After logging into the admin interface, the default home page appears, displaying the main menu functions along the left side of the screen.
For configuring and checking the status of your camera, three main menu options are available:
- Information, which enables you to view the status, connections, events, and general information of the camera
- Configuration, which enables you to configure all of the video and audio functions, event handling, motion detection, ftp and mail, RS-485, and I/O ports
- System, which enables you to configure your wired and wireless network, time and date, create and manage users and tools
For viewing video images from the Web browser, two options are available in the upper left corner of the screen:
- View LiveShow | ActiveX (connects to the camera's server using ActiveX)
- View LiveShow | Java (connects to the camera's server using Java)
Note: You will need to download software the first time you launch either of these options
Figure 9 shows the menu options (located on the left side of the screen) and ActiveX being downloaded. Note that the first time I launched the View LiveShow | Java option and downloaded the Java applet, I received a warning that the security certificate was expired or not yet active.
Figure 9: TV-IP301W Main Menu Screen
As you can see from Figure 10 below, the Video Settings section also gives you a choice of resolution, frame rate, five quality levels, and options in which to display the image (in horizontal- or vertical-mirror mode). The three resolution format choices are 640 x 480, 320 x 240, and 160 x 120; and in LiveShow mode, you can choose a 2x or 4x digital zoom, or a 1/2x zoom to save bandwidth.
The Video & Audio page also contains the Audio Settings section where you can change the audio quality of the video you're listening to. The two audio formats (compression codecs) to choose from are ADPCM and PCM. According to the User's Guide, PCM has better audio quality, but requires higher bandwidth (8Kbps), and ADPCM has slightly less quality and requires less bandwidth (2Kbps).
Figure 10: TV-IP301W Video Settings
For Advanced Video settings such as enabling graphic and text overlays on the screen, use the Overlay Image section of the Advanced Video page. For my tests, I enabled the Time Stamp in the upper left corner of the screen, and a MOTION DETECTED text overlay to appear on the screen if motion detection triggered.
Event Handling, FTP & Email, and Motion Detection are under the Configuration main menu option and important features for surveillance cameras, since you don't want to always watch your cameras. You can configure the camera to detect motion within a frame, and based on the motion detected, the camera can respond by uploading a video clip via FTP or sending an email notification to you.
To test the features, I created a motion detection area on the screen and configured an event for the camera to FTP 10 seconds of video to my FTP server. I successfully triggered the motion and received an email alert. But when I checked my server, I discovered numerous 12K AVI files with no video. I had anticipated a single file with 10 seconds of video! Clearly, the TV-IP301 did not upload images to the FTP server as expected.
Figure 11 shows a setup of the motion detection window with the Time Stamp text overlay in the upper left corner of the screen.