TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam Hardware Review

TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam Hardware Review

Oct 7, 2014

As we become more connected, having everyday devices, gadgets and even appliances that can be accessed and/or manipulated via mobile device are becoming less of a novelty. I almost expect electronics I acquire to have such functionality when there is a bona fide use case involved.

When it comes to cameras and surveillance, some watchables are more valuable than others. When my daughter was born, I had eye fatigue from watching her. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Something like the TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam could definitely have come in handy.

The review packet TRENDnet sent us is clearly made to reflect the design aesthetic of the camera, which is mostly white and lime green with grey and black accents. It is pretty small, with the main “head” set on a base via swivel. The swivel is a nice touch, allowing for movement that is somewhat surprising in its rage. The front of the main unit as the lens embedded, and there are speaker perforations on the top, bottom and back of the main unit. At the very top is a WPS connect button, and at the back is a mini-USB port. As noted, it is diminutive, at 2.6 x 2.8 x 3.5 inches and 3.6 ounces. The package also contains a setup CD, mini-USB power source, mounting materials and documentation.


Setup is not too difficult; the user documentation guides one step-by-step, and it involves connecting the device to power, and then connecting an Android-based device to the camera and setting up an account and then re-connecting to local wi-fi. The heavy lifting is done via the companion app, TRENDnet CloudView, which also serves as the control portal for the hardware. I like the fact that, via the newly set up camera credentials, additional devices hosting the app can access the camera as well.

After set up, this fixed camera simply works. There is a minimum of lag, but the different resolution options somewhat alleviate this. The speaker and microphone are especially useful, and afford the unit the additional feature of being a simple intercom. The LED light is a simple indicator, and the ability to play some of the included lullabies is a very nice touch. The subtle size does help it to be unobtrusive too. the camera snapping utility is easy to manipulate, and the viewing angles are quite adjustable.

It’s a wifi camera, so, the obvious need for reliance on connectivity can’t be dwelled upon too long. The app can be a bit temperamental at times, and the clarity of transmissions could be improved.

All in all, the efficacy of this solution translates beyond just baby monitoring, and this extended functionality is what makes it enjoyable to use. For a fixed unit, it is a vibrant option, and quite affordable.

myBounds Review

myBounds Review

Apr 6, 2012

Cellular providers all over the world are cutting back the amount of minutes, text messages and data allowed in plans they offer these days. When starting a new plan with a new wireless carrier or adjusting a current plan, watching every aspect of usage can be the difference between a normal monthly bill and an outrageous bill. myBounds is a web application with an Android counterpart made specifically to help measure monthly phone data, minute and text message usage for a single or multiple users sharing a cellular plan.

Creating an account from the myBounds website was much easier than through the application. The specifics of the wireless service need to be added. The amount of monthly data, text messages and minutes allowed can all be set to the plan limits. myBounds also asks for a start date; this is the first day of the monthly billing cycle. Once the allowances are set, if there are other devices on the plan, invites can be sent to those other users.

As the month progresses, the progress bars will increase as services are used. When any of the limits are close to being reached, a notification is sent to warn of potential overages. Some wireless providers give the option of reallocating minutes, text messages or data to other devices on the plan.

myBounds works well when monitoring text messages and data usage. In testing, the usage tracking for both of these sections seemed to be pretty accurate. At first the stats didn’t seem correct, but after a manual refresh they were right where they should be. Each time you start up myBounds, the application logs in and refreshes the progress bars.

Measuring minute usage is a little trickier for some some carriers. There is not an option to add in plan specific free features such as free incoming calls. There are options to add start and stop times fro free night and weekends or specific phone numbers where the calls do not deplete your anytime minutes. While adding these minutes into the overall usage will surely help avoid overages, the total number of minutes will not be an accurate representation of minutes left for the rest of the month.

Many people are not as concerned with minute usage because they are using more text messaging and data applications than actually talking to people. Having an accurate count of the text message and the data usage will make the majority of people happy.