Trendnet Megapixel Wireless N Day / Night Internet Camera (TV-IP572WI)

10/9/2012 2:37:14 PM

Available for around $160 from many etailers, TRENDnet’s latest home IP camera offers several extras over common home cams, most notably 1,280 x 800 native resolution, 802.11n up to 150Mbps, one-touch WPS setup, a microSD card slot (for local image storage in case of interrupted connectivity), four integrated infrared lamps for night vision, and two-way mic/speaker audio. We found the mic to be impressively sensitive and a great surveillance addition to help compensate for not having motorized pan/tilt/zoom capabilities.

Description: Trendnet Megapixel Wireless N Day / Night Internet Camera (TV-IP572WI)

Trendnet Megapixel Wireless N Day / Night Internet Camera (TV-IP572WI)

The TV-IP572WI’s image controls available through its internal web server are comprehensive and let you fine-tune scenes, including slow shutter options for low-light conditions. For complete darkness, we found that the TV- IP572WI’s built-in IR lamps provided enough illumination to show detail in people out to a distance of 10 to 12 feet.

TRENDnet’s built-in web server and options pages cover all of the features we could ask, including UPnP compatibility, four configurable video profiles (selecting 264 or MPEG-4, resolution, frames per second, bit rate, and other variables), and draw area motion detection zones. We were quite glad for this and used the web server’s live view almost exclusively, as it was easier to use than TRENDnet’s bundled SecurView Pro app. Thankfully, TRENDnet’s patient tech support guided us through SecurView Pro’s IP address, port, and setup options. If you have multiple TRENDnet cameras, you’ll want SecurView to help manage them through a single console.

Description: Trendnet Megapixel Wireless N Day / Night Internet Camera (TV-IP572WI)

If you dislike the hassle of Dynamic DNS setup and port forwarding, you’ll find TRENDnet’s free SecurView Pro app for iOS or Android a refreshing dose of ease and simplicity. Finger swipes control digital panning and tilting, and pinching controls digital zoom. You can toggle between multiple cameras, take one-touch snapshots, and enjoy the TV-IP572WI’s two-way audio capabilities.

The TV-IP572WI provides image quality that’s good enough for its price, but the wealth of features here make this a very competitive, high-value surveillance tool.


Price: $209.99

Manufacturer: TRENDnet

Website: www.trendnet.com

Specs: Sensor: 1/4-inch CMOS; Focus depth: 20 cm to infinity; View: 51.8 degrees horizontal, 33.8 degrees vertical; Zoom: 4x digital; Network: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n; Antenna: 2 dBi internal; Security: 1


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