Day/Night Internet camera servers offer 24-Hour surveillance for SMEs


August 6, 2006

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August 7, 2006 Video surveillance was once a costly business and solely the domain of robust, well-funded businesses but the march of progress continues to lower costs of almost everything dealing in zeroes and ones and we recently marvelled at the US$300 wireless Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) IP camera from Linksys. Now TRENDnet has unveiled the US$400 wired (TV-IP301) and US$500 wireless (TV-IP301W) Advanced Day/Night Internet Camera Servers. Equipped with an infrared (IR) lens and built-in microphone, the new products facilitate remote security monitoring 24 hours a day for small businesses via the Internet.

Each camera has its own IP address to easily connect to a wired or wireless network and instantly provide surveillance of important locations such as office entrances, warehouse floors, exterior walkways, and parking lots, 24 hours a day using a standard web browser. Each camera supports UPnP for simple setup and Dynamic DNS (DDNS) to create an easy-to-remember URL name for easy access using a web browser.

By using advanced lens features like IR lens, 4X Digital Zoom, CCD image sensor, and DC-iris control, users can capture everything, from brightly lit to pitch black outdoor and indoor locations as the cameras operate in both low-light to no-light conditions. The integrated microphone offers a more complete surveillance experience for live audio monitoring as well.

Small businesses can create a complete surveillance system with support for multiple camera monitoring, high-resolution image/video recording, and email notification. Using the cameras' included IPView Pro software, paired with a high performance CPU, users can monitor up to 16 cameras at the same time. The cameras support high quality Motion JPEG (MJPEG) and MPEG-4 Video recording at up to 30 frames per second, which can be sent to a PC or FTP server for storage. For immediate notification of motion or unwanted intruders, three adjustable motion detection windows can be set to capture just-in-time snapshot images. Also, when connected to a separate alarm system via the integrated I/O port, the cameras can also trigger an alarm or send an email notification.

Compatible with the 802.11b/g wireless standard (TV-IP301W) and 10/100 Fast Ethernet (TV-IP301), the universal plug-and-play-enabled units are easily integrated into existing networks. The wireless TV-IP301W supports infrastructure and ad-hoc modes, while providing WPA encryption protection.

The TV-IP301 and TV-IP301W will begin shipping August 15, 2006, with a U.S. Average Selling Price of $399 (USD) for the wired 10/100 TV-IP301 and $499 (USD) for the 802.11g wireless TV-IP301W.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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