TRENDnet Wireless Day/Night Internet Camera Server w/ 2-Way Audio
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Product Description

The 2-Way Audio Wireless Day/Night Internet Camera transmits real-time high quality video and audio over the Internet. See, hear and talk to people, in your camera s viewing area during the day or in the dark, from any Internet connection. Complimentary SecurView camera management software allows you to monitor what you value most at home or at work. The camera provides crystal clear MPEG4 video streams over an internet connection. The Infrared lens provides night monitoring for low light environment. A built-in microphone and optional speakers accommodate 2-way audio communication. Advanced intuitive software includes motion detection recording, email alerts, scheduled recordings and progressive search options.

The Trendnet Wireless 2-way Audio Day/Night Internet Camera Server transmits high quality video and audio over the Internet in real time. This provides an ideal solution for those who wish to remotely monitor their valuables at home or at work. The camera provides clear MPEG-4 video streams at up to 640 x 480 resolutions over an encrypted Internet connection that prevents others from viewing your video feed. The camera features an infrared lens that provides monitoring in low light environments. An internal microphone provides audio surveillance and by attaching optional speakers, you can have 2-way audio communication.

The TV-IP312W is compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b wireless networks and supports advanced encryption modes including WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK. In addition to MPEG-4, 3GPP is also supported for viewing on a mobile phone. There is a built-in USB port for storing images directly onto a USB flash or hard drive. The included software includes motion detection recording, scheduled recordings, email alerts, and progressive search.

The Trendnet Wireless 2-way Audio Day/Night Internet Camera Server is backed by a 3-year warranty.

What's in the Box
TV-IP312W camera, multi-language quick installation guide, utility CD-ROM, camera stand, 5-foot (1.8-meter) Cat. 5 Fast Ethernet cable, and power adapter.

  • Day/Night internet camera server transmits high-quality video and audio over the internet
  • Infrared lens allows monitoring in low light environments
  • Compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b wireless networks with support for advanced encryption
  • Included software features motion detection recording, scheduled recordings, email alerts, and progressive search
  • Backed by a 3-year warranty
Customer Reviews:
  • For the Price, it's a decent IP camera with night day/night vision
    I'd really give this camera 3.5 stars. If setup were easier, it would be a solid 4, if it didn't have manual focus 4.5, if all of above were true and the company's manual or website gave decent support, it would be 5 stars because of the low costs but high features.

    My Trendnet IP312W is connected to a Mac (OS X Leopard) airport express network used for home and baby monitoring. Mac support from Trendnet's site and manual for this product is woefully low.

    I am using it with Evocam software, which provided moral support during the various evenings I spent getting it to work. (Eventually selecting "use RTSP" for this camera in Evocam brought an image from the camera, that was after I changed the camera's default IP address, etc).

    The camera provides a decent picture day and night via our local network. The image is browser accessible via the local network with most browsers (Safari, Firefox, IE).

    The price on this camera was significantly lower than many other wireless cameras capable of joining a more secure WPA2 wireless network and also providing night vision. Word to the wise, you can't buy some other color network camera and a standalone infrared light from Amazon and expect to make your own, budget, night vision system. ...more info
  • Great Night mode. Poor Day Mode. Not so hard to setup. Frustrating Limitations.
    You can't find a better device at this price point, but it does come with some annoyances and limitations.

    Things I Like:
    - Really great night mode via built-in infrared lights.
    - Stable. No crashes or hiccups in the month I've had it.
    - Solid construction. The camera and included mounting bracket are very sturdy.
    - MPEG streaming video. Really nice quality, and a fraction of the bandwidth required by MJPEG standards, so there's less "internet lag."
    - The ability to backup your settings is a nice touch, in case you have to reset the camera for any reason.
    - Three year warranty.
    - Support for sound. Built-in ability to listen (from IE, not from Firefox/Java) and the ablilty to connect speakers to "talk through" the camera.

    This I Dislike:
    - Camera gets "stuck" in night mode. Under normal indoor lights, the camera often continues to force itself into night mode, which results in strange washed-out colors. This is made more frustrating by software limitations that don't allow you to manually control which mode the camera operates in. Seems to work okay in fluorescent lights from office settings. Surely, this is all just a software glitch that will be fixed in an eventual software patch....I hope.
    - Always requires a username and password to view the camera. So if you want to just setup a public camera, that's a frustrating limitation.
    - Difficult to remove Trendnet's "branding" around their live video images - their logo, border, and other stuff. I think this can be done, but it's certainly going to require web developer skills and a bit of hacking to do it.

    Other things you'll want to know:
    - Focusing the camera is done via the focus ring on the front of the housing, not from within the software. So you have to be physically present at the camera to do it. That means you'll also need your laptop (or a friend on a phone) to know you're getting it right.
    - TrendNet's site includes a "lobby cam" from their office, as well as a simulated user interface, and digital version of the manuals. That gives you a pretty good feel for what you're going to get with the camera.
    - Viewing this camera from outside your home network is going to require some advanced skills in updating your router's settings. It's not especially hard, and there are instructions online to do it. But unless your router supports these settings and you're willing to tinker with them, many of the camera's features are going to be unavailable to you.
    - The setup was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, based on other reviews. The need to connect it via a network cable to do the initial setup is a little annoying, but understandable and not too difficult if you've read through the manual. The manual is actually pretty well-written - you can download it from the manufacturer's site to judge for yourself.
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  • Multiple cameras do not work together!
    I bought 4 units of this camera and so far only 3 were delivered. I can tell you right now: if you are not an advanced user or you do not know one that can help you, forget it! You will not be able to configure this camera to work on your network. The instructions manual is a joke. There are much more instructions and hints on other comments here in Amazon than in the manual. But if you are a geek you will make one single camera work on your network.

    The real problem begins when you try to have 2 or more cameras working at the same time!

    Although the software that comes with the product can manage up to 16 simultaneous cameras, only one works at a time. I had tried everything and all types of configurations, DHCP, fixed IP, changing the security protocol of my router and on the cameras, etc, etc, etc. They simply do not work simultaneously. When I connect all three a very strange thing happens: each camera works for about 5-10 minutes, than it disconnects from the network and another one connects... and it stays for 5-10 minutes and then everything gets repeated.

    I'm trying to get help from the TrendNet Support service, but they did not provided me any hint of what is going on, and I'm starting to believe they do not have a clue about the solution. You can also add to that situation the fact that they take several days to answer an email.

    It has been a very frustrating experience, and I am starting to seriously regret my acquisition...
    [UPDATE April 06, 2008]: After sending an email for almost different dozen people at Trendnet they finally gave me attention and provided me with a new firmware build (38) that solved the issues I was facing. I can't set the cameras too away from my wireless router, so I can not use them where I would like to (and both my notebooks work fine at these spots), but in general the cameras are working The recording is not a good feature as the image is too jumpy. I'll probably have to invest on a wireless repeater and see if the video recordings get improved by having a stronger wireless signal near the cameras....more info
  • Manual
    Manual sucks big time. The directions tell you to set up your camera with an IP address of That's fine,but a router is required and who has a router with that default address. Manual says to type that IP address in your browser. Good luck because that is not the Gateway for any Browser. Good bye network with that odd ball address. What is Trendnet thinking? Trendnet has 24/7 tech support, but it takes them days to get back to you! I could go on, but the camera itself is nice.The Jury is still out on Wifi. Encryption seems to disable the wireless. I had to use no encryption on my router and camera in order to make the camera mobile....more info
  • Cannot use on Qwest Broadband for standalone email
    After spending a lot of time with technical support I finally got the camera working through a router. The biggest problem (2 hrs) was actually ZoneAlarms firewall. It shut down the window needed to configure the camera with no notice. Turn off your firewall!

    Now to the real problem for me. I wanted to use the stand-alone advertised email capability of the device. And I can't. The problem is that the firmware does not support "secure password authentication" required by my broadband SMTP If you are using Qwest Broadband you cannot use the camera to send email. You have to leave your PC on to send an email.

    The documentation in general is marginal and the front line tech support folks are rookies. Nice but rookies....more info
  • Does lots of stuff, hard to set up
    I bought this camera for my sister, who just had a new baby. I wanted a wireless web came with two way audio, so that she could take it from room to room. I couldn't find a simple wireless webcam, so I bought this thing, which does way more than I wanted. Luckily, I like gadgets, and this is one neat gadget. However, its very difficult to setup if you want to use some of its advanced capabilities. Since the manual does not give very good instructions, I'll try to describe the basic things you need to do to set it up, as well as provide an overview of what it does. Do not buy this camera if you are not comfortable configuring your router. Someone who doesn't have basic networking skills would probably give this camera one star.


    1) Can be an excellent security camera. The motion detection software works well, and the IR night vision is very good. The two way audio over the internet means you can speak to people it sees. It can be setup to send an email to your cell phone, and then you can log onto it with a PC and view and speak to your intruders or guests. It can also record video clips to network storage, although I couldn't get it to mount a shared windows directory. It seems to want a linux based shared drive.
    2) The video quality is good, although not what you would call high quality. It's a little bit jerky, but that's what you get with this technology.
    3) Has a nice mounting bracket that you can screw to a wall. The bracket has a tilt swivel mount on it like a camera tripod mount, so you can easily attach/detach the camera from the mount. This means you can carry it from room to room when using as a webcam, then put it back on the wall mount to use it as a security camera.
    4) The included software can view multiple cameras at the same time, with each camera being displayed in a tile, just like a professional security camera system.


    1) Horrible setup. If you don't know how to configure your wireless router, you won't be able to view this camera over the Internet. See below. However, if you only want to view it from a PC on your local network, and don't need the email notices when it detects motion, you can set this thing up just fine. This means you can't use it as a webcam, though. The instructions do not tell you anything about configuring your router to do this.
    2) No autofocus. How do you focus a wireless camera that is in a different room than the computer monitor you use for viewing the camera? You can't, because you can't turn the manual focus ring and see the results as you turn it. This makes for a lot of back and forth to get the thing focused. The solution is to bring your wireless laptop with you as you move the camera.
    3) Won't mount a windows shared directory. Technical support has yet to answer my email about this. Basically, this means you can't have it automatically record video clips to your PC when it detects motion. You can still record video clips manually, through the software interface, though, even onto a PC over the Internet.
    4) No tilt/pan. Some cameras in this price range come with tilt/pan. I sacrificed it to get the two way audio and the IR night vision. The field of view is pretty wide, so I don't really miss the tilt/pan.

    Setup tips
    Most people's wireless router will have a dynamic IP address assigned to it by your Internet provider. Computers and cameras on your wireless network will have private IP addresses that are not routable to the Internet. By default, this camera wants to use as its IP address. Your router may not recognize this private address. Mine was setup to only use a 192.168.1.x network. I had to reconfigure the router's private network to the 192.168.10.x network to talk to the camera.

    Furthermore, there is no way to view the camera on that private network from a PC over the Internet. However, you can configure your router to route incoming requests from the Internet to the camera. You have to set up ports 80 and 554 to be redirected to the camera's private IP. Next, you have to be able to find your routers external dynamic IP address from a web browser on an Internet PC. The only way to do that is to sign up for a dynamic DNS service. When your router gets its IP assignment, it will report it to the dynamic DNS service, who will map it to a URL that you will type in your browser. Once set up, you view your camera over the Internet by typing in your URL. The dynamic DNS service sends your browser to your router's IP address, then your router redirects the request to the internal private IP address of the camera. A similar redirect would be needed if you were running a hardware firewall on your network. Note, the camera does have the ability to report its IP address to a dynamic DNS service, too. Only use this if the camera's IP address is actually routable over the Internet. Most of us will have the camera on a private network, with an IP address that is not routable. In this cae, if you use the dynamic DNS from the camera, instead of your router, it will not work.

    If you want to setup email from the camera, you need to be able to configure it to talk to your provider's SMTP server. It's very similar to setting up an email client, so if you can do that, you can do this. It can send email and record pics/vid without you having to setup that dynamic DNS, thankfully. You only need the dynamic DNS if you want to view it over the internet.
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