Setup and Installation
The setup of the TV-M7 is pretty simple if all you are interested in is monitoring.
You will need to give it power and then navigate to the settings page and select Network Setup. From there you can follow the menus for your type of network. You will need to use the virtual keyboard to enter your wireless key, but it is pretty easy to use with the remote once you get the hang of it.
After you get connected to your wireless network the full functions of the TV-M7 really open up to you.
The primary purpose of the TV-M7 is as a monitor for IP cameras. As such, we will cover how to get that working first. From the main menu you can setup the connection to a range of TRENDnet IP (TV-IP110, TV-IP110W, TV-IP212, TV-IP212W, TV-IP312, TV-IP312W, TV-IP410, TV-IP410W, TV-IP422, and TV-IP422W) cameras you have in your network. The TV-M7 is able to connect to and view up to four cameras at once and can scan between up to 16 cameras.
To connect to your IP cameras you will need to select the IP Cameras and Network icon with the remote and click enter. Once there you will notice a few interesting options. We will cover those later. For now you will want to click on the IP Cameras icon. The TV-M7 is able to automatically detect any of the supported IP cameras that are operational on your network. However, while it can detect them, it is not able to automatically access them. To get into the cameras you will have to know the user names and passwords for them. Once you input the proper logon information you will be able to view live streaming video from the camera. Unfortunately the TV-M7 is not able to move pan and tilt cameras. You can take a snapshot that is saved to the TV-M7's local memory, but not much more than that.
IP Camera viewing is not the only thing the TV-M7 is capable of, though. TRENDnet has stuffed in some very nice extras for you to play with. As you saw on the IP Camera and Network menu, you can access your Flickr and Picasa Accounts. You can allow the TV-M7 to access these and download photos (JPEG or BMP) for display in a slide show turning the TV-M7 into a 7-inch digital photo frame. Of course, these accounts must be publicly viewable and downloadable for this to work.
The last option is to allow for your TV-M7 to access a Network Attached Storage Device and pull pictures from there. The TV-M7 also supports streaming of pictures and music from a NAS, but at the time of this writing cannot stream any video files.
To do this you would access the account (Picasa or Flickr) or the NAS folder you want to get your images from. With Flickr and Picasa the TV-M7 will automatically download images and will start the slideshow function as soon as it completes. With the NAS option you will need to manually select the images you want and copy them to the TV-M7.
A final way to get images over to the TV-M7 is to directly connect the TV-M7 to a PC or Mac and copy the files over to the internal storage or to an inserted SD card.
For the rest of the TV-M7 setup (including customizing the way the TV-M7 handles videos and pictures), you can head over to the setup Icon and dive down into the various menus and items there.
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