The Foscam FI8918W Wireless IP Camera features high quality video and audio, pan/tilt, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as a built in network video recording system. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (Iphone, Android & Blackberry) as well as accessible over the internet network using standard browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari). The camera functions well as a smartphone baby, pet or elderly parent monitor or as part of a home or office security system with remote internet monitoring ability.. We are offering this camera here on special including FREE Shipping within the United States, Canada & the UK. Free shipping is available through our shipping warehouses located in Houston, Toronto and London. Grab it now while supplies last!
Foscam USA's retail distribution arm is the top rated distributor of Foscam products in the United States, Canada (www.foscam.ca) and the UK (www.foscam.co.uk). Foscam US provides free after-sales support and warranty services only to customers who purchase directly from Foscam US. If you purchase cameras from China of third-party sellers on eBay, please contact the seller from whom you purchased for support or contact Foscam China directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like telephone support and have us perform a remote installation of your camera, purchase from Foscam.us directly or click "Remote Installation" on the right side navigation bar under "Related Products". If you have any questions or concerns please call us directly at 713 893 7869.
When you purchase directly from Foscam.us you are not only purchasing a camera, but also the value-added services of 24 - 48 hour shipping from our US based warehouse (also Toronto Canada and London UK), complete after-sales technical support as well as our US (Canada/UK) based replacement warranty and return services. Foscam.us does not provide support or warranties on behalf of any Foscam cameras purchased directly from China and sold on through other resellers.
We guarantee that your Foscam wireless camera will be 100% functional or we will issue you an immediate replacement. In addition, the camera is covered by a 1 year manufacturer's warranty which will be honored by us through our office in Houston, TX (also Toronto Canada and London UK).
Our return policy is 30 days. Except for cameras which are dead on arrival (DOA) all returns are subject to a 10% restocking fee and buyer pays return shipping.
The Foscam.us warranty is only available to users who purchase directly from Foscam.us using our online checkout system or from one of the Authorized Retailers located on our "Where to Buy" page.
What separates us from other IP camera brands is our comprehensive after-sales technical support. We will walk you through process of setting up your camera step-by-step. Our technical representatives have extensive knowledge regarding the setup and installation of Foscam IP cameras and explain the process in a manner that is clear and understandable.
Foscam.us offers free support for the setup and installation of your wireless IP camera. This free support service is available only to customers who purchase directly through our website (www.foscam.us) or from one of the Authorized Retailers located on our "Where to Buy" page. Customer's who purchase from unauthorized sellers on eBay or other platforms should contact the particular reseller from which they purchased in order to receive support.
- Foscam Wireless IP Camera
- Wifi Antenna
- User Manual
- Installation CD
- Mounting Bracket
- Network Cable
- DC Power Supply 5v
- The IR lights can be turned off manually from the software
- Audio quality is improved, there will be no noise when speaking into the camera.
- WPA2 Encryption Supported
- Added an audio input jack which can be used with an external microphone
- Relocated the network light to the back of the camera. Add a power indicator lamp
- Allows for remote viewing & recording over LAN or the internet through PC and mobile devices (including Iphone)
- Simple to setup with a friendly graphical interface
- High image & video quality (Display resolution: 640 x 480 Pixels (300k Pixels))
- Two-way audio monitoring
- Allows remote Pan/Tilt control (Pan:270deg& Tilt:120deg)
- Night vision (up to 8 meters) via auto IR-LED illumination
- Infrared Motion Detection (with email notification and image upload via FTP)
- Multi-user access with password protection
- Supports the IE browser, Firefox as well as most other standard browsers including the standard Safari browser on the Iphone
- Wi-Fi compliant with wireless standards IEEE 802.11b/g. Wired connection is also included
- Supports both WEP & WPA Encryption
- Supports Dynamic IP Addresses such as through dyndns.org
- Has multi-level user management system with password protection
User Interface:The camera features an easy to use graphical interface that is accessible from any standard browser anywhere in the world over the internet. It has password protection as well as the ability for multiple users to view and control upto 9 cameras at one time.
|Image Sensor||1/4" Color CMOS Sensor|
|Display Resolution||640 x 480 Pixels(300k Pixels)|
|Lens||f: 2.8mm, (IR Lens)|
|Lens Type||Glass Lens|
|Viewing Angle||60 Degree|
|Image Frame Rate||15fps(VGA),30fps(QVGA)|
|Flip Mirror Images||Vertical / Horizontal|
|Light Frequency||50Hz, 60Hz or Outdoor|
|Video Parameters||Brightness, Contrast|
|Ethernet||One 10/100Mbps RJ-45|
|Wireless Standards||IEEE 802.11b/g|
|Data Rate||802.11b: 11Mbps(Max.), 802.11g: 54Mbps(Max.)|
|Wireless Security||WEP & WPA WPA2 Encryption|
|Pan/Tilt Angle||Horizontal:300° & Vertical: 120°|
|Infrared Light||11 IR LEDs,Night visibility up to 8 metres|
|Dimension||5.5 x 5 x 4 in|
|Gross Weight||1.5 lbs ( accessories included) (Color Box Size: 7.5 x 6.75 x 4.5 in)|
|Net Weight||0.66 Ibs|
|Storage Temperature||-10°C ~ 60° (14°F ~ 140°F)|
|Storage Humidity||0% ~ 90% non-condensing|
|CPU||2.0GHZ or above (suggested 3.0GHz)|
|Memory Size||256MB or above (suggested 1.0GHz)|
|Display Card||64M or above|
|Supported OS||Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista / 7 / 8 / Mac|
|Browser||IE 6.0, IE7.0,Firefox, Safari (no sound), or other standard browsers|
|Warranty||Limited 1-year warranty|
|Number of Batteries Supported||No|
|Battery Size Supported||No|
The camara and support were fantastic Review by RAYM
I purchased two camaras from Foscam model # F18918W, and they have work better than expected. The tech support was fantastic and I would recommend this camara or any Foscam product. (Posted on 5/13/14)
Your Technical Support Review by Elmo
You have great support personnel.
I am very pleased to her service and i will recommend your products which I did already. more power to Jenifer-X1099. You're the best!!!!! (Posted on 4/4/14)
Quality and technical support Review by Gerry
Was having an issue with motion detection. Called the support line, maybe 5 min wait. The tech help me resolve the problem in under 10 minutes. Great product and good after sales support. I will definitely buy more of these cameras and recommend to family and friends. (Posted on 3/18/14)
Meh Review by Athena
Had this camera about a week. When it works, it works great. We love it. But it keeps bumping off our wireless connection. We've been troubleshooting every possible answer (husband is an IT pro), and the answer may just be that it's broken. Will try it for another week, but if it's still unreliable, it's going back. If anyone has any advice, I'm open. (Posted on 6/13/12)
Great product! Review by Martin
I recently purchased this camera and I'm very happy with it!
Installation was not to difficult (i'm not a computer-geek, but have a electronic background) and it was up and running within 10 minutes! (Posted on 12/31/11)
Priced right, fast shipping Review by Thinkflight
I reviewed several IP cams and finally chose this one for the two way audio. This is perhaps the only area where this camera is a letdown. The built in mic is sensitive enough for me to make out people talking at normal levels, though the transmit ability is rather shabby and support for audio on mobile devices is rather poor at the moment due to the fact that the firmware uses a non standard format that is not, and never was ment to be used for broadcast... they SHOULD switch to AAC which is part of an open spec and part of mp4 and m4v so it would be universal...
such as it is... this cam is well worth the cost IMO. I'll be getting a second one. (Posted on 11/6/11)
Neat little IP cam Review by CC "CC"
Nifty little camera, so far works as described. Wasn't all that hard to set up but you do need a little networking know-how. Thinking about getting another one, should the price drop. I hope foscam keeps working on and updating the firmware. Microphone and speakers aren't the best of clarity, but get the job done. Overall, nice lttile cam for the price. (Posted on 7/2/11)
good bang for the buck Review by Alexandru
For this price range this is the best choice.
Though, let's see in detail:
- night vision
- pan & tilt
- live view (video only) available from other browsers than IE
- supported (video only) in Synology DiskStation
- web gui is not user friendly and not polished
- authentication in ActiveX mode cannot be done automatically (save password in browser)
- no audio in Synology DiskStation (not in Live View nor in Recordings)
- when placed on a surface, at night time and when tilted down the IR leds overexpose the image and it's not useable - workaround: mount it on the ceiling with the supplied mount
- in-camera motion detection is only able to upload/send pictures and not video
More here: http://solvecomputerissues.ideacity.ro/2011/04/best-consumer-ip-camera-for-buck.html (Posted on 7/2/11)
Very good for the price Review by RS Service Co
Have had this camera for about a month. It was not too easy to set-up but once we got it working it is just fine. The IR works great and the video is very good for both day and with the IR. I have just bought a second unit like this one and I also own 2 of the outdoor units and they are fine also... (Posted on 7/2/11)
Wireless Configuration is complicated Review by Khaleel Al-Dawlah
Quality : Medium
User Interface : Good
Wired Config. : Very Easy & Straight forward.
Wireless Config. : Very complicated. I could not connect it to my wireless network by manual nor auto search.
Picture Quality : Good
Price : Very Reasonable
Bottom line : It's good for home use (indoor) monitoring kids , or home. It's not a professional security camera , but it does the job. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Love Hate Review by D. Rodrigues "Fuzzy string theory"
For the price it's a very impressive piece of technology but I'm having a real problem getting it to work reliably. I worked my way through the instructions and it worked great for about 2 weeks then it failed to show up when accessing it over the internet. I reset it back to the factory default and it worked a day and then stopped working again. Like others have said the instructions are not for the faint of heart but it can be done. It's very disappointing to go to all the work of getting it set up and operational only to have to crap out time and time again. Update: it's now working again and it's been stable for several days. When it's working I love this thing - so great to be able to keep and eye on my house as there has been a rash of robberies in my area. I must say the IR eye works good in the dark. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Good value but setup difficut Review by mouse
I bought 2 of these and there is a lot of features packed into them. The set up was difficult but after about 2 weeks of tweaking parameters I finally got it right. The quality if the color is not so good but it serves my purposes (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great camera Review by digitalkid
Very happy with the camera so far. Good resolution and had no issues setting it up. Only thing is that you have to contact the reseller for customer support instead of foscam directly. The reseller was quick to respond. Works with both IE and firefox. Some quirky things that may be fixed with new firmware. Can only turn on/off sound with IE, no memory or default settings when power on again after off. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Wireless is tricky but WORKS! Review by T. Fischer "Gizmo guy"
I too had lots of trouble getting Wireless to work until I found my answer in the FAQ in the User Guide, which says to unplug the Ethernet cable! Eureka-when you find your wireless SSID in the Scan window and select it, once you've hit Submit (and while the camera is rebooting) you need then to unplug the hardwired Ethernet cable--the cam will come-up using Wireless! It won't do so if the Ethernet cable is still plugged-in! And it will probably be a different IP address also, so you have to find it and then enter the new IP into your browser to connect to the cam-which-is-now-wireless.
Hope this saves someone else from the dreaded "my wifi doesn't work" problem noted here by several buyers. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Foscam Set-up and Use Review by Thomas C. Winters
My overall impression of the Wireless Cam is that for the price it is a great item.
The most difficult part was setting everything up. The information is all there it is just not organized well. You have to switch back and forth between the quick start manual and the full manual to get the cam to be web enabled.
Once you set the camera up it functions very well even remotely over the internet.
The only other thing I would like to see is better software for browsers other than explorer. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great IR Night Vision, Controls and Picture at a Affordable Price Review by A. Smith "Mr Smith"
I was considering a more expensive model but went with another Foscam. I own a previous model, and I fought for a long time to get the first camera connected to the network. I actually gave up, and used an extra Airport Express (via the Ethernet port) and placed it in my baby's room for monitoring.
I am very pleased with the cam's IR night vision, controls and picture. So, when I went with a second one my hopes were not high for getting it onto my wireless network (Apple Airport Extreme). But with persistence, and patience, I was able to get the camera to link to the wi-fi. Then, I copied my settings and was able to get the first Foscam to be wireless as well. Getting the cam on the wi-fi can be a challenge, but once it's done it seems easy.
I will be ordering one more for use outdoors, but I'm not sure how long it will last in the elements. It will be totally dry (under an eave) but the South Carolina humidity takes a toll on everything outside. Still, at $89, I can afford 3 of these things before I get to the cost of the other outdoor cams.
I use it with both the LiveCam and iCam apps with my iPhone (and iPad) for remote viewing. I love being able to check in on the house when away. I'm really amazed at how much I use these things.
I never contacted tech support but if you think you'll need hand-holding while you set-up this camera I would look elsewhere. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great bargain Review by feldspar
The features you get for the price are just great, this camera has a clear picture day or night, inside or outside. I've tested it as a baby monitor and for watching the front walkway of my house, the alarm feature is very nice as well as leaving open Internet Explorer to let it automatically record 60 seconds of video every time there is motion. The upload to FTP and email feature is also very useful to see a series of images when motion is detected.
Audio is a bit disappointing, but I didn't expect much and it's usefulness there is very limited.
Overall it's great and I'm going to buy a few more for use around my house as security cameras and in my older kids rooms. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Setup difficult - Hangs Win 7 when using IE Review by SteveK
-Once installed works well
-Good IR vision
-Very difficult to setup
-Hangs my Windows 7 Laptop (have not tried it on desktop) when using Internet Explorer
-Sound does not work on Firefox
-Don't get the multi-cam view in firefox
-Instructions say that there is a selection in setup for multiple cameras but it does not show up. This may be another firefox thing.
Things I learned
-setup fixed IP address outside the range of your DHCP addresses. So if you DHCP is set to 192.168.1.10 for 10 devices set your cameras to 192.168.1.105 (saw something that says do not use 0, 1, or something else that I don't remember) I setup 4 of these at addresses 192.168.1.105 - 108
-Also used ports 8010-8013 on the 4 cameras.
- Setup port forwarding 8010 - 105, 8011 - 106 etc. using this then allowes me to access each camera by 192.168.1.105:8010, 192.168.1.106:8011, etc
- setup dyndns pretty easily - created free userid - configured each camera with the logon parms for dyndns
OK. It took me about 9 hours to get 4 cameras setup. Part of that time was rebooting my laptop many times before I decided to use firefox. I have them all using wireless and are scattered all over one floor of a 2 bedroom condo. 1 is going throgh 3 or 4 walls about 40-50 feet away. I had no problem with the wireless once I figured out the rest. A big help was to stop using DHCP and make fixed IPs.
I have not configured a lot of the motion detection and FTP but the basic functions are working great.
Will update once I have more info.
Using IE on my desktop I am able to configure the Multi-Device parms. Very Strange that the selection does not even show up in Firefox. I was able to get the 4 cameras on the same screen. This is pretty slick but the software obviously needs quite a bit of work. There should be a way to save the setting to put it in 4 camera mode. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Foscam great camera for the money Review by cme4tv
We were looking for a baby monitor and from all the stuff I've read online this little camera does the trick! I can view the camera from my cell phone anytime I want. Image quality is good and night vision is great. I would recommend this camera but only thing is you are going to have to work a little to get it to work with a mac. I got it all setup took me a few hours to get everything going but no complaints. Great camera for under $100 bucks for sure. Pan/Tilt etc none of the baby monitors do anything really and cost MUCH MUCH more and just eat batteries. Thanks Foscam! (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great Item Review by Al
I purchase this camera and works great. Cons Mic and Speakers can't work simultaneous. Easy setup and easy to remote operate. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Worth the Cost Review by M. Carl
Other reviewers are correct in that the documentation is poor, but if you have some IT savvy, you can probably figure it out.
The wireless connectivity is tricky, but works...most of the time. Connectivity drops ocassionaly and sometimes requires user intervention.
The only real issue is that the alarm feature that triggers a recording and/or email photos is unreliable. Seems to trigger for no apparent reason, yet doesn't always alarm when it should. I plan to try some of the third party apps.
Decent video quality (including night vision) and the two-way audio works good. Overall, it seems to be a bargain for less than $90. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Works well Review by micksh
First, bad things:
Only Internet Explorer provides full control. Two-way audio and preset positions work in IE but don't work in other browsers.
There is limited 3rd party software compatibility. For example, for Blackberry Totalcontrol app is one of the cheapest but its pan-tilt control is limited for this camera. Foscam does provide .jar app that works fine on regular java-enabled internet-connected cell phones. It's fun to have your camera view on your cell phone. Doesn't work on Blackberry, though, some security API error. For Android free IP Cam viewer works well.
Minor: Motion detection saves images to FTP longer than needed. Too many images saved even after motion stopped. In my case it is around 1 GB per week of images. It's too sensitive also (yes, there are settings to adjust it).
But, good thing - motion detection works. And it's better to save more images than miss something. Get FTP account outside for cheap or save images to your NAS/server and synchronize folder with Dropbox or Skydrive and you will get images of intruders even if they steal all electronics.
Sometimes when I connect to camera with IE it reboots. Takes couple of minutes to find home position. Doesn't do that with other browsers. That's actually the biggest annoyance. I updated to latest firmware, of course. Make sure camera home position looks at right spot, will help in case of power outage.
Despite all flaws that I listed it is still a decent camera for the money.
It will do its job unattended, saving images when motion is detected. And you can monitor it from outside of your home with some minor limitations.
It adjusts sensitivity automatically. I found outdoor mode the best. In my case it is looking through window to outside and after panning it sees inside darker house without adjustments.
During the night it doesn't see much because I had to turn infrared off - it reflects from window glass. But, there is automatic motion-sensing light in my house, it helps. Infrared on camera works well, though - can see in total darkness if there is no glass in front of camera.
Image is good enough for security camera.
Setting it up is very easy if you have your router set up for access from outside, know about DynDNS and port forwarding. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Good but no sound Review by Vince Hammond
After sorting out the IP address and finding the user name "admin" and sticking with IE I have it working as a wired cat5 unit to monitor elderly relatives in another city. Works in darkness very well. I've read other reviews saying audio works in IE, but not for me. In the control panel is a button with a symbol for headphones which I click.........the symbol changes to a square but no sound. I have tried changing audio buffer from one through five. I have plugged in small computer mikes into the camera with no results. I currently have no mike plugged in but still no sound. Any advice on sound is welcomed. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Good for the $ Review by Alonso
I bought this product to stay in view of my wife and new born while I worked out of town during the week. Works best on a desktop/laptop and okay on my iPad. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Not a baby monitor, but decent home monitoring Review by Eric Dawson "Amazon Aficionado"
This is a decent, easy to use IP camera. If you are intimidated at the idea of setup...don't be. The instructions are adequate to get you started and a quick internet search will net you instructions on how to setup just about any IP camera properly for viewing over the internet. They are really all the same.
Things I liked about this camera: it is very quiet, no one will "hear" it moving. It has a great range of motion/viewing angle. I was also impressed with the distance of the night vision. Finally, the motion detection alert via email works as it should.
What I didn't like: I was originally going to use this as a baby monitor, but the audio quality and capabilities are just not there. While it is possible to hear audio, there is too much static/noise and it doesn't pick up the more quiet sounds. The audio output built-in speaker just doesn't work. And forget about trying to hear the audio through anything other than Internet Explorer. For some reason you can't access audio via Firefox or Safari. Boo! So it just wasn't versatile enough for me to use as a baby monitor. Also, while the video quality is decent, fluid motion at 30fps, the color saturation and representation is way off. Not a big deal, but if that matters to you then don't get this camera.
So what was originally going to be a baby monitor is now a camera monitoring our living room and mostly the goings on of our Shih Tzu. We get a kick out of monitoring the dog while we are away and we could easily add additional cameras to monitor the house, send alerts on movement; aka the house cleaner has arrived, or whatever. But the camera was not quite everything I was expecting. However for the price it is a pretty good value if you just need the video capabilities.
(Posted on 7/2/11)
Nice product Review by John F. Brehm
This is a very nice camera. The instructions for the setup could be better but once it is set up it does a nice job. I haven't been able to get the feature where it automatically sends emails when it detects motion working yet (instructions on that not included), but otherwise I can use it with the web host I set up and it works great. Buyers should be aware that with the web host, the camera will not work with many phone browsers. Apparently it works with iphone, android, and firefox, but with my phone (LG rumor Touch) it does not work at all. But it works great from any connected pc, connected wirelessly to my router. (Posted on 7/2/11)
FOSCAM FI8918w Review by ritsi
Camera works like it is supposed to. Only problem is that sometimes sound function doesn't work and have to sign on and off a number of times. Haven't figured out why. Set up is horendous if you are not used to configuring routers and static IP addresses. Also the book doesn't give the standard user password...which I forgot already since I've changed it. I think that might be at the very end of the instructions, not where it is needed. But...all that said the camera is amazing and not costly. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Really nice PTZ Camera with out the (Z) Review by ISAAC
I purchased this on a whim just to say we had a webcam in our server room and it really surprised me. The wireless is good, the web interface isn't bad (all the features require IE), and the picture quality is surprising.Also, the night vision is excellent.
CONS: Although it works with Firefox, Chrome, etc. many of the features are only available through IE. The audio isn't very good (and only works in IE), but I am using it in a very noisy environment. The new firmware boasts PRESETS in it's feature list. That is to say the camera will pan/tilt to a preset position. This feature does not seem to work.
PROS: For such a cheap item is seems relatively sound mechanically. Operation is quiet. Pan/Tilt patrol mode is neat. Integrates seamlessly into several pc based DVR programs. Built in Ethernet or wireless.
Feel free to view ours LIVE:
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Great Camera except for the audio part Review by BB
Great product. Works as advertised both while in home network and while away from home. The only negative item is the audio. you only hear static! All in all, great product for the price. I just ordered a second one. (Posted on 7/2/11)
So far so great! Review by Joshua S. Dugan "sdjosh27"
I ordered these so that I can check on my pets when I'm not at home. They were a little tricky to set up at first because I'm not a tech guru, but I was able to get it set up eventually and now they work perfect and I can even view them from my iphone (which is the primary way I check them now). They're small enough that they're not really an eyesore, and they have a lot of movement range. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Good Camera Good Price Review by Matty H. Mozzor
I had a great deal of difficulty accessing this camera over the internet, but This was caused by MY LACK OF UNDERSTANDING, and not the camera . The camera has a very good image for the price. Night vision is great. I am about to purchase a second one, now that I have my arms around NAT and port forwarding ( which is really easy, actually, I just had a mental block) (Posted on 7/2/11)
Way beyond expectations Review by atxgiant
For the money this camera went way past my expectations. I liked it so much I bought 2 more. Unfortunately I did not get them from the same seller as the first as I am waiting for them to show. 1st seller they were here very quickly. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Decent Picture, Limited Audio Options... Review by M. COMMANDER
The camera is nice. The wired and wireless both work very well. I setup the camera with a static IP so that DHCP did not hand out different IP addresses to the wired vs wireless connections. Dynamic DNS works very well with this camera. I initially bought this as a room monitor for my 2 year old daughter. I wanted a long distance baby monitor. I was dissappointed to find out that the audio only works in IE. That is sort of problematic for someone using Chrome on a Macbook. It is easy to get setup in Android and IP Cam Viewer app ($4.99) does transfer sound but the quality was terrible. I have ordered a cheap external microphone to see if that helps the audio quality.
I've since ordering this item searched for any other good camera solutions. In defense of this camera to all of my complaints this seems to be a common problem with all of the cheap IP cameras. To get a high quality product you need to look at a different price point altogether like Axis cameras. Hopefully the day is not far off from auto focus HD quality cameras with good audio delivery... (Posted on 7/2/11)
Must have for home or small office Review by R. V. Cadena "Arkantos"
Motion Alert System
Internal mini Speaker
Internal mini Microphone
Cell-Phone Java Friendly
It moves (360)
No optical/digital Zoom (Digital zoom can be implemented via Web)
A little hard to configure email smtp (Doesnt support some logon methods)
Nice for home or small offices (Posted on 7/2/11)
Camera and supplier review Review by Camera buyer
The supplier is very good in terms of speed and packaging. No issues whatsoever.
I haven't installed the camera yet since I found it a bit too big in size; I expected it to be much smaller.. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great camera but wireless unreliable Review by Ryan
I have had this camera a few weeks and am using it as a baby cam. I am more technical than most and don't remember the setup being that difficult. I have it setup as a wireless camera and for the most part it's a great camera. I have a free app on my iPhone (as does my wife) and we both can have it open with no issues. The only problem I have had thus far with this camera is the device goes offline almost daily. To fix it, I simply unplug the device and plug it back in. Within a minute it's back up and running. I have not troubleshooted this enough to determine whether it's only a wireless issue or if I would have the same problem with a wired installation. So far, it's tolerable as it's a quick unplug/re-plug.
It's a great priced wireless web cam and for the most part I'm pretty happy with it. All the drawbacks I can think of would be: wireless unreliability, sound is only available on Internet Explorer (exception is a mpeg URL you can access but playback can be slightly delayed), cannot use Microphone unless you have Internet Explorer.
Positives of this device are: affordable, remote control features, free iphone apps that work great and offer comparable performance to that of a typical baby monitor.
I would be much happier if the reliability of the wireless was better but am still generally happy with this device.
The other downside is that I don't believe the manufacturer knows how to read English and therefore feedback like this probably doesn't make it's way back to them. It's unfortunate because this device is pretty nice but is missing the finishing touches it needs to be great. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great Camera Review by Fred M
This camera works great, and for the price is a great value. I use it as a baby cam for my 3 yr old daughter, with one in her room, and one in her play area. I also like that it's easy to move around, since it's wireless. The pan and tilt work great, and the night vision is very good!
The negative is in the setup instructions. If you are unfamiliar with networks and their setups, then you may be better off getting support with the setup. I have mine setup also so I can view over the internet, which is a great feature.
Also, there are a bunch of applications that allow you to monitor using a mobile device. I have an Iphone and Ipad, and they both work great. I use a free app called CamViewer which is very basic, but does the job, and allows you to configure multiple cameras. You can also you any standard browser, but the camera was design specifically for use with Internet Explorer. Only with IE do you get the microphone to work, so any other browser will only get you the video. According to Foscam, they will be adding this to more browsers in near future. (Posted on 7/2/11)
foxcam F18908W Review by arvcube
Installed it the day i received it. Was a little tricky to set up at first but I managed to get it done (wired/pc/smartphone). Directions were a little broken (english). still have to try to set up wireless connectivity. so far am very happy with the results. great camera, user interface is pretty basic and easy to use. Pan/tilt range is wide. picture quality is good. so far very happy with my purchase. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Good Camera, just DONT BUY FROM Koozam ! Review by vinny
I must be one of the few who experienced a true "Plug and play" experience! I had no problems with the camera and received e-mails back from the company about some small questions about the camera in general. I must warn you not to buy from the seller Koozam on Amazon since they changed their price from $99.99 to $90 to $81.25 within 5 days and refuses to credit me back the orginal price saying it was a mistake and did not seem to care about me at all. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Good Product Review by Olivia
This is a good product. The set-up isn't as easy as it claims, but other than that it performs well. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Does the job!! Review by rock37
The camera does do the job. The night vision is great as well. Easy to control from iphone with the Foscam App. Its movement is great. The only issue I have is the power plug. It is too short especially if you want to mount it up high. Anyway I placed it on a table instead. The setup is very tricky especially for an amateur like me. The instructions are not very clear when accessing the camera outside your local network. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Nice wireless camera at a reasonable price Review by Daisy
I needed a wireless camera to allow us to keep tabs on our dog and be able to check boat at the dock, and to be able to view and control it from Droid phone. The dog kennel and the dock are 180 degrees pivot from camera mounting.
We got all 3 with this camera and a much better video quality than I expected.
Based on all the great reviews and tips that I read before ordering the camera I did not touch the software CD, I briefly read the documentation before following the tips in various reviews.
I have been in computers and networking for many years, and agree that setting up this camera for wireless is not easy. I was not able to get this camera working on WPA on either of my WPA access points. It only seems to like WEP which for a camera is OK security. I had no problems creating port forwarding for external access to the camera. I have several domains pointing into home network so DDNS was not an issue.
I have setup and tested email notifications but have not yet enabled the alert management.
I am using it outside in a rain protected area and it will be coming indoors when the boats are out of the water which will be about one week before or after the temperature gets down to the camera low temperature limits:)
The 300 degrees of PAN allow viewing a large area and the patrol horizontal feature allows one click panning and then stop when you are at the point you want.
The IR night view is marginally useful but was not a major factor in my choosing this camera
I agree with other reviewers that having the camera reboot for every configuration change is a pain, but now that things are setup there will be less changes made.
The mounting that comes with the camera is not very sturdy but is functional.
For Cell phone monitoring I am using IP Cam Viewer by Robert Chou. This Droid APP connects directly to the camera and allows pan and tilt and I can even turn off the IR night view from the phone. This same app allows me to view other static USB web cams as well, so I can view the whole house in one screen while we are away.
All in all it is much more than I expected for a $100 camera. If I have other PT monitoring needs I would definitely buy another one of these cameras. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Exactly as I expected Review by G. Cribbs
If you don't know how to set up static IPs and forward ports through your router, this IP camera is not for you.
If you do however, this camera is a great value for what it can do. You'll inevitably hit some stumbling blocks but with some googling you'll get them figured out in no time. I have mine set up to email me images when it detects motion. I mounted it outside my front door under an eave, so hopefully it'll do fine outside even though its intended to be an indoor camera.
Image quality isn't great, especially the color reproduction, but from what I've read this is the trade off for buying a cheap camera that has an infrared mode for night time use. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Foscam IP Camera used for Monitoring when out of town Review by Jasoninflorida
Excellent Camera for the money. The installation manual for me was confusing so I contacted David @ IPCam Central 617-418-3148. Home use set-up help is free and he was very patient and helpful in that area so I decided to pay him for his services to set up the remote viewing thru my router. WOW is he very good and what I paid was a life saver. My guess is what took him about one hour to configure would have taken me 6 to 10 hours and also saved me a very BIG headache. I would highly recommend his company when it comes to purchasing IP Cameras to complete support. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great camera Review by Stephen Amato "Stephen"
This a great camera at a great price. I even got this set up with my smart phone...but using the pan is kinda sensitive and hard to control and the tilt is not active. This is probably just a problem with the phone app. The use of the camera's software on a PC and Mac is outstanding. Very easy to set up and simple to use. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Worth the money but missing some features Review by AS "Progress is a 'Work-In-Progress"
I think this camera serves its purpose and it is worth the money. Cannot justify 3x for a panasonic.
The setup was easy and if you follow with patience about port forwarding and static ip and opening ports in your home router. You can have real fun with this.
I use it as a permament webcam for new born's crib. Hence some cons you will see below.
- easy to setup interface
- camera can be controlled remotely and setup
- night vision works well and i can see the baby. Something you definitely will not getwith a normal webcam.
- you can send voice to the camera so baby can listen to the voice.
- the web ui crashes sometimes and the ie window has to restart.
- cannot zoom
- picture quality is average. More security camera like which is whatthis is.
- the camera loses its position with every reboot. I had to search google and find ahack for it to maintain position
- preset positions do not work
- audio channel is not duplex. Meaning you can either hear or speak but not at the same time and you have to keep switching.between listening or speaking.
- firmware upgrade from the official wesite crashed my computer
Overall, it is a good option specially I did not find anything betterin this price range. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great value if you're a techie, but sound doesn't quite work Review by A. Alavi
* under $100!! (though they raised the price by ~$8 today)
* works well in both daylight and no light
* you can view video nicely on safari, iphone, ipad, ipod touch. you can even tell it to auto-pan/tilt!
* you can buy a $5 iPhone/iPad app that will give you full video control/access
* you can setup multiple user accounts with different privileges
* it has lots of fancy features (motion detect, email, alarm, etc.)
* if you are technically savvy, you can set it up just fine using a mac or pc (or probably even an iPhone as everything can be done via a browser)
* The only way to get the sound to work is supposedly in IE in windows using ActiveX, but on Windows 7, it totally freezes my entire computer forcing me to do a hard reboot!!
* The setup software they have for windows didn't work at all, so i had to resort to looking at my router's device list to figure out the right ip address
* Setup requires technical know-how
Overall, i've been waiting a while for a pan/tilt ipcam that would work with the iphone and be under $100, and it has finally come! (Posted on 7/2/11)
Awesome! Review by T. Vernon
We use this as a video baby monitor. We can view, hear, and even talk to the baby through an Internet Explorer browser (also works with Firefox but no audio). Also got the Foscam Surveillance Pro app for our iPhones ($5) and we can view and control the camera remotely (no audio on iPhone). This is awesome! (Posted on 7/2/11)
Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle) - White NEWEST M Review by J. Zumstein
This camera has worked extremely well for me. Please read other reviews for a more detailed experience with setup and use. I followed the instructions, and had the camera up and running within 20 minutes. There is an iPhone app that works with Foscam cameras, and they both work very well together. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Setup worked out ok :) Review by Buyer
Was afraid based on the reviews I read here that I wouldn't be able to set it up but happy to report the setup worked smoothly for me and the wireless is working fine. Gives me email alerts when triggered which I have sent to my cell phone. I think the trick to understanding the instructions is to not read them too literally (since the translation is bad), just glance at them to get the general idea of what they are pointing to and try it. One weird thing is the color is not accurate, very dark purple comes out light blue. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great camera Review by Dave L
This camera is full featured and works very well, especially for the price. I'm not sure why people are having a problem with wireless since mine set up easily and is working fine. Also, don't let the so-called official Foscam distributor scare you away from Loftk and others. They are just another distributor and an expensive one at that. [...] is the official support site and provides firmware updates and other info at no charge. Loftk has offered other technical support also, although I haven't needed it. (Posted on 7/2/11)
First security camera Review by johaus
Got this mostly to use as a baby camera. Works very well for that purpose. Was fairly easy to setup, but I should break that down: first) the set up of the camera and getting it on my network was very easy, although the wall anchors that come with it were pretty shoddy, I had to use some of my own; second) setting up on the web was a little harder, that required some nerd skills, which I do have, but regular people might struggle a bit.
The video quality is what you would expect from a security camera. It isn't a high-def football game view, you can't make out the baby's emotions, but you can definitely tell if they are awake/asleep/screaming.
My only real problems are with some of the features not working unless you are using Windows and IE: e.g., no audio. Supposedly they are going to do a firmware update and go to HTML 5; hopefully that happens sooner than later.
I have recommended this to friends, and have shared my camera web link. One friend bought two of the cameras and he is very happy with them: he has been away from home for the last week and was happy to be able to check in on his baby. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great camera! Review by Todd Bingham
I purchased the D-Link DCS-920 before buying this. I paid more for the D-link. This camera beats the D-Link by a lot.
I am amazed at the quality when it's pitch black in a room. It goes to black and white and turns on it's LEDs automatically in the dark but I can see everywhere in a large room. Pretty amazing!
The daytime view is great too. I don't use it as often. I just use this camera as a baby monitor. There are several apps made by third parties for the iPhone/iPod and probably android that make interfacing with this thing amazingly easy and impressive. (Just search Foscam on the marketplace/app store) I use an awesome one called Surveillance Pro that I got for 5 bucks.
You can also just watch it through the browser on your device...but the app makes it so much better for me just because the apps usually make it easier to tilt and pan the camera and zoom in via double tap.
So, the difficult part is just if you want to set it up to be viewable outside your home network. When I say difficult I just mean it's not plug and play. Just look at this tutorial:
That will give you an idea of how to do it. Surely you can find a son-in-law or other geek to hook it up for you if you are simply not capable! I have included a pic of what the night vision camera picture looks like. I just transitioned my son from a full crib to a bed with a bed rail... so this camera has helped a ridiculous amount just to check on him! I will soon ceiling mount the camera so he can't get his hands on it. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Initial problem with WI-FI - Works now - Nice Little Camera Review by RuNuts
I unpacked this and set it right up. No issues out of the box with the wired LAN. I was able to upgrade the firmware, change the IP address, set up the WI - FI. Then the problems started...
This is what I dealt with: I was able to get it to work after many hours of frustration. I had the MAC address filter turned on, on my router. I entered the MAC address that is given in the WEB UI. The WEB UI gives you the WIRED MAC address, not the wireless MAC address. This will prevent the unit from connecting if you have the wireless filter security option turned on. There is nothing in the literature or interface to provide the wireless MAC address.
Fix: I had to turn off the MAC filtering on the router and rebooted the router to clear it. Once the router rebooted, I rebooted the camera as well and it connected right up. I was able to go into the ATTACHED DEVICES option on the router logs and get the wireless MAC address. Once I had that, I enter that into the table, rebooted everything and the wireless connected right away. WPA2 - no problem.
The specs on the camera rate it for 8M (24 ft) for IR. This is not very far. I wouldn't expect this camera to be able to get features or a person across a lot or yard. This is a camera for a smaller space/local area.
I have a D-Link DCS920 IP camera as well that would not connect to this camera's web interface. I ended up getting another software that works well with both cameras. Multiple cameras on a PC for surveillance begins to take a toll.
The pan and tilt is a little slow, and the camera reboots after any setting is changed. A little frustrating. I would rather have to do one reboot to make all changes take affect, but waiting 30 seconds for each reboot stinks.
I don't have any issues with the sound over the wireless connection, but I have not tested it too much. Still working on that.
Overall - I like the camera and I will keep it.
UPDATE: 03-10-2011: The WebUI allows for the location presets to be set as well as the PTZ speed settings. After messing with the various settings, I have the thing setup the way I want it. I attached a PoE injector adapter with allows me to run just a Cat5 cable. The PoE injector on each end allows me to place the camera almost anywhere I can run a CAT5 to. This is what I used: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003QROZB4. I have figured out how to set the camera up to return to a specific default location if it is powered off. All in all - you can keep things very easy and basic and have a good camera or you can go straight MacGyver and still have a decent little security camera.
I still like the camera and the pan/tilt work pretty well. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Pretty good, if you're technically inclined Review by Joe
The camera is exactly as described. However, setup isn't nearly as easy as I expected. The instructions that came with the camera appear to be directly translated from German, so they don't quite make sense. I feel I'm fairly good with computers, but I still had to google how to set it up since the manual wasn't cutting it. Even with the website I found, I still had some trouble. I still haven't gotten the whole email thing set up. I also haven't been able to figure out how to access the camera from a computer that's not on my network (which is why I bought it).
If you're having problems following the book on setup, check this out:
That's what I used.
Overall, a decent camera for the price. It lacks on setup instructions and is not very user friendly. I don't necessarily regret the purchase though. However, I wish I would've looked for possible other options on IP Cameras. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great value in a good little camera; set up is tough Review by T. Stevenson "Stratman51"
There are already many reviews on this product, so I'll keep it short. Setup for ONE camera was pretty easy BUT the documentation sent with the camera was VERY poor. Foscam website has a somewhat improved version of the manual. Setup for two cameras was a bit tricky, and I still don't have remote access to both cameras, but I THINK it's my router settings that need fixing - or may need a dynamic DNS - not sure. I'm quite sure it's not the camera's fault. Fortunately, I have a web expert to help me, or this review would not be so rosy. Also, the sound quality on my camera was very bad (low volume) until I switched out a resistor per a recommendation found on the web (which also is not for the faint of heart, since it's a tiny device). Bottom line: If you know what you're doing re: web device setup OR you have a friend who's an expert, this is a very good camera at a reasonable price. Image quality good both day and night. Tilt and Pan is a great feature. Motion detection sensitivity good (though it does seem to trigger on night-to-daylight changes, which is a bit bothersome). I didn't have the early failure problem others have had on either of my cameras. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Value entry-level IP camera Review by Timothy J. Drozinski
We got this camera with the intention of starting out using it to spy on our pets while we're not home, and eventually re-tasking it (or adding additional cameras) to monitor outside our front door.
The camera itself seems well-constructed, overall it's about the size of a softball. Nice features include the motorized gimbal mount and the IR mode that allows you to see a fairly decent image, even in a dark interior room. The power cord is not very long, though, maybe four or five feet at most... most people's power outlets are only a couple feet off the floor, meaning this device can't be mounted much above eye level without extension cords, much less on a ceiling.
The instruction manual is not the best, written in the sort of "Engrish" you would expect from a tech product like this. It gives you enough information to get set up, provided you are a fairly savvy user. As mentioned by many other people, wireless setup is not particularly obvious. When you first connect it with the ethernet cable, it will pick up one IP address from your router. Configure the wireless settings as instructed, and as soon as it starts the reboot process, unplug the network cable. Now... here's the tricky part: let it boot up, then go into your wireless router's admin interface and find the DHCP client table. Because the wired and wireless interfaces on the device have two different MAC addresses, the wireless interface will pick up a different IP address when it reboots. The instructions would lead you to assume that you keep trying to connect to it using the original IP address, but you have to look for a device in that DHCP table that has a name that starts with "ipcamera_" and use *THAT* IP address.
The web interface is serviceable, but not what I would call amazing. I'm not an IE user, I use Chrome, and the web interface relies heavily on IE for more advanced features like audio. Audio wasn't a major selling point for me, but based on playing around with IE for purposes of writing this review, audio certainly appears to be the weakest area. On the other hand, the instructions on setting up a free account with DynDNS and configuring the camera to use it were probably one of the easiest setup tasks involved with this camera, and works quite well. Once you get it set up on your network, the picture and controls are easy to use and performance is good. I even got one of several apps available in the iPhone app store that allows me to view and control my camera on my iPhone. One benefit of IE seems to be the ability to integrate multiple cameras, with 1-, 4- and 9-camera split screen monitoring options available in IE with ActiveX controls, but not the other browsers. I didn't have enough time to play with any of the alerting features, or any of the features that upload images to e-mail or FTP sites.
Picture quality is not going to knock you over, it's a simple 640x480 color image, which is not even as good as most cell phone cameras these days, but if you want high-quality images, you should expect to pay a lot more than what this low-end camera costs. This camera is all about being low-cost, simple, no-frills with still enough power and flexibility from being able to control it. The only thing that's missing is a rudimentary digital zoom option - it would be nice if you could get even a little bit of digital zoom, even though that would tend to degrade the picture quality pretty quickly.
Now that I've gotten past the hurdle of setting this camera up, I think I'll probably buy another camera eventually and set it up somewhere else, such as in a position to watch our front door. It's a very decent camera for the price, all things considered. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Nice camera - setup not very intuitive Review by Rick Childs "captricky"
The camera works as advertised. Once you get the hang of the setup (poorly translated instructions) the software is OK. No camera zoom not too big a problem. I setup six of these around the house. Very few problems with perfomance. Using Surveillance Pro for iPhone/iPad for web access with excellent results. Big drawback is no support for audio features from mobile devices from ANY app I have found so far. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great product. Awsome price!! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE Review by Jose Luis Lama
I purchased this product as a baby room monitor. I read a couple of bad reviews, but for the price I was willing to give it a try. Once received i didnt even read the instructions. Just plugged it in, connected to the ethernet port, accessed the web server and set up the wifi and all other options.. After that i've been using it without any failure.
Motion is great! You will basically be able to see the whole area. Night vision is perfect in bedrooms or livingrooms. Audio works, but not on all computers/players. I have a mac and i cannot hear it via web or vlc. However when I stream via vlc on a pc (windows) I do have audio.
If you access over wifi the response time and refresh rate is OK. Over internet it all depends on your connection. My upload is 768kb/s so i get a little lag, but still am able to view everything I need.
So finally, if you're looking for a product like this dont waste your bucks on more expensive ones. Buy it and enjoy. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Works great as a baby monitor Review by Elp
The setup was easy and the camera works as advertised. I use it as a baby monitor and it works perfect. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great option for a baby monitor Review by Spjutster
I couldn't bring myself to spend tons and tons of money on a dedicated baby camera, so I decided to buy this IP camera so I could use it for more applications. I couldn't be happier with the results. The camera seems to be constructed well for indoor use. I took it out of the box, powered it up, and plugged it into my router and it connected to my network without any problem. I was able to look at the list of devices connected to my router to find the ip address and was able to get into the camera's setup without even using the included CD. If you know a bit about networking, setup couldn't have been easier. I connected it to my wireless network and as the camera rebooted I unplugged the network cable. The wireless connected as soon as the camera booted up and worked without any problems. There is an option to manually enter the ip address and network info into the camera, but I opted to just reserve a specific ip address with my router to make it easier to access the camera.
Foscam has built in functionality with dyndns.org and i got it all setup without a problem (the included instructions were pretty clear). Accessing the camera within our home network and from the web has been flawless and easy (even my wife gets how to do it). We tried a couple of the free iphone apps to connect to the camera and they all worked ok. In the end we found a paid app we liked a bit better, but either way it wasn't too hard to set up.
I would not hesitate to recommend this camera - especially to anyone who has a decent understanding of networking. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Best Baby Monitor Review by SmartShopper00 "Amy"
I bought this as a video baby monitor. I had received a Summer Infant Day & Night Flat Screen Color Video Monitor with 7" LCD Screen as a baby shower gift. It was great - until the monitor crapped out after 1 year. At first it wouldn't stay on, eventually it wouldn't TURN on. Called the company, out of warranty after a year, and can't buy a replacement monitor - just an additional camera. I was not about to shell out $200, so we made due with a second hand sound-only monitor. That was until a month ago when my son climbed out of the crib and surprised me in the kitchen!! We needed a video monitor asap - he was still not ready for a toddler bed and I need to see him in case he tries it again.
I did what I always do, and I researched for hours on Amazon to see what the best option was. I did not want to buy another Summer Infant product, and I did not want to spend over $100. I came across this surveillance camera, and read the reviews. I'm pretty handy, and know my way around computers well enough that I thought I could hook it up. It was very simple to set up, and we were up and running in about a half hour (including mounting it to the wall). My husband and I both have iPhones (3GS) so I downloaded the free cam viewer app to use as the monitor. We still have our sound monitor going, so if we hear any crying or activity, we just check the app and we can see him. We can even move the camera from the app! It's awesome! I haven't figured out the settings enough so that we can see the camera when we are not on our wifi network, but it's mainly b/c I haven't had the time. I would love to send the hubby a text saying "going down for a nap now" and he could check his phone and my son can wave to the camera to say "night night" to daddy while he is at work. I also want to use that for when we leave him with the babysitter, so I can monitor them. I'm considering buying another to use in the playroom for when I need to step into another room or use the bathroom.
Overall we are extremely happy with it. One cool thing with the iPhone app, the screen will not turn off if you are viewing the camera, so you can have constant visual if you want. Of course, you would want your phone charging at the same time as not to waste the battery.
Also, way safer than traditional baby monitors too. Since those all use the same frequency, if you live in an apt complex, you can pick up other peoples feed. And there is that urban legend (really true though) that someone can drive around a neighborhood with a monitor and pick up the feed from homes as they drive by. That's too creepy for me!
I know we will use this after he's too old for a monitor as a regular surveillance camera too. It's going to pay for itself sooner than any crappy $200 baby-specific monitor ever would! (Posted on 7/2/11)
Foscam F18918W , you get what you pay for.. Review by J. Wey
I bought this camera (the updated model)to keep an eye on my destuctive children while Im at work.
I was excited when I saw high reviews, so I bought the camera on sale below $100. Set up was difficult; I do not believe the average american can set up this camera by themselves. This is proven by Foscam offering remote set up, for a fee obviously.
speaker and microphone are below par on quality (sound and clarity). My system crashes if I try to use (as advertised"two way audio")both speaker and microphone at the same time.
night (infra red) vision is good.
Software that is built into the camera desperately needs to be updated and made user friendly.
I was going to buy more camera's because I thought they were cheap. I found higher quality and user friendly security systems (ccd vs foscam cmos, one reason) that are cheaper per camera than Foscam but you pay all at once for them up front.
As a poor american who wants to get the most for his money, I will save my money to afford the higher quality IP security system than to buy another Foscam IP camera.
On a positive note, The company had great customer support and shipped extremely fast. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Good deal for the price Review by dky
It is easy to set up. Image quality is average and construction is cheap, but hey, you get what you pay for.
I would have given it a higher rating except for these caveats: 1) Although Mac OS X is supported, you don't get full functionality (e.g you don't get zoom and preset views) unless you use Internet Explorer (that leaves Mac and Linux users out); 2) its response to the web controls is inconsistent and slow; 2) it's not really providing streaming video, it's actually rapidly refreshing jpeg images; and 3) good documentation is hard to find.
For expert documentation, see [...]
All in all, this camera is a good deal for the price and if you use Internet Explorer. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great for price, and can Record to web (with steps below) Review by M. Diehl
So the features and price of this camera are amazing. I think the only drawback is that the colors are a bit off (my green grass shows up brown, but a slightly greener sign shows up green). The web interface is okay, but I don't really use it. We grabbed a free Android app to use the camera on my wife's phone, and I wrote my own webpage that accesses the camera.
If you want to make your own web interface to the camera (for people with basics of html), you can google "Foscam FI8918W html control view" and the first link has some html that you can use.
If you want to have motion detected and recorded (video or pictures) and saved to your computer or the web, this is what I did:
* Setup your camera so that it works, and so that you can log in. I even made a new user.
* Download Dropbox (it's a free program that anything you put in the folder (up to 2GB) will be instantly uploaded to the web...important so if someone steals your computer, the images will have been saved to the cloud. If you use a referral code, like mine (NTMzMDY5MjI5) or a friend's, you will get an extra 250MB
* Download the open source (free) program named "ISpy Connect", just google, and should be the first link. They have a paid version, but you won't need it.
* Install dropbox and iSpy Connect. Try to remember where you put the Dropbox folder (you'll need it later)
* Open iSpy, and click on the settings.
** Select "Run on Startup" and "apply schedule on start"
** Click on the Storage tab
** Change the "media directory" to be the path to your dropbox location. For Win7 it's probably under c:\Users\<userName>\Dropbox. For XP it's probably under c:\Documents and Settings\<userName>\Dropbox. Or it may be in your documents folder.
** Select "Enable Storage Management" so that it deletes videos/images over time (dropbox has a limit at 2GB). I have mine set for 400MB because my dropbox is already pretty full. If you don't care about putting it on the web, then you don't need dropbox or to limit the directory size so low.
** Select OK
* Click on the "Add" -> "IP Camera" button
** Insert the Username and Password for the camera
** Click on "help me find the right URL"
** Follow the instructions and you should get a URL (Amazon rules won't let me give an example, but it's the one with video cgi at the end)
** Setup the other settings for motion detection (selecting the regions to detect, sensitivity, suppress noise, etc.)
** Under the Recording tab, select "Record on Movement Detection", click finish and you should be good.
** with the latest version of iSpy, you can even middle-click on the video and pan/tilt the camera
Limitations of recording:
* At night I get a lot of videos of bugs flying by the camera (Posted on 7/2/11)
Works on ethernet, hard to set up on WIFI Review by Tony E "TE"
I agree with the other reviewer. I have tried 3 times to set this up on WIFI following the instructions to the letter and cannot get it to work. So I will use it connected to an ethernet cable for now, which greatly limits its usefulness. The instructions are poorly written and there isn't much information on the company's website. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Foscam camera F18918W Review by S. santhanam "Passingthru"
Set up I would not say easy by any means.
First power up your camera with the wire to the network attached. Then remove the wire and you should be able to view it without the wires,at its internal IP address (usually 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x). Once this is completed you can proceed to external viewing.
To do this you have to configure the port forwarding if you do not have router you may skip this part. usually you have one or two, web port, for accessing the camera's interface, and the media streaming port, which is used to broadcast the actual camera feed. The common ports for this are TCP 80 (web) and UDP 9000 (media).
If you camera is attached to computer then you have to adjust the firewall accordingly . You may skip this part if your camera is a stand alone unit that is wireless and not wired.
Then to view the devise via the internet you need the IP address that can be obtained easily by typing what is my IP address in the search engine such as Yahoo. the typing the web address you should be able to view the camera. Once externalize the camera you should set up password by logging into the camera set up mode. The camera allows both administrative and visitors privilege which is nice.
I bought the application from the Foscam for my Iphone and now I am able to view it in my Iphone. You go to the camera setting and put in my IP address. Beware IP address changes once in a while so you have to adjust for that or use one one of the forwarding IP address company. (Posted on 7/2/11)
It'll do, but there's room for improvement Review by M.D.C. "The Franchise"
I bought the camera for one reason: to keep an eye on my place while I'm at work. We were notified of a slight increase in criminal activity in the area, and I have a lot of expensive things at my place. I have insurance, but wanted to have something else keeping an eye on things while I was at work. This camera seemed to offer everything I was looking for. And yes, it does have a lot of cool features. You can connect it wirelessly, so all it needs is power. You can have it drop snapshots of camera activity out to an FTP share for later review. You can even tilt and pan the camera using the web interface. It features scheduled observation, so you can detect motion and snap shots during certain hours. IR mode allows you to see even in dark rooms. You can have it email you with any motion detected. On paper it sounds like a dream. Unfortunately, most of these features are a bit of a pain due to what I can only describe as clear, blatant oversights on the part of FOSCAM.
First, the motion detection. It's a cluster. The problem is that what it sees as "motion" is not really motion all the time. When I think motion I think of a physical object at a certain position ending up at a different position within one second of the previous position; in other words, if I took a ball and threw it, that's motion. If I open blinds, the blinds move, but nothing else does. The camera picks up light changes as motion. That's irritating, because I have high windows where the sun will shine through trees, causing natural shadows that the camera can't seem to ignore. Thus I get blasted with upwards of 100 or so emails, each containing about 10 shots, of nothing but light shifts. There is a "Sensibility"(sic) setting in the camera which I can only assume should have been "Sensitivity", but dropping this down to even 1 doesn't seem to make a difference.
Where that really becomes a problem is file storage. Because it doesn't store video shots of detected motion and instead takes snapshots, your FTP share will fill up rather quickly with individual, false hits. I suppose there's nothing that can be done about this, but it's extremely frustrating that the camera cannot apparently determine three-dimensional objects vs. light shifts. I just deleted over 7,000 JPGs.
Randomly, the camera will just lockup and require unplugging to get it back up and running. Then it needs to go through its axial calibration again and you will lose some of your settings. No real explanation for this, it will just stop responding.
The web interface offered does let you pan and tilt the camera. It also lets you enable or disable IR mode; of course, during the day IR mode is somewhat pointless, but you can do it. The problem with the web interface is the scheduling. It wants you to click individual squares for each hour - you can't just say "Every week day from 8AM to 8PM". You have to go to the 24 hour grid and click each individual square that corresponds to an hour. You then have to do that same step for each day. So Wednesday 1pm, Tuesday 1pm, Monday 1pm, Sunday 1pm, Saturday 1pm, Friday 1pm, Thursday 1pm....then do it all over again for 2pm, 3pm, etc. until you're finished. Mercy on your soul if you want the camera to monitor motion for 8 hours every week day.
Ultimately, it gets the job done, and it's a fine camera in terms of quality and IR capabilities. I just wish that they would get smarter with the basic technology. The web interface could certainly use some rewriting. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Cheaper and better than baby video monitors! Review by Patrick M
My 11 month son has started teething, meaning he's been crying and getting up at night a lot more (not that he's ever been a great sleeper, but that's another story). Sometimes late night crying is "real" crying and sometimes it's just fussiness and he goes back to sleep, hence the need to see what's going on. We looked at a bunch of video monitors and they were well over $100 for the decently reviewed ones - the good ones were much more.
This cam is the same thing, only a fraction of the price and way more functionality. Yes - it's not the easiest thing to set up; if the designers put as much design work into their software as they do their hardware, this would be a grand slam. The directions will get you 80% of the way there, and google will get you the last 20%. If you weren't able to set-up your home wifi, you might want some help with this...call your grandkids :)
Once set-up, this thing is awesome! I can access the camera from our home laptop (on the wifi), from any computer with internet access (login/pw for security), and from my android phone (via the IP Cam app: $5 for full version, there's a free one with usable functionality). For you android folks, there's even a sweet widget for your homescreen that displays routinely updated screenshots. And from any one of these devices you can move the camera, turn the mic on/off, save a screenshot, tweak the brightness/contrast, or even tell it to auto pan back-and-forth. If you want this for security, the cam can has a motion sensor, and can email/ftp screenshot when triggered - I haven't used any of that.
The picture is great, and I'm pretty impressed with the night vision too. I'd definitely buy another one, especially now that I get how to set it up.
(Posted on 7/2/11)
Great baby monitor Review by Amy BW
I can't speak personally to the ease of set up, because my husband did that, but from talking to him and others who have the Summer Infant video monitors, the set up seems to be about the same amount of work, and this one is much cheaper.
I LOVE it because I can see my daughter in her crib either on my iphone, my laptop, or our family desktop computer - so basically wherever I am! It turns so smoothly and never wakes her up. Also, the infrared lighting doesn't disturb her at all, but makes it easy for us to see her even in the dark!
I would DEFINITELY recommend this as a baby monitor, and from what I've heard, even more so than the actual video baby monitors! (Posted on 7/2/11)
Great camera especially for the price!! Review by J. Shockley "ShockMonster"
I had been watching this camera's previous model which ran upwards of $180 on Amazon. When this model debuted at $85 I couldn't resist and grabbed it up! I have an Apple Airport Extreme and I must say that the reviews I read regarding set-up nearly scared me away. If you have set-up your our wireless network at home, you can add this camera. Don't get fooled by the difficulties shared by other users. Try it and if it's not working, return it!
Pros: Great picture! Auto adjusting for brightness works great and the infrared night vision works great too! Nice feature that you can turn off the blinking network signal lights on the back so it's not constantly blinking at night! Remote access (I use Firefox or Safari) works well - remote pan/tilt is great, brightness control, etc. Easy set-up via network cable then place the camera anywhere within range of your network (and a power plug) and you're good to go. Love keeping an eye on my little one on my iPhone when I have to go in the other room!
Cons: f you run Firefox you will not get Audio. Audio (as I've researched) only works with IE and no, the old version available for Mac doesn't support it either. Feels light and cheap but it does what it's supposed to do!
Haven't tried any of the other features such as motion sensor, etc. Going to get a black one to keep an eye on my storage so will update when I have more info.
Summary: If you want a wireless IP camera - buy this. White or Black, they are the same device. If you are on a Mac or Firefox, pray FOSCAM updates their software for two-way audio support! The little camera does everything you could want and for less than $100!! Been using it about a month. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Outstanding Features, Outstanding Value Review by Christopher Martens "Spaceman747"
I have purchased four of these (two white, two black) back in January. Originally for use to monitor relatives and home health care workers from 75 miles away. I have been absolutely blown away by the resolution, depth of field, brightness and clarity of both standard light and infra red images (makes any dark room look like mid day). In the end, the cameras were not used for this purpose and I've been playing with two at my home and gave two to a friend who is the CIO for a Fortune 1000 Company. He's more blown away then I was. The list of options for various controls is mind boggling. Motion capture can be set to send emails or short recordings. Anyone, with password access, can record events on their local computer's hard drive. I was able to test audio input on one setup and was amazed at the clarity of spoken words, even when the person was 15 to 20 feet from the camera. The camera also has audio output so (theoretically) you can have a conversation with the person being photographed, but we did not test this feature and were not able to get some cameras to do audio (?, they came from two different vendors and two were "remarked" with stickers over the older model number,... they may not have been "true" FI8918W Cameras).
Bottom line, I have never found any "web cam" or other video camera with such a great picture and for a fraction of what I have paid for far less capable cameras. Test every feature you need within the return time frame. But whatever your needs, I doubt you find a better camera anytime soon. We are still looking into remote viewing with smart phones, my friend has had success using his iPhone and I have had some success with an Android App "IP Cam Viewer" as mentioned in another review, but still looking. Contacted Foscam Tech Support for their opinion. Will update when I have more results. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Some things to know and consider... Review by Glenn
First, this camera works good and is a great buy for the price but there are a few things to consider.
1. No zoom (not a big deal for me)
2. The instructions are poorly translated. You have to really get your head into the reading to understand it and the manual it comes with is printed so small it's hard to read. Download the manual from Foscam's website.
3. The biggest thing is the cam doesn't upload, email or record unless you use IE and only if the browser is open. The record and sound features use ActiveX and only with IE.
4. Also the browser (IE or Firefox) will crash if you give the cam too many commands too fast.
5. DDNS setup was a little confusing but with the downloaded manual and a little concentration it not too bad. You will need a good working knowledge of your router, MODEM and mid-level networking skills.
6. Frames per Second (FPS) settings in live video will not save from session to session or even when you leave live mode and go to "Device Info" or "Device Settings" area. Every time you leave "Live Video" mode the settings revert back to default.
7. After it records a video triggered by motion detection a Windows Explorer window opens right in front of the browser to show you the recorder AVI files location. A little annoying. Get around it by sliding the window off the screen so it doesn't block the browser and leave it open.
8. It has manual pan/tilt controls and automatic "Patrol" to pan and tilt automatically but it patrols it's full range of up/down, left/right. There should be a way to set the patrol range in degrees (108 or less) so it doesn't scan the walls or sky/ground.
Not a huge deal but it would be better if the cam control was not browser based and not dependent on Internet Explorer and ActiveX.
I expected to install and set the camera up to monitor an area, set the record path and alarm settings, turn the monitor off, close the control application and leave it run. There may be some 3rd party applications that will work outside of a browser but I haven't checked.
All the above quirks are of small concern EXCEPT for the dependency on IE and that it must be left open to record. I recommend using this camera on a dedicated PC because the live video uses a lot of bandwidth even on a 100 mbps - 802.11G network. Even wired to 100 mbps Ethernet only, not connected by WiFi it still uses a lot of bandwidth. It's very noticeable.
The control interface can support up to 9 cameras at once.
All in all, it's a good camera and I would probably buy another. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Audio capability very limited. Only works on Internet Explorer Review by Felipe Gonzalez S
Just got this camera. Basic video works good to be honest. However they advertise strongly two way audio, so you can hear and communicate back with someone on the other side. Or if used as baby monitor, you want to at least hear your baby. It turns out that even that they advertise that it works with all browsers, iphones and others, the Audio part of it doesnt. Video works yes, but Audio requires ActiveX, meaning, you can only use audio if you have Internet Explorer running on windows. So the audio feature is very limited. I am looking for this option so i can use this as a baby monitor, so i can keep track from my smartphone all over the house, not going to be possible with this. (Posted on 7/2/11)
View Presets WITHOUT IE / ez viewing on your cell Review by Kenneth A. Edelstein
I agree with the prior reviews and will not re-cover that area. I write to inform you of how to view your presets (which are set USING IE and the camera's software) from Firefox, your cell phone, etc.
The "secret" is to use URL "command codes" to access the first preset:
the ... command code is
READ THE COMMENT
for preset 2 use command=33, for preset 3 use command=35 etc.
I save these as "favorites" on Opera on my cell phone to change the viewpoint.
change the 8100 to YOUR defined port - type exactly as above including the ? \ &
after the command is executed a tiny "ok" is returned to the browser window - close the tab - it did it's job.
For viewing on cell phone I use shape servics's product Mobiscope the current version (for Symbian phones) 2.7.99 - many other phones are supported. This version supports Pan/Tilt/Zoom "PTZ" for the PRIOR model - the FI8908W and does NOT provide camera control - but will give you the image (compressed to your screen size - or larger with ability to scroll around the image).
It's worth the ten bucks and a free trial is available. I have a request in for them to directly support the FI8918W's many features.
The commands (above) in Opera do the preset changes - and "mobiscope" displays the images nicely. Thus I can view on my Nokia E73 various presets.
If you find this information useful a "vote" for this post would be appreciated. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Works perfectly Review by Dogflower
This camera works great. Even though it is an indoor camera, I have it mounted outdoors under the eave of the house. There is an 'outdoor' setting which works good, so when I pan the camera from sunny areas to shady areas, the image adjusts the brightness automatically. The night vision works well too. The built-in microphone and speaker works too, as long as you use Internet Explorer. The configuration is not trivial especially to access it via the internet, so it took me a few tries to get it to work. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Works very well, great value for the money Review by Charlie Howard
I now have an FI8908W and an FI8918W. Both work very well, and both are working within my LAN as well as across the Internet. The manufacturer provides excellent, on-going support, and continues to add useful features to the Firmware in response to customer suggestions.
As someone else said, this is an entry-level camera at an entry-level price. You can control its movements remotely, and it has infra-red LED's so it can see in the dark; but it doesn't have optical zoom and its resolution is 640x480. It's more than enough for baby or pet monitoring, and adequate for general surveillance, but you probably won't be able to identify faces 100 feet away, and it's not weather-resistant. (Foscam has other cameras with optical zoom that are intended for outdoor all-weather use.)
Although I was able to monitor both cameras within my LAN, at first I could only see one of them across the Internet. The solution was to give them NON-consecutive port numbers and then supply those port numbers to my router's Port Forwarding list. Example (LAN IP address followed by port number):
For mobile monitoring, I'm using the FOSCAM SURVEILLANCE PRO app on an iPod Touch. Great app.
The firmware offers a surprisingly rich feature set (such as: rotating the camera horizontall and/or vertically, motion detection, email / recording / image alerts, normal recording, periodic jpeg snapshots, notification of IP address change, viewing 1, 4, or 9 cameras at once), and all of the features I've tried have worked. Very impressive. This is a good product from a good company, and if their stock was publicly traded, I'd buy some. (Posted on 7/2/11)
A basic pan/tilt IP Cam at an entry level price Review by Michael "Michael"
This is a decent IP camera with enough features for most first time users. I was able to configure and use the camera without having to load any of the included software without any trouble, but an average person might have trouble getting every feature working. If you don't know what DNS or FTP means, you are one of these people.
If you are planning on just sitting this on a window sill and pointing it outside as a 24/7 security camera, think again. It works fine in the daytime, but interior reflections on the window glass make it less useful at night. The IR LEDs reflect back off the window and effectively blind the camera.
Image quality is typical of a low-cost CMOS sensor. Color accuracy and saturation is poor, but adequate for most uses.
It also has several shutter speed settings....a 60hz speed for night/low light, a 50hz speed for medium lighting, and a slow shutter speed for outdoor use. While the camera is able to automatically adjust sensor sensitivity a bit to compensate for changes in lighting, it doesn't have an automatic shutter speed setting. This means that if you have the shutter speed set on the "Outdoor" setting, it works great on a sunny day, but at night is far too dark to be useful. You'd have to manually switch shutter speeds every day if you were using it as an unattended security camera. Leaving it on 60hz setting and trying to view an outside scene just results in a white video image...the sunlight totally overwhelms the sensor unless you use the "outdoor" setting.
The motion detection feature is excellent. You can have the camera automatically email you a sequence of still photos everytime it detects motion. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked. You can specify up to 5 individual recipients.
It is also capable of uploading the same still images to an FTP server if you wish to archive them for review later. A date/time stamp on the image would have been a nice addition but isn't a feature.
I did not try the audio features, thus cannot say if they are improved over the old camera. If you are looking to integrate this camera into your DIY home security system, you should purchase the previous model (FI8908W) as this new one doesn't have the RS485 port anymore.
Bottom line, whether you want to use this camera to monitor an interior room, or an outside scene, it's a good entry level camera. Just don't expect it to be able to do both without manually making some adjustments for one or the other. (Posted on 7/2/11)
Way more than I expected! Review by Corey H. Perez
Well I'll open with.. I'm IMPRESSED! I opted to get the white version of the FI8918W just because it was cheaper than the black version and was identical other than the color. I was first concerned because I got two camera's and the first one was "loose" it seemed (camera from the base). The second seems to be identical so this must just be the way these camera's are. I hooked this up directly to my router as per the instructions and tried to determine a standard ip address without having to use the included software. I wasn't able to so then used the mini-disc on my windows 7 PC. The computer prompted for reboot which I did before I noticed the icon on the desktop. When it rebooted I double clicked the icon and after a brief moment it displayed the ip address of the camera. Note: I'm also using zone alarm and it requested access to 255.255.255.255:10000, which I allowed and it displayed the camera.
When I double clicked the ip address displayed in the software window I was taken to ie which then I put in the user id: admin and for the PW. I don't know if I'm just lucky because I've had so many lessons with my other IP cameras, but this one was very easy (outside trying to figure out why the wireless config wasn't working as expected). One of the other things I was really impressed with was the ease of setting up the wireless. I "scanned" for wireless sources, found mine, clicked it and nearly all the fields were prefilled. I only had to input my security key. Now... The issue I had. I'm currently running 4 different cameras, x2 different Linksys camera's and a trendnet. Those all when setup kept their ip address. This Foscam uses a different one. So after you have it setup I'd recommend re-running their ip software and finding the new ip address after you have removed the cat5 cable. This took me about an hour to figure out. My camera background:
I started out with x2 Linksys wvc54gca. These were my basis for learning about the IP camera's, the router work required to open the ports and more especially multiple camera's on the same router and how to accomplish that. After moving from the lower 48 to Alaska, we wanted a pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera and opted for the Linksys WVC210. This camera is a very nice unit, but after getting the new Foscam night PTZ camera, I feel like I wasted a significant amount of money on this one unit, when I believe the Foscam FI8918W is easily a better buy. We also have the Trendnet tv-ip422w and compared to this new Foscam camera, the video is absolutely SUBPAR to the Foscam.
While this is a review about the Foscam FI8918W I want the readers to know and appreciate what this camera does. The Linksys WVC54GCA works perfectly in IE and Firefox (Safari as well). The WVC210 will NOT, repeat NOT work with IE. There is an active X that is required and Cisco must have an issue with Microsoft or something because I cannot force my computer to accept the active X. You can ONLY view this in Fire Fox (FF) or Safari (if I remember correctly), but FF is what we use to view it. These Foscam's work in: IE8, FF and FF on Mac OS-X (Snow Leopard). I haven't tried Safari, but our needs were met in that realm.
Mobile browsing: Both of the Linksys cam's were visible on our iPhone/iTouch. We have now ditched the iPhone (junk) and went with the Samsung captivate (android) and had the same experience. The Trendnet and Foscam units were not viewable on either of our phones. This was an initial HUGE issue, but I've found that on both the itunes and android app store there is an app (android has a free version, apple doesn't) called "IP Cam Viewer" by Robert Chou (android lite version works for free and has a banner at the top). If you use this program use "Add IP" in the settings to add your DNS address you established and go from there. This app also allows "swipe to pan" option.. NICE!!
In setting up, I mentioned that I have multiple camera's. I've resorted to using multiple different port's such as: myipcam,dot,com:1111 and the next is: myipcam,dot,com:1112, and: myipcam,dot,com:1113, etc. You will establish this in your individual camera settings and your router config.
I know my setup was based on historical config's I've done with other camera's so I was aware of some of the pitfalls. But I believe these cameras were the easiest to setup. The camera's software/firmware is a little "hokey" and could be improved I believe, but It has everything it needs to have (that I could determine) so I can't fault the firmware (admin) settings/options about that. The actual web GUI (interface) was pretty nice, especially compared to the other camera's I have. I didn't try the multiple setup and accessing them through the internet because one of the two cameras we received will be kept a little more "private" and may have access to part of our bedroom from its location.
The camera is very quiet. I found myself enjoying that with the movement options you can hold down the arrow (on the screen) and the camera will move until you unclick it.
The status LED, which can be turned off, is located on the back. I appreciate that as well.
The only thing I found a little annoying was the IR bulbs are a little too visible. We have one of these in the kids' bedroom and the red glow (obvious) always attracts attention. This is visible even when the IR is turned "off" in the settings.
The package included everything I believe a normal user would require/desire. Camera, base (movable/adjustable which is a nice touch), antenna, screws and anchor, cat5 cable and the power cord.
On the audio, I didn't try/use the included option. I'm sorry that a review of that feature cannot be included. With the amount of camera's we are running we can't support the additional bandwith requirements.
The only problem I experienced was the wireless being a different IP address vs. the wired IP address. I've never experienced this before, but was a simple fix by using the supplied software.
I wish I could provide a link so others could see how impressive these CAM's are. But I won't ;) Had I known how great a value these cameras would be I would have purchased at least a couple more, with the possibility of enough to replace / supplement all of our Linksys/Trendnet cam's. I'm leaving for a yearlong military deployment in 10 days so the ease in setup/config was a HUGE help and success on the part of this company. At this point I'd have no issue recommending these to anybody who is looking for an excellent camera. The day time image is excellent, the night vision (as with everything) is less grand, but the IR bulbs completely illuminate our 12x35' room with plenty of light to spare. These camera's are all usable on Win XP (laptop), Win Vista (laptop), Win 7 (PC) (Both with IE 8 and Fire Fox) and Mac OS-X (Snow Leopard) on a Macbook Pro and IMac , ipod Touch and Samsung Captivate (Android) WHEN using the app: ipcam viewer by Robert Chou (free on Android).
I really hope this review helps some other potential buyers as I had a ton of questions, to which few (if any) were answered by other reviews. (Posted on 7/2/11)
for the price i paid, i am very happy good camera. Review by manny
really good cam and i am happy i had it for 8 months... (Posted on 6/27/11)
Best indoor IP Camera Available Review by zoutspout
We use these cameras for security at our business. Only thing lacking is zoom. However, I have not found any other IP camera that can beat this one as far as price/features. Excellent! The free iPhone app you can get for this camera works flawlessly with great clarity. I also highly recommend the Blue Iris software that you can buy with it - incredible value and so many features that it's hard to believe anyone can compete with them! (Posted on 6/24/11)
excellent Review by gokart
I've used this camera for about 6 months and now that the price dropped even further the camera is stunning. There's a tiny bit of discoloration with the hues of trees and grass when looking through a window outside but it's the best I've found in a while and the absolute best at it's price point. (Posted on 4/26/11)
Awesome Review by Simon Templar
I have 4 of them in my house this is my fifth one. Great product at the best price around. (Posted on 4/24/11)
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SearchTool (Used for all camera models and Foscam NVRs)
For Windows: Search Tool PC
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IP Camera Tool (Used for all camera models) *Depreciated*
For Windows: IP Camera Tool PC
For Mac - (FI9821W, FI8910W, etc.): IP Camera Tool Mac - MJPEG/New H.264
For Mac - Older H.264 Cameras (FI9820W, FI8608W, FI8602W etc.): IP Camera Tool Mac - Old H.264
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DDNS Setup Guide
Setup Email Motion Detection
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