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TRENDNET TV-IP851WIC INTERNET CAMERA TEST: HOME CCTV SYSTEM

Reasons for concern – what happens at home, in the country, in the garage, while you are not there – everyone can be different. It is not necessary to be afraid of robbers, a sudden fire can also make significant adjustments to the layout of the room and to your budget. Or maybe you want to look after a small child – and for this, too, there is no point in buying expensive equipment, a fairly small Internet camera.

In today’s article, we will talk about the TRENDnet TV-IP851WIC camera, the price of which in the Russian market ranges from 4,500 to 5,500 rubles – quite budget. The camera can “see” in the complete absence of light, and also determines the movement in the frame. But that is not all.

Appearance
The camera is a device the height of a large cup and the thickness of a desktop stationery set (such cylindrical supports for pencils, pens, scissors, etc.).

This shape and dimensions allow, firstly, to save on compactness (if the camera were smaller with the same functionality – it would have to pay more money), and secondly, to provide the camera with mechanisms that can rotate the lens within the upper hemisphere (TV -IP851WIC can look “backward” and upward, as well as in all intermediate positions), thirdly, equip it with ordinary diode and infrared illumination.

On the back of the device’s case there is a LAN port, a power connector, a thread for connecting a Wi-Fi antenna (included) and a WPS button for quickly setting up a connection to a router.

On the body of the camera there is no wall mount, by default it is assumed that it will be placed on a flat surface.

Specifications

Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
LAN 10/100 Mbps
Video quality 640×480 (VGA), up to 20 frames per second
Horizontal rotation 340
Vertical rotation 115
Protocols TCP / IP, HTTP, SMTP, FTP
Night vision up to 7.5 meters

Opportunities
If you briefly list all the features of the TRENDnet camera, it turns out something like this:

Real-time continuous video surveillance with sound
Work in complete darkness thanks to IR illumination (the image turns black and white)
Manual control of camera rotation in a wide range
Connect to the camera from any browser with Active or Java support via the TRENDnet cloud web service (from a smartphone or tablet – using a special application)
Maintaining a video archive on your computer
Automatically send photos via E-mail or record to a remote FTP server
Customization
To configure the camera, you need to connect it with an Ethernet cable (supplied) to a router or directly to a computer. This procedure is necessary even if you plan to use a wireless connection in the future. A special configuration utility from TrendNet (located on the disk, but can be downloaded from the official site) will detect the camera on the network, offer to change the username and password (standard: admin / admin) and set up a wireless connection.

If your router supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), then this is a fairly simple procedure – you need to hold down the WPS button on the router for 5 seconds, and then (within 2 minutes) press the WPS button on the camera for 5 seconds ( black button on the back, to the right of the power connector).

If the router does not have WPS support, then you have to tinker manually. Select the appropriate item (manual configuration) in the configuration utility, and then find your network, enter the password. In general, it’s also nothing complicated, but if there are a lot of neighboring Wi-Fi networks on the air, you will have to either look for the SSID (that is, name) of your network in the list or enter it manually.

Camera at work
The most effective way to automatically control the room is to set up E-mail distribution when the camera detects movement in the frame. This can be done from the camera’s web-based management interface (the URL that you need to enter in the browser’s address bar is indicated on the bottom of the camera; and, of course, the camera must be pre-configured and connected to the network) by going to the Administration – Configuration – Motion tab Detection and Administration – Configuration – E-mail. Both there and there you need to include the relevant items by checking the box next to their description.

In the first case, the sensitivity of the motion sensor and the frame area to be monitored is configured, in the second – the data of the SMTP mail server (mail server – you can check its settings with your mail provider), including the address, port number, login / password, and recipient address.

After this setting, the camera will send one photo to the specified recipient address each time a motion is detected in the frame. Opportunities to send, for example, 10 photos in a row or send compressed video, alas, the camera does not.

It is worth considering that depending on the conditions inside the room, the operation of the sensor may be false – for example, the wind blew and the curtains started to move, or the fly flew by. Perhaps the first time you work with the camera will have to tinker with setting the sensitivity of the sensor.

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