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July 21st, 2014

How To Survive Those First Few Months of Parenthood

Newborn

 

Every new parent knows the thrills and joys that accompany those first few months of parenthood. The miracle of birth. The overwhelming feelings of love as you snuggle and play with this tiny new life. The incredible experience of getting to know your new son or daughter.

 

But those early newborn days also come with a huge learning curve and a lot of sleepless nights. When you haven’t slept for more than 2 or 3 hours at a stretch for days, small inconveniences can suddenly seem much worse than they normally would. Anything that can help make your days and nights easier becomes a lifesaver.

 

That’s exactly why Foscam created the FBM3501 Wireless Baby Monitor.

 

Baby monitors are indispensable tools for any new parent. If your newborn goes to sleep snug in his own little nursery each night, a baby monitor is a reliable way to make sure you hear his cries when it’s time to eat. And if baby co-sleeps with mommy and daddy at night, there are plenty of naptimes throughout the day during which Mom still needs to be able to keep an eye on other children, or get things done around the house. Baby monitors allow parents to respond instantly to their infant’s cries no matter where they are and what they’re doing.

 

Foscam’s wireless baby monitor is definitely a cut above the rest, however. Not only does it allow you to hear your little one, it allows you to see her, too. Even when baby’s room is dark, its night vision camera makes it easy to keep a close eye on your little bundle. And if you need a closer look from time to time (and, let’s face it, what new parent doesn’t occasionally panic about whether their sleeping baby is still breathing), it allows you to remotely move the camera up and down, and from side to side, to get a better view. Best of all, it offers parents the ability to zoom in on their infant, so they can double check the rise and fall of that little chest without the risk of waking the baby by sneaking into the room.

 

Another wonderful feature of Foscam’s baby monitor? Two-way audio. Now your little one doesn’t ever have to feel alone, whether she’s just falling asleep or just waking up. As soon as you hear those little cries, you can instantly being to soothe her through the monitor, singing or speaking softly to her to keep her calm until you get to her room. This feature can be used as an aid to teaching your baby to self-soothe, as well – rather than entering the nursery immediately to reassure your newborn, you can try calming him through the monitor first, to see if that’s all he needs to soothe himself back into a deep sleep.

 

To find out more about all the exciting features Foscam’s new baby monitor offers, check out this demo video. From its room temperature sensor to its feeding timer, it’s the ultimate convenience for any new mom or dad.

 

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July 18th, 2014

5 Ways To Keep Your Home Safe This Summer

How to make sure your house is secure while you’re on vacation

 

Summer Vacation

 

Summer is upon us, and that means it’s vacation time for families all across the country. With school letting out and the beautiful weather, it’s the perfect time for a week or two away from home. Unfortunately, as the weather heats up, crime rates tend to spike as well. According to the FBI, crime rates go up between 6 and 16 percent during the months of June, July, and August. You want to go on vacation, but you don’t want to leave your home a target for burglars while you are away enjoying the sun. Here are some ways you can keep your home safe, and your mind at ease while on vacation.

 

  1. If you still receive a daily newspaper, one of the oldest tricks in the book for thieves is looking for a home with a pile of old newspapers in front. Be sure to stop your newspaper service while you are away on vacation. The same goes for mail. The post office will stop your mail for free; all you have to do is ask.

 

  1. Keep your house looking lived-in. You may have stopped your newspaper and mail, but there are many more ways to keep up the illusion that your house is occupied. Make sure your house isn’t dark all the time. Invest in timers for your lights that will turn them on for a few hours each evening. If you cut your own grass, pay someone in the neighborhood to cut it while you are away. A freshly cut lawn is a great way to send the message that everything is normal at your house.

 

  1. Lock it up. This might seem like a pretty obvious tip, but it can be easy to forget to lock up a rarely used window or throw the deadbolt when you leave. Double check everything before you leave and you will be glad you did when you get back.

 

  1. Keep some eyes on your house. If you have family or friends in the area, or even trusted neighbors, let them know you will be gone and ask them to check up on the house for you while you are away. Conversely, don’t shout it out on social media that you are going on an extended vacation before you leave or while you are there. It’s not always just your friends who see what you put on the Internet.

 

  1. Having your family check on the house while you are gone is nice, but how would you like to be able to see exactly what’s going on at your home while you’re gone? With new, high-tech Wi-Fi cameras, you can monitor the inside and outside of your home with your smartphone while you relax on the beach. The best peace of mind is knowing that everything at home is exactly the way you left it, and setting up a few of these cameras will give you just that.

 

Taking a vacation in the summer is a time that you want to spend with as few worries as possible. No one wants to be wondering if their belongings are safe while they’re lying on the beach. With home security cameras from Foscam, you can relax knowing that your home is safe and secure. Feel free to contact us today for more information.

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July 17th, 2014

Basic Guide to Setting Up Your Foscam MJPEG Camera

I have taken the time to explain the Foscam Wireless IP Camera setup instructions in language that is clear and understable and which includes a step-by-step tutorial on how to setup your wireless router. After this you should continue on to the Wireless Setup Guide to make your Foscam IP Camera Wireless. And then continue on to thePort Forwarding Guide to view your camera live on the internet from anywhere in the world.
Setting up the Camera. What do you need?

Materials:
1) Your Foscam IP Camera
2) DC Power Supply
3) Ethernet network cable (RJ-45)
4) Wireless Router
5) Cable/DSL Modem with live Internet Connection
6) Computer
7) IP Camera Tools Software – comes on the CD or available at our website under the “Tools & Support” section.

Step-by-Step Installation Instructions:

Step 1.) Plug the ethernet cable into your Foscam IP Camera and then into your Wireless Router.

Step 2.) Plug the power cable into the camera and then into the power outlet. Wait 45 seconds. The green LED should go on and the camera will start to rotate around and then come to a rest.

Step 3.) Install “IP Camera Tools” on your computer by double clicking on IPCamSetup.exe on the included CD or by downloading it from our website at www.foscam.us on the Tools & Support page. Also, please note that if you are running a Wifi 802.11/n wireless router then you will be
required to make sure your router settings are changed to 802.11/bg.)

Step 4.) Once IP Camera Tools is installed, double click the icon on the desktop to open it up.
IP Cam Tools Icon

Step 5.) One of three things will happen:

I) Ideally, your camera should appear in the IP Camera Tools window and have an IP address assigned to it. It will look something similar to “Anonymous Http://192…..”. If this happens immediately go to Step 6;

II) The second best sitatuation would be for the screen to say “Anonymous Subnet doesn’t match, dbclick to change!” If this happens just follow the prompt and double click on the words. The quick fix is to check the box “Obtain IP from DHCP server” and click “OK”, then close the IP Camera Tool program, wait 30 seconds, re-open it and your camera should appear. If that works go on to Step 6; if not;

III)

  1. Find out your subnet mask in Windows by clicking Start > Select or type “Run” into the text field and press “enter” > type “Cmd” and “enter” > Type the words “ipconfig” and press enter.
  2. You will see “Subnet Mask………255.255.255.0″ or a similar number towards the top.
  3. Copy that number into the “Subnet Mask” field in the IP Tools Network Configuration menu after you double click “Anonymous Subnet doesn’t match, dbclick to change!.”
  4. Restart IP Camera Tool program and the camera should appear in the window – Goto Step 7.  [Please be sure to wait a full 45 seconds for the camera to properly restart before expecting it to reappear each time settings are changed. (If you are still failing here give me a call, you may need a replacement).]

Step 6.) Double click on your camera in IP Tools to open it, or copy the address “http://192…” into any browser or your iphone!

IP Cam Tools

Step 7.) Once you get to the login page, enter username: “admin” and password: ” ” (i.e., leave password blank). Click “Login”.

Camera Login

Step 8.) Depending on what browser you are using, you will need to select the appropriate mode. The browsers are listed next to the modes in the picture below.

Browser Mode Select

Step 9.) Once you are in and can view the camera, you are ready to take it wireless. Please continue on to Guide to Setting Up Your Foscam MJPEG Camera Wirelessly

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July 17th, 2014

Guide to Setting Up Your Foscam MJPEG Camera Wirelessly

Once you have the Foscam IP Camera setup and connected via ethernet/network cable, please follow the steps below to set it up wirelessly:

 

1) Most importantly, ensure you are running your wireless network on the 802.11b/g/n standard at 2.4GHz. Some 802.11n will run on 5GHz which is not compatible with our cameras. Please refer to your router’s manual on how make this setting change if necessary.

 

2) Find and note down the following information about your wireless network:
a) SSID (Name of the wireless network)
b) Share key (Password to join the wireless network)

 

If you do not know this information, you will need to log in to your wireless router. To do this enter the IP address of your router into your browser and press enter. You will be prompted to enter your router username and password. If you do not know the IP address of your router you can view it in IP CAMERA TOOLS by selecting and right clicking on your camera, selecting “Network Configuration”, and noting down the “Default Gateway” IP address. This Default Gateway IP address is the the IP address of your router.

 

gateway ip cam

If you cannot figure out your username, password or the IP address of your router, refer to your router’s manual. If you don’t have the manual on hand, you can obtain a list of default router IP addresses, usernames and passwords by going to our blogpost here.

Please Note: Not all routers are the same and your router will likely look different.

Once logged in to your router look for an option called “Wireless Settings” or “Wireless LAN”. Once in the Wireless Settings look for and jot down what you have for the setting called “SSID”. Next, look for the setting “Wireless Mode” and make sure it is set to 2.4GHz. Next, look under the “Security Settings” under “Wireless Settings’ and jot down the “Encryption Method”, “Encryption Technique” and the “Shared Key”. In our example, the “Encryption Method” and “Encryption Technique” is not shown and the “Wireless Settings” section contains the “Security Settings”.

 

Wireless Settings

 

3) Once you have the information about your network listed in step 2, log in to your camera while it is connected with the ethernet cable. To do this, open IP camera tools and double click on your camera, or enter your camera’s local IP address into your broswer. On the login page, enter the username and password for the camera (default username: “admin” / password: ” ” – leave password blank) and press “Login”.

 

You will notice that there are three different options: “ActiveX”, “Server Push”, and “Mobile Phone”. These options correspond to the browser being used. If Internet Explorer is being used, use the “ActiveX” option. If Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome is being used, use the “Server Push” option. If a supported mobile device is being used, use the “Mobile Phone” option.

 

4) Once logged in to the Camera, look on the left panel and click on the option “For Administrator” (if using IE) or “Device Management” (if using Firefox or Google Chrome”). Then click on “Wireless Lan Settings”. Here, check the box next to “Using Wireless LAN”.

Next, click the “Scan” button and wait for the countdown to finish. The page will refresh and should show a list of networks. Please select the network that has your “SSID”. The  fields should auto-populate leaving only the “Share Key” blank. If you are not in the same area as your network then, enter your “SSID” and select your “Encryption” which is going to be (e.g., WPA/WPA2/WEP together with either TKIP/AES/TKIP-AES). Next, enter your “Shared Key”. Click “Submit” and let the Camera Reboot. Wait 30 seconds and then remove the ethernet/network cable.

Wireless Settings Camera

 

If you are having trouble, set your wireless Encryption Method to WPA and your encryption technique to TKIP. I seem to have the best results using those settings.

 

5) Give the camera about 30 to 45 seconds to start up and you should start to see the green led on the back flashing much faster. Open IP camera tools and the camera should appear. Once your camera goes wireless your camera will receive a new IP Address, you will need to use this new IP Address when setting up port forwarding. Now that you have the Wireless Setup working on your Foscam IP Camera, then you can go on to the next tutorial which shows you how to setup your Foscam so that it is accessible from anywhere on the internet.
Please continue on to the Guide To Setting Up Port Forwarding for Viewing Your Foscam Wireless Camera Over the Internet

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July 14th, 2014

DIY Home Security: The Affordable, Effective Alternative

The ads for home security monitoring companies can be compelling. They promise peace of mind, safety for both your family and your possessions, and a combination of cutting edge technology and a human element to ensure that help arrives when you need it. But once they reveal the cost of installation, activation, and monthly monitoring fees, prices can begin to run into the thousands.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a more affordable alternative that was just as effective – if not more so?

 

There is. By installing wi-fi security cameras in strategic locations both inside and outside of your home, you can create your own home security system for a fraction of the cost, while still retaining all the benefits of a monitored alarm system.

 

Wifi camera

 

Peace of mind? Check. IP cameras allow you to watch your home in real time or as a recording, so you know exactly what is going on as it happens, and have a video record of events in case the need arises. No alarm system can tell you whether you turned off the water in the kitchen sink, or whether Fido has been chewing on the couch again. And much more importantly, security events that would not trigger an alarm, such as an intruder repeatedly scoping out your property, can be easily observed with wi-fi cameras.

 

Safety for family and belongings? Check. Whether you’re out of town for the week or simply out on the town for a night, you can keep a close eye on your family members and your home from anywhere, using your smart phone. Safety isn’t simply a matter of keeping intruders at bay – other situations can arise that are just as hazardous, but that an alarm system would not recognize as a threat.

 

Cutting edge technology? Check. Foscam IP cameras boast the very latest in high-tech capabilities, from Power Over Ethernet to cloud storage. Accessible remotely – and completely securely – from any internet browser, your wi-fi camera feeds will allow you to remain in full control of your home no matter where you are.

 

The human element? Check. Who better to watch over your home and family than you? While monitored systems rely on certain specific, limited triggers to initiate a call for help, your wi-fi cameras give you a much more nuanced and detailed view of any situation. Have a child with peanut allergies? If the babysitter is handing him and peanut butter sandwich, you can catch it before it’s too late. Notice that your pet urgently needs to be let out? You can call a neighbor to help. IP cameras connect you with your family like never before.

 

DIY home security is more affordable and more effective than a monitored alarm system. But doing it yourself doesn’t mean doing it alone. When you buy a Foscam IP camera, you’re also buying our full-service after-sale technical support and warranty. We will guide you step by step through the installation, set-up, and use of your new wi-fi security cameras, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Contact us today to get started!

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July 8th, 2014

How Wi-Fi Cameras Can Keep Your Pets Safe When You’re Away

Anyone who owns a pet understands that the dogs, cats, gerbils, and parakeets who share our lives are much more than just animals – they’re family.  And because of that strong connection, it’s only natural to want to do everything in our power to keep our furry (or feathery) friends safe and happy.

 

Unfortunately, as much as we’d like to be able to stay home all day to keep a watchful eye on Fido or Snowball, someone’s got to keep that supply of doggie treats and chew toys coming, and kitty scratching posts certainly don’t pay for themselves.  

 

So how can you ensure that your pets remain safe and happy while you’re busy at work all day?

 

You don’t have to cross your fingers and rely blindly on those pet training sessions anymore. With a wi-fi camera from Foscam, you can keep an eye on Fido all day, right from your office computer or your smart phone. Here are just a few of the ways in which a wi-fi camera can help you keep your pet safe while you’re away.

 

Pet Safety

 

1. Monitor your pet’s activities when no one’s home. Even the best-trained pets can sometimes act up a little when no one’s around. You may not even realize that your cat can reach into the aquarium, or that your dog has been steadily eating a hidden section of your couch. Having the ability to monitor what your pets are doing all day gives you invaluable insight into the right steps to take to keep them safe. Maybe it’s time to put up a baby gate, or get a new chew toy. By knowing exactly what’s going on, you’ll be able to quickly take action to prevent any harm to your pets.     

 

2. Keep an eye out for emergencies. Burglars and house fires are an unfortunate reality, but they’re not the only emergencies that you might catch while watching your pet on an IP camera. A piece of that new rawhide bone may get stuck in your dog’s airway, or a falling object may trap your cat in a dangerous situation. Emergencies like these won’t set off any alarms, but they could have effects just as devastating, if left untended to until the end of the workday. Having a wi-fi camera in place allows you to call a neighbor to help, or even to rush home on your lunch break to rectify the situation before it gets any worse.   

 

3. Observe human-pet interactions. Maybe you’ve hired a pet sitter to walk your dog while you’re away, or maybe your housekeeper has told you your cat acts aggressively towards her. It’s always a good idea to have a way to see exactly how your pets are being treated by the people you trust to care for them when you’re not around. There may be a reason your cat is lashing out – or it could be he just needs to be confined to a different area of the house when your housekeeper comes. Keeping an eye on the situation with an IP camera is the only way to know for sure.

 

Making sure that furry family members are safe is a top priority for any pet owner. By setting up a few wi-fi cameras in strategic locations around your house, you’ll gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll always be there for them when they need you, even when you’re not at home. 

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May 27th, 2014

Recording videos to Foscam Cloud using HD Cameras

Foscam Cloud offers you the unique ability to record videos upon motion detection to the cloud.

 

If you have HD cameras, you can record your motion detection videos by changing your capture mode within the Foscam Cloud service. Currently, MJPEG cameras are not supported, however they will be in the future.

 

Go to the “My Cameras” page and click on the pencil icon next to the HD cameras you have added, as seen in the example below.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From here, simply click on the drop down next to the “Capture Mode” feature and select “Video” for video recordings, or “Both” to record both video on motion detection and also capture images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently we only offer video recordings on motion detection for HD cameras, we are working on a beta version of video recordings for MJPEG cameras and this should be released within the next 1 – 2 months once we’ve finalized the system to update to this new feature.

 

 

 

 

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May 27th, 2014

Adding a camera to Foscam Cloud

In this tutorial, we’ll be adding a Foscam camera to the Foscam Cloud service.
 
Firstly, you will want to sign up for a Foscam Cloud plan by going to http://www.foscam.us/foscam-cloud-pricing. You can always sign up for a free trial to test out the service.
 
Once you have signed up for an account, log in at http://www.foscamcloud.com
 
You will reach the screen below, which shows the cameras you have added. Currently, you will have no cameras added as your account is brand new.

 

 

To add your camera, you will need some basic information, such as your camera’s model, IP address or Host name (if using a DDNS), the camera’s HTTP port, as well as the administrative username and password.
 
See the example filled out below:

 

 

 

 

In the above example, we’ve filled out the following fields:

 

Camera Model: This is specific to what camera you are adding. In this example we have the 1.3 megapixel PTZ indoor camera, the FI9826W, so we have selected it from the drop-down box as seen above.
 
Camera Name: This is just a name that you can give your camera, it can be called whatever you like, as it serves as more of an identifier or reference for you. For example if you have multiple cameras in different areas of your house or business, you may want to call each camera by it’s location, such as “Kitchen”, or “Living Room”.
 
Username: Note that this is the administrative username on your camera. You have to use an administrative username as the cloud service utilizes some CGI commands to your camera that can only be done utilizing administrative credentials.
 
Password: Note that this is the password for the administrative account on your camera.
 
Enter External IP: This is the external IP address of our network. We have set up port forwarding on our network as to allow the camera to be remotely accessible. This field is usually populated automatically by identifying what your external IP address is, but you may need to modify it if you are adding a camera that is not present on your current network.
 
Port: This is the port you have assigned to your camera. This usually differs if you have changed your port. By default the HD cameras default to port 88, and the MJPEG cameras default to port 80.

 

From here, you can test the connection by pushing the “Test Connection” button. Pushing this button will allow the service to try and connect to your camera with the information given. If all credentials are correct, the test will read “Success!”.
 
The last option, Enable Auto Setup, is a feature that automatically sends a few CGI commands by default to your camera, and configures it for you automatically.
 
 
Note that if you uncheck this box, you will need to enter the Foscam Cloud credentials directly into your camera, and manually set options within your camera directly. Therefore, please only uncheck this box if necessary to set up your camera.

 
 
 

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May 1st, 2014

Foscam presents important security tips for consumers with IP Cameras

HOUSTON, May 1, 2014  /PRNewswire/ — Security breaches with IP cameras, including those used for baby monitors, recently featured in the news clearly shows a need to raise consumer awareness on the importance of security with IP cameras. All devices connected to the Internet run the risk of being hacked, and that includes IP cameras. Foscam COO Chase Rhymessays; “Many consumers fail to realize the importance of taking proper security measures, such as changing default passwords and keeping firmware up to date, especially if a camera is more than six months old. We take security very seriously and hope consumers of IP cameras do the same. To mitigate security breaches and protect privacy Foscam has an easy 5-Step Security program available on our website.”

 

Rhymes states; “Foscam deploys a dedicated team who is constantly engaged with network professionals around the world to do security testing on our cameras. As soon as a breach is detected we make it our number one priority to release a firmware update to address the issue.” See updates: http://foscam.us/firmware . “Once the firmware is released, we communicate to all end users who have registered for firmware updates on our website. We urge all customers to register for firmware updates and have posted such notifications throughout our website. If customers update the firmware and customize their passwords properly, security breaches should not occur.”

 

“Many consumers are turning to the advantages of wireless security components over traditional home surveillance systems whose connections can be severed. People see a great need to keep a remote eye on their homes, offices, children, elderly relatives and pets at affordable costs. Foscam IP Cameras can be set up in any room with relative ease, offer high quality video, audio and extra features such as motion detection and two-way intercommunication. Our cameras function well as baby monitors or as part of a larger home or office security system.”

 

Foscam Digital Technologies LLC (www.foscam.us) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of Foscam Products in the United States, Canada and the UK.  Foscam offers the most advanced products available today in remote monitoring IP network cameras. No other company combines so many powerful capabilities with ease of use and affordability.

 

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November 22nd, 2013

Introducing the new Foscam FI9821P V2 Plug and Play camera!

Date: 11/22/13
HOUSTON, TX


For immediate release:


Tying security and monitoring cameras to smart phones just got easier. Foscam’s plug and play FI9821P V2 camera, to be released on November 25, 2013, points the way.


Houston – November 22, 2013. Demand for security and monitoring cameras is one of the fastest growing segments in the digital marketplace. People see a great need to keep a remote eye on their homes, offices, kids, babies, and pets. Foscam’s new plug and play monitoring camera cuts the set-up time down to minutes. Previous models take more time and set-up steps to connect with routers. Often consumers need the help of an IT professional. Now it can be done by anyone, even if they aren’t tech savvy.

 

Foscam US, a leader in the sale and manufacturing of security and monitoring cameras, has come up with a faster and cheaper solution with its new plug and play FI9821P V2 camera, which will be available starting November 25, 2013.
“You can set this system up in three to five minutes, and then monitor anything that’s important to you right from your smart phone, tablet, or PC from anywhere int he world,” says Adam Ravat, CEO of the Houston-based Foscam. The Fi9821P V2 will sell for $149.99.

 

Set-up is simple with the push of a WPS button on your router and the download of a free Foscam app for the camera from a smart phone or other digital device and then a simple scan of a QR code links the devices. The camera is ready to protect the people or possessions you value.

 

The new camera offers numerous advantages. “We’re the first company to provide remote ‘pan and scan’ capabilities for a plug and play IP camera,” says Ravat. “With the tip of your fingers on a smart phone, you can swivel the camera in any direction you wish.” The camera also offers two-way audio, night vision, and recording capabilities. And, for the customers who want to be alerted to a fire or break-in, it provides alarms as well.

 

Foscam Digital Technologies LLC (www.foscam.us) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of Foscam Products in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Foscam offers the most advanced products available today in remote monitoring IP network cameras. No other company combines so many powerful capabilities with ease of use and affordability.




 

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