How to setup the TRENDnet TV-IP311PI With Cloud Recording
The TRENDnet TV-IP311PI network camera is a nice solution if you want an outdoor camera that supports Power Over Ethernet (POE). To get started with this camera on Sensr.net, just plug it into a POE router and it will grab an IP address via DHCP. To find the IP address, you can use the included software or just look at the attached devices on your router’s admin page. Look for the MAC address of the camera in the list and you’ll be good to go. In my case the camera was using 10.1.1.113.
I’ll also show you how to push images to Sensr.net so you can take advantage of all of our cool features, like SMS and email alerts, 30 days archiving, no firewall config, clip sharing, embedable live streams, guest access, etc.
Next point your browser at that IP address and it will ask you to login. The default login and password for the TV-IP311PI is admin and admin. You’ll probably want to change that.
To get this camera working with Sensr.net just have it upload to Sensr.net at 1 frame per second. Here are the details…
Add a New Camera to your Sensr.net account
Simply log into your Sensr.net account click the Add Camera button. Sensr.net has a free one week trial, so give it a go and see if it works for you. (It’s free to setup an account with Sensr.net. Camera monitoring starts at $9.95/month after your free trial is up.) Once you login you’ll see a page like this:
Next you’ll see a page like this where you can set the timezone for your camera, give it a name, and tell us the model. Cameras default to private but you can make them public if you want to share them with the world.
After that, we’ll generate some FTP credentials for your camera. This generates a login for your TRENDnet TV-IP311PI to where it can upload images via FTP. This tells your camera where to upload the images. The important information here is:
- FTP Server
- FTP User name
- FTP Password
Save these so we can add them to your camera later.
Tell your camera about Sensr.net
Now you need to configure your camera so it will upload images to Sensr.net. Go back to the camera config page using the IP address we discovered above. Get to the Snapshot settings page by clicking:
Advanced > Events > Snapshot
The Snapshot Settings. It will look like this. You’ll want to set the camera to upload continuously, which TRENDnet calls CONTENTIOUS, but we’ll forgive them. Note the upload interval is set to 1,000 milliseconds. That’s the fastest upload the TRENDnet TV-IP311PI will support, but 1 FPS is fine for use with Sensr.net.
Next we need to configure where those snapshots will be uploaded. Go to the FTP Server page by clicking:
Advanced > Storage > FTP Server
The FTP Server page will look like this:
For some reason the TRENDnet camera won’t take a hostname, so we need to use an IP address. To get the IP address for your server, you can use the command nslookup or just ping the address. Currently we have two IP addresses per hostname. For example, nslookup for f9.sensr.net will return:
$ nslookup f9.sensr.net Server: 184.108.40.206 Address: 220.127.116.11#53 Non-authoritative answer: Name: f9.sensr.net Address: 18.104.22.168 Name: f9.sensr.net Address: 22.214.171.124
This means we can use either 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52 for the Server Address. The drawback to this is your camera is tied to a specific server. We occasionally reboot servers or take them offline for maintenance. If the camera was connecting to a hostname, it would simply reconnect to another server. So by using an IP address, the TRENDnet TV-IP311PI isn’t as fault tolerant as it should be.
The port should stay 21. The username is unique to your camera so use whatever you got from Sensr.net’s add camera flow. Ditto for the password. Best to copy and paste it so you don’t make a mistake. You can leave the other options as they are. We ignore them on our side. Click the Save button and the TRENDnet TV-IP311PI should start uploading to Sensr.net.
On the Sensr.net side the page should go from this:
To a page that shows the image your camera uploaded. Something like this:
Congratulations, now you’re done with the camera config. You’re camera is now on Sensr.net. We’ll archive all the motion events, giving you 30 days of archives, SMS and email alerts, guest access, and a whole lot more. You can view the live stream on our website or in our apps. No firewall configuration is needed. No PC in the basement required.
If you have any problems, send email to info @ sensr.net and we’ll try to help you out!