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 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.