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Where i live most people leave their houses to go on vacations between the months of July-August/November-December and so it comes as very little surprise that the amount of burglaries gets to increase many times over during those 4 months of the year (remember home alone?). However even though this is a known fact to everyone only a handful of people i know have installed IP camera systems and motion sensors inside their houses while even less have complete security systems connected directly with the local police department and/or private security agencies. What really surprised me however after asking a few of them is that most of them (if not all) are not even aware that they can build a surveillance system on their own without much fuzz and certainly without spending much in the process. So since Christmas holidays are just around the corner today we will be testing yet another brand new IP Camera model, this time however an indoor one by TRENDnet the TV-IP672WI.
TRENDnet is a global provider of award winning networking solutions to small and medium size business and home users. Building networking solutions since 1990, TRENDnet enables users to share broadband access, multimedia content and networked peripherals for true anywhere connectivity. TRENDnet's diverse product line includes Wireless, Fiber, Switch, Gigabit, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM), Internet Camera, Print Server, Powerline, Bluetooth, Storage Server, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and Multimedia Accessories. Based in Torrance, California, TRENDnet maintains branch offices in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central America, South America, and Asia. TRENDnet’s management system is ISO 9001:2008 certified (click here to view certificate). TRENDnet emphasizes continual improvement as an essential component of its quality management system. This ensures rigorous process standards across the entire organization with respect product development, product quality and all other pertinent enterprise functions. TRENDnet's 250-plus product portfolio is distributed in over 125 countries. The TRENDnet brand is consistently recognized for high quality, exceptional performance and professional support.
The main difference between indoor and outdoor IP cameras is the housing material and so whereas outdoor models feature weatherproof/vandal proof aluminum/metal IP66/67 certified housings (some even feature heat/cold air systems for extremely harsh environments) indoor models (the majority anyways) come with just a basic hard plastic housing which naturally is more than enough for indoor use. Personally although i understand that keeping the cost of a unit into a minimum is extremely important (and so naturally hard plastic comes much cheaper) i hope that in the near future we will see IP camera models suitable for both indoors and outdoors use. Moving the product at hand the pan/tilt TV-IP672WI IP camera features a maximum resolution of 1280x800 pixels, can record video in H.264/MPEG4/MJPEG/3GPP formats, comes ready with night vision mode (7.5m), has both wireless b/g/n and wired 10/100Mbps connectivity and can also store images and clips on a Micro SD card. I always liked pan/tilt IP Cameras so without further delay let's see just what TRENDnet has in store for us with the TV-IP672WI.