Trendnet updates TV-M7 wireless camera monitor

Trendnet releases a new firmware update that adds more options and the capability to monitor IP cameras over the Internet.

Trendnet's cool IP camera monitor and photo frame, the TV-M7, which debuted at CES 2009 , just got a little cooler. The company announced Tuesday a firmware update for the 7-inch, wireless unit that adds two new major features to make it even more IP camera-centric.

The TV-M7 Trendnet

The first new feature is extended customization for the device's log-in screen. For example, you can now set the monitor to go straight to the IP camera selection page when turned on. Previously, you needed to go through a few menu items to get there.

The second feature is more significant. The TV-M7 can now monitor up to four IP cameras over the Internet. Previously, you needed a computer to view streaming video from Internet security cameras. However, in most cases, this new feature will require setting up a dynamic DNS service and port forwarding with a router.

You can view brief instructions on how to do that at TrendnetTV.com.

All new TV-M7 monitors will come with the firmware. Existing customers can download and install it for free at Trendnet's support Web site. The TV-M7 monitor comes with a two-year, limited warranty and has a suggested retail price of $275.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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