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Guide to Setting Up Your Foscam FI8908W 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 802.11/bg standard. 802.11/b and 802.11/g will also work, but not 802.11/n. However, all 802.11/n routers are backwards compatible with bg/b/g networks. 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;
b) Encryption method (e.g., WPA/WPA2/WEP);
c) Encription technique (e.g., TKIP/AES/TKIP-AES)
d) Share key

 

To find the above information you 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

 

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.

 

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 806.11/bg, 806.11/g, or 806.11/b.

 

SSID & Wireless Mode

 

Next, look under the “Security Settings” under “Wireless Settings’ and jot down the “Encryption Method”, “Encryption Technique” and the “Shared Key”.

 

Router Example

 

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 two “Login” buttons. If you are using IE, press the first “Login” button.
If you are using Firefox or Chrome, use the second “Login” button.

 

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”. Then, enter your “SSID”. Then, 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.
Camera Firefox

 

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 front flashing much faster than. 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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56 Responses to “Guide to Setting Up Your Foscam FI8908W Wirelessly”

  1. Foscam.us - Wireless IP Internet/Network Cameras Says:



    [...] Step 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 FI8908W Wirelessly [...]

  2. Pete Flaten Says:



    Hey there. I have had my FOSCAM for a few months now. I just have not had time to set it up. Well today read your tutorial for setting up the wireless. It worked great! Thank you. Now I am off to the other tutorials.

  3. JohnB Says:



    This is a question that maybe you can help with… is there a 12 volt extension patch cord for the DC power supply to the camera? It is a lot easier to run a 12 volt wire to the camera than a 110 volt ac line outdoors to plug the camera into.

    Out of curiosity sake and finally figuring out how to run the camera wirelessly. I plugged in a 100 foot extension cord and plugged the camera in at the end of it. It seems to send a just fine. Thats at a approximately 110 feet to the wireless linksys router that is hooked up to internet cable service. Not sure why it works but it does. Thought you might like to know.

    I still believe it could be run by a solar cell with a small 12 volt lawn and garden battery hooked up to small inverter which the power supply plugs into. There is a possibility the inverter would be too much drain. If I ever do this I will keep you posted.

  4. admin Says:



    John,

    Thank you so much for purchasing a Foscam camera and your great suggestions.

    The camera adopts a 5V 2A DC power supply, it is of lower voltage, safer compared to 12V. It is not foreseeable that the hardware engineer would recommend a change to 12V voltage.

    Regarding the wireless connection distance, a key factor is the rating of the wireless router. If the rating of the wireless router is over 400mW, the wireless distance could be over 200 metres (600ft) in an open room.

  5. Gino Says:



    What is the fuction of the wireless scan?

  6. Bill W Says:



    I got my wireless and internet access working, but the wireless only works if the camera is within about 50 feet of the router (Apple Airport Extreme).

    Where I want to use the camera, my laptop and my iPhone pick up the signal just fine and display strong signal, but the camera won’t join the network. Any ideas?

  7. Pat W Says:



    I have been trying to get the camera working wireless without success. My biggest problem is that I live in Mexico and the router info is all in spanish. I can’t get the pc camera tool to see the camera after I disconnect the lan line. I assume that the share key is the same as the sucurity key. Any help would be welcom.

  8. Wendel D Says:



    I’m using AT&T Uverse internet with my camera. For some odd reason I cannot get the camera to wirelessly connect using any of the WPA security settings. When I try, the camera will not connect at all. The highest security setting I can use is “WEP – Open System”. I have the latest firmware installed on it. I resulted to lowering the security of all my other PC’s to WEP as well just to get this camera to work. Has anyone else experienced this.

  9. Wendel D Says:



    How do you get sound from the camera? The instruction manual says that this camera has a built-in microphone. When I view the camera from the web, it doesn’t transmit any sound to me. How can I fix this?

    (I also noticed it has an audio port in the back but I haven’t connected anything to it.)

  10. Jim Says:



    Can you tell me please how a multiple camera setup would work. Does your software allow for more than one camera view at a time? Would I need to log into a different ip address in order to see the other cameras? Do I need to have an established web site to view the cameras? I am a home user with a network router only, do you provide instructions on how to access the cameras over the internet. Would you be able to provide me with a quick how-to so I can get an idea of what I need to do or what I am getting into?

    Thanks for any information you will be able to provide.

    Jim

  11. admin Says:



    Can you tell me please how a multiple camera setup would work.

    The unit comes with a built in webserver that allows for multiple cameras to be setup, up to 9 cameras at once with full pan/tilt features on each. You can view them all simultaneously. With external software (such as zoneminder or blue iris) there is no limit on the amount of cameras.

    Does your software allow for more than one camera view at a time?

    Yes, see above question.

    Would I need to log into a different ip address in order to see the other cameras?

    No, they can all operate on the same ip address using different ports. Example:
    http://168.73.92.1
    http://168.73.92.1:81
    http://168.73.92.1:82
    http://168.73.92.1:83
    etc

    Do I need to have an established web site to view the cameras?

    No, the camera comes with a built in webserver. See our demo at http://camera1.foscam.us username: admin1 password: admin1
    That user panel is being run directly off the camera
    If using firefox or chrome, use the second login button

    I am a home user with a network router only, do you provide instructions on how to access the cameras over the internet. Would you be able to provide me with a quick how-to so I can get an idea of what I need to do or what I am getting into?

    Yes, please view the Tools and Support section of our website for complete step by step instructions. Also see our blog

    Thanks for any information you will be able to provide.

    Your welcome,

  12. Bill L Says:



    Hi
    Having the same issue as : Wendel D on April 29. Also have AT&T Uverse internet for three cameras. I cannot get the camera to wirelessly connect using any of the WPA security settings. When I try, the camera will not connect at all. Have tried a second camera with same results.

    I do not want to change my security settings to WEP. Is there a workaround. Also is it true wireless will not work outside of 50 feet?

    Please help.

  13. Jesse Says:



    Hello,
    I am having the same issue with AT&T Uverse internet for three cameras. I am thinking of setting up another wireless router just for the cameras.

    Is there a work-around?

  14. admin Says:



    Jesse,

    Yes, I have come accross customers who it would not work using the cable/dsl modem but as soon as they plugged in an external hub or router everything worked flawlessly. Try that.

  15. jke Says:



    What is the original/manufacturer ip pre-set for this device? It doesn’t say anything in the this guide. Of course we need to know the ip at first when attempt to connect to the device via Ethernet and change the setting..etc

  16. Foscam Says:



    Jke,

    There is no pre-set IP for this device. Rather, this device will grab an IP from your DHCP server. If the DHCP does not work, then you can view the IP address of the camera by logging in to your router and clicking on a tab that says “Connected Devices” or “DHCP Client” list. This list will display all device connected to your computer.

    When viewing the list you should notice your own computer as well as other computers/devices on the network. The Foscam wireless IP camera will also appear on this list. If you are unsure, just pop in each unknown IP address that appears on the list into a browser and see if you get the camera to come up.

  17. Alan V Says:



    I have this model with the latest firmware. It will not work wirelessly with WPA2/AES, WPA/AES, or WPA2/TKIP+AES. I’m using a run-of-the-mill Linksys wireless ap. I have many other clients working with WPA2/AES. I have verified the configuration multiple times.

    Please help.

  18. Steve Says:



    Alan V.

    I have the exact same problem. i recently switched routers and now i use AES (provides faster speeds on wireless N) and i will not connect when i have the router on the 3 modes you list. just wanted to confirm i get the same issue.

  19. john z Says:



    ok, i have followed all the steps and i get to the network cable being unpluged and my light is blinking faster but the ip does not show up in the IP Camera tool. I am using Linksys Wireless-N WRT160N and set the network mode to BG-Mixed. am i missing something?

  20. electroman00 Says:



    Quote Admin

    “Thank you so much for purchasing a Foscam camera and your great suggestions.

    The camera adopts a 5V 2A DC power supply, it is of lower voltage, safer compared to 12V. It is not foreseeable that the hardware engineer would recommend a change to 12V voltage.”

    The camera does NOT have a 5V regulator built into it, the wall wart power supply is regulated @5V so using 12V will probably brick the camera if not short term, long term it would.

    You could use a 12v solar cell + 12V battery and a 3 terminal 5V@2A voltage regulator IC however, but regulator needs to handle 2Amps.

    Better yet is a 6.7 volt solar panel and 6V gel cell battery, much less charging electronics needed and the camera should/will run on 6Volts without harm.

    The camera does draw near 2Amps with both p/t motors running and IR leds lit @ night.
    I do have one set up with a 5V@1.5amp regulator and it trips the over current if I try to p/t at the same time without the IR leds on.
    I send 7.5V via the two remaining pairs of wire in the cat5 cable, however there is about 1.7-2.0 voltage drop in the cat5 wire at 50 feet.
    Heaver gauge wire would solve the problem, but that’s not what a cat5 contains, it’s 26ga. wire so there’s a large voltage drop in the wire.

    So one can see it needs that additional .5 amps to run all the on-board hardware.
    Motors & IR Leds.
    In short, the wall ward that is supplied with the camera is exactly the power needed e Voltage & Amperage 5V@2A.

    The other option is POE, but that adds some cost to the camera installation.
    As little as $25 but your wired to the camera, not wireless.

    Wireless Solar adds a very costly amount +$100.00.
    That would be for wireless installs for distances greater then a few hundred feet where electrical power is not available and the cost of delivery of power to the point is greater then solar costs.
    But if solar is your only choice, then be prepared to shell out some $$$$.
    $200-300 and don’t forget line of sight with the antenna’s and certainly better high gain antenna’s will be needed on both ends.

    For those needing slightly better wireless range, 15-18db antenna’s can be bought.

    HTH

  21. Chad Says:



    I recently purchased this cam and although I am able to connect wirelessly, I can only do it within a short range. Not even from the floor above where. Like directly over the room where the router is. With all my other wireless devices I am able to connect anywhere in the house, including outside in my yard, and even further. There is no question that I have a strong signal.

    Is there a trick to making the cam have a stronger range to pick up the signal?

  22. John R Says:



    Read the post prior to yours. Start with the cheapest option and get higher gain antennas. Your next option is to pump up the transmit power on your router (if the firmware allows it). You may need to cool the router if you do this. Finally, consider installing a repeater…this is the option I have chosen and it works fine.

  23. John R Says:



    In addition, place the router at a higher level than the receiving equipment, since radio waves travel out AND down.

  24. Frances B Says:



    To anybody having problems setting up the wireless even though the camera works when it is directly connected to their network router with an ethernet cable:

    There are 2 different MAC addresses listed on the bottom of the camera. The “Device ID” that displays on the “Device Status” window seems to be the MAC ID when the camera is directly wired to the router. It (the Device ID) never changes even when I am only wirelessly connected. The other MAC ID listed on the bottom (other than the Device ID) seems to be the MAC address for the camera when it is connecting through Wi-Fi. If you are like us, we limit access to our wireless signal by allowing only certain MAC addresses. I had to submit both of the camera’s MAC IDs to our router before we could connect wirelessly.

    Otherwise everything else works great, TKIP+AES security, over 50 feet away, plus sound and recording. Wish sound and all the other cool functions worked with Firefox.

  25. David M Says:



    F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N
    Have 2 F18904W that I’m attempting to add to my wireless network. Network consists of 2 Airport Extremes, one the early 802.11n(version 7.4.2) that is it’s own 8012.11n ONLY and one the early Time Capsule (version 7.4.2) that is 802.11n 802.11b/g compatible. My computer is a MacBook Pro running MacOS 10.6.4. My desire is to view cams primarily from my iphone, probably using the Live Cams app.

    No problem with the ethernet cable and finding IP addresses. Thus cabled I can view in my Safari browser or via IE in a Windows XP window via Parallels. Also good on iphone either in Safari browser or Live Cams via WiFi but not 3G so I’m guessing I need to do the port forwarding. Not sure this is in the Airport. My internet is a radio supplied broadband and that acts connects to my Airports. Wonder if I need access to router in front on my Airport?

    BUT – I’ve not been able to connect cameras via wireless. I’ve tried all sorts of settings. After writing above, I wonder if my problem is my provider’s radio/router.

    Would appreciate hearing from any other Mac folks, especially the successful ones. Email would be great if a way to do so or maybe a forum discussion?

    Thanks

  26. David M Says:



    On another note, I too am interested in an off grid power solution. We are completely off grid on solar PV, but my preferred camera locations do not have access to power nor would running a long ethernet cable be feasible.
    I’m investigating a PV/battery/Inverter/adapter solution.

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    David

  27. Rutger Says:



    Wired everything works fine, but wireless the cam is registered to the wlan router,
    but no ip address is assigned to it.
    When a fixed ip address is used I can even ping the cam but port 80 doesn’t respond.

    does anybody know what the problem is ?

    Thanks

  28. Andrew M Says:



    Wireless Connection Issues:

    I am able to connect via ethernet LAN. I have scanned for my wireless AP and found it to be WPA/WPA2-PSK. I have entered the appropriate key. Once it reboots I can see it on the DHCP table (I think, there are two MAC numbers that are new). But when I enter the IP address I am unable to connect “Address not valid”, and I am unable to find the ip address us the IP Camera Tool. I am using a Linksys wireless router with WPA-PSK TKIP security. On the camera the green led is flashing faster to indicate wireless mode. (Though it does this even if the wrong key wireless key is used)

    Camera:FI8908W
    Device Firmware Version 11.14.1.46
    Device Embeded Web UI Version 2.4.8.12

    Any Suggestions?

  29. Jason Says:



    I have several webcams from different manufacturers (Panasonic,Linksys etc) all set up using wireless WPA2 connections but I have had no luck with this camera. If someone figures it out can they post what they did here? It’s pretty much useless without it. No problems over ethernet.

  30. Eric Says:



    Have had a single camera working brilliantly wirelessly for about 3 weeks. Never a blip. 100% up time.

    Introduced a 2nd camera tonight, and immediately both cameras were up and down constantly….True definition of “intermittent”. No rhyme or reason. Neither would stay up for longer than 10 seconds. Not even enough time to get into the administrator settings to mess around.

    Any ideas?

  31. Foscam Says:



    The cameras are having an IP address conflict in that both cameras are trying to use the same IP Address. The solution is to disable DHCP and assign permanent IP addresses to the cameras. You can do this in IP Camera tools by selecting the camera, right clicking, and going to network configuration. Under network configuration uncheck the box that says Obtain IP Address via DHCP. Then just enter the static IP address that you want and boom, working!

  32. Stefano Says:



    I have problem with wifi camera. I am able to connect via ethernet LAN, I have scanned for my wireless AP and found it to be WPA/WPA2-PSK. I have entered the appropriate key. Once it reboots I can see the green led flashing faster. My access point is a fonera with new firmware that support open mesh.

    Any Suggestions?

    Camera:FI8908W
    Device Firmware Version 11.14.2.17
    Device Embeded Web UI Version 2.4.8.14

  33. Eric Says:



    They have both had static IPs from the get-go. I have never had them getting IPs via DHCP.

  34. marc Says:



    What Frances says is very right… if you want to connect wifi you must enable 2 IP addresses, the one under the cam (wifi) and the one given by the system (ethernet cable)

    There are 2 different MAC addresses listed on the bottom of the camera. The “Device ID” that displays on the “Device Status” window seems to be the MAC ID when the camera is directly wired to the router. It (the Device ID) never changes even when I am only wirelessly connected. The other MAC ID listed on the bottom (other than the Device ID) seems to be the MAC address for the camera when it is connecting through Wi-Fi. If you are like us, we limit access to our wireless signal by allowing only certain MAC addresses. I had to submit both of the camera’s MAC IDs to our router before we could connect wirelessly.

  35. DP Says:



    All I can say is WOW! I have been trying to get these cameras online AND wireless for two days. I consider myself a tech, nothing much freaks me out, but learning how these pesky cameras are to be configured was a serious brain twister. It’s not the complexity of the settings alone so much as it is trial and error on so MANY different settings! I’m looking at configuring 7+ cameras, the learning curve has been a complete @#$%!

    NOT recommended for the average guy who “thinks” he knows his stuff unless you plan to stay LAN based, even then you have a learning curve. The developers need to take a hard look at the setup and build a more intuitive system. Great cameras but the configuration leaves a LOT to be desired. Sorry just my opinion but it blows. Give us more tools to test with and isloate the problems, anything is better than the nothing supplied. Two days worth of bill time lost to setup alone, and I have yet to mount the first camera. Documentation is too sketchy and scattered, pull it together.

    Think I am pi$$ing and moaing now, be thankful I figured it out. ;)

    Can someone tell me where I can change the settings for the bit rate on these (FI8904W), or at least what the bit rate is so that I can prepare the HDD size for the customers video storage computer? Also what type of connection speed should I plan to have setup to support a total of 8 cameras, wireless? As in total data rate?

    Thank you.

  36. DP Says:



    Okay, scratch that part about the information being scattered, I see now it’s local. My apology. More and better tools would still be nice, even third party. Consider offering phone support, please? Having documents online does not constitute “comprehensive after-sales technical support”. Maybe create a step by step YouTube video, unless you are having trouble configuring your cameras. ;)

    I noticed the camera tends to get stuck in IR mode and will not come out, even after power cycling, is this common?

    I wanted to add that when I asked sales about an Android phone app he was not sure if one existed that supported the Foscam IP cameras, in fact if I remember right he said no. For anyone wanting to try it the “IP Cam Viewer Lite (v3.3.2)” on the Android supported phones this does in fact work great and is free for up to 4 cameras. This made it all worth the trouble. I’m going to buy the full version.

  37. Jack Says:



    I didn’t see a response to the question about setting up audio. What’s the trick? I get no audio when I first set up the camera. When I go to the visitor screen and try to turn on audio I get a high pitched noise from the camera.

  38. Sven Says:



    I have a Foscam FI8918W, set up by LAN cable works great but by no means I am able to set up a wifi connection with a Thomson speedtouch ST780 router (the cam scan shows no wifi network although settings are set on visible, firewall disabled etc etc.).
    The cam does however work perfectly by wifi with a Siemens Gigaset SX551 router on an other location so the Thomson Router or it s settings seem not compatible for some reason…? (ADSL provider is also the same). Any advice is very welcome…!
    Sven

  39. Dave Says:



    FIXED IT! I have a mac and I had the hardest time getting my camera to connect to the wifi. And then I realized that Foscam gives the camera 2 MAC Ids (thanks for the confusion). One MAC ID works for the ethernet cable and one for the wireless. Thus, the camera also has 2 IP addresses. Make sure you’re accessing the camera from the second (wireless) IP address when you disconnect the ethernet cable. Also make sure you’re forwarding to the wireless IP and not the wired IP. Both MAC addresses can be found on the stickers on the back of the camera.

  40. Mike Says:



    Mail Services Settings???
    I bought a FI8905W and I am having a problem setting up email notification.
    I use gmail and below is what I have in my settings.
    Sender my gmail account
    Receiver 1 another my gmail account
    Receiver 2 my yahoo email account
    SMTP server smtp.gmail.com
    SMTP Port 25 or 993
    Need Authentication checked
    SMTP User my gmail account
    SMTP Password my gmail password
    And the test failed.
    Test … Failed
    Server Error
    I have tried diff. SMTP port number and they all failed the test.
    I made sure my SMTP User and Password are correct by logging in my email account.
    But all the tests failed.

  41. Glen Says:



    Got my first FOSCAM 8918W working wirelessly (that took a lot of time and effort)

    Liked the camera and bought two more – trying to set them up.

    I added a camera and set it up wireless – when I click it in the IP Camera tool window it opens and I log in then I get the error 1:Failed to communicate with device:Illegal params I click ok and the camera works – HOWEVER the light in the camera monitor (on my computer) is yellow – the light for the first camera is green but I cannot select it and cannot see the first camera when i select multiple view option.

    Now, If i use the IP camera tool to launch the #1 camera then I can only see the #1 camera and even if I go through the DYNDYNS link I can only se the #1 camera

    I changed the port on #2 to 8100 (it looks like it has done it and I have opened that port in my router)

    What am I doing wrong???

  42. peter Says:



    Help! I need some help!

    Camera works fine when hardwired to my router. When i scan (twice) i see my wep protected network. I type in by wep @ and reboot… and it comes back with no connection and also noting listed in the list of wireless SSID’s.. ie. it jus doesn’t connect.. and provides no feedback as to what went wrong…

    Help anyone?

    here’s the status after rebooting..

    Device ID 000DC5D097B0
    Device Firmware Version 11.22.2.23
    Device Embeded Web UI Version 2.4.18.15
    Alias Anonymous
    Alarm Status None
    DDNS Status No Action
    UPnP Status No Action

    Help?

    thanks!!
    P

  43. Jerry Says:



    I just purchased a Foscam FI8918W IP wireless cam from foscam.us. I am having trouble getting the camera to connect to my wireless network using my Router – Linksys E3000. The camera works fine while the Ethernet cable is connected, but will not connect after the cable is removed. I am following the instruction of disconnecting the Ethernet cable 10 seconds after pushing the SUBMIT button, then letting the camera stabilize (1 min) and re-powering the camera. I have tried this with the Encryption and MAC Filter disabled, my Firewall disconnected and my AntiVirus disabled – all conditions the same. The router is an “N” type, but set to Mixed Mode. I have tried to contact Technical Support but have had no reply to my questions. Is there some scenario that I could be checking – wireless channel, etc. It seems that this camera doesn’t want to connect via the E3000 router. Can someone PLEASE give me some tech support. If I can get this camera to function, I will definitely buy several more as I am in the process of revamping my entire security system.

  44. Rich F Says:



    How does one configure which wireless channel to use?

  45. P.Howard Says:



    Hi Camera:FI8908W
    I am trying on WinXP to get more than two cameras working wireless. All 4 cameras work hard wired. Any ideas.
    P

  46. Alan Says:



    I have 3 F18908W cams in my Ontario home. Connecting to any of them with my home network IP’s shows the other 2 cams “live”. Using the DYNDNS forwarding web site from Ontario I am connected to one cam and can see the other two “live”. The problem occurs when I am in Florida. The other two cams are no longer “live”. I can connect directly through my home IP address with port forwarding extension to one of the two “non-live” camers with no problem, but not the other cam. Any ideas?

  47. Anthony Says:



    I am having troubke setting up email & ftp. I have entered all info as per the instructions and still it fails. Are there any good detailed instructions out there?

  48. Steve Says:



    Hi,

    I just bought the FI8918W, but I can’t get past 1st base.

    I power up and connect it to my wireless router via the ethernet cable.

    I have installed the s/w and restarted my WinXP Pro pc.
    When I run the IP camera utility I get a blank screen, NOT like p4 of the manual where the IP address shows up.

    I then installed the s/w on my Win7 Pro laptop and restarted. Same problem.

    The manual is not clear about exactly what has to be configured/ uninstalled/disabled. I tried disabling windows firewall but no luck.

    After many attempts – not sure what was different this time – I found the ip address listed in the IP Camera utility so I clicked it. This booted up Chrome (my default browser) and it came up with “cannot connect to website”.

    It was trying to connect to 192.168.1.3 so I went into my router and found a list of connected devices. One device was .1.3 – clearly the camera.

    What do I do to connect to it?
    My router has DHCP (of course, otherwise it wouldn’t have this device listed).

    No doubt there is some port setting or some other blocking mechanism.

    I hope someone can advise.

    Thanks.

    PS I have McAfee AntiVirus Plus. But disabling the firewall doesn’t seem to change anything.

  49. Steve Says:



    Following my earlier comment, after another restart of router and of camera:
    IP camera tool does now show an IP address – this happens with and without firewall turned on (but I have the .1 to .255 addresses in my “home” network on the McAfee s/w).

    The webpage starts to come up like fig 1.7 (p5) in the supplied “Quick installation guide”. I click “Server Push mode” and get:

    “The webpage at http://192.168.1.3/serverpush.htm might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.
    Error 101 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_RESET): Unknown error.”

    Also the webpage seems very slow to come up on my laptop (but no speed issues with internet and downloading large files).

    Sometimes when I load up the webpage it shows half the screen loaded with lots of “undefined” tags, e.g. on the buttons, and above the buttons. The menu line with “English Spanish..” shows up ok but otherwise blank or “undefined”.

    Appreciate any help.
    Thanks

  50. RG Says:



    If you are having trouble getting it to work on Wifi (after successfully making it work on ethernet), it may be this simple issue that the instructions are not good at explaining.

    When you switch to Wifi, it get a new IP address (probably the next one up from the default that DHCP gave it when on the cable). You have to login to the camera again through that new IP address, not the previous one.

    You “IP camera tool” on the desktop should show the new IP number. If like me, you thought you could use the existing URL in your browser, it won’t work.

    Hope that helps

  51. Bud Brown Says:



    I too have to say the camera works wonderfully when wired to the Ethernet, but I cannot get the wireless to work. I verified the SSID, protocol, security key with the router and verified that all the laptops around here are still working fine on the wireless. I have triple checked the information in “4.1.10 Camera cannot connect wireless” and I have it correct. Are there any other tools available to get this camera working? I was hoping to start using these instead of the Linksys cameras, but based on the amount of time I have spent trying to get wireless working with this evaluation camera, I have to fall back to the Linksys cameras which do actually work wirelessly with routers from multiple vendors.

  52. Les G. Says:



    I’m having the same problem so many others are having. My Foscam F18918W works fine with ethernet but like others I can’t get the wireless to work. I’ve checked and rechecked all the necessary info (SSID, etc.)but no matter what, I can’t get the camera to go wireless. Come Foscam, come out with an answer because you FAQ didn’t help at all. I might add without wireless, this camera is useless to me.

  53. Blaine Says:



    Same problem as Les G #52. cannot connect wireless but works great with ethernet cable installed. Foscam 18918w

  54. Jeff H. Says:



    I was having the same problems as many others when it came to getting the FI8918W to work with wireless. Then I stumbled upon another forum (can’t remember where, though), which pointed out that once wireless is enabled, the camera then uses a different MAC address for wireless connections. I took a look at the bottom of my camera, and sure enough, there were two sets of MAC addresses: one for wired, and one for wireless. I eventually found the wireless MAC listed on my router, then got the IP address and voila — everything worked!

    Hope this helps someone!

  55. Jeff H. Says:



    I just took a look back through some of the responses, and it looks like several people have already mentioned what I just submitted (about the two MAC addresses). Consider this a “bump” for those (like me) who sometimes read blogs backwards…

    All in all, this is a very good camera (I have two of them now), especially when you factor in the price. The standard-light image is decent, and the low-light image is excellent, IMHO. Pan and tilt work very well, too, and I was happy to find an Android application that works with this camera and my other IP cameras.

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