TRENDnet SecurView Wireless Day/Night Internet Surveillance Camera Server with 2-Way Audio TV-IP312W (Silver)

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TRENDnet SecurView Wireless Day/Night Internet Surveillance Camera Server with 2-Way Audio TV-IP312W (Silver)

Product Features

  • Secure your home or office with high quality dual streaming MPEG-4 and MJPEG video recording with up to 30 frames per second at 640×480 VGA resolution
  • Complimentary SecurView software: view and record up to 16 cameras simultaneously (32-bit only)
  • Hear and talk to people in your camera?s viewing area through your computer
  • Supports TCP/IP networking, SMTP Email, HTTP, Samba and other Internet protocols (Does not support SSL)
  • Infrared lens enables day and night version (night visibility up to 5 meters)

Product Description

The Wireless 2-Way Audio 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 a secure encrypted 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 (Does not support SSL, USB port supports up to 500mA power device with FAT16/32 format, the 3G service from a mobile phone provider is required, Windows 32-bit only. Monitoring multiple cameras may require a high performance CPU and graphic card), scheduled recordings and progressive search options. This cameras brilliant image quality, USB flash support, day and night capabilities and 2-way audio make it ideal for home, small office and business use. SecurView cameras are not compatible with TRENDnet’s IPView Pro camera application for ProView cameras.

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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.

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List Price: $ 224.99

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Customer Reviews

67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Does lots of stuff, hard to set up, January 9, 2008
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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…

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
insecure camera; huge design oversights, January 1, 2010
Garret Wilson (San Francisco, CA USA) – See all my reviews

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You’d think that a security camera would get Internet security right. This one doesn’t even try.

The camera doesn’t support SSL/TLS connections. This means that, every time you log in to the camera across the Internet, your password is going across in the clear, and anyone sufficiently interested can then use that password to log into your camera in your home and watch what you’re doing or record their own copy. Furthermore, even without logging in, your communication with the camera is open for the world to see. This a huge oversight that has no excuse; it’s like installing new locks in a house and leaving the key under the doormat.

If you try to set up email alerts to notify you of certain actions (e.g. motion detection), you’ll find that the camera does not support secure SMTP servers. In other words, every time the camera sends email, it will be sending your email password in the clear, so that interested parties could later log into your email account and do whatever they want.

The product uses a proprietary Internet Explorer ActiveX control, which forces you to use IE instead of a more secure and standards-compliant browser like Firefox. But that’s not bad enough. The ActiveX control apparently has no understanding and support of Vista NTFS permissions. This means that in Vista if you try to record to certain directories on the hard drive, it fails with a cryptic error message—even if the user has administrator rights. The only apparent way to get around this is to run Internet Explorer as Administrator (a special Vista super-user that has more rights than even a user with normal administrator rights), which is a bad idea in general and reflects the outdatedness of the implementation.

There is no way to tell the camera to start recording to the local hard drive when some action occurs. Sure, you can have the camera record to a “network hard drive”, if you can figure out how to set one of those up. Or you can have the camera record to a USB drive hooked up to the camera, which someone can easily steal along with the camera. Or you can manually record to the local hard drive. But you can’t simply leave your browser window open and have the camera only start recording to the local hard drive when there is some activity.

This would be a great little camera if someone with actual security experience had been in charge of its firmware. There is no excuse for these huge lapses in design, ruining what could easily have been a great product.

Update 2011-07-04: I was excited that firmware upgrade 1.1.0 build 72 purports to add SSL support! A closer look reveals that TRENDnet is utterly incompetent when it comes to networking. Yes, the firmware allows you use SSL for the SMTP server (outgoing emails), and this works. But that’s the only good news. While there is now a configuration for specifying an incoming SSL port (default 443), if you try to connect with Internet Explorer 9 you get “Video is not support for HTTPS Protocol.” Lovely. And if you connect from outside the network using Firefox (using port forwarding on the router), the Java applet won’t load, giving “java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: ultracam.class”. And of course the TRENDnet SecurView Mobile Android app doesn’t support SSL in the least. Utter incompetence.

Update 2012-04-20: Now TRENDnet is saying that firmware version V1.1.1 build 74 brings “improved security”. But Firefox still gives a ClassNotFoundException, and IE still says “Video is not supported for HTTPS Protocol”. And of course the Android app still doesn’t support SSL. But security is so important to me, you know what I’m doing? I’m leaving the SSL turned on, even though I can no longer view the video in IE or in Firefox, and I’m using IP Cam Viewer, a third party Android app, to view the live camera stream over SSL on my phone! It’s unbelievable that I have to use software not even written by TRENDnet to view the secure feed. Then again, by now it should be expected.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Night mode. Poor Day Mode. Not so hard to setup. Frustrating Limitations., June 4, 2008
This review is from: TRENDnet SecurView Wireless Day/Night Internet Surveillance Camera Server with 2-Way Audio TV-IP312W (Silver) (Electronics)
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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