 2013

    Actually, the SecurView Mobile app, has recently been upgraded. It is now called SecurView Pro. The biggest improvement you’ll find is the ability to dispay multiple cameras. The app runs much cleaner than the previous version, but, too many to mention here.
    With regards to which type of computer the cameras support, PC’s allow viewing and configuring via an IE browser whereas Mac browsers only allow viewing of the video stream (not quite sure why you had such a hard time getting the stream to work though).

    • TaylorHamp
      February 20, 2013

      Thanks for the update John! I’m really not certain why I had such trouble either. I probably could have Googled it and found my problem, that’s usually my solution when I get stuck, but by that point my stomach was starting to growl 🙂 The stopping point for any test!

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