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Item#: N82E16881102032

TRENDnet Wireless-G IP Camera with 1 detachable antenna / 1-Way Audio / MAX Resolution 640x480 (TV-IP121W)

  • MJPEG Video Compression
  • 16 ft Night Vision CMOS Camera
  • Motion detection and scheduled recording
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The SecurView Wireless Day/Night Internet Camera (model TV-IP121W) transmits real-time high quality video over the Internet. See and hear people in your camera's viewing field in complete darkness for distances up to 5 meters (16 feet) from any Internet connection. Manage of up to 16 cameras with complimentary SecurView camera management software. This stylish Internet camera provides crystal clear MJPEG video streams over a secure encrypted wireless connection. Mount the camera on most surfaces with an included mounting kit. Advanced software features motion detection recording, email alerts, scheduled recordings, video viewing options and digital zoom. The camera's brilliant image quality, compact size, audio support and night vision capability make it ideal for your home or office.


Learn more about the TRENDnet TV-IP121W

Model

Brand
TRENDnet
Model
TV-IP121W

Spec

Type
Wireless Camera
Connection Type
RJ45
Wireless Standard
IEEE 802.11b/g
Wireless Frequency
2.412 - 2.484Ghz
Wireless Antenna
1 x 2dBi detachable Reverse SMA connector
Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Digital Zoom 3x
Sensor
1/4" color CMOS sensor
MAX Resolution
640 x 480
Frame Rate
up to 30fps
Lens Type
Focal Length: 4.5mm
F/No: F2.8 (Board Lens)
Security
64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
Night Vision
Yes
Audio
Built-in omni-directional microphone
Sensitivity: -48dB +/- 3dB (5 meters max)
Frequency: 50~16000Hz
Codec: PCM
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
Power
5V DC, 2.5A external power adapter

Feature

Features
Infrared lens enables night vision for distances up to 5 meters (16 feet)
Supports still image snapshot to FTP and email
Record streaming video to your computer
Supports TCP/IP networking, SMTP email and HTTP
Motion detection and scheduled recording
Control two adjustable motion detection windows with just-in-time snapshot and email notification capabilities
Supports time stamp overlay
Hear people in your camera's viewing area through your computer
Quick Universal Plug and Play installation
Complimentary SecurView software: view and record up to 16 SecurView cameras simultaneously
Complimentary SecurView software: supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 operating systems

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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5 out of 5 eggsImpressed

Pros: Android app works well (search for SecureView in the market)
Night vision works pretty well
Config was simple (see cons about ActiveX plugin)
Java applet for viewing on any cross-platform browser
Video settings like IR sensitivity, frame rate, resolution, brightness, contrast, saturation, and light frequency
One-way sound

Cons: Three features require an ActiveX plugin, meaning one must use Internet Explorer for those three features. They are: administratively configuring the screen areas to monitor for motion detection, zooming in and out while watching the picture, and enabling sound while watching the picture. All other areas of setup can be done through Firefox/Chrome/etc.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this camera for our second home despite mediocre reviews here and on other sites. Other reviews reported instability, especially when connected over wireless. Some even stated it would not work with WPA2, despite the spec saying otherwise. Trendnet's site had new firmware (V1.1.0.29), released 10/2010, so I suspected some of the reviews pre-dated that firmware release. I loaded that firmware as soon as I unboxed this so cannot confirm whether the shipping firmware was the source of others' problems. I have mine running wireless (WPA2-PSK w/ AES) with a static IP, UPnP disabled and a static port forwarding rule on my router, NTP using 0.pool.ntp.org, and with motion detection set up to email me through my SMTP server on another box. (Note that it must send all mail through an external SMTP server; it does support SMTP AUTH so most ISPs will work.) This is my first network camera so I don't have much to compare against, but I'm pleased with this purchase.

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  • JESSE J.
  • 3/6/2011 10:04:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat camera, strong IR LEDs

Pros: Good image quality for 640x480 (resolution isn't everything!), both day and night. When the camera is focused properly, images are very crisp and the subject is clear enough for my user (who is legally blind) to perceive and understand.

Seems to get very good wifi reception; it can reach a USB dongle (using an ad-hoc network) on the second floor from down in the basement!

The FTP upload functionality is also nice, and works as advertised once you get past the somewhat obscure labeling of some of the options regarding the FTP upload setup.

For the most part, does what we need it to do and does it well!

Cons: IP address configuration is screwy -- no separate configuration for wired/wireless; if you set the IP for the wired network, it tries to use the same IP on wireless!

Wireless security doesn't seem very cooperative and doesn't support WPA2, only WPA. Couldn't get it to connect to an old Mac running Panther/10.3.9 with WPA or even just WEP enabled, had to use an open network. Will be getting a router soon, hopefully everything will play nice with an AP network versus ad-hoc.

Other Thoughts: Most of the issues I have with this camera could probably be addressed with a firmware update (assuming the hardware is capable of managing two separate network configurations for the different connections).

The IR LEDs are also intensely bright, which caused a lot of glare in the close-range application (~6 inches) we're using it in. While playing around with it though, those IR LEDs seemed to provide pretty good illumination range in the dark (objects clearly visible at 10+ feet). I made a little cardboard "horseshoe" and taped it over the IR LEDs, and the IR light that spills out around the edges of it is enough to light up the subject at close range.

Also, don't forget to play with the focus ring on the camera lens if you're getting a blurry image! More than once, we'd think there was something wrong with the camera, then realize the focus ring had gotten bumped -- tweaked it a little and got our sharp picture back!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/7/2011 6:57:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Image quality is great. You can make out faces and people if needed. Some cameras are so bad that they are worthless, but using this is a surveillance camera is what it is really for. It does a good job at that. The web interface works great and the motion triggers and emails that it sends react very well.

Cons: Maybe more powerfull IR LEDs but you can always remedy that with an IR flood light.

Other Thoughts: Deffinitly worth it. Does its job quite well for the price.

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  • Frederic M.
  • 6/3/2010 6:58:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked for 1 hour

Pros: Excellent: Picture quality.
Excellent: Responsiveness
Excellent: Six-bulb IR light (good only for about 10 ft)
Excellent: Looks. Shiny. Pretty. Sleek.

Cons: Poor: Stability. Have to constantly reset after 1 hr. Each time reset, the host name is not retained after 15 minutes - it simply disappears from the network. After the seventh reset, the camera no longer resets.

Other Thoughts: Arrived last night. Returning it this morning. Wasted much time on this.

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