A few months back, we had the opportunity to bring to you our review of the D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Cam, a 720p solution. Today, we expand and take a look at another BabyCam this time from TRENDnet.
The TVIP743 or TRENDnet Cloud Baby Camera is a fixed lense IP camera aimed at parents that want the ability to monitor their children without the hassle of extended and sometimes complicated setup procedures. The TVIP743 carries a maximum 480p resolution with a 55 degree viewing angle.
Additional features include night vision capabilities with a 16 ft. illumination distance, along with the ability to play lullabies or talk to your child via the built-in microphone and speaker. Prerequisites for setup have you needing an 802.11b/g/n capable network and a smartphone or tablet with iOS or Android.
MSRP of the TRENDnet TVIP743 is set at $124.99 with a one-year warranty.
Scope of delivery includes the camera and power adapter, along with reading materials.
The front of the camera houses the microphone, IR and motion sensor on the front of the unit.
On the backside of the camera, we have the speaker and mini USB power input.
The top of the unit houses the WPS button for even easier setup.
Here we have the loading screen for the TRENDnet Cloud app.
The setup procedure for the TVIP743 was among the easiest I have used to date. Here we simply select the network we want to connect the camera to, along with the password for that network.
Once you have the initial setup complete using the wireless network from the camera itself, you must switch over to your personal network to continue using the camera.
Here we have the view from our camera, which just happens to be one of my test systems. As you can see, the image clarity is pretty good for 480p.
The specification sheet for the TVIP743 said we had five songs to select from, but moving through the app, we found many more to choose from.
Here we have the camera on profile one, which is the highest quality settings available form the camera.
The TRENDnet TVIP743 is a very welcomed solution to the market. Unlike the D-Link solution that was rather large, TRENDnet managed to keep their Baby Camera solution quite compact. The build quality is superb as the camera feel quite solid in terms of materials used.
Performance was on par with what was expected at 480p, and while I had no issues with setup, I did have some issues with the iOS app actually crashing a few times, and other times where it was just lagging quite a bit. When the app did work, I had no issues with the quality or responsiveness while using the lullaby or voice features.
Overall, the TVIP743 is a great solution for parents on a budget that want a high tech baby monitor with a plentiful amount of features. For those that want a bit more in terms of video quality, the TVIP745 from TRENDnet is on the coming soon list, so look out for the product launch which includes 720p capability.
PRICING: You can find the TRENDnet Wi-Fi Baby Cam with Night Vision, TV-IP743SIC for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
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The Bottom Line: TRENDnet's TVIP743 is a solid solution for those just wanting a simple to setup IP Baby Camera, but for those that want a little more (higher than 480p video resolution), you should save your money for the upcoming TVIP745.
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