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Pros: Supports PoE or a direct 12v hookup ( it is clearly noted that a 12v supply is NOT included)
Fully weatherproof Ethernet connection
Solid dome weatherproofing using torx attachment screws to deter tampering ( wrench provided)
Moisture Absorbent packet installed in dome-nice touch
Great Night Vision Illumination
Tamper proof ( to a point there are software triggers, no physical switch)
THREE year warranty-----out-standing
Trendnet view pro included, could save you thousands of bucks on a large install.
Cons: Motion Detection basically unusable
Software selections confusing and buggy
Price Point. MSRP is high, often discounted
App Software for iOs has operational issues
Learning curve is steep
I spent far more time then I cared to trying to get this product to fill my simple needs of watching a door and reporting when somebody appeared. I got notices every time a bug flew thru the field of view, sensitivity control seemed to be all or nothing.
Motion sensing would stop at random, requiring a reboot
Software would often crash camera when reviewing captured video
I've got more then enough to say here...I'll continue to the next field....
I have lots of cameras around my home. I use a mix of systems including some PoE IP cameras, a couple of cloud based single cameras and an old analog system, So I consider myself pretty well versed in this area.
The TV-IP321pi is a solid dome camera, but there are too many gotchas to suggest that anybody below the “ I am an expert” attempt to integrate this camera into a bigger system or even use it as a single security camera
Trendnet Supplies a pretty potent bit of software for this product called Trendnet View pro. Has support for up to 32 cameras and it’s the type of product somebody would find useful managing a dozen or more cameras spread out in a large facility. It’s a number one reason to go with Trendnet products, similar products cost quite a bit (you would be surprised). However there is one important fact that ANYBODY considering this particular product should know.
Trendnet has a couple of camera product lines. This particular line is NOT cloud based. In simple terms, you CAN get it to work outside your home network, but it requires above average skills networking.
It is however well documented on the Trendnet website as to which cameras are supported by which versions of their software.
From my 20 years’ experience is software, I can tell you that managing three teams developing three variants of a package is an absolute nightmare. Having the same team working on three variants is EVEN WORSE. Then the App teams.
Work with more than one class of Trendnet products and you’ll get frustrated fast.
Overall Review: continued....
DDNS support was expanded from what a previous reviewer encountered. Now supporting both Dyn and No-IP services. I set my camera up with the dyn service and was able to access the camera image on my iphone when outside of my home network. Had to dink around with the sub-stream settings and the iOs app was constantly claiming the video is in the wrong format for the first twenty minutes or so, then no problems at all. Odd. I ended up getting better results with the sub stream image set to mjpeg 352*240 variable b/r medium quality and 10 frames per second. That should save somebody a few hours.
The Android version of the Trendnet app appeared to be far more stable with rock solid video feeds from inside the home network. My android phone isn’t used as a telephone. So I cannot comment how well it does outside the home network. I would expect it to be fine. My HP tablet had too old of a version of the android OS to allow the install.
Considering the erratic email notifications (when you can get them work reliably and not start to cry wolf (sends and image (and lots of them) when there is no obvious intrusion into the detection zone) and I’d say again that as a manned surveillance product, great, to expect notifications when the kids come home or UPS drops a package, not so reliable.
You always want to upgrade the firmware in a camera system to the latest version before you install it. Do a hard reset on the hardware itself after updating the firmware. I had unreliable operation of this system until I did a hard reset after updating the firmware. Getting the firmware update in was painless. Some obvious UI improvements, most notably the “Test” button for the email setup to attempt to send out mail. Still a long way from finished if anybody asks me.
The MSRPt is on the high side of dome cameras, couple this with the various issues I encountered and I can again only suggest this camera as expansion to an existing network of Trendnet camera products.
It has great potential, but software issues hobble the camera to the point I would have returned it.
I have the opinion that this product line is best suited for experienced IT and system people. A novice will be brought to tears setting up access to NAS/Samba file storage (no storage on the device itself). It took almost an hour to prepare a 64GB flash drive sitting in my TP-Link Talon router’s USB3 slot. Frustrating that it appeared “Stuck” at 88%, while it was continuing to write files to the flash drive. Imagine how much time I wasted dinking around with all that stuff. I had been using the flash drive for installers and such beforehand with no problems.
I’ll give the Trendnet IP321 three eggs for an outstanding image quality and night vision illumination and the basic product design. Software issues however are serious and severely limits what I would suggest you use the particular camera for. Perhaps in the next rev, they will finally get it right, but until then, carefully consider why you want this particular camera.
I was going to rate this product poor. I’ll have to take a little of the blame here, but the Trendnet developers sure appear to make a whole lot of assumptions about user skill levels and didn’t provide much in the way of guidance (by example would have helped lots) or perhaps a simple explanation why a NAS device has to be “formatted” before the IP321-pi could save video to it. Not formatted, it just has to set up its file system. All other data on the drive can remain
Solid hardware by a committed company. I’m sure whatever firmware issues made my life difficult will get resolved up to the cameras end of life status arrives. The firmware needs a lot of work. Sorry Trendnet, but I depend on and rely on consistent and reliable operation for email and motion notifications
Good software values if you run a Trendnet camera system, you could hang a dozen of these around your property and have all the video feeds running displaying on a large monitor, just like you’ve seen in Hollywood surveillance rooms. That alone is worth the price of admission, as a good surveillance camera management package can run well over a thousand bucks.
I’d say for an Average Joe who just wants to know when somebody was at his front door for whatever reason, look into offerings by other vendors.
Don’t buy because of a deep discount makes something look like a deal. Read the reviews and come to your own conclusions. My conclusion is that since I need reliable motion notifications, I cannot use this product for its intended purpose. I’ll be watching for the next firmware update, hopefully I can give this camera a couple of more eggs after that happens.
Pros: Very easy camera to setup. I was able to get the camera configured and running through the web interface in under 15 minutes. The "Pro" software is not too bad, and it appears stable (see other notes about this as well) The camera's water / weather resistance seems good, I subjected it to a few tests including setting it in 3" of water (though I do not recommend this, it's not rated for submersion but it stood up to it. I suspect over time submersion would lead to water ingress and damage the camera, but for a short test it was fine, which should mean it would stand up to a downpour of rain with ease). The picture quality and frame rate for the cost of the camera is good. You can view it on your phone when you configure it and your network correctly. Low light performance was very good and in the dark with the IR illumination in the camera it kept very good picture quality. The camera offers both the option to either run from a local power supply or to run from power over Ethernet. The software that comes bundled with it has decent record options and quality as well as some options to assure that the machine recording the camera's stream is stable and running. The camera is not based on cloud services (which for most is a good thing, though some people might find configuring it a little more difficult). The mounting for this camera seems very sturdy and the case comes apart in an interesting fashion, rubber gaskets where you expect them, a nice internal strap that keeps you from dropping the housing when installing or servicing it, overall decent construction.
Cons: The camera does not come with a power supply, so unless you plan to use it with power over Ethernet (POE), you will need to buy a 12v adapter for it (or a POE injector, which needs to be 12v or auto sensing). The software, while I was able to get it running with only skimming the manual, for most people might not be very intuitive and might take some time to learn. The camera's "Pro" software that comes bundled with it by default has a watchdog that will reboot your system when resources get low and affect record quality and stability, the con here is that it's on by default and gives you no warning, so if this is your desktop machine you'll be confused when it closes out everything you are working on and reboots the machine ( most people would dedicate a separate machine to record the camera, but home users might not )
Overall Review: This camera, for the price, is not bad at all. The bundled software claims it can view and record up to 32 cameras. This camera seems to be independent from "The Cloud" which I personally like, though some many want this feature, I am glad that it's not. I have tested other cameras that run via "The Cloud" and they have some annoying and almost detrimental shortcomings because of this. The software has some nice features, but can cause issues until you read the manual and configure things that it does by default, like the system watchdog. I was rather pleased with the camera and ran it in some harsh conditions for 2 weeks just to put it through it's paces. I plan to set it up somewhere around my home and if I have any future issues I plan to come back and make another review where enough details or information warrants it. I was very happy with this camera and I am currently demonstrating it to my boss at work, to get a few and test them out on a larger scale, which would let me put the DVR software it comes with through it's paces as well. If that happens I will come back and give an updated review, but for now I feel that it's a good camera and for the price, I could not ask for more.
Minor Update: I am now using these cameras in a Business Environment and I am still very happy with them.
Pros: The camera is built with good quality. The feel of the camera is that this camera can last when outdoors.
The resolution is pretty decent for the price.
The camera is reasonably small for the size and easy to hide, yet get a decent camera view of the area.
After the software is installed, the camera functions really well.
Cons: The software to set this camera up is absolutely in desperate need to be sent back to the drawing board. The software has no easy to use wizard to set this up. It actually takes some time and knowledge to configure.
The amount of time to configure the software to get this to work was a big pain. When you get this, make sure you have a good 30 minutes to work with the software to set this up properly.
Overall Review: Would I buy this again, knowing the software has improved- YES! Until the software is improved upon, I would not recommend this product. But since this review is on the camera itself, and not the software. Even though the software is used with the camera, I did not knock off any more than one egg for frustration as it was able to be setup properly and function.
Pros: Has decent quality video (960p).
Has motion detection for security.
~80' of decent quality night vision.
Can use mobile App to view live feed.
Overall offers good security options compared to similarly priced networked cameras.
Cons: Comes with no DC power adapter.
Comes with no PoE(Power over Ethernet) switch.
Had/have to run setup and any management through Windows based system because there is no support for Linux OS.
Very short Ethernet & power cable built-in.
Cutout for built-in Ethernet cable is larger width than cable, allowed ants to build a nest inside mount within 1 week of use.
Overall Review: Pretty much comes as a dead device. There is no option for providing power included in the packaging. Make sure you already own or purchase a power-over-ethernet switch setup or the "optional" DC power adapter from TrendNet.
If you are using Linux based systems you will have to find something else or maybe create a partition for a Windows install on your system to run setup and control software.
When doing initial install make sure to caulk or puddy mount's cable inlet totally shut. Did not take long for ants to invade and start building a nest inside the mount. The ants appear to be attracted to the camera like some other electrical devices.
Pros: - Solid construction
- Nice lens angles
- Easy Setup (see other thoughts)
- PoE or optional power supply powered camera
- Software feels premium compared to other manufacturers
- Mounting hardware and template included
Overall Review: I mounted this thing on the back of my house. Installation was a breeze and only took about 15 minutes. Once mounted I ran an ethernet cable to the PoE injector I was using. I used a TP-LINK TL-PoE150S PoE Injector and it worked great.
The red LED lit up and I was ready to set up the software. When using the CD, I could never get it to detect the camera. So i decided to access my router and find the internal IP address. I was able to access the software on the camera by punching in the IP address (similar to accessing your router). I then installed the TRENDnetVIEW Pro software. The software had no problem finding the camera and allowed me to configure a lot of settings (PTZ, etc). The software is really impressive and I was expecting something much more watered down. The software also easily detected a TRENDnet TV-IP851WIC that I had connected to the network. NICE!
Other than powering the device with an Ethernet cable via PoE, I wanted to try out the optional plug for an adapter. Oddly I had an adapter for a Netgear switch that matched perfectly (size, volts, amps) and gave it a shot. It powered the device up immediately and I was able to access the camera with ease. This is a nice added option for those that don't have a PoE enabled switch or injector.
Adjusting the camera is a manual task and is super easy. TRENDnet included a Torq screw driver to pull the weather proof dome off of the body of the camera and to make manual changes to the camera's position (panning and tilting).
I get good wide angles with this device and "night vision" looks pretty good. I don't think it's as far as what is claimed by TRENDnet, but still is far better than what I was expecting. Video quality it awesome and the ability to record direct to a share or NAS is a nice addition.
Overall this is an awesome PoE outdoor/indoor camera. The software is great for managing your cameras and the video quality is terrific. Nice job TRENDnet.
Pros: Video quality
Motion Detection notification.
Weather proof Ethernet connector
Cons: Lens angle better suited for indoor use, seems a little wide for outdoor distances. IR leds work better indoors.
Overall Review: This little camera is a powerhouse packed with configurable features. My personal favorite was the ability to record straight to a password protected NAS share. The video quality (set to highest) was pleasantly surprising. Settings for privacy overlay and customizable date/time were easy to use. IP filtering, snmp, it can even initiate a PPoE session lol. Events are nice, sends emails based on motion detection. Video quality/bitrate is very adjustable. Just lots of options for everything. Chassis feels sturdy. Used VLC to connect to it's RTSP stream, flawless.
Pros: It works as described. 720P. There is lots of software that comes with it, 192.168.1.112 admin/admin gets you in. It’s small form factor with weather sealing. Night works fine, and they worked the POE plugs proper so you don’t have to drill a huge hole in whatever you are mounting it with.
One of the BEST things about this camera is it works perfectly with iSpy and their feature packed free software. Their software works great too, tons and tons of nice features, motion detect, email notifications, record triggers, all high end stuff that anyone would ever want. This didn’t lack a single software feature that I wanted to see. I still prefer working with iSpy because it’s what I’m used to.
Cons: This isn’t a con, nobody really just buys 1 camera but it does not come with a POE injector, this is designed for a system. If you just want 1 camera, I’d use the BV-Tech POE-I100 Single Port 19W PoE Injector, you can get on the internet for ~$13. I've bought several and they work great. I'm sure newegg has some POE Injectors for sale here as well.
Overall Review: Personally I prefer higher resolution cameras. But if someone passed in front of this one, you'd for sure get a sharp enough picture to identify them, way better than the potato quality that most banks, gas stations use, etc. I certainly recommend this camera due to it's POE, size, price, and iSpy compatibility.
Pros: The build quality is good and the included template/tools are helpful for mounting and drilling holes.
Cons: I was unable to get this camera connected to my system even after contacting customer support.
A consumer-level device like this should come with a PoE injector or power supply in the box. No one has PoE with their standard WiFi router. I happen to have an injector and the unit would power ON but not connect/boot. I tried putting the power in to the included power connector and buy using the inline injector. The instructions I got from Trendnet once I opened a customer support ticket were very basic and then entirely too advanced for the common customer to be able to complete (adjust computer IP address, search for camera IP, switch computer IP address back to original). lol
Overall Review: I would not recommend this product as it ships today due to the lack of an injector (which can cost you up to $30 after the purchase) and the poor configuration or ability of the SW to detect the device. There is no reason to make Network security camera for the consumer this difficult and full of pitfalls.