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Foscam FI8918W (Black) Wireless IP Camera

Brand: Foscam Digital Tech

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Regular Price: $149.95

Special Price: $59.99

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There is a newer model of this item: Foscam FI8910W with IR-Cut

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. (Securing Your Foscam Camera – Important Notice)

Please Note: In order to receive free telephone based technical support as well as our domestic (US/Canada/UK) 1 year replacement warranty, you must purchase your camera directly from using the online checkout system on this website or from one of the Authorized Retailers listed on our "Where to Buy" page. Please select your quantity and click "Add to Cart" below


  • Remote internet monitoring from anywhere in the world. Includes Lifetime Telephone, Email & Remote Desktop Support by Foscam Digital Tech.
  • Iphone/Ipad, Android & Blackberry compatible. Includes Foscam Cloud Free Trial for Cloud Video Storage & Playback.
  • Two-way audio. 1 Year US Warranty Provided Exclusively by Foscam Digital Tech.
  • 300 degree pan, 120 degree tilt
  • IR lights for night vision up to 8 meters



  • Free shipping on all US, Canada, and UK orders
  • Ships within 24 - 48 hours from the US, Toronto, or London
  • Expedited shipping available at checkout



  • Includes one year replacement warranty including parts and labor serviced out of Houston, Toronto, and London
  • 14 day money back return policy (See Return Policy Here
  • RMA returns and replacements processed out of Houston, Toronto, and London



  • Step-by-step setup instructions
  • Video tutorials
  • Community support forms
  • Telephone and email based technical support by our support team


Regular Price: $149.95

Special Price: $59.99

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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 ( and the 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 If you would like telephone support and have us perform a remote installation of your camera, purchase from 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 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. 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 warranty is only available to users who purchase directly from using our online checkout system or from one of the Authorized Retailers located on our "Where to Buy" page.

Technical Support

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. 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 ( 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.

What's Included:


  • 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
  • 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.


Model FI8918W
Resolution No
Color Black
Weight 1.5000
Image Sensor 1/4" Color CMOS Sesor
Display Resolution 640x480 Pixels (300k Pixels)
Lens f: 2.8mm, (IR Lens)
Mini Lumination 0.5Lux
Lens Type Glass Lens
Viewing Angle 60 Degree
Input Built-In Microphone
Output Built-In Speaker
Audio Compression ADPCM
Image Compression MJPEG
Image Frame Rate 15fps(VGA), 30fps (QVGA)
Flip Mirror Images Verical / Horizontal
Light Frequency 50Hz, 60Hz or Outdoor
Video Parameters Brightness, Contrast
Ethernet One 10/100 MBPS RJ - 45
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11 b/g
Data Rate 802.11 b/g: 11 MBPS (max), 802.11g: 54MBPS (max)
Wireless Security WEP & WPA WPA2 Encryption
Pan/Tilt Angle Horizontal: 300°ree; & Vertical: 120°ree
Infrared Light 11 IR, LEDs, Night visibility upto 8 meters
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°ree ~ 60°ree (14°ree F ~ 140°ree F)
Storage Humidity 0% - 90% non-condensing
CPU 2.0GHZ or above (suggested 3.0 GHZ)
Memory Size 256 MB or above (suggested 1.0 GB)
Display Card 64M or Above
Supported OS Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / Mac
Browser IE 6.0, IE 7.0, Firefox, Safari (no sound), and other standard browser
Certification CE, FCC
Warranty Limited 1-year warranty
Product Type No
Form Factor No
Flash LED No
Number of Batteries Supported No
Battery Size Supported No
Application/Usage No
  1. I've been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. Review by Manuelquap

    Great internet site! It looks extremely expert! Maintain the great job! (Posted on 3/24/15)

  2. Great lowcost cam! Review by Jim

    needs a convienent means to turn on/off from I phone. (Posted on 3/2/15)

  3. lost connection fixed! Review by Mahan

    Spoke with lidiya to reset my camera, i had lost connection, great customer service and knowledgeable. (Posted on 6/7/14)

  4. excellent product and tech support Review by ss

    love the camera and its features. GREAT tech support setting it up (Posted on 5/13/14)

  5. Fantastic Camera and Support Jenifer Review by Richard West

    I was having difficultly having my new Foscam cameras recording to an external HD. I called support and connected with Jenifer D. She was fantastic and in a few clicks she had my cameras recording to the HD. Great job Jenifer thank you much. Very happy with connect time to support and the quality of support. (Posted on 4/9/14)

  6. Outstanding Support by Fred Jacobs Review by Jim C

    So far I am very happy with my Fi8918W Camera, but more than that, I am very pleased and impressed with the Technical support provided by Fred Jacobs. Fred was not only very knowledgeable, but also courteous and expedient. Thank You Fred and Foscam Support (Posted on 3/13/14)

  7. Decent Camera Awful Audio Review by Pong

    These cameras are great for video and night video. I have 7 of them around my home office. The audio quality is not so good. The two way audio never works when remote and when on net its awful. Lots of clicking and crackling. I use one as a baby monitor and its very loud at night with tons of white noise. I plugged a small mic into the audio jack and that seems to make the white noise go away somewhat. Looking for higher quality on audio. (Posted on 3/12/14)

  8. quick setup Review by Jk423

    Ralph- was a great help. could not have done the setup myself. video quality is nice. nice camera. (Posted on 3/1/14)

  9. Agood product Review by Sal M

    Amy Lopez at foscam knows what she is doing and fixed my connection problems tis is a good product. (Posted on 1/19/14)

  10. Excellent product and service Review by Rick

    I chose this seller b/c of Amazon's endorsement. They have been excellent with ONGOING customer service and product support. I would give them 10 stars if I could. BTW I rarely leave ANY feed back. My WiFi router died several months after initial set up and they set up all 6 cameras twice without charge, asking nothing in return! This baby monitor I bought to keep an eye on my front office. Plug and play…excellent product (Posted on 1/15/14)

  11. im enjoying my camera Review by curtis

    Allen (Posted on 12/18/13)

  12. Agent Jennifer Review by JOE

    Technical support is the absolute best I've ever seen. The agent was extremely knowledgable and had excellent technical skills. My problem was solved lightening fast.... (Posted on 12/18/13)

  13. Great Camera and Features Review by Kevin   Verified review with purchase

    This is the first camera I purchased for my home. My wife and I were away and having friends take car of our animals. I had the camera setup to email us on motion and it worked flawlessly. It wasn't setup to watch our friends it was used for our own piece of mind that our pets were not going without food. We used an iPhone app to watch the camera and change the motion and email settings remotely. There can be security risks with anything available over the internet. If you are not technically inclined I urge you to use the professional installation. Be sure to setup your camera security and passwords properly or get help. (Posted on 8/24/13)

  14. Excellent Value Review by Project 88

    My wife and I wanted a camera and recording software to keep an eye on our animals when we are not home. This setup is perfect. I bought one FI8918 and the Blue Iris Software. Setup and recording in an hour. Gave the software a 500GB partition on my HTPC and it's totally happy. I was also surprised at the number of supported cameras other than Foscam. For $124 and email alerts on motion to my smartphone best value I could find. I can also access the camera, ptz functions, sound settings, IR control using the Focam PRO app I found on the itunes store, not free but who's going to cry over $4.99. Thanks for making a quality product for the rest of us. (Posted on 6/7/13)

  15. Great Product! Review by Ewett

    I'm using Foscam for 8 years now! It's a great IP Cam in the market! Service was great too ! (Posted on 2/11/13)

  16. Great low cost video camera Review by Florida Jim

    Currently have 4 of these on a 2nd home in sw florida. All are mounted under the eave on the exterior (no enclosures used). Reliability increased 100% when i went to direct cable in lieu of wireless (this required poe adapters) Units have been working 24/7 going on 4 years. Used to monitor pool equip/ hvac equip/ and front of house while we are away in indiana. Painted them trim color so they are almost invisible. If you are not tech savvy, then USE THEIR SERVICE TO INSTALL, ESPECIALLY WHEN TRYING TO HOOK UP MULTIPLE CAMERAS - $30/camera is well worth the DAYS you will spend getting is all to work with ip addresses, router firewall access, ports, etc, etc, etc (Posted on 1/10/13)

  17. you can disable the audio Review by beerhat

    Just plug any 1/8" to <anything> adapter found at any radio shack or spare audio parts bin into the mic input. It will disable the onboard mic thinking there's an external mic, which of course, there's not. C'mon guys, gotta think outta the box! (Posted on 7/10/12)

  18. Disappointed so far Review by E.Goldstein

    I recently bought 3 FI8918W cameras thinking I’d be able to use them for full time perimeter security. The first one I had to return as the image was washed out in light purple to the point of rendering it useless. Tech Support answered my emails in a timely fashion and offered to replace it. So far I haven’t heard back and will just assume the RMA is proceeding along as normal. The more troubling issue is that now the remaining 2 cameras are starting to randomly reboot and when the reset they point skywards, effectively rendering them useless until I get home and repoint them via the software controls; most annoying. They appear to be on the latest firmware and I have started reading accounts of this happening with the FI8918Ws – I only wish I would have done more investigation prior to purchasing them.

    When they do work I am very happy with the picture quality. Setup was pretty simple and straightforward and it works with my Gmail account. I didn’t use the little software package that is a UI into the ARP cache however I could see how it would be useful for non-techie people. I started out using DHCP reservations off my Airport Extreme however after a few random reboots and having to climb up ladders to power cycle them to get them back on the network I opted for hard set IPs. At least now they come back on the network…pointing skyward, but on the network.

    I purchased a copy of the BlueIris software and feel it wasn’t worth the money. Several times I have had to go back into the software and reset my masking zones as they don’t seem to stick – probably due to the camera reboots. It’s okay software for the $40.00 however not as good as Luxriot. You can only install it on one computer in your house and it offers no client / server model. I put it on a shuttle I had laying around and RDP into it however the lag is a bit annoying. Frankly I’m not sure it’s that much better than the built in software on the cameras.

    I enabled external access to my cameras for a bit to play around with them and quickly disabled it as the software doesn’t seem to support SSL in any way and the amount of information that can be gained by simply clicking the “Login” button and then hitting “cancel” is more than I’d feel comfortable with presenting to anybody looking. My only advice there is to set up an additional account via the software that isn’t an Admin and only use those credentials as they will be passed in clear text. Dunno about you but anything like a camera than can be turned against you and is both a looking and listening device should have some security wrapped around it. Nothing like that exists for these cameras. I’ll probably build a guest wireless network as well and stick it on that

    Lastly, like many others I mounted the cameras behind clear, clean panes of glass only to find out the hard way the IR filter will wash out the image at night. My options seem to be twofold: mount them outside under the eaves (possible) or buy an external IR illuminator (not a bad option). If they keep misbehaving I’ll mount them outside, run them until they die, and then buy some Sharx SCNC2700’s and try those.

    I really want to love these cameras but so far I don’t. They are good lower budget cameras but seem to be glitch. Maybe the FI8910W’s are better, I don’t know.

    I will update the post when I have more info.
    (Posted on 6/20/12)

  19. It would be nice to get some technical support on the phone!!! Review by oma

    camera works only from one computer - that was not the idea. Can never get someone to help. (Posted on 6/15/12)

  20. Outstanding Review by johnnyb

    Mac users: it works. The controls work smoothly in Safari, and video frame rates are smooth and steady. Audio requires a plugin, for which VideoLAN seems to work. I'm told it works with SecuritySpy.

    For once, a decent camera with a decent web interface that does what it's supposed to do and works reliably. It supports modern features like UPnP and, not to mention WPA and WPA 2 wifi encryption. Multiple users can be configured with different levels of access. Setup is easy over Ethernet, with a simple discovery utility (Mac and PC) for identifying the camera's initial DHCP address.

    The camera moves almost silently, and positioning is quick and precise. The LEDs on the rear panel can be disabled to be less conspicuous, in a nice touch.

    This camera is so refreshing, and not just at this price. Other cameras with an image that's no better and software that's much worse cost so much more. This one, on the other hand, is a great balance of modern features and decent quality.

    I would look forward to just a few improvements and features in future versions. I'd love Power-over-Ethernet and a weatherproof enclosure for it. Also, while I love soft-touch plastic housings in general, a textured hard plastic might hold up better in the long run.

    Anyway, compared with other PTZ CCTV cameras, this one is hard to beat. (Posted on 1/6/12)

  21. Roll the dice! Review by OwnOne

    I purchased one of these on amazon and I'm a techie so had no problem setting it up. I bought the Live Cams Pro iPhone app which DOES support audio AND two way audio - something which no other reviewers seem to have noticed yet. However, my camera audio had a terrible buzz sound. A friend of mine recommended that i remove the antenna which did help remove a lot of the buzzing, but it is still there enough that I'm going to return it and try to get another one in the hopes that it has no buzzing issue. (Posted on 1/3/12)

  22. Keeps familys in touch! Review by XC

    Got this so that family can keep an eye on our lil one since they are across the country. They love just being able to go to any computer or the iphone app to see him. It works great in total darkness! We are having trouble with sound but feel we will be able to fix it with help from the company...crossing our fingers!! (Posted on 12/28/11)

  23. Ok camera. Works as advertised. Review by Ohm43

    Software lacks Zoom capability. The Dyndns domain name software places a tracking bot in the computer. It is stated in their license agreement. I did not agree. Free is never free.Also, if one doesn't set a strong password to log in the camera, it can be hacked and your wireless router's password is there in text form for the taking. It is a bit slow moving and the resolution can be better. If a person passes in front of the camera a bit fast, you would see a blurr image and will not be able to identify the person. Other than that it works. (Posted on 11/29/11)

  24. Great Camera for General Surveillance Review by Andy   Verified review with purchase

    I have a computer store that I use these cameras in and they work perfect for general surveillance, they aren't the highest definition cameras by any means but as well they don't cost as much as other cameras. If your goal is to identify a person easily within 30 FT then this camera will work fine for you. Another great feature I didn't even think about when I bought these cameras was the infrared, the local police department checks the locks on our store every night, plain as day in the pitch black I can see the police officers and easily tell who it is. (Posted on 10/14/11)

  25. Excellent Value Review by VEGA

    Great basic camera load with extra found in others $$$ cameras. Not hard to setup, once you get you dnsdyn account you can use it on you smart/iphone cell or over the web. Note: **DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM ON AMAZON** Fake model of this camera made in china are every where under $80. buy from FOSCAM.US
    Best camera for the price and (Posted on 10/3/11)

  26. ***** Review by Felix

    Excellent Camera (Posted on 8/29/11)

  27. great for price Review by Mike M.

    I was very impressed with the quality of this camera compared to another brand I used previously.
    My two gripes are:
    1. Cannot use full features on Firefox.
    2. When recording is set it will not continuously run, I have had it run for almost a day but would really like for it record non-stop. (Posted on 8/13/11)

  28. Good for the price. Review by jojo

    Pros: cheap and good vid thru the lan. Setup thru ethernet was fast and quick.

    Cons: Settings change required a 30 sec reboot. Changing 'admin' to something else is buggy. After changing 'admin' to something else, i had to reset the device twice since it locked me out. To really change admin to something else. You have to change admin to something else first. Then 'Submit'. Then add the 'password' and then 'Submit' again.

    I was on the lastest firmware as of then...36. (Posted on 8/3/11)

  29. Great PTZ Camera Review by Matt

    I paired this up with Blue Iris and have fallen in love. The only downfalls are due to the wireless. Use a wired connection, you'll be better off (Posted on 8/3/11)

  30. Easy Setup Review by Momtobe

    I just received this camera a few days ago and was a little intimidated to set it up. I decided to give it a shot and had it working within 10 minutes and had it wireless in less than 30. I'm not tech savvy. I just followed the instructions in the book and googled anything I didn't understand. The picture is great and the infrared is awesome! We tried it out on an older desktop with an older windows, two newer laptops with windows 7, and my iphone already. We still need to get it on my husbands droid phone, but we're excited about it. (Posted on 7/16/11)

  31. FOSCAM Review Review by R. S. Luther "Scotty Luther"

    This camera has alot of great features for the price, such as the pan & tilt. Picture is not too bad, but for the price, it is still really good! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  32. Foscam FI9818W Review by Ron Zastovnik

    Not a bad camera for the price, but here are some deficiencies that I see...

    1. The left, right, top and bottom stops to the pan/tilt are not definable.

    2. There is no record on motion in the browser based software.

    3. Full control is only available in Internet Explorer (active-X). Only basic functions (pan/tilt, exposure) work in FireFox and Chrome.

    4. Three user groups: Admin, Operator, Visitor. The Visitor has no pan/tilt function. (not necessarily a problem)

    5. The color is lacking green. The grass looks blue, even in sunlight.

    6. The camera can be focused, but that is not mentioned in the instructions. Turning the lens focuses it, but there seems to be a little slop in the lens screw because wiggling it will change focus. Once set, it seems to stay.

    7. Clicking on the center of the pan/tilt control sends the camera into a automated pan/tilt reset of some sorts, which takes a while for it to go full left right and up down then stop in center. So easy to accidentally click that center button and then you have to wait.

    8. There is a center option, but you can't define center. Center is straight forward and a little high. Quite like the picture shows.

    9. I could not find a way to disable the audio for privacy.
    (Posted on 7/2/11)

  33. Excellent product for the price! Review by Richard K. Harris

    This camera was very easy to set up, and has performed flawlessly thus far. I've used it daily since it arrived, and enjoy the motion detect alarm emails with photos I receive of activity it detects. You can't beat it for the price anywhere! Video quality is excellent-- (Posted on 7/2/11)

  34. Great for the price Review by MitchL

    I was a bit apprehensive to buy this product since some of the reviews are not all that good. However, I am glad I did. Setup was very easy and picture quality for a product costing under 100$ is excellent. The IR function in the dark works surprisingly well; I had low expectations for that. Very happy with my purchase. Only place I could see some improvement is the software to configure/login to the device. It looks a bit dated, but does get the job done. If you are looking for a low cost surveillance camera, I think this is a good choice. Since it does sound and night vision (IR), this could be an excellent baby monitor to use on a laptop/iPad. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  35. Great starter Security Cam with few flaws Review by Chad Michael Jurisic "Chadj77"

    I been using this cam for over a month now and I would say the software with the cam is buggy but once it is setup it is rock solid. I have not setup the email part of it since it needs a non ssl server which is fairly rare now days. I am currently using Ip Cam Viewer Lite on the Android and have not had one problem accessing the cam remotely. My goal is to buy another one and have both transmitting video streams to a dedicated ubuntu or fedora server.

    Another note is that for some strange reason there are many fakes of these cameras floating around but i luckily got the real deal. My camera did have something rattling around inside when i recieved it, I have yet to check what it is but sounds like a loose screw but since nothing is wrong with it i will leave it alone. I think for the price this has panasonic, sharx security, and other security cameras beat hands down. The night vision is suprisingly good considering it can see 40ft inside but anything close to it can wash out the image. If you know how to setup a wireless router then you will have no trouble setting this camera up. Overall I would buy again. A Great Security Cam! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  36. A bit complicated to stream Review by Melissa Dutton

    The camera's features are incredible for the price. The only set back I would call out is that unless you understand how to set up static IP addresses and have private hosting space, it is not easy to stream this camera for access on the web. My husband and I both have such a background and found it a bit cumbersome to get set up; however, now that we have it set up, there have been no issues. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  37. Love this camera! Review by Grant VanVecten

    This is an excellent IP camera for the money. I had mine up and running within 15 minutes. The wireless setup took about the same amount of time.

    The picture quality is very good for a PT camera that costs under $100. The IR night images are excellent and deliver good detail in a darkened room. Anyone who complains about the picture quality of this camera is not being realistic. I have high resolution PTZ cameras at work and they start at $750.

    You can't go wrong for the money. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  38. Love it ! Review by Dariela

    Great deal. I bought this camera to watch my daughter online while working. It was easy to set up and we were online the same day I received it. Now everyone including the grandparents enjoy watching her. I've had no issues with it and I love the online features, like taking snapshots and moving the camera. Well worth the money! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  39. Great Camera Review by M. Joreski "nipstoo"

    This thing is great especially the night vision. The interface is pretty good but I wish it had a stand alone program so I did not have to use the browser. If it can stand up to some moisture I will definitely be buying more. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  40. Muy buen producto Review by Alejandro Garcia V

    Excelente camara, envia alertas por correo y FTP, rota perfecto, no hace ruido, se conecta por cable o inalambricamente, manejo de múltiples usuarios, alertas programadas, visión nocturna en total oscuridad, acceso desde cualquier sitio con internet, se puede acceder desde el explorador nativo del IPhone. En fin muy buen producto, y el precio es muy bajo para la cantidad de utilidades que tiene. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  41. Has potential, but comes up short Review by T.W.

    Having used mostly Toshiba cams for years without any problems, I decided to try some lesser-known brands, to see how they fared (Astak, Lorex, Swann, Wizecam. etc) and Fosmax is the cheapest priced that had the most potential. Setup was easy, but can easily be a confusing chore unless you already know network stuff and how to configure settings. Hardwired to my Linksys router, it was a piece of cake. Wireless to the router but going through my computer which is on the same local network, it was, again, easy. However, when it came time to browse over the internet using the "real" IP address of my connection, it just didn't work. I tried everything. Changing ports, IP addresses, etc. Nothing worked. When I finally decided to do a firmware upgrade, to see if that would solve the problem, it updated fine, restarted, but the camera could never be located again by the IP camera finder that came this product.

    - Fairly easy to setup in wired mode or if viewing over your local network.
    - No software glitches in MAC or IBM, using I.E., Firefox or Safari.
    - Sleek design.
    - Lightweight and doesn't get hot.
    - Very inexpensive given what you're getting. A great bargain!
    - Very quiet and fluid movement.

    - Firmware (software that's built into the camera) has glitches.
    - Inability of the firmware to use the automatic DHCP setting.
    - Inability of the firmware to use ChangeIP for DDNS service. Limited/fixed choices.
    - No button to record what you're watching and save as an MPEG-4 to your PC.
    - Quality is a bit muddy and blurry.
    - Constant need to change to 50HZ/60Hz/Outdoors while panning from bright areas to darker areas.
    - No PTZ control by clicking inside the streaming footage. You have to use icon controls.
    - Pushing the reset button apparently won't restore a bad firmware upgrade or hiccup when rebooting after the upgrade.

    I'm going to fool around with it one last time in the morning before I send it back to Amazon for a refund. If I get it working wirelessly via internet, I will keep it because it's so inexpensive. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  42. IPCamera Tool can be a pain to set up Review by zatoichi

    I have no issues with the camera hardware or quality. It does well for the price. The issue I had is with the IPCamera Tool software. I installed it on a home premium version of windows 7 64 bit, and didnt have any problems. My main machine runs 7 ultimate x64. After installation and rebooting,I kept getting an error. When I clicked the Icon, windows said that the link to the shortcut was deleted or moved, and asked if I wanted to delete the shortcut. After installing it several times, I went to the other machine and found that even though the shortcut wasnt pointed in the right direction on that computer it still worked. I went into the advanced options and opened the location of the target. It wasnt in c:/windows/system32... it was actually in C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe. Changed the target in the shortcut and now it works fine. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  43. Nice cam...tune to port 8000 to work... Review by Circle Analytics

    it works fine, picture quality is good, even at night. it is a really quality camera and does the job nicely. Tune it to port 8000 so that it will work. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  44. EASY! Review by J. Benson "Whildjoe"

    These cameras are great. Easy to setup and work great. I was surprised at the resolution! I figured a cheap camera like this would have poor res, but I was wrong! This was my second one of these. Liked the first one so much had to get another. I purchased an app for the iPhone for $5 and it works great with both of these. The only problem with these cameras is if you are using the scheduling. Trying to click on each little square can be combersome. I have discovered if you click on the begining and ending times, you can double click in between these to fill 3 or sometimes four squares. The only other problem with the scheduling is if the camera gets rebooted, all of the record tiles disappear and you have to click on them again. Setting up multiple cameras is easy. I wish they had one that did an optical zoom! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  45. FoscamFI8918 Review by S. F. Lyszczarz "LTCSTAN"

    Great for the price. Would be almost perfect if it was easier to get it to work wirelerssly. Instructions straight forward and it looks easy but doesn't work. Have to search for an answer and even those don't work as explained. Works perfectly wired. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  46. perfect Review by maher rifai

    its perfect for just putting it on the roof in between two room because wide range, really easy to use, it even comes with mobile phone software but for an iphone u can download an app (Posted on 7/2/11)

  47. Nice, but problems with Internet Explorer Review by DP

    To get the full functionality you must use Internet Explorer...I followed all instructions, but all features did not work on Internet Explorer... (Posted on 7/2/11)

  48. Foscam Iphone app has no sound feature Review by Inky

    The sound will not work with the Foscam IPHONE app. If you were planning on hearing the sound on your Iphone app to check in on your new crated puppy at home forget about it for now. I bet there are already some app folks working out this issue as I am typing this review.... (Posted on 7/2/11)

  49. Great - once you figure out how to set it up. Review by Jack

    This is a terrific security solution. I have owned the camera for about 3 months now and it has worked flawlessly. I use it with the "IP Cam Viewer" app available for Android. I can watch my home from anywhere I get a 3G signal plus the email alerts warn me if there is any movement in my house.

    Two words of caution:

    First, pack you patience. Setting up the camera for remote viewing took a lot of work. I did countless internet searches and read many forums before figuring it out. Only stubborness prevented me from giving up. In total I estimate it took 15 hours of effort over 3 days to finally figure everything out.

    Second, changes in light will trigger the motion sensor alarm. To solve this, lower the sensitiviy setting to 3. Problem solved

    I highly recommend this camera, but be prepared to pack your patience getting it set up. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  50. Ok...for what it is. Review by Guru

    Can't complain about the price. For under $100, it's a good deal. However, IP camera technology has advanced alot. This camera only uses MPEG compression, which is high band width usage. In other words, it will make your computer network run slower. If you're trying to view remotely (like on iPhone), it will have terrible results. If you have more than 1 camera, you will definitely start noticing a slower network.

    Other manufacturers like Panasonic offer MPEG4 and H.264 compression. H.264 is 100x better than basic MPEG. Obviously those cameras are priced higher (maybe double the cost of this camera), but the upside is you can add more cameras and not cause problems with your network evironment. I was looking to put 8 cameras around my house, and this one would not be a good solution. It would work, but would cause everything else to run slower.

    Also, it doesn't look like there are any recording capabilities. Let be honest, are you really going to be sitting in your chair looking at this camera 24/7? (Posted on 7/2/11)

  51. Forscam Wireless Camera Review by Polar "Polar"

    The camera is well constructed and it is very functional if you don't have a password protected router. When I fist installed the camera I have an open (no password) system, but I switched to a password protected router. That is when the camera became useless. If I want to use the camera I have to hookup my old router. So it is gathering dust now. Even when I used my old router I was not able to access the camera offsite. The links that are provided with the instructions to the camera seem to be dubious and I would not trust them for security reasons. The instructions are also poorly written and has a lot on overstrike corrections to a very small pamphlet, the use of a magnifying glass is necessary.

    If the instructions were better and had a reliable website, I would give this camera a better rating because the camera is very well constructed and delivers amazing pictures. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  52. Overall a Nice Camera, but you get what you pay for...... Review by elkaholic

    I am very satisfied with the purchase of the Foscam FI8918W. It is a relatively inexpensive camera and you get what you pay for. This is my first camera purchase and the setup went flawlessly. The pan & tilt functionality worked great. It does not have great picture resolution, but for the price, that is to be expected. The only problem I had was a cracked installation CD. I was able to obtain the necessary files on the sellers web-page and the rest of the setup went without any problems. I could connect locally via a wired LAN; then the camera relearned a new LAN address when the wireless setup was used. I also can connect remotely via WAN by setting up a Dynamic DNS. The built in IR LEDs allow you to see a picture in the pitch black darkness of the night. The specs say it has audio input and output capabilities, but I have not tested these since I do not have a remote microphone and speaker to plug into the camera. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  53. Amazing budget camera with a ton of features - note about dyndns and multiple cameras Review by BB

    Everything has pretty much been said about this camera already. I just wanted to contribute my 5 star rating, as well as some tips for port forwarding with Dyndns and multiple cameras.

    If you want to view multiple cameras from outside your home network, you only need to register one "Host with IP address" host with Dyndns. Then, just specify sequential ports to forward each camera. For example, I have (MYNAME is just an example) with port 8100 forwarding to my first camera, port 8101 forwarding to my second camera, etc. Then just log into the "master" camera at and you'll see all cameras on your home network. It's a bit more involved than this, but enabling only one host with Dyndns will allow you to only use their free service, since more than 2 hosts requires a subscription.

    If you were to contract a security company to install a system with a few couple of these cameras, they'd charge a couple thousand dollars. You can easily do it yourself for so much less. To view from outside your home network, you will of course need to setup port forwarding, but get a computer friend to help you if you're not familiar with that part. Sorry, security cam installation companies that vote this unhelpful, but it's true - consumers don't need you.

    Note that there are no "official" iPhone apps from this manufacturer. All of them are by 3rd party software companies. The one that works amazing well is called Foscam Surveillance Pro by Maurice de Bijl. You must choose "FI8918W reversed" during setup, otherwise the left/right/up/down pan buttons will actually be reversed. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  54. Common sense required Review by Der Stahlhelm

    It didn't take me that long to get it up and running. The software is mediocre. The instruction booklet, as others have stated, is clearly written by someone that English is not their strong point. However in reading the instructions for installing this Foscam camera, you need to have common sense to make it out. I was able to read the instructions and understand what needed to be done, and I believe the ones on Amazon who have fussed and complained about installation problems simply do not have the common sense that God gave them. The spelling is correct and all, but the sentence structure is a little off. I believe most though are too much in a hurry in opening it and wanting to get it up and running, so they neglect common sense in taking the time to understand what is written.

    I will make note though that once you get the software installed, Internet Explorer is the only PC browser that will work with the camera. Foxfire is a no go.

    All in all, the features of the camera are pretty decent. You have no room to complain about the features when you only pay $100 for the camera. The pan & tilt features, along with the IR light at night work flawlessly. If you're looking for a reasonable price wireless security camera that is decent to set up for anyone with 1/2 a brain, then you can't go wrong with this product. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  55. Exactly what is advertised Review by Jason Cyrder "PhillyGeek"


    Other than that, ignore any negative reviews on this, or the fact that the manufacturer does not support it if you dont buy it from them. The bottom line is they just want the extra money they get when you buy direct for $30 more. This camera has an image quality a little higher than you would expect for a $100 IP cam with night vision. It is NOT difficult to setup, if you follow the instructions to a "T". If you do not, as with all things computer related it will not work correctly! Apparently some people in the lower reviews do get that. I configured it and also installed the free app for my Android based phone, I can now access it within 5 seconds no matter where I am. I can also control it from any computer with internet access. The software supports 9 cameras on Android or PC. My only complaint is it does not have the security options needed to link the motion sensor email alarm to GMAIL, I am just going to create an email address with Hotmail or something when I have time and it should work fine. Since I was going to create a special email address for this to communicate with anyway I am not worried about it. If you are technically challenged, buy from the manufacturer so you get someone to hold your hand while you set it up. The night vision is awesome, and to be honest, if you know you dont know how to work computers you shouldn't be trying to install equipment like this anyway. Someone will probably easily hack into your network and watch you walk around in your underwear all day. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  56. Good cam, beware sound only works with IE (active X required) Review by zed

    Great camera overall. I use it to checkup on my daughter without disturbing her at night and it works perfectly. Was fairly easy to set up but if you are not comfortable changing settings on a wireless router or similar device with a web interface it may prove a little challenging. Once the camera was all set up I was quite satisfied with it. The only gripe I have is that the audio only works with active X. There is no way to use the audio features using smart phones or on non active-x enabled browsers (at least none that I have found). Otherwise really satisfied with this product and will buy again for home surveillance in the future. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  57. Excellent Camera Review by TP

    This camera is inexpensive and works exactly as described. Set up is fairly easy (if you're comfortable fooling with your wireless router) and it works very well in zero light conditions as well as in normal daylight. Control through the internet is excellent and I can keep my eye on the house from anywhere in the world, including controlling the pan/tilt of the camera. User instructions are fairly good, although in Chinese/English "speak". I plan to buy more. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  58. Great IP Cam For the Money Review by moose44

    I bought this camera to watch my dogs remotely while training them. The picture quality is very good compared to a camera I previously used. The infrared lights provide good images and video in pitch black rooms at night. The built-in microphone is nice so I can listen as well. I would recommend this IP Cam to anyone that wants/needs recreational remote surveillance. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  59. This camera rocks Review by Just a guy

    This camera is great. It is easy to set up and gives a great picture - even sound!

    I can view the picture on my computer or on my blackberry. You can remotely move the camera up and down, or left and right. It does not have a zoom function.

    The night vision works very well. There are a ring of IR lights around the lens that glow red when needed. There is a light sensor that automatically turns them on or off (and this can be overridden).

    The motor does not many any noise when moving the camera around.

    I really like this and highly recommend it to anyone interested on keeping an eye on things.

    It would make a VERY good baby monitor. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  60. Good Cam for the price Review by Esteban Tapia Ch

    Very good product.
    I installed it very quickly but you have to be a little techy because you have to configure your Internet router in order to have your camera seen from the Internet.

    I have just downloaded an iphone app to watch de camera, works fine.

    I recommend the camera.

    Best Regards. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  61. Can't beat it for the price Review by Mark Tee

    I was a little skeptical, but after a couple of months of use, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this wireless camera. Only drawback is the somewhat 'cheesy' software. Although Firefox works, you really need IE to access all the functions. Picture is reasonably clear, range is good (about 30 feet through walls) setup is reasonably straightforward. Tilt/pan speed is software adjustable. Range of the IR is more than adequate for a large room. I have not tried to use this outdoors. You can expect mucho problemos pointing it through a window due to the reflections from the glass.

    I'm pretty happy overall with this little beast. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  62. Crazy eye Review by D. Rodrigues "Fuzzy string theory"

    For under a hundred dollars you are getting a lot of value with this product. It can be maddening at times but overall it delivers what is promised and if you want to keep an eye on your place while you're away - this unit offers a lot. I won't repeat the complaints about the instructions - they could be a lot better. Do yourself a favor and print off the manual on the CD ROM- it's better than the quick guide. You can also find help on the Web. I wonder why these companies don't just hire an English speaking writer for a few days edit their manuals? I'm pretty good with stand alone PC s but I don't have a lot of experience with networks - still it didn't take me too long to get it working. If you are the type of person who has never accessed your routers' admin utility this may not be the product for you. Sometimes when accessing my camera from the office it gets buggy - it will lock up - you need to then refresh the browser. This is something of a problem in that the scene in the window remains static giving you a false impression about what you are seeing. It would also be nice if they gave you a better idea as to the meaning of the settings when the cam is in security mode. A minor complaint is that the pan controls don't always respond as intended - for example if you want to pan right it will first pan left all the way to its stop position and then start panning right. The mounting bracket is rather flimsy and does not leave enough clearance for the antenna if mounted flush on a wall. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  63. Great for the price Review by J. Towner

    I used this to keep an eye on the house and cats while out of town for Thanksgiving and Christmas and it performed beautifully. It is easy to set up if you have some basic knowledge of IP networking. If you don't know how to forward ports on your router or how a basic home network is set up you might want to skip this or have someone set it up for you. The software seems to be stable, I didn't have any troubles accessing the camera when I was away. I've tried it both wired and wireless and it performs great either way. When operating wireless and listening to the audio from the camera some static noise is introduced, I'm guessing from the RF put out by the wireless. When wired the audio is clear and you can hear every sound in the house. Picture quality isn't bad for the price of the camera, but don't expect a crystal clear view. Focus is soft around the edges of the picture and colors are muted and not very accurate. Night vision IR works great, it can see into every dark nook and cranny across the whole house. Pan and tilt is an awesome feature, but I wish it would move a tad bit faster. The motion detection alarm works great, it can email or FTP pictures, or record video with audio to a computer. I've tried all of those and it works great. After upgrading the firmware it broke the motion detect email, so you might wait to upgrade firmware unless its newer than this review. If you are running Windows Vista or 7 I found that you need to run IE as an admin for the video recording to function. The audio features only work with IE so if you are running Mac OS or Linux you are out of luck.

    tl;dr Great features for the price, you get what you pay for. It works. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  64. great product for the price Review by S. Wang

    I started toilet training for my cats two weeks ago. But since I have to work long hours, I can't monitor well their progress. So I bought this Foscam FI8918W from IPcam Central. I got it last night and put it in my bathroom. And I set it up with my Synology NAS Surveillance Station 5. Synology only has official support for the previous version (FI8908W). I pretended that's what I have. This is a night vision motion detected video. As you can see motion detection works very well. The night vision is pretty clear, If I could put the cam at a more open position, I could avoid the high light of my counter top. One thing to note is that because Synology does not officially support this ip cam yet, I don't get audio from it. I am hoping Synology will start working on this product fast. At this reasonable price, this ip cam can be popular for normal families for pets or babies. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  65. Great camera for the price Review by Ron Huber "MrK420"

    This camera is priced significantly below other PTZ IP cameras. I found it easy to set up and access from the internet and my android phone. However, my basic understanding of routers and firewalls and email servers was helpful. A bonus for me was finding the android application IP Cam Viewer Lite which was free and easy to set up. You can even move the camera by sliding your finger across the phones screen! The colors of the image are a little washed out but the image is overall pretty good. Night vision is very good. However the night vision won't work if you are pointing the camera outside through a window. While it is listed as a PTZ camera, I haven't found the zoom feature though pan and tilt work well and it has a wide range of motion.

    I have only had this camera for a few weeks so I can't speak to it's longevity but at the price that I paid, I can easily afford a spare unit. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  66. You get what you pay for... kind of. Review by beng

    This camera works fairly well after you manage to get it setup. Setup was pretty easy... didn't work on WPA security. Had to end up putting it on a virtual AP using WEP encryption because it kept dropping off of WPA AP. Sound quality is a joke. It squeals and you can barely make out conversation over the mic. This is a known issue with many of the units of this model requiring a resistor to be replaced on the board and the polarity switched around on the MIC. If you are wanting good sound without having to MOD your ip camera, then this one is NOT for you. Seller support for this issue wasn't there at all. got one reply from them saying a tech would contact me soon. Never happened. Be carefull with this one. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  67. Simple Install Moderate Setup. Review by John E. Cardwell III "Research For The Best"

    I was very impressed with the capability of this camera. It Pans and Tilts and the night vision is excelent!
    I will be using this as a remote baby monitor in combination with the Iphone app and misc. computers/laptops. I plan on getting a few more to act as security cameras.

    Installing the camera is a breeze because after the initial setup you dont need to connect it via a LAN cable because it can use your wireless network.

    But the setup is a bit of a pain and i have yet to fully understand how to do everything the camera is capable of.

    To view from anywhere on the web you will need to dive into your router settings, i have yet to set it up right. Im sure if there was someone more into networks willing to help me i could get through it.

    The controls are a little laggy but get the job done.

    Overall, a very good deal for the price and is much better that any baby monitor cameras i have seen. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  68. You must have some tech savvy Review by FW Guy

    I'm an engineer who has been designing software and hardware for real time control systems for over 20 years. I've spent a lot of time under the hood so to speak.

    This thing takes some patience to get everything setup so that it will send emails on alerts and allow you to see it outside of your home network. It is not just plug and play. It isn't that hard but you need a little know how to get it working. The documentation is fair but clearly written by someone who is not a native English speaker.

    The color and picture quality aren't the greatest but plenty good enough for my need - a security camera over my front door. It isn't intended for use outdoors but mine is up under the porch and it seems to handle the temperature swings just fine.

    I wish it had zoom but what can you expect for less than $100? I've purchased a number of PTZ IP cams for work and they have better quality and color but for whole lot more $$$. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  69. Amazing with the iPhone Review by Dr.Kevin

    I had read some other reviews and had seen the over-all good ratings. I bought two cameras, planning to buy more if these worked well. Set-up was a little tricky, but not too bad. I could see my cameras on my home computers, but could not figure out how to see using a web browser outside my home. The solution was two-fold. First, I had to get into my router settings and set up port-forwarding for each of the cameras. You can use the IP Camera Software to set the port first. I chose ports 8080 and 8081, then went into the routher settings to port forward. I learned how to do forward the ports by watching a few YouTube videos. The second part was to determine my network's IP address. I Googled "what is my IP address" and quickly found my answer. Then, all I had to do was to go to an inernet browser and type in my home IP address, followed by a colon, then followed by the port for each camera (8080 or 8081). Bingo. Next I installed a program called "Foscam Surveillance Pro" on my iPhone (4th Gen). The program was very easy to set up. Now my wife and I can check on our house from anywhere with amazing clarity. We can turn the cameras around and look around the house. The infared lights are powerful enough to light up even a large room. I put my second camera in a garage window to watch the street and front of the house. It works great in the daytime, but cannot be used at night because our street is so dard. If I turn the infareds on, they just reflect back into the camera. I knew it would do this when I bouth it, so I was not disappointed. Sometimes, there's a small lag, but so far not an issue. There's also no sound, but I did not buy the units expecting to use sound. I am very satisfied with the picture quality and our friends are amazed as well. One down-side to the iPhone application is that most homes have an external IP address that changes frequently based on network conditions (Dynamic). Our IP address stays constant for days or weeks at a time but sometimes changes. When this happens we simply have to update the IP address in the iPhone application, then everything works fine again. If it becomes too much of a problem, I have the option to pay $5 a month for an IP address that never changes (Static). For roughly $200 plus a $5 iPhone App, I have the coolest toy and home camera system. My wife loves it and I do too. I am very glad I bought these cameras, and plan on buying a few more for inside the house, and a couple outside IP cameras. Good luck. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  70. Can't beat the value Review by Brandon Ring

    I was hesitant about purchasing this camera because it was just too cheap for its capabilities when compared to products by D-Link and Linksys, however, this camera is awesome. The manual can be described as being written in "Engrish" but it pretty much follows a standard installation for this type of product (attach camera to router/switch, install software on PC, configure cam through software, etc). I will pick up a few more of these to replace some of my other stationary D-Links. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  71. Does what it promises Review by Bart T. Borkosky

    Camera functions as described. Pretty good image when the lights are out.
    It is a little slow capturing images when set to start on motion-detect. The software is a bit clunky.
    For the price and what I am using it for - it is a keeper. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  72. Good camera however manual lacks a lot Review by Phillip Rickman "PhillipVR"

    I got the camera and software installed today. The installation was fairly simple despite the lack of detail in the manual. The English is broken and difficult to understand. I don't have any problem viewing from a computer on the same network, but I'm still trying to set up the internet browsing feature. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  73. Happy Owner Review by booyah

    I used a Linksys Wireless router with this device.

    I was up and running in 25 minutes on an iMac. Included software runs on PC, but no need for software as you can access camera's internal setup. If you do setup through a Mac, make sure you download IPSCANNER off internet (for free) to locate device's local IP address. Then simply access through your Safari browser by typing that IP address.

    I assume it is even easier for PC setup. FOSCAM.US website has plenty of helpful hints if you encounter trouble.

    I have struggled through hours of setup with Trendnet cameras this was cake!

    Once you set up your router, you will be able to access thru the internet. Also, I really like the ability to get live feeds over my iPhone!
    (Posted on 7/2/11)

  74. We like ours pretty well, BUT here's what you should know: Review by Suz Bone

    We've had ours for about three months now and we're pretty pleased with it. Criticisms:

    My bf set it up and said the hoops to jump through were a bit much.

    It will work via any operating system, but for full functionality- including sound- you have to view it through Internet Explorer. I don't know ANYONE who uses that old insecure operating system.... why did they set it up the cam to only fully function that way? And I got it specifically to view while I'm at work, and we only use Macs here at work, so talk about disappointed there. I can see just fine, but no sound. :(

    The tilt/pan function is S-L-O-W-W-W-W.

    Other than that, it's pretty doggone neat. I especially like that we can set up multiple user profiles with different levels of control. So overall we'd say we're *mostly* happy with it. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  75. Solid IP Camera Review by Alexander Amato "Zander"

    I bought this IP camera as a baby monitor to assuage my wife's fears for our daughter sleeping in her crib. (The standing on the side of the crib made her nervous).

    The setup for this device was very simple. The included directions, while slightly grammatically incorrect, were easy to follow and accurate. The setup took about 10 minutes to get going on LAN, and then only a few minutes more to get the Wireless mode working.

    The camera is working great with WPA2 (AES) enabled, so no need to sacrifice security to have a camera.

    The quality of the video isn't the greatest, but I didn't buy this to have stunning HD video, I bought it to get a general idea what is going on. The day mode has good fps as well. The night vision mode surprised me with the clarity and what I can see. Again, it isn't the highest quality, but it is very easy to see what is going on. You lose some fps, but you can still easily see what is going on.

    Overall, I highly recommend this camera, and I am considering purchasing more for purposes of security / home monitoring.

    I have yet to configure remote viewing (via internet), but that's a lower priority since the primary purpose was as a video baby monitor. However, the included directions are very clear how to enable to functionality. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  76. END USER Review by Cliff Rapp

    after reading alot of the other reviews, i then decided to purchase this camera. Thank goodness for my future son inlaw being network tech. But after the setup it works great. I'm going to purchase another sometime soon. This camers has been up and running for better than a month and no problems to report on. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  77. great cam for the price Review by Luis M. Ceron "L. Ceron"

    i purchased this camera for various reasons but mainly for home security. so far it has been a great purchase due to the fact that it is very resourceful. i can access live feed from any place with internet access. i can upload images to an ftp server when the alarm goes on. it can be programmed to send alerting emails when the alarm goes on. i can capture audio and video in real time even with remote access. it can either be set-up as wireless or network cable which is a great feature when using it in other rooms. upgrading its firmware and software is very simple because the only thing needed is downloading it from website and uploading it via gui. i think this camera is a good bargain for its price because of all the neat features it has. the only con i have is that to my knowledge, one cannot upload video to a server/nas. you can capture video to a 24 hour on computer, but having a computer on all the time does not work with me. this camera has many features which make it a great purchase, but please do some research before you purchase something that you have no idea what it can/cannot do. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  78. Fun camera for the price! Review by hdphilip

    This is a fun camera to use.
    I followed the instruction on setting the device up, and it worked out pretty well, I set up an account through the dyndns as they instructed, and now i can use the camera remotely, important thing it consider in setting it up

    1. make sure you "portfoward" the camera port, I used the port "8100" to forward in my router setup. the quick set guide details this fairly well. print the instructions out

    I was amazed at the picture quality indoors, all of the pan tilt controls work very well, their are a few dead pixels in the camera, but when using the Ir can't really tell. when the IR is on, you can see a very dim red from the LED's, they do a great job in lighting up a room in complete darkness. The front lens is adjustable for focus.
    When i placed the camera outside looking down at the driveway, i found this is where the camera suffers the most, it has limited agc range between night and day, but then again, this camera is more of a indoor camera than out door camera.
    I'm in the process of trying to get the camera to save the "Alarmed video files" on my networked storage device, which it will do,as soon as i figure out the FTP setup
    If i owned a business, and wanted to see what was going on remotely, this would be on top of my list. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  79. Very nice product - would buy it again Review by Roman A. Kobzarev

    Nice product. I use it in my toddlers room.
    Easy to setup.
    Works great at night.
    Great pan feature.
    Software, and here is why.
    No easy way to add it to favorites, can't save password.
    Wireless, dosn't always pick up broadcasts. Not a big deal, as if you know what it is.
    Does not allow for mulitple IPs if connected via Wireless and LAN at the same time.
    Can't save video.
    Reduced features via Chrome and Firefox.
    No zoom. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  80. Bye-Bye Baby Video Monitors Review by Joseph Storelli "Test Questions review"

    The picture color is not great nor does it have a built-in microphone, but the night vision and image is awesome. I used the camera to watch my daughter in her crib and it's great in the light or pitch black. Installation of the wireless to my router was easy (I'm somewhat techy) using the software provided. I'm able to view her from work or at home. I even set-up for viewing through my non-smartphone (with a couple hours of trial and error). The directions are decent, but it's much cheaper than those crappy expensive baby video monitors. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  81. excellent cam for monitoring baby and nanny Review by Malik

    read a lot of good reviews on this cam and went for it. arrived on time and packing was good.
    have been using it for more then three weeks and works like a charm. i can keep a look on the baby as well as the nanny while away and can even view it on my phone. night vision works fine up to 3-5m. for the price and quality its an excellent product. only con is the power cord is short(1m) and you need to place it quite close to a socket. the video quality is not excellent but is much better then another similar IP cam that i have. overall its a good buy and does the job without any issues. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  82. Great WebCam, a little tricky to setup Review by Scotts Shopper

    If you are a Mac user, setting this up is a little hard, but not impossible. It comes with a PC tool that finds the camera on your wireless network immediately and made it much faster to find and setup. Setting up the outgoing mail service I remember being a little frustrating, but it does work. I think it was something about setting the service settings first and then adding the email addresses later.

    All in all, we love this camera and will probably buy a second one at some point. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  83. Great IP Camera for use as a baby monitor Review by W. Hamerman

    I use this camera in my 15 month old's room to keep an eye on her while she is sleeping. After shopping around for various baby video monitors they all had pretty sub-par reviews. I finally found this camera and after some favorable reviews I decided to take the plunge. Well I can't judge it's use for home security, it is perfect for a baby video monitor. The infrared allows for very good quality viewing in complete darkness and you can turn off the flashing network led on the back of the camera.The setup does require some basic networking knowledge to go smoothly (Do you know if your IP is static or dynamic?). However, I think you could probably stumble your way through it without any networking knowledge, it was just take a little more time. Overall the instructions are excellent with lots of pictures of every step of the software set up. Needless to say, I am very happy with this camera. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  84. Great camera Review by WItC

    This thing has been wonderful in my baby's room. I have recommended it to several family members and friends. Night vision works great (uses very faint red lights and infrared camera recording). Panning works great. WiFi works great. Web interface works great. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  85. How to get it to play nice with Airport Extreme Review by J. Spitta "Ruprecht"

    I don't know if it's because I upgraded the firmware or found the magic setting. I have 2 Airport Extremes - The early square "N" and the Dual band. I could not get this on the wifi for the life of me. The magic setting appears to be to select "WPA/WPA2 Personal" in Security settings. If you JUST select WPA2... it won't work. I don't think this camera can handle WPA2. I'm sure others know this but it was news to me.

    Another gotcha. After you tell it to go wireless, and then unplug your cable, the IP address likes to change. How do find out what it is? Well, the easiest way is to keep a PC handy and use the "IP Camera Tool" that came with it. You could download IP Scanner ... but for me it didn't work cause I have more than 6 devices... you have to pay for it to see more.

    So, I would say the software is fairly lame. It won't handle newer security. But it does work... eventually.

    have fun! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  86. Thank you. Great price. Fast shipping. Perfect baby monitor. A+ Review by Carley Gillette

    The FOSCAM works great. We loaded it through Windows 7 and also Vista (since you can use multiple computers). We could see perfectly, both in color and infrared, and the range can definitely reach 25 feet. We also like how it can rotate up and down, side-to-side, and diagonal. This is a perfect baby monitor gift for anyone. The only problem we had was that the "FOSCAM tool" on the disc would not load directly onto our Windows 7 laptop. We just emailed the file to our own e-mail and loaded it from there. Then it worked perfectly. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  87. Good camera for price Review by Shad Nathaniel Russell

    Overall a good camera. The adjustment to the dark works better than I thought it would. My only complaint is the manual/instructions. Very lacking. Have to figure out a bit on your own. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  88. So Far works Great Review by Terry

    I received this camera last night around 6PM. I had it set up and running wireless within 10 minutes. Picture is good and night vision is super! I still need to test the wireless distance, as the weather prevented me from setting it up in an out building to monitor farm animals. If the wireless distance is good, I will definitely be purchasing more. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  89. Great Wireless Camera, Software is lacking... Review by J. Cornell

    The hardware seems very well made and has good response on pan / tilt.

    The setup is pretty straightfoward. Plug it in with network cable to your router and configure the wireless that way. The software is very poorly designed. I'm using a third party software "H264WebCam" and it works much better. Has better motion detection options and will email video instead of just jpg pictures. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  90. Good at price, many annoyances Review by RPL

    I installed this quite easily, except for the following issues:
    1. IE Browser on my 64-bit Win7 laptop freezes whenever I enter administrator screen. Had to press-hold power button to reboot PC. I suspect this is an ActiveX problem. I hope they fix it fast.
    2. Cannot seem to get the Alarm level to trigger consistently. Documentation did not say whether 10 or 1 is most sensitive.
    3. In the User section, you can set where the recorded video files are stored. There are 2 settings - for "Record" and "AlarmRecord". I found out after many tries that both have to be set the same. If different, the new setting resets to default location when the camera re-boots even though it initially said the setting was successful.
    4. The screw-on base is too narrow so if it is installed against a wall, the antenna cannot be squarely set against the wall. However, you can tilt it off-axis to fit.
    5. I read about this $5 iPhone app. But I am not ahppy to have to pay separately for it.
    6. I found the color of the picture not very vivid, and grainy. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  91. Good hardware, horrible UI and setup Review by Dan Hontz

    You get a lot for your money - tilt/pan, infrared, wifi or wired - but you must be willing to put up with a lot of pain on the software and setup side:

    -There are numerous "tricks" you need to research online in order to get things like the email alarms working (tip: use SMTP port 587, not the standard ports). If you're a Mac user, you'll have to research how to do the wifi setup.
    - The UI on the camera's web pages is horrible. Even the login screen is confusing - there are two login buttons, but just one username / password form. The "scheduler" feature is pretty unusable (unless you want to click several dozen times on tiny little squares). There are "test" buttons for things like FTP alarms that don't work unless you first submit your form using another button at the bottom of the screen. So much of this could be made better if Foscam invested some time in updating these pages with modern web technologies like AJAX.
    - Not extremely Mac friendly. While it works in "push" mode - how video "streaming" was done in the 1990s - the more sophisticated controls are available only to Internet Explorer users with ActiveX installed.

    All that said, once you're set up, the camera operates as promised. It's not very high resolution, but I wasn't expecting that at this price. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  92. Very nice if you get real version Review by JJ "JJ"

    Bought mine from Loftk. According to foscam's website they are certified to distribute this camera. Good pics. Got FTP and email to work. What you need to do is:

    Save first then test. This is not intuitive.
    Not test first. This will always fail.

    I have godaddy hosted site and gmx email.

    Good picture. Nice infared for night pics. Ok software. Seems a bit unrefined. But camera is nice. Good range of motion and nice pics. Wifi works well Will get another one. Had some isssues with mail and FTP at first but then I saved and tested and well it works. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  93. Outstanding value and functionality for the money Review by Paul Lichtenstein

    What a great camera this is. Easy to set up and use, works like a champ and has sound, and IR too! Now they need to update their iPhone app to handle sound.
    Great value for a low price (Posted on 7/2/11)

  94. Great camera for a great price Review by Todd B.

    This camera has beautiful picture quality, night vision, and remote pan and tilt all for relatively cheap money. The installation was straightforward, and I had none of the problems other people have reported. The software interface is a little bit rough, but there are plenty of apps out there that are compatible with this camera.

    I'm using a Synology NAS to record video & do motion detect and it works well for that. I also access the camera remotely using IP Cam on Android.

    For the price, this camera can't be beat. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  95. Great value for the money Review by geehh

    This camera is a great value for the money. It's not perfect, but it brings more to the party than anything else in it's price range.

    It was easy to set up and easy to set up to access over the internet. I relied on the quick install guide and manual on the CD, not on the printed material in the box.

    The video quality is okay--it's not great, but it's acceptable for most uses, and certainly acceptable for a camera in this price range. The audio quality is okay as well...I haven't tried the speaker quality yet, but I don't expect a lot from a device this size. I'm happy with my purchase.

    My biggest issue is with the audio microphone, not that it doesn't work, but that there is no way to turn it off. One of my uses is to monitor my aquarium when I'm away on business trips. I can see if there are any issues, and call my wife before they get out of hand. I could also set up a 'visitor' login and have my friends monitor the tank while I'm gone. But there is no way to turn off the mic, so I also enable them to hear what's going on in my house while I'm gone! I'd like to see the sofware/firmware option to disable/enable the mic by login.

    I'll probably clip the wires on the mic to disable the audio permanently. But I'm happy enough with the camera that I'll probably buy another for a different use where the audio isn't an issue.

    I'd also like to see the option for the motion alert to capture and upload a video clip instead of just a picture. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  96. Love it! Review by eovermyer

    Since then I have purchased 3 Foscam wireless/IR/2-way Audio with Tilt/Pan and love them. They are easy to set up and so versatile. You can also see them on your droid phone for free. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  97. Works really good Review by Stephen E. Johnson

    This camera is worth it. However, set up took time and patience! My ISP would not help set up the router in fact they said it won't work with Time Warner. The challenge was on and after reading many Q&A's and reading the router manual I was able to option the router and it now works great! The final key to success was setting up the router DMZ. I then wanted to access the camera via my Blackberry 8330 and tried and bought the Mobiscope app. It comes with a 5 day free trial and costs $19.95. Well worth the money. The camera access from the Internet takes time and patience to setup! If you've never set up a router get help! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  98. User manual not user friendly Review by Ginger D. Nordstrom

    The camera itself is awesome. It was difficult to set up mostly becuase the user manual is written in computer tech language. I have spent hours hooking up correctly to the internet. Trying to understand the various features and trying to set them up has been a nightmare. I am taking a break and still do not have video recording or email set up becuase I run into problmes understanding the manual. A computer tech who obvioulsy understands internet language wrote manual. I have had no problem setting up and using other internet tools. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  99. Pretty good Review by Robin Boling

    -Decent quality interface and video/audio.
    -IR works well (I uploaded a couple images to compare with/without IR.
    -Pretty configurable
    -Easy to access from the internet just need to setup port forwarding on your router.

    -Bad documentation even in the online manual (try searching this forum for help on what the interface options all do [...])
    -Video and audio quality/responsiveness go down if you're doing two way audio and full rez/frame rate video at the same time.
    -no FTPES (secure FTP) option so I'm unable to connect to my webserver which requires a secure connection.
    -most webmail accounts won't work with the email alarm feature.

    You don't need the software CD. If your router is using DHCP you can just log into your router and see which IP is assigned to the camera. Just put that IP into your web browser to log in. User: "admin" no password.

    When I first set it up I changed the HTTP port and couldn't figure out why I couldn't access the camera anymore... I thought it was just adjusting the port used for remote access but it's one and the same. If you're not using port 80 (default HTTP) then you will have to specify the port in your web browser. So for example if you change the port to 5000 and your cameras IP is [...] you'll lose access until you type [...] You can always reset it to default settings by holding the reset button (while it is turned on). (Posted on 7/2/11)

  100. great camera! Review by justsomedude

    This is a really great camera. We used to use a (wireless) video baby monitor but got tired of the crappy reception (probably due to the small antennas it used), so I got this camera and put it in our nursery as a replacement. I should note that we have it plugged directly into the routher (via Ethernet) so I can't comment on the wireless performance, but I'd think it would be fine judging from its network usage. Picture quality is quite good, both in day- and night-vision modes.

    I've also used their activity monitor function which emails you when motion is detected. This works pretty well - perhaps a few false positives, but that's not really a big deal in most cases (better than the opposite).

    The one complaint that I have is with their web interface, which in general gets the job done just fine. There are actually two - one for IE only (yuck) which DOES have support for sound and one for other browsers which does NOT have support for sound (but does seem to support anything else I'd want to do, like panning the camera). If they added sound support for all browsers, this would be a perfect product. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  101. Tough to set-up but then does what it claims Review by Stuart Sutton "trekman1420"

    Does that phrase scare you?
    If so, this will be a nightmare. All of these require some comfort with monkeying around with settings on your wireless router. In my case, it also meant figuring out that my ISP (Cox) was blocking the default HTTP port (80) that the camera wants to use. (Easy to change, once I figured if out from the help Forums on the Foscam site.)

    Good product.
    Not a fake (as someone else said here).
    Will do what it claims ONCE you get it set-up.
    Set-up is a challenge.
    The documentation WILL get you close, but you may need to read through the forums on the Foscam site.
    Hang in there and keep trying. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  102. Great for the price!! Review by Nick N

    I just got this camera and i must say its awesome! Now please understand there are MUCH better cameras out there, but they cost MUCH more.


    1. No zoom
    2. It can be little difficult to get going software wise.


    1. Image is really good for the money
    2. Works with android phones with no problems! (with others too im sure)
    3. shipped with everything you need!!

    All and all this is a great camera for the price! I am more then sure for the normal everyday person/business owner this will be more then affective. I am using this for home security and it great! and with the pan and tilt i only need 2 cameras to do all the areas i need! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  103. Great for the price Review by Tank-Less

    For the price, it's amazing. Hardware seems a bit on the cheap side and the software isn't the best (not fully supported with Chrome or Firefox) but overall it can't be beat for the price. Image quality is good and the IRs function really well. Pan/tilt is pretty good but can sometimes stick in one direction if using Chrome or Firefox (or phone software *Android users see "IP Cam Viewer Lite")
    If the hardware felt slightly less cheap and the "software" (web interface) was better I'd give this product a full 5 stars. If you're looking for some indoor cameras, however, this is what you should be considering. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  104. Good Deal Review by kirbymurphy "KM"

    For the price, a very good value.

    Decent picture
    Decent resolution
    Built in mic and speaker
    Good pricing

    AC power brick has terrible design. When inserted in a power strip it takes up 3 spaces.
    Terrible color (little matter)
    Resolution usable but not great
    Poor contrast ratio but OK for the price
    Instructions are terrible. They range from useless to comical in the translation. Very poor if you're not familiar with router setup and other details.
    They don't mention that you MUST first setup the camera with a LAN cable prior to the wireless setup. Many will know to do that but even an old nethead like me forgot.
    Software install made a wierd change to Task Manager that I don't like. File menus disappeared. No way to exit TM short of killing its proess.
    When set to record on motion, the camera beeps as if to alert an intruder. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  105. Good resolution. Great price. Review by Meowzers

    Update 3/13/2011: One of the 3 that I bought failed. The camera was placed indoors looking outside of a window. The camera kept dropping the wifi signal. I had to reset the camera to get it to work. I hooked it up via the ethernet cable and it worked fine. The other two are still ok, for now.
    These cameras have been so great that I bought 3. The resolution on these cameras is excellent, especially for the price. The colors are a bit off -> my black shirt appears blue but facial tones are fine. The software is not great and it will take a couple hours or days to get used to but it isn't as bad as people have stated. I put two of them in my windows to keep an eye on the front lawn and front door. If you place them in the window like I did, be sure to put electrical tape over the IR lights (avoid covering the motion sensor on top) so you don't get glare from the inside of the window. I have one outside above the garage under a ledge to protect it from the rain. The night vision works really well. I have owned these cameras for about a week and I have been pleasantly surprised.

    Some tidbits:
    1. When initially setting up the cameras, connect via the ethernet cable. After entering in the wifi settings and pressing submit, the camera will reboot and rotate (see video). Look at your computer screen to see it countdown from 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, unplug the ethernet cable and the power cable and wait 10 seconds. Keep the ethernet unplugged and plug in the power source. The software should pick up the camera after this.

    2. After you create the wireless settings, be sure to create a new username and password, in case your neighbor bought the same camera and picks up your signal!

    3. I have not tested the remote monitoring yet so I have no comment on this. I will update my review later.

    4. You CAN change the recording path. The default is your folder or public folder.

    5. Unless you have tons of room on your hard drive, be sure to set each of the cameras on alarm mode. If you don't, each camera will record about 10GB for 12 hours.

    6. I also bought and returned the following due to the given reasons:

    Foscam FI8905W
    Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera with 30 Meter Night Vision and 12mm Lens (22° Viewing Angle) - Silver Outdoor Wireless
    -Very big
    -Too bright during the day so I saw nothing but white and night vision wouldn't work at all during the night

    Lorex LW2100
    Lorex LW2100 Ultra Digital Wireless 4 Channel Monitoring Solution with 1 Weatherproof Camera (Black)
    +Wireless setup was easy
    +Good signal strength
    +Not too big but still noticeable
    -Bad resolution -> I could barely make out my neighbors but the camera would do the job if you are only concerned with knowing if someone is there. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  106. The Best Review by Sara M. Laird "Jade80770"

    This camera is wonderful and I will own more. It was very easy to setup. The picture day and night is fabulous! Gui could use a little tweaking but such is life. Love this! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  107. Great Camera, but setting up internet access can be confusing.... Review by Christopher A. Pearcy

    This IP Camera is amazing and does everything it says for a great price. HOWEVER... setting it up for internet access (so you can view it from any computer or iPhone) can be a little daunting. You'll need to adjust some of your router settings, which for many of us, is like trying to read Chinese. The camera comes with good instructions, but its easy to miss a step.

    I spent several hours trying to set up internet access until I cam across this article ([...]). I followed the article and had it working in half an hour. Good luck!! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  108. Does everything claimed Review by Alan Adelman

    The setup to make the camera work over the web is kind of tedious (took me 2 hours), the directions are terrible (looks like they were translated from Chinese with altavista), and the web interface is clunky, but once you get it going, this camera works well. All of the advertised features work correctly. The hardware appears to be solidly built and I have not had any problems with it since setting it up several weeks ago. You will find many uses for this once you have it up and running; burglar alarm, baby or pet monitor, checking to make sure you remembered to shut the garage door, etc. There is a free app for iPhone which is basic but very fast called CamViewer for Foscam which works very well. Everyone to which I have shown this setup has been impressed, and a few have purchased their own. I would have given it 5 stars if the web interface were better and worked the same on all browsers (limited features in non-IE). (Posted on 7/2/11)

  109. Great camera but not for the networking novice, Review by M. Khuong "Mike K"

    This product impressed me so much that I felt compelled to share my experience. If you know a little about setting up static IPs and know how to forward ports on your router, this camera will be a breeze for you to setup. I just love this thing. I'll probably end up buying a couple more. The only fault I could see is the power cable. It's so short and they don't sell extensions for it. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  110. Foscam PT Camera Review by PMBme

    Nice product, works well for indoors. Setup was a little diffucult for someone that tech minded. Purchased two indoor and 5 outdoor foscams. If you are looking into these products, pay attension to the lens specs. it makes a huge differance from one to another. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  111. Overall, very pleased. Sound quailty needs work though. Review by nlowe75

    Based upon the price of this item against its quality, it's very good. The big problem I have with this is, is when you have both the mic and speaker 'on' you get really bad feedback on the computer. I'll speak into it, then I'll hear myself feedback through the mic and then it will echo that back and forth continually for a half a dozen times, until it finally fades out. That can be a bit frustrating. The only way around it is to speak and turn off the mic once you've heard yourself on the other end, and then turn it back on. If you have just the mic or just the speaker on, then there's no feedback problems. Not the greatest of sound quality but pretty good.

    Excellent viewing options, nearly 360. Very slow though. It'll take about 30 seconds to get from one end to the other, I'd like if it were a bit quicker. Fairly simple setup. You will NOT get tech support from Foscam if you buy on Amazon and it can be tricky if you're not computer savvy. The only way to get walk-through help through Foscam is to purchase directly from them. However, there is plenty of help available on their website and through others by just searching through Google.

    I have my cam set wirelessly and I'm very pleased with the results. IR is great. You can clearly see 25 feet through my livingroom in complete darkness. Alarm option is great too, having pictures emailed to my Blackberry if motion is detected while I'm away. And because the cam has its own IP, you can access it from anywhere as long as your router supports that, which most do. The program will support up to 9 cameras on one screen and allow you to manipulate them, individually, from one IE window. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  112. Great camera for the price! Review by alearls

    I received my Foscam F18918W in less than 1 week, even though I chose the free shipping option on Amazon. I know absolutely nothing about networking, but I was able to get my camera up and running in a couple hours (I had to use the instructions on the disc). All in all I am very satisfied with the camera. I have it set on motion detection in my living room so that it watches the door and the tv. I also have it set up to automatically send emails when motion is detected, which come to my phone within about 10 seconds. I have only had the camera set up for two days and still have some small bugs to work out that I am hoping someone can help with. One issuse I am having is with the schedule feature for the motion detection. If I leave the house when the camera is not set on the schedule, then I want to turn it on. To do this, I simple uncheck the schedule box. The problem is when I turn the schedule back on, I have lost my previous schedule and have to redo it. I would be grateful if anyone had a solution to this. Also, I have had no luck in getting the app on my HTC Hero to work and have not even attempted to figure out how to access it on the internet. Other than that, it works great and is better than having an alarm as it usually takes 10-15 AT LEAST for the police to be notified when an alarm goes off, but I will know in 10 seconds if anyone comes into my house. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  113. Foscam 8918W, Better than expected!! Review by Online shopper midwest

    After reading some of the reviews and realizing this is a moderately priced camera I really didn't have great expectations. I hoped to get an OK camera at a decent price. Boy was I surprised!!! The picture is actually of good quality, much better than I expected! I not sure what some of the negative reviewers expected from an IP camera to begin with--- It's not a big screen LCD HDTV for Petes sake. I mostly bought it for light security and a pet cam. It definitely fits these need easily. Picture is clear, software "fairly" easy to manage and FULL of functions!! You do have to know your way around your router pretty well to make installation easy, but it does come with decent directions. You just have to make sure you follow directions to the letter, no skipping steps or it will not work. Of coarse I "knew" I could install it easily being computer saavy and all....... Yeah, I skipped one step because I knew it all and had a fit for about an hour trying to get the internet part working. Finally I just reset the camera, followed the directions exactly and **POOF** worked perfectly ever since. That's my biggest recommendation for everyone.. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!! Really, it was fairly simple and once it was up and running I got to see how well this camera performs!!! Over the internet, refresh rates are good (Obviously depends partly on your internet connection), user interface of software is easy. It is great having pan/tilt capability, especially remotely. It works very well. I have not used the motion detection/ recording part of it, so I cannot comment on that. Hooked it up to my android based phone (I used IP Cam Viewer lite--free) and can watch my camera from anywhere I get data service!! I love this camera. One last feature to comment on is the IR (Night vision), I didn't expect much from a small camera, it works perfectly. The area I watch is about 12-15feet away from camera and it lights it up just like the lights are on, but obviously in "black and white." Don't expect color for IR, nothing gives you that. The IR really does work great, though. Overall, I was VERY pleasantly surprised on the quality of the picture this camera gives. I would buy another (and may)and have NO problem recommeding it to others!! And the great thing about it, is once you have it set up, the settings are saved in memory so I can just unplug the power, move it to another room, plug it back into power, and **POOF, again** works perfectly. So, I can watch my puppy downstairs during the day, when I leave at night I can bring it upstairs to watch the front door. No problems, no extra setup. Perfect!! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  114. Fantastic product, incredibly easy to set up and use Review by T. Caste

    Bought this to monitor my autistic son during the night. This is a great product for the price. Set up was incredibly easy, works for both Windows and Mac. In less than five minutes I had a live feed through my browser. Camera can be moved remotely, and the infrared capabilities at night are priceless. Highly recommend this product, all technology should be this easy and seamless to use. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  115. A Great Deal for an IP Camera Review by Michael

    I graduated several levels of quality when I replaced a wireless X10 camera with this. This is a great camera. The quality is very good and it seems difficult to find a good IP camera in this price range. I use an iPhone app (made for Foscam cameras, but I don't think it's made by the camera manufacturer) over VPN to check the camera when I'm away. I also have Vitamin D surveillance software running on a Mac (also available for Windows), which will e-mail me a photo if it detects movement (when activated and doesn't kill my CPU like the X10 software did). The built-in software could use some improvement but that's not really an issue if you plan to use other software for capture and archiving. I'm only using it on a wired connection. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  116. I GUESS ITS OKAY, BUT! Review by Scott Brownstein

    Find it really hard to set up web access and I consider myself computer literate. The camera needs to be logged in all the time to function as I thought it would record just from being attached to my IP address. I am thinking there are better stand alone systems with there own DVR that are easier to operate. Probably great for using to keep an eye on the kids in the next room but not for constant surveillance. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  117. Very Satisfied Review by Bill King

    The camera works perfectly. I had everything set up in about an hour. The manual on the included disc is MUCH more comprehensive than the printed manual in the box. In order for you to set it up for wireless capability, you do have to know a bit about SMTP, ports and the like. Nothing a little internet searching can't cure. Great image and sound. The motion alarm clicked off a bunch of pictures and instantly transmitted them to my email account. I feel a lot better about being away from home knowing I'll receive email alerts if somebody is moving around that shouldn't be there :) All in all, nice product and will probably get a 2nd camera in the near future. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  118. Great camera for use with SecuritySpy on a Mac Review by JL Morgan

    I bought this camera just to see how it works with SecuritySpy for the Mac. Its been hard to find good cameras that work well with Mac security software.. I must say, this is a nice camera for the price. Its a nice camera period. It won't break any records for image quality etc, but it does what it does flawlessly. pan tilt zoom remote wifi or wired, and with a mic and speaker, remote audio. security settings are a breeze, setup was braindead simple. you could set this camera up while in a coma.

    I just wish they would make one with zoom too.

    Anyway, after seeing a friend spend 10k on a video security system for his home, I'll be done for under 2k, with twice the cameras, and all PT/infrared. I'm off to order 15 more of these... (Posted on 7/2/11)

  119. Works well Review by burkhardt

    First security camera (and now second) and I love it! I now have the ability to see what is going on inside my house while I am working. I am not a techie by any stretch, but was able to connect pretty quickly to my home PC in addition to my iPhone.

    For the people having problems, yes the manual is nowhere near step by step useful (similar to my Asian manufactured car manual), but you can get the flow by actually "reading" the manual. Allot of people, and I am one of them, assume this should work just like an iPod or Mp3 player installation. I started out thinking the instructions would be intuitive, but they are not. There are a few curve balls, meaning system settings which are very important. Be sure to connect first via cable into your modem/router, and then move into setting up the wireless.

    Functions are not optimum such as auto light balance. Therefore if this sits in a room with excess light streaming in at a particular time during the day, you will not be able to see properly.

    Additional comments relative to the second camera. Second camera installation was a PItA especially for a non techie! Somehow, I managed to make this work both remotely and via iphone. This is where the instruction manual lapses! Seller and Foscam help were non existent. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  120. foscam Review by D. Todd

    This camera works as described. I installed it to cover areas that my old stationary wired cam doesn't. I now have a capability for a full view of my front yard with the one camera and can view the cam from any computer in the house or on my smart phone. I haven't figured out getting it to the internet yet, but once i do then a view from anywhere will be possible. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  121. very useful to monitor baby if you are away from home Review by Shweta

    I found this product very useful to monitor baby if you are away from home. If you have nanny and want to see your baby activities from your work place then this excellent thing to have one. Easy to install and use. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  122. Nice camera for the price Review by John Kelley

    No problem setting up on my wireless network Color was much better than I expected after owning a copycat Foscam. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  123. Excellent IP Camera! Review by Gabriel Zurita

    This was a breeze to set up and there are many online tutorials available to help you get the most out of this camera. I bought two and I will buy even more! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  124. Wonder Camera, Difficult Setup Review by David P. Stringham

    This camera does everything I wanted in a surveillance camera and more, but the setup instructions are not user friendly. I'm a tech guy, and I would only recommend purchasing this product if you are too, or if you have access to someone who is. I believe this is made in China and the instructions must have been translated from Chinese to English because they are not that clear in places.
    At my recommendation, a friend of mine purchased this as well and had the same experience.
    Now that it's all setup, we LOVE this product and we're considering a 2nd one. It's highly recommended if you can make it thru the setup process. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  125. Best product for price Review by Jose Luis Lama

    Works great over local network and internet. I found it really easy to set up. Didnt even need the installation cd, just plugged the ethernet cable and set up my wireless network. It is NOT the BEST image quality in the world, but its perfect for me. Audio does not works for most applications, however i can get audio while streaming over VLC on Windows. (I'm a Mac user, mostly google chrome). (Posted on 7/2/11)

  126. Compared to Panasonic Review by Florida "merbine"

    I read the reviews before buying and sure enough, most of them seem accurate. I run a number of other IP cameras or DVRs and the setup for this one is more difficult than it should be, when reading both the paper manual and pdf set up instructions as recommended. The picture quality is good for the price once you read that you can refocus the lense. Low light vision withOUT IR LED's is surprisingly good for the price. The PTZ seems very good for price, compared to Panasonics BB-HCM311A which cost 3 ? times as much a year or so ago. Like Panasonic, the audio inexplicably drops out and is unreliable despite adding the ip address as a trusted site with full script permissions. The software is clunky but decent for the price. Have not tried the motion detect yet. After 'burn-in' of 3 weeks or so, still functioning. The wireless is weak, using Linksys router, in comparison to other wireless devices in our system but works at "50%" signal up to 30' away with one wall between. User name is limited in length during setup, but apparently not in other modes--go figure. IR LEDs adequately light a 18' x 24' room that begins 12' from camera, when there is no other light source. When audio is working (using Windows Vista or Win 7, and using IE v. 8 or 9 -- reliability still iffy), it is not very clear compared to Panasonic, for example, or the cheap IPVideo server box. For the price, a good deal if you are comfortable setting up wireless devices manually and don't count on strong wifi or steady audio. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  127. foscam 18918 Review by rick

    i bought this camera to watch my home when i am away. works well with phone apps. quality is great .. its a well made camera ... pic is great even in total darkness. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  128. Nice for close range Review by S. Matossian

    The camera itself is pretty nice. It has a decent web interface, even though you have to login two times. The biggest problem is that the WiFi range is very limited. I am able to transmit about 20 feet through walls consistently, any more than that, and it will regularly lose the signal, which requires that you unplug the camera to reboot the built in web server.

    Great for close range, would not get for longer distances. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  129. Quality varies Review by Buyer

    I bought these in black & white. There was a big difference in picture quality between the white & the black one. Black one had a poor quality picture. Don't know if that means it was a knockoff or not. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  130. Good value for the price Review by R. Allison

    Nice unit and works as advertised. Easy to set up by following the included directions. My system is runing Windows 7 and IE9. Can be monitored from anywhere using web browser. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  131. Best Camera Review by Ron

    The camera is superb. Works better than any other camera that I have used. The infrared feature works great in complete darkness. I have it sending motion alerts to my Iphone. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  132. The best IP camera for the price today Review by P. Palleija

    I purchased one of this camera (FI8918W)for the purpouse of evaluation, I was very surpriced with the quality of the image, the easy to install, and that even when the description says that the infra red light is good up to 10 meters, I has two of them istalled and I can see very clearly up to 23 meters in total darkness. I liked the two way sound, it sounds very clear
    The software comes with the camera, I was running in 12 minutes after open the package
    I have several cameras from well known names, that does not match the quality of this one (FI8916W)and they cost more. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  133. Very Pleased! Review by Stadler

    Really Great Camera for such a tiny price! Really! Having had and tried several others, I am very happy with the Foscam. I am a Macintosh User and everything was a snap setting up! My only missing function would be zoom feature. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  134. Forscam F1891W Wireless/Wired Camera Review by James Greene

    Actual product is good. Documentation is the worst I have seen. It is not very clear and the misspellings and bad grammar make it very hard to know just what they are trying to say. While there was installation and setup instruction, there were no operating instructions and the website is no help. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  135. Awesome cam Review by Uday

    I use this as a baby monitor when l am traveling. The camera is capable of pan and tilt, but no zoom. It has excellent night vision though. I use a cam viewer on my android phone and this works great on it. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  136. Good deal for the price, but some quirks Review by Bucky Bliss "Bucky"

    This network webcam has many strong points and a few weak points. The strong points are:
    1. Sets up easily
    2. Good image quality
    3. Easy to control over the internet, with an excellent web browser based interface. Works better with Internet Explorer than with Firefox.
    4. Good price.
    5. Good audio - can listen as well as watch a remote location.
    6. Excellent infrared operation. You can turn the infrared vision option on and off remotely and see items clearly, even items in a room which is pitch-black.

    Weaker points, which may trouble some buyers more than others, depending on their technical expertise:
    1. Requires some expertise configuring your router. You will have to open a port in your router firewall to get this camera to work over the internet. If your computer and the camera are connected to the same router, and are thus behind the same firewall, you do not have to worry about the firewall, but this requires you be physically near the camera, of course.
    2. Also requires some expertise with DynDNS, so you can connect to the IP address of the camera remotely.
    3. I found the wireless-only operation of the camera severely deficient. The connection was lost repeatedly. The connection of the camera to the router must be wired, not wireless, for any decent sort of function.
    4. The camera image sensor senses infrared, in order to provide the infrared imaging function. However, this produces some funny color abnormalities in daylight operation, just as you would get with a digital camera which has the IR-blocking filter removed. For example sunlit tree leaves and grass appear pink, not green, due to high reflection of infrared. I like infrared photography, so I appreciate this effect. Others may find it irritating. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  137. Good Camera - Don't Miss the Focus Ring On the Lens Review by M. Ketteman

    I got two of these from Amazon for a great price. At first I was very unhappy with the picture quality, but after reading a review of the generic model of this camera, the reviewer pointed out the manual focus left out of the Foscam instruction. With a minor adjustment to the focus ring around the lens, now the picture is fine; the focus ring is not obvious.
    The cameras programing lacks some things that would make it more user friendly, you can't silence the beep it sends to your computer if it's triggered, but for the price, I will live with it. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  138. Tight cam, does the job decent for the price Review by B. Blair

    Using this camera indoor to monitor our baby. It's been great for checking in to see if she is sleeping or not. You can see the images on the iPhone, however you just can't move the camera. The night view is great and because of the IR lights, you can see when eyes are open cause they reflect as bright white. Erie, but good to know when someone is sleeping.

    The web interface could be improved, but it's not hurting the overall use of the product. Couldn't get ftp working, but not that bothered. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  139. Excellent buy! Review by Vettyone

    Setting up home security with remote viewing was by far the best decision! This camera does it all. With easy set up and extraordinary customer support, it was easier than I expected. If your home has wifi, wireless allows you to place this camera in very obscure places. I was able to see exactly what my dogs do while I'm at work. For me, this addition, coupled with my home security is priceless! Highly recommended! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  140. Not bad for computer use, but no iPhone audio monitoring.... Review by C.A.Turner

    I ordered this product to use as a baby did work great if you were using Internet Explorer but any other browser just didn't work as well. I mainly wanted to use my iPhone as the monitor so I could be mobile without using my laptop, but with all the iPhone apps none of them would allow you to hear any audio. The only thing I could do to hear audio as well as video was the Internet Explorer. Decent quality video and awesome panning but only if you are looking for video feed only would I recommend getting this camera. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  141. so far pleased Review by amo

    This camera is doing great after a battle to understand how to make it work. I was not router savy at all, but I am pretty good now. The instructions I found on line were vague at best. There was no mention about internet mapping, and very little about what to put into the mail addresses. I see this as my problem for not knowing so it has been a learning adventure. I really didn't have a problem in setup or getting the computer to see the camera. It was getting it out of the router and the cell phone and the email that were the hardest. I found a lot of help at "you tube" of all places. There were a few pretty helpful videos from others with camera.

    The camera is pretty light weight and I am trying to use it in a container outside. It is going to be fun to see how long it will last. The night vision is better than expected in about a 15 to 20 foot radius. The picture was fuzzy until I adjusted the lens on the camera to get it focused and set the brightness and contrast set up, and bam, it looked great. I can see the front door all the way to the driveway. For a hundred bucks, I have been very pleased.

    I have had no active x problems. The picture has only wigged out once. I think that it was a combo of the phone being in a bad signal area and I was sending a lot of moves to it all at one time. It wigged out and I had to reset the power. Other than that, it has been steady as a rock. Moves (although not smoothly but gets there) when I tell it. I am trying to figure out the preset locations which should be much more useful.

    I am buying another one of these. I will probably get a IR floodlamp also, so I can turn off the ir on the camera and get a lot further look at the yard area. From what I have read, I think more people are frustrated at trying to figure the thing out. I also would make sure you have a strong router for the wireless, wrt54gl or cisco valet plus is what I am using with windows 7. I have the new HTC Thunderbolt from verizon and I am using "IP camera view" app for android. It really works well. If you don't have a strong phone or router wireless signal, don't move the camera. It will go off on its own sometimes. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  142. Documentation and Software Suck Review by John T

    This is a very good IP camera for the price. It is full featured, well made and has resonably good image quality. The color is not very vivid and appears washed out. Low light image quality is very good and it is helpfull to be able to turn the IR on and off manually.

    The setup instructions are absolutely horrible. The instructions assume that the user is very familiar with network conections, IP addresses, Port addresses, ADSL,UPnP, DDNS, FTP etc. etc. If you don't know what these items are and what they do, the instructions are utterly useless! To make matters worse the instructions were translated by someone with a chinese-english dictionary and no knowledge of the language! Typical help screen contains such usefull information as "If your camera could not connect wireless after you set wireless settings and plug out the cable. Please check whether your settings are correct or not.Normally, camera can't connect wireless mainly because of wrong settings".

    I am confident that I will eventually get this beast working properly, however at the moment none of the third party apps that support the FosCam products are able to connect to the camera and many of the features are not working properly. For example, the recording on motion detection and e-mail notification are not working even though are set up per the instructions, also I am unable to change the recording directory using the instructions given. After a few more hours on verious websites to get usefull setup info I might have a functioning product.

    If you want a "plug & Play" solution this product is NOT for you!! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  143. Really super camera for the money Review by RandyO

    I own three of these cameras and use them primarily through my "DroidX" with the "IP Camview" app.

    The images are clear and bright with ten presets for camera position. The presets are a "win" and function really well. The presets also make the unit function over a "smart phone" simple and robust with IP Camview. Pan/Tilt speed are adjustable and sort of a nice feature to use with the presets so you can zip right to the next preset without a bunch of delay.

    Two way sound works with a PC but so far, not with my Droid app. On the PC, sound is clear and actually works both ways.

    Caveats now... the software.. IF they update this software with something a bit more "up to date" I think this would be a real winner. The current GUI is somewhat "cheap" in design and execution. Although functional, it is just not quite up to the same level as the camera. The "Alarm" scheduler is a disaster and will leave you going WTF.. If you are familiar with "windows server logon hours" screens, you will recognize the format, however there is no "drag" to highlight, you must double click each hour segment and this is a total "Fail" for the design. Taking 15 minutes to set the "alert" schedule just sucks.

    I would certainly recommend this camera for home use where you might need a quick peek in to check on kids, pets, house or just to watch a door. Fix the software a bit and you got a solid 10 here... (Posted on 7/2/11)

  144. Great camera, just needs audio support for non IE browsers & iPhone Review by B. Steineckert "B"

    Just received... camera works very well but audio is a bit cumbersome. Currently, audio only seems to work via Internet Explorer and you have to turn it on each time by going to the "Visitor" menu. Audio isn't an option in Firefox/Chrome. Also, audio doesn't work for the iphone app (b/c the camera broadcasts WMA audio which Apple apparently prohibits).

    Anyway, I think I can get by w/o the Audio but it'd be a great feature for those looking to use this as a baby monitor. If they can figure out a better audio solution I'd give it 5 stars. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  145. Exceded Expectations Review by matticus ":-)"

    My Settings:

    Static IP
    Custom port
    DDNS setup
    E-mail SMTP setup
    FTP setup
    Motion sensor on - (set to a sensitivity of "5")
    No presets

    I just wanted something that I could view from my mobile phone of iPad. I noticed that since the interface was Mobile Safari compatible, I grabbed it.

    Once everything was set up, I found an iPhone app called Foscam Surveillance Pro for $4.99 in the app store that allowed me to control the P/T functions & setup some of the e-mail & motion settings! This product has exceeded my expectations. I noticed that there was mention of it grabbing audio, but hadn't really got it to work. Audio isn't important to me though. I however, did notice an audio in & out jacks on the back of the camera, so I might have to give it a try.

    During setup I found it difficult to find what settings meant what & I highly suggest going to the Foscam website & downloading the manual PDF (it'll be a RAR file upon download, which is file much like a WinZip file.) This explains in better detail which setting does what.

    Since I have the e-mail setup, to send me message upon motion, it send me 6 photos every 1 second. Which I personally like better than video because it's much faster to in regards to sending you an alert versus sending you a video clip. The only thing I wish the firmware did, is when sending you a an e-mail you could add your own custom text - e.g. : Room Motion Detected" So that I could easily & quickly view my IPCamera.

    As far as quality goes, I'm impressed by the quality for the price of the camera, especially the night vision.

    To get this camera to work to it's full potential YOU'LL LIKELY NEED SOMEONE ON THE TECHY SIDE.
    I rate myself as an 7 on a scale of 1-10 (10 Being a professional IT Tech) (Posted on 7/2/11)

  146. great surveillance camera for price, but... Review by Solinym "solinym"

    Note that I have only played with this for half an hour or so, so this is a tenative review and I will update it if I am mistaken and time permits.

    First off, I'm surprised at how well this camera works. As a surveillance camera, for the price, it is great. Setup was easy (I didn't try wifi).

    The servo motion is smooth, optics are very good for the money, setup is relatively easy.

    The automatic scanning is very cool.

    Including the he mounting arm is a very nice touch.

    But let me point out ways the manufacturer could improve.

    It is somewhat large - no surprise there.

    The IR LEDs glow red, so they are quite visible in darkness. A bit of a surprise.

    There is a way to have it email images (and FTP something, possibly videos), but otherwise it doesn't seem capable of recording images or video streams. This could be fixed in software, but would likely require an advanced user to make use of it. Possibly they could integrate with GNU motion or ZoneMinder.

    Touching the wifi antenna jack often shocks me electrically.

    The DNS setup doesn't seem to use the DNS servers it obtained from DHCP; I'm guessing it uses some hard-coded DNS servers. This is a really bad idea, and prevents you from using it on closed networks (ones with limited access to the Internet), or for special internal domain names.

    Documentation is very minimal. For example, it tells me how to set up FTP, but what is it FTPing? Same with email. What is it going to email me?

    FTP is an insecure protocol; the passwords and data are easily sniffed. It should use SFTP or scp, IMHO.

    Not sure if the web interface is SSL-secured, but it should be, for same reason FTP is bad :-/

    So, in summary, this is a fine system to have if you're having a human being monitoring it 24/7, but until I figure out the emailing and FTP, I cannot tell if it is useful for investigating incidents such as burglary later. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  147. FOSCAM FI8918W Review by B. Riley "Shave Records"

    This product was delivered promptly and didn't take too long to set up. I am amazed at the quality of the video and especially the night vision. The image is very clear in the dark. I purchased a second one. There is some incompatibility with Firefox when trying to control more than one camera but I will just use the IE interface which seems to work well. Great product for a great price. It feels pretty solid too, not cheap and light. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  148. Foscam - The Best Bang for your Buck!!!! Review by Tony R

    After spending a couple of weeks debating and researching different types of IP security cameras I first mistakenly went with a D-Link and the low-quality imaging combined with really terrible wireless reception made it a quick return to the local store. By stark contrast, the Foscam FI8918W provides exceptional build quality for starters, impressive pan/tilt movement and an overall easy installation and user-friendly software in any browser. Additionally, the iPhone app works really well!

    I was hesitant to purchase the Foscam at first because of all the complaints about imitation products being sold as genuine Foscam, however, I purchased the device from "Family Safe Media" and this is a real Foscam, so buy with confidence.

    My ONLY complaint is that I mistakenly received a European power adapter, instead of the standard US power plug. I assume it is Foscam directly who is to blame, since the order was fulfilled by Amazon. So I inevitably purchased an adapter locally rather then hassling over a return, since I wanted to start playing with this thing right away. :)

    The day/night capability, the pan/tilt feature, the ease of use, and the incredible price make this the best bang for your buck. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  149. Works great with android app Review by Dalepa

    It just works as designed. Awesome with the android ipcam app. Wish it saved video clips instead of multiple images when it detects motion, but works ok. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  150. Good camera for price Review by W. Heatwole

    We changed from XP to Windows 7 and the old camera would not work. The setup was easy and we use it on a Windows small business network so several computers can see the video simutaneously. The control works great also for changing the view. I also downloaded Safari and view it with that browser so it is separate from Internet Explorer and I don't have problems with clicking on web pages that would overight it if I used IE. We mounted it upside down, but the software allows you to flip the picture so it is upright. All in all for someone wanting an inexpensive camera to view a spot, this works great (Posted on 7/2/11)

  151. Feature full but low quality product Review by Consumer Joe

    This webcam has an impressive feature list and is inexpensive but the general quality of the hardware and software is low. The features kind of work but clunky. For example, you can schedule the alarm to work on every day of the week except Sunday (a software issue). It is supposed to send email using SMPT servesr but it does not support GMail SMTP ( as described at [...] ) and so on.

    The unit I got could pan right and left and tilt down but could not tilt up so I am returning it and see if the replacement camera will work better.

    On the bright side, I was able to set it up using our home WiFi network, setup motion detection that saves images of our cats on an FTP server (free Filezilla server running on a Windows box) and view and control the camera from our Android phones (using IP Cam Viewer app by Robert Chou).

    Bottom line: cheap and low end product but kind of works. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  152. Good deal for the price Review by Keith R. Brown "KRB"

    I got this camera so I could have home security and be able to view the camera(s) from the internet. Install was not too difficult but not as easy as it should be. I finally got this and one other cam (same kind) to work together, I was able to port forward the device and use my home IP to view both cams, I also went to and set up a free host there, but really not necessary. The only real problem with this is that I have a dynamic IP address and its possible that the address might change, but so far that hasn't happened. I want to set up one of these cams outside and have looked at the outdoor (water proof) model, but that unit has no speaker, no mic, and no pan capabilities, so I'm going to order another of the indoor cams and put in in a housing that will protect it from rain and I may even opt to put in in some sort of enclosure. I will edit this review after I accomplish that. I want to be able to pan and tilt so that is my inspiration to do this. All in all a great little camera for the money, its a long ways better than cams from the past and a whole lot less expensive. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  153. Works like a champ Review by Jesica

    Not fancy but just what we needed. Followed directions and had no problems with set up. Been working like a champ for over a month now. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  154. Foscam Review by Ben

    Not easy to read the instruction manual letters are too small, not easy to set up email alert finally got it working at
    Audio work only with internet explorer. Work great once you solve above issues. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  155. LOVED THIS PRODUCT! Review by Jorge Ruiz

    This was amazing! We set it up easily, we can check it all easily, it works perfectly on our Firefox.
    I can't get audio to work because I don't have Active X installed, that's my problem. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  156. Works well Review by Jim Rollins "Jim"

    This item works very well. The first one I order did not transmit in color so had to get another one and as usual Amazon refunded my money and I got it replaced right away. It is not to easy to set up. You need knowledge of networking and am sure is you are a every day home owner you would have problems seeing multiple cameras from the internet. You have to make changes to your router in order to see multiple cameras remotely/away from home.
    All in all these cameras well very well. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  157. Best IP CAM for the Price Review by DC

    Not easy to set up if you have little or no experience with IP, Routers etc. If you have the skill then easy to setup. Comes with software to make it easy to find the address of the camera.

    I use Blue Iris software with the Foscam FI8918W and since it has a preset for it, just have to fine tune some controls and it's all ready to go. The software that comes with it is good but doesn't have the power that I need. It works best with IE web browser to fine tune everything.

    Picture quality is better than I thought and night time viewing is excellent for room use. I have no idea how it would work if you were facing it out a window at night.

    So overall it is the best for the price. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  158. A fine camera Review by Mark Kurowski

    For the price, this camera is terrific (it's NOT a $2000 industrial-grade PTZ camera). Note: the Quick Start guide fails to tell you that the default username is "admin" and the default password is blank. After it got on the network using dhcp, I changed its ip address to a static one so that it wouldn't change every time. I wish with motion detection the Time it records could be changed from 1-minute. Terrific little PTZ camera! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  159. It's Legit Review by Joe Schmoe

    The web interface on this is pretty horrible. It's easy enough to use, but it's horrible. Wireless was a huge pain. It absolutely refused to sync up to my secured wireless network (I'm a network engineer, so I know what I'm doing). After about 6 factory resets it would link up, but not stay connected. I run a Cisco 1131AP with about 8 other wireless devices connected and only the camera gives me problems. I ended up having to add an unsecured and broadcasted SSID for the camera, and use access0-lists to secure it from anyone trying to jump on my open wifi. Not really something the average joe can do. I see plenty of other have had success with wireless, but for me it's only solid on an unsecured network.

    Now that I have the camera working, I love it. Pan/tilt provides a massive area of coverage. I have connectivity from my Xoom and my cell phone, so that's pretty awesome. It's been up for over a month now without a single lockup. Night vision works good. My camera sits in the garage and I can see great in pitch black dark. Colors suck even in daytime, but that's ok, because I bought it for night vision.

    In the end, I think it's a solid camera, but FOSCAM has a ways to go before I'd call this an awesome product. With that being said, I'd still gladly recommend this to others. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  160. Software questionable Review by Stdyeddie

    I think the camera is of good quality, however I don't know since the software was not installing properly. I did all the recommended things that the instructions said to do to no avail. The company is in Honk Kong which makes customer service very difficult! I have a 64 bit computer system and changed the directory of the executable file as directed and still nothing. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to do any of this until a month after I received the product, which makes returning the product null. My recommendation if you intend to buy this product is to either be a computer wiz or know someone who is! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  161. Good camera, great price Review by Matt

    This camera is working great. The colors are a bit off but I feel like I could probably adjust the settings to fix it if I really wanted to. The iPhone/iPad app is great - it allows me to view and control the camera over 3G from anywhere. I'm still amazed this camera is selling for such a low price. I couldn't be happier with the value. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  162. Great inexpensive camera Review by Geekgurl

    I have 4 of these cameras. I don't care if the color is a bit off, but I want to be able to see what's happening on my property. With this camera I can keep an eye on my pool when I'm out of town. I have one on my porch to see who is approaching my house. The alarm setting will send me a series of photos if it detects movement. Motion sensor is a bit touchy, but better to get picks of movement than nothing at all. I feel for the price, this little camera does pretty well. I also have one out in my chicken coop that's at least 70 ft away and one on my driveway. All but one are outside in a covered area and doing quite well so far in this Texas heat. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  163. Good for the price Review by Richard Servello "Fury"

    Setup is horrible and the instruction manual was written by someone that obviously doesn't speak english as their first language. After a couple hours I figured out how to get everything working. After a couple days I figured out that it requires Internet Explorer to hear sound. I use a Mac....that's a problem. A workaround I discovered was if you search on google you can find a trick to stream to VLC which allows for audio on Mac.

    I also had to spend another $50 on a 3rd party piece of software called Security Spy to get it to really work the way I want it to. Now it is able to record video and send me an email alert when there is motion which is what I needed it to just took a lot of work to get it there.

    As a word of warning. The horizontal motor control died on me after using it for a day! The seller told me I had to ship it back to them before they would send me a replacement. I was on my way out of town so that wasn't an option. Also, I don't feel that I should have to put so much effort into rectifying their defective product. They wanted me to go out, ship it back to them, send them a shipping number than they would send me the replacement. Anyone else (amazon included...since it was prime I thought I WAS buying from amazon) will send you the new product with a return slip you can just hand to any UPS driver at work. So now I have a camera that doesn't swivel....oh well, next time I'll be more careful who I purchase from. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  164. Great for night conditions Review by Bart W. Mann

    This camera is great for night vision. The first time set up can be challenging. They do provide links to videos that are very helpful. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  165. Oh, My Spy! Review by Craig Rolinger "Craig"

    The camera works! Everything about it works. The manual is written by a non-English or ESL person, but it is logical and navigable (and amusing). At first I tried to read the printed manual but couldn't read the microprint. Use the PDF quick start and manual included on the installation CD and you can zoom in on the settings pictures.

    I am a first time camera setter-upper so if I can do it....

    The audio functions work out of the box with IE, but currently I do not see that functionality within Firefox, but it is my first day of using it, and I only read directions as a last resort. We bought it because we give home care to my wife's mom and it does the job. The night IR works very well, almost clearer than the day normal light use. We also set up the app on our Androids using the TinyCam application. There are many similar apps to control cams but this was recommended and it works well with the FOSCAM.

    I first tried my friend's camera as test before I purchased this. I would recommend this camera to others. Make sure you purchase a genuine FOSCAM and not a cheaper knock-off. Be the Orwellian Master of your home! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  166. Best value IP camera if you know how to work the quirks Review by BH-Houston "BH-Houston"

    Got several of this model camera a couple of weeks ago. At first glance the product looks polished. The hardwire LAN hook up using the packaged software is simple. The more difficult part is to configure the wireless network depending on your router specs (make sure to turn on SSID broadcasting first and study how to configure your router for port forwarding before you start). My crappy 2wire router didn't allow me to use addresses on the internal network and I wasted extra 4 hours checking settings. At the end I used a proxy site to confirm that the address works. The hardest part of the setup, however, is to find the appropriate email and FTP sites for the motion alarms. It took a day's worth of trying different email/network storage providers to find the ones that both works with this camera and are free. Of course if you are willing to pay for some of these services the setup may be much easier. So after using the cameras for a couple of weeks here are my thoughts of the camera:

    The Positive:
    1. Inexpensive considering it has a manufaturer that provides support with firmware upgrades from the .com website (not .us and don't buy ebay knock-offs); although the site has been down in the last 2 weeks. Supposively under maintenance. Come on Foscam! It's been 2 weeks!
    2. Images are acceptable and motion alarm works (sends all these emails to my account all day long with images of the mail man, UPS guy, me driving into the driveway, a stranger driving into my drive way...)
    3. Wireless G that supports WPA AES encryption (which makes me feel safer even though I now have to broadcast my SSID)
    4. pretty decent night vision even without using the built in infrared.
    5. Pans and tilts at a variety of directions.

    The negatives:
    1. The software needs some work (some of the functions don't work, like changing frame rates, or setup time of the day for motion alarm not working for sunday mornings)
    2. Motion alarm catches way too much motions when the weather is partly cloudy
    3. The speaker and mic on the camera may not perform well depending on the location of the camera or some other random variables (try rebooting and relocate if you can't get good sound the first time, although some older models have hardware issues if you search online forums)
    4. Infrared night vision sometimes blurs facial images
    5. Infrared night vision uses a visible spectrum so one can see the lights are on (please use a spectrum that's not visible, Foscam!)
    6. Wireless setup requires the broadcasting of SSID (At least the Camera supports WPA AES)
    7. The quick install and user manuals could be improved, especially the User manual which has poorly written English and doesn't even explain all the features. I am a relatively network savvy person, and it took me 6 hours to set this up including the 4 hours that I blame on my crappy router which I have since upgraded.
    8. No Daylight Savings time support.

    Overall, 4 stars considering it's price and features. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  167. Great product for the price Review by Geoffrey D. Johnson "Dave"

    I have heard many complaints about this product and it's ease of set up/ use. You do have to have a bit of basic configuration knowledge to set this up. This Camera is in a league of it's own as far as price. The people who complain are the people that need to be spoon fed every step of the way during configuration. If that is the case than spend 500 bucks on a camera that not only includes full-time support but also includes software that does everything for you. 100 bucks does not get you that! Great camera! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  168. Nice but expensive on Amazon Review by Partha

    If you are buying this cam from Amazon, then check the price on the mfg website. Right now the price is 99 on their website and the setup/installation fees is only 39 $ compared to 59$ they charge when you are buying from Amazon. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  169. Great IP Camera for the money Review by Ted G. Wolken

    This is the second Foscam IP Camera I have purchased. This one, like the first one, was a breeze to set up. I use them to monitor my granddaughter when she takes her naps (one camera at her house and one at my house). It allows me to not have to rely on hearing her wake up . . . I can just glance up at my notebook screen to see if she is still sleeping. I also have an app for my Droid that lets me watch switch back and forth between both cameras. I don't think you can beat this camera for the price. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  170. dky 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. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  171. Astak is easier to set up, has SD slot for local storage Review by Kekolohe

    The Astak IP camera, though it costs more, is easier to set up and has an SD card slot for storage right on the device. You don't have to mess with your home router. This works via a third party website,, which is free for the first two cameras. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  172. Foscam F18918W Wireless Camera Review by hugthydog

    I really like how this camera operates. I would have given it a higher score but the set up was awful. It took a week of researching on the internet and trying to figure out how to port forward to get the camera to operate. The tech support through the manufactor took 3 days to get hold of someone (if no one answers the extension the phone hangs up on you). I just wish the setup was clearer, even the FAQ and troubleshooting on the website didn't help. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  173. Works great...after a little debug Review by Dan

    Got this camera Friday and now have it working great. Reading the reviews, here are some tips.
    support - there is a forum over at - lots of good info if you get stuck or can't figure something out.
    MAC filtering - "read the directions", it says to turn it off. This always good advice when setting up a new network appliance. After you have it working, you can see the MAC address on your router and re-enable it
    Wireless - Yes, it does work.
    Windows 7 - Yes, it is compatible and works fine with Win7
    The built in SW seems to do everything - a bit buggy, but everything I've done seems to work. No need for 3rd party software if you just spend a little time on it.

    Couple of other items:
    Set record path - with IE9, you'll need to adjust the browsers security settings - visit the forum
    Camera presets - they are disabled by default. Go to the admin panel PTZ settings and enable it. you can also tell it to startup at preset 1 when it start up.
    (Posted on 7/2/11)

  174. Very hard to set up, but nice features for the price! Review by Amanda

    Let me start by saying I'm an software designer, so I have more computer knowledge that the average person, and I could not set this up myself. I need a friend who is an engineer with networking knowledge to help me set this up. I know for a fact you can set it up in under 15 minutes when you know how to do it right...I wasted 4 hours. Mainly this was the fault of documentation. It's written in broken English, has outdated screenshots, and is missing important information.

    Here are the directions with the caveats the documentation fails to mention:

    1. Before you start, you need to know how to access your router. Mine was Verizon, so I needed to find out the username and password that the guy who set it up used....this took some research. Open up the router UI.
    2. From the router UI, find the camera you attached to it in your network list. Enter this into another browser window. You don't need to bother installing the software. I wish I had known this, as I borrowed a Windows computer, because the mini CD it comes with does not work with my Macbook Pro.
    3. Log into the camera UI and set up the wireless.
    5. When the camera restarts, unplug the camera. Go back to your router screen and find out what the new IP is (old screen won't work anymore). Enter this new IP into your browser.
    6. Fill out the basic settings. If you plan on unplugging your camera at all, set up a static IP. DO NOT make it the same as your computer as the documentation tells you, make it unique. If you make it the same, you will get a duplication IP error on your computer. If you don't set a static IP, the IP will change when you unplug it, causing you have to set it up all over again.
    7. When you fill out the port, you need to research which ports your ISP won't work unless you find an unblocked port.
    8. Save and it reboots agin, and the IP has changed again. Go to the new IP in your browser.
    9. Set up a DYNDNS account, and then fill out the DYNDNS settings on the camera.
    10. Set up port forwarding on the router to forward all traffic to the camera IP to the selecected port.

    That's it! If this sounds completley over your head, then this camera probably isn't for you. It's not user friendly AT ALL.

    This camera has a lot of features for a under $100. I use it as a pet monitor, and it is good enough to see my cat breathing while he sleeps, which is what I wanted. I like that I can get an iPhone app to check on him when I'm out and about.

    Only downside for me is that the cord is SHORT. So if you want to ceiling mount, you need an electrician to come in, or you will have a huge adapter hanging down your wall on an extension cord. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  175. Simple and easy = basic and buggy! Review by S. Yeh "Radioflyer"

    You've undoubtedly read other reviews. I won't bore you with that. I have played with it for a day now. Here are my impressions that others perhaps have not talked about too much.

    - The setup is straight forward if you are familiar w/ home network. Took me less than an hour to have wireless and DynDNS, my iPad and Droid X all set up to go. By the way, IP Camera View (paid version) is well worth the money for both Android and iPad.

    - The viewing angle is narrow. You'd have to back up quite a bit to get a decent view. But then the limited resolution works against you there. Plus, a normal size room would not be long enough for you to back away.

    - The range of panning is quite good. Almost 360 except for directly behind. However, panning speed (in spite of the improvement from previous version) is painfully slow. It takes 2 minutes to pan from one end to the other. That's slower than watch the second hand sweep across the clock!

    - Software is limited and buggy. Only IE with Active X will give you full functionality. Firefox and Chrome will work but without audio and preset positions. I'll upload a few screen shots soon. This not only means non-IE browsers wont get sound, any iPad application will not have sound for you either! (EDIT: Actually, on the IE window there are no way to receive and transmit sound?! Am I missing it somewhere? Someone please tell me otherwise!)

    - Power chord is only 4 feet or so. Practically useless for any sort of installation except putting it on a table top. If I keep this unit, I'll have to rig together an extension for it so I can keep the "brick" plug (similar to that of a cell phone charger) away from the visible wall.

    - Oh, the BIGGEST COMPLAINT I have so far, is that exposure is not automated. In day light, the sun on the wall and light color furniture blinds out the image. Your alert snapshots will be useless since you were likely not there to adjust the brightness and contrast for the changing lighting condition throughout the day. Same thing with IR at night. You think you have it adjusted nicely, the moment a pet or person comes into view or in front of the camera, it overexposes on the IR and you don't see any details at all. This is useless as an automated monitor system!!! I may end up returning it just for this reason alone!

    - The position presets do not work. The IE admin panel that sets these simply do not do it. Is it too much to expect a subsequent software update to fix this? Dunno. (EDIT2: this works now with a new unit.)

    - You cannot put it in "patrol mode" to pan/tilt randomly and then expect to take over control if you see something. For that, you'd have to change the setting which reboots the camera in 30 seconds, and then be able to take over the movement control. That's just dumb!!

    I have not decided to keep this or not. Will update this post when I do.

    EDIT: I am returning it. The low quality picture and the non-self-adjusting brightness/contrast really kills it for me.

    EDIT2: It turns out the unit I got might have been defective. I got another one and a few things improved: preset works now, panning speed seems faster now. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  176. Good camera for the price Review by Karl Fronk "gadget man"

    This is a decent camera. This is my second camera, so I have been able to compare this one to another popular camera here on Amazon that costs quite a bit more. I have a Sharx 2607 that I bought several months earlier.

    1. The software is decent - it's easy to setup and control. Camera could be operated in the cold (30 degrees) and at a decent distance (80') and through 3 walls, so that's pretty good. The pan and rotate functions are a lot of fun to play with at first.
    2. This camera has a decent picture though it's a little harder to get the light balance right - it's slow about auto-adjusting and if there's a very low light condition, it might never auto-adjust without some manual intervention. Oh, and the lens just screws in and it's as likely as not that the focus will be off when you first set it up. Just screw the lens in-out to get the focus correctly. Picture is a little bit grainier during the day compared to the Sharx, but surprisingly, the picture is very crisp at night - it might even be slightly clearer than the Sharx. Oh, I didn't use the IR lights as I use the camera inside a window and thus they won't work through glass (note for those who don't realize this). One irritating thing, if you make a change to the software that requires the camera to have to reset, the IR lights will automatically turn on at night. This is a problem as it renders the camera blind until I remotely turn off the IR lights.
    3. Email server is cool - I like how it sends 5 compressed snapshots in an email that take up no more than the space a single shot from the Sharx does (~40k x 5 vs. ~200k). I wish the timestamp could be removed from the email subject as this prevents Windows Mail from keeping all the emails from this camera together. And I get a lot of emails.
    4. Motion detection is not good. From the factory it's set on 10 which means it's constantly sending photos (if email alerts are set up.) Thing is, even on a setting that won't create a ton of false alarms, it constantly sends emails when the sun goes in and out from a cloud. But in this same setting it won't see me until I'm 10 feet from the camera! This makes it completely useless as a security camera for me as I need it to be able to see much farther away as thieves have already proven they will break into my car in the driveway. The Sharx not only isn't that sensitive to changing light conditions, it has "zone" settings that allow one to block out certain areas completely, but you can have differing sensitivities for each area.

    Overall I give the camera a "4" as you just can't beat the quality picture and decent software for the price. One reason I bothered to write this review was that I'm hoping the people at Foscam will see it and use my critique as a basis for improving their software. With better software and a tightening of the screw in lens, this camera could be a "5". (Posted on 7/2/11)

  177. Nice little camera! Review by Mr Orange "Eric"

    I'm not an expert on these by any stretch of the imagination, but before buying this one, I did try out a couple of others first that I purchased at my local Microcenter, and I have to say, bang for the buck and reliability, this thing kicks the butt of the other ones I tested.

    Setup was super easy, especially after having setup two others on my network first

    Having pan and tilt along with night vision and two way audio is unheard of by any other manufacturer near this price

    Built in server works well, I'm not using the DynDNS service on the camera, but on my router instead- accepts whatever port you want to put it on with no issues

    Wifi performance is really good!

    PTZ (Pan and tilt) is a bit jerky at times, but that's because I've got it on the fringe of my wifi network

    Viewing and PAN/TILT works AWESOME on my droid- I'm using it to keep an eye on my maniac dog who's got a major case of separation anxiety, and the ability to talk to her from my computer at work seems to make a big difference

    Would absolutely recommend this to anyone!

    Audio quality on the Mic is not fantastic, but it does work ok- can't complain for the price, I've had no issues with it. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  178. Sweet Little Camera Review by ham_n_bill

    So I've had it for about 3 hours. It was up, running and transmitting video within 15 minutes. Not necessary to install any software. I was able to configure right from the built in web interface after I plucked the IP address off the list in my router. It took a little longer to get it onto the web with a domain name through dyndns.. Instruction manual is tough to read as the printing is bad but all the directions are there for everything including the dyndns.

    I bought right from Foscam as their stated policy for support says that they will not support any sold from other vendors. They provided me with admin access to their demo camera and I was able to learn how everything worked before mine arrived.

    Durability I can't speak to yet but so far I'm pleased. I'll update if there are any glitches.. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  179. Great camera - advanced features that even expensive cameras cant beat Review by Prego

    I bought this a week back from; beware of other websites that might sell you clones. I agree with all the previous reviews about how easy it is to setup. BTW, I am able to view this on the Iphone Safari browser, even without any app installed. Just use the "server push login" on the main page and you will be able to view the video in almost any internet browser. You will not have audio in non-activeX browsers though. The audio and video are very clear the camera allows for a good wide-angle viewing. We use it as a baby-monior when we have a sitter. Otherwise, we usually leave it switched on a few hours a day so that the grandparents can login anytime to view their gems. That way we don;t have to schedule a video chat - the viewers just login and start watching audio+video. The security features in the camera do not make me comfortable to leave it on all the time (e.g. no https for login; admin features visible but not alterable to visitors) but this is a minor annoyance.

    Other features I've not used on the camera include the ftp and email services. I will try these out in the next month though and from what I've read, they are straight forward to setup. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  180. enjoy more than you expect Review by Ramy Eman

    for this low price, i never expect i'll obtain all these features.
    it do all the tasks you'd need:
    - clear night vision
    - tilt/pan the camera from your browser
    - very nice matte finishing black colour
    - quick start up for the camera
    - 2 way acceptable audio quality (you could talk with the other end)
    - email alert when the scene changed (+ attached images) <scheduler is available too for this option>
    - light weight, i fixed it directly on the wall using a double sided foam sticker (without using the included bolts bracket)

    the biggest CON is the quite complicated setup steps to be able to watch the video from outside home.
    it took from me around 7 hours to get it worked at the end.

    let me summarize the steps work for me (Win XP)
    after you setup your camera wire then wirelessly on your network.

    1)make sure that the IP of the camera static
    2)join and have you domain
    3)apply ddns settings
    4)make the port forward in your router

    the other CON, is the speed when you access the camera from outside your home, the response rate and frame rate is low, maybe this is related to my networks speed, both are 1 Mb/sec speed.
    still i didn't try it on my windows mobile. (Posted on 7/2/11)

  181. Worth the price for all the features it offers! Review by M. Leonard

    Bought this to monitor a baby room, great picture even in the dark (via IR).

    Installation was a breeze, but if you have no idea how wifi works be prepared to play around for a bit, it's not a "plug N play" device, unless you just plan on using it with a network cable.

    And I agree with other reviewers: the installation manual could of used a better translator, but it's not that bad, the info is all there.

    For those who've experienced wifi issues, my only advise is to start from scratch then implement one setting change at a time, testing each one. That means starting "wide open" on your router: unencrypted, SSID broadcasting, disabled MAC filtering and make sure your router is broadcasting in B or G (or both, but not N, it's not supported).

    I love this camera and easily recommend it to others! (Posted on 7/2/11)

  182. 4.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera - Bad case of remote access setup woes Review by D. Jaeger "dj27"

    This little camera has a very solid look and feel to it, and certainly in the 1 month I have used it there have been no hardware failures. For its small price this unit comes with a lot of feature: Remote panning, infrared illumination, motion detector, e-mail with pictures on motion detection, and more. There is no zoom nor sound, but other comparable cameras I looked at don't have that, either. The one complaint I have about the camera is that it took many (!) hours to get all features configured. As others remarked, the basic setup is easy, and you can view a picture from the camera on your home computer without much fuss and complications within minutes. However, the same cannot be said for external access to the camera. Although there is a rudimentary description in the manual that comes with the camera, the process of creating an IP number through dyndns, and tunneling this IP number through your local router to the camera is anything but user-friendly. The print quality of the manual is awful, and the software mini-CD that came with the product was unreadable on all of my computers. I found the drivers and software manual on the Foscam website [...]: the latter is a US distributor not out to support Amazon customers), but unfortunately they store all support software and docs in a compressed .rar archive format, for which special decoding software is needed. So off I went on the web again, finding the "Free RAR Extract Frog", which by the way works great. Just 30 more minutes of the many hours of installation woes. Mind you, after all was said and done, all remote access features of the camera work as well, and I learnt a great deal about my WIFI router I didn't know before, about, about UPnP, DDNS and PTZ settings ... If your are not a computer buff and want remote access to your camera - probably best to stay away. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  183. A pleasant surprise... Review by DaveyB

    I decided to give the Foscam FI8918W a try after reading all of the reviews and playing with a demo that the Foscam US site has (with full functional control of the camera). This helped me confirm that the camera would work (better-than-expected as it turned out) with the software I use on my Android phone for viewing and control.

    The unit seems like it is well built and is pleasing to the touch (powder coat paint finish). I found the setup to be rather simple. First, it needs to be physically plugged into the network. The unit defaults to accepting an IP address from your DHCP server. There is software that came with the camera to detect cameras attached to the network, but I have other software that scans a range of IP addresses and I found the one that I knew was new. I pointed my browser and logged in with the default username and after a few clicks and setting changes, was up and running on my home wireless network. Setting up to be accessed from the outside takes some port forwarding on your router, but it's not a hard task.

    The video quality isn't the best, but for the money, it is great. Same with the night vision - its not the most uniform night vision illumination, but it gets the job done. I can clearly see objects (they look like white ghosts) in zero light about 20 feet away and still see somewhat to about 40 feet.

    The two way audio is ok, but nothing to write home about. Even if I had only one of either talk or listen enabled, there was still an echo heard. You definitely will not be able to use the two way communication from your computer without using earphones due to the feedback.

    The camera comes with a poorly made plastic clamp to assist with wall/ceiling mount. So far, I have it on a shelf, so I'm not using this bracket. The camera base has a standard female camera tripod mount (which this plastic bracket attaches) so a mounting bracket could be made pretty easily.

    My only disappointment with the camera is the web interface. In order to take advantage of many of the features (audio, saved positions) you have to use Microsoft IE (With ActiveX controls). There is a separate login for other browsers which gives you access to the camera controls, turning on/off the IR LEDS, etc. but no audio.

    Check out the demo on the Foscam US site and try before you buy. You do have to give them your e-mail and they send you the passwords for visitor, operator and admin access. So far, the only e-mail I received from them is to make sure that I was able to access the demo since it was apparently getting a lot of traffic.

    I have only had the camera for about a week, but have been extremely satisfied so far. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  184. Foscam FI8918W for the IP Cam Newbee Review by Pete C

    I purchased this model in December of 2010 to replace a second generation Foscam FI8908 purchased in November of 2010.

    1 - PROS - Inexpensive PT (pan-tilt) for the "casual" or newbee IP Camera person. Simple to set up. OK video quality. Direct to company technical support is good. (even with the language barrier). I have never used the camera via a wireless link and always via a static IP connection hard wired. The IR illumination on the FI8918 is much better than the earlier 2nd gen FI8908. You can even shut the IR illumination off via web gui. I do not utilize any of the features available on the camera other than viewing it. (no wireless, ADSL, UPnP, DDNS, Mail, FTP or Alarm).

    2 - CONS - The first generation Foscam FI8908 locked up after a couple of weeks and never came back. Direct Foscam support offered no means of return. A detailed looked at the software running via a direct serial connection indicated software on the camera was put to market before it was completed; probably the reason it locked up. The second generation is no better and locks up after a bit of time with cgi interaction. This indicating to me that there is not much improvement yet to the software. Have a look at the logs and you'll notice the time is always off. I can get the camera OS to lock up by requesting the camera to pan and change the light settings at the same time.

    Conclusion - Its not a bad camera for the casual user for the price. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  185. Good camera, especially for the price Review by jookyone

    Bought this to use as a baby monitor. Maybe down the road as a security cam or something. From a browser, audio only works in IE (Requires Active X Plugin) but all other features seem to be supported in Firefox and Chrome. Bought the IP Cam Viewer app from the Android Market for my phone and works like a charm (3rd party). I believe the app developer's website says there is an iOS and Blackberry app too, but haven't verified that.

    Cheap price, pan, tilt, night vision, wireless, multi-platform mobile app support (claimed not tested: verified on Android).

    Audio works in mobile app (paid version on Android) and in IE, but not in FireFox or Chrome. Short power cord and average software interface.

    EDIT: Still working great, built in mic makes a lot of popping noises, and wifi seems to be older so its picky when working with a newer router (had to revert to only b/g to get good signal and reliability). (Posted on 6/30/11)

  186. A great value for what it does Review by J. Loftus "blueOrbit"

    I received the camera last week and had it up an running in 15 minutes.

    I've since configured it to run on our wireless network and configured it to be accessible over the internet. I've also successfully setup the FTP and e-mail service to be used in conjunction with motion detection. I had troubles configuring the e-mail service to work with my gmail account and had to use my Comcast POP3 account instead.

    The built in web-interface is pretty easy to figure out and mostly works on my iPod Touch. The manual pan and tilt controls don't work on the iPod Touch and sound is only available if you use Internet Explorer as it requires ActiveX. The automatic pan and tilt buttons do work on the iPod Touch. The video quality leaves a little something to be desired, but this isn't meant to be used for web-conferencing or video chat and the spec of 0.3 mega-pixels pretty much tells that story. Sound quality is what you'd expect from a device of this nature. The night vision function is great, but not completely discrete as you will see the the LEDs glowing red when it's active. The pan and tilt functions work very nicely and allow you to set the sensitivity to quickly zip back and forth or slowly pan around. There is a scan function (I think it's called "Patrol"), which is nice except I haven't figured out how to set hard-stops so sometimes it's scanning the wall behind it. If you have the sound enabled, the pan and tilt motors make a bit of noise through the interface, but you can't hear them if you're actually next to the camera. The translation of the PDF manual on the mini-CD to English makes for some good chuckles, but you can get by. I was unable to get it to work with ZoneMinder, which is an NVR software package for Ubuntu, but that's not a knock on the camera... just an observation for anyone who knows what I'm talking about.

    The bottom line is that you will be hard pressed to find a camera with these kinds of features for this kind of price. Cameras with these types of features are normally 3X or more. I bought this one from "loftk" and my only concern is that the stickers on the box and camera were standard mailing address label stickers that were clearly placed over some other labeling. There are apparently a lot of knock-off Foscams out there and even though this could be one of them, it works fine. Foscam will only support cameras you buy directly from them, but they charge 50% more. Either way, I'm considering buying another Foscam... or Foscam knock-off.

    [UPDATE Mar 2, 2011]
    I was able to get both cameras (I have two now) to work with ZoneMinder. The trick was that ZM can't handle 640x480 (at least not from Foscams) so both ZM, and the camera, have to be set to 320x240.

    On a side note, I was also able to get both cameras to work with iCam by SKJM. The iCamSource server is running on a Windows box and the iCam app for my iPod Touch allows me to see the cameras wherever I have internet. The trick with iCam is using the correct address ([..]) in the iCamSource software, where the items in caps would be replaced by your own information. Don't enter in the username and password into the actual username and password fields on the iCamSource software. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  187. Very good camera for the price, but very difficult to set up Review by david bunde "DGB"

    I have been using this camera for nearly a month to remotely monitor a home's premises. It has been very reliable with good image quality. It is set up in a location without heat where temperatures are regularly near or below 0ºF and hasn't skipped a beat. The software for administering the camera is clunky but works (mostly). The included instructions for this though are abominable and nearly useless. I finally managed to get the camera working remotely after nearly six hours pouring over forums and the like online. Setup is not for the faint of heart... and if you are at all technologically challenged, this may not be the best camera for remote viewing. Otherwise, get it without a second thought - it's well worth the price. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  188. Works on a Mac, but it ain't easy Review by J. Koloen

    I was on the verge of returning this camera after failing miserably at getting it to work on my Mac network, including Airport Extreme. However, after several hours of googling, I found a very good installation tutorial by a Mac user on the Foscam website under general discussions [...]. Get one setting wrong and IPscanner won't recognize the camera but get the settings right and voila, it's there. Unfortunately, even though I could finally log into the camera from Safari, I couldn't operate or manage it through Safari, or Firefox for that matter. Have to use IE because of the need for ActiveX support. Fortunately, I have parallels on my Mac and ran IE from there. Again, following the instructions in the tutorial, I got all the settings worked out through the camera's web page, saved them and then went wireless. The pan and tilt work perfectly and the camera works as expected. I have to say that the documentation for this camera is poorly written, obviously by someone for whom English is not a primary language. It's also PC-centric with only a few inadequate references to Mac installation and no troubleshooting help. Getting internet access wasn't an ordeal using, which offers a free domain name. This process is also documented in the tutorial. If you're a Mac user and your have Parallels or similar Windows environment, buy this camera but go directly to the user-written tutorial if you want to install it quickly and with a minimum of frustration. Don't buy if you expect to install and operate it through Safari or the Mac environment. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  189. Foscam F18918W review Review by gem

    Great cam, using an app to control cam from my iPhone from anywhere. Cam works in total darkness. Easy to set up and it's wireless. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  190. First Foscam Review by D. Lee

    I'm new to the IP camera market and have been experimenting with different models and manufactures within the sub ~$200 price range-with WiFi. And of course, with the most useful features. I found Foscam had some positive reviews and decided to try one. My experience is based on comparing this device with Linksys, Panasonic, Dlink and othe deivces on a in network computer, remote computer, and on my android phone.
    The Good.
    The picture quality is very good to exellent. Day/night image is very good.
    IR light stronger than other manufactures and great for lighting up a completely dark room of at least 12 feet.
    The pan and tilt functions are very good, although a bit slow. Would be nice to have more speed.
    The speaker is good, sounds come in clear. I haven't had the chance to test the mic function yet.
    The Bad.
    The stand screw thread is non standard with this model. So, I can't use another or universal bracket and must use the one that came with the camera. From what I've read, the previous model has a standard screw thread and I plan on picking one up just because of this.
    The power supply has a green LED light on it, now I need to remember to cover it for covert installations.
    The installation is comparable to other cameras of this type. Instructions are typical and adequate. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  191. Not bad for the price... Review by Dietrich Duke

    We bought this camera to be used as a feature rich baby monitor (look at the video monitors for babies here on amazon and you will see for the price, this came out way above the curve), and it hasn't let us down...

    This camera, while packing lots of features into a relatively cheap product, works as described. During setup, I had some hiccups with getting wifi to work, but thats only because the instruction manual is written in know, impossible to understand!

    Having said that, everything works as advertised, although the audio in and out could use some work. Speaking through the browser to the camera comes across as static and almost metallic sounding, and the sounds recorded from the camera tend to be muffled. I have tried an external microphone and speakers and they don't work any better than the built in devices.

    All in all, I'm satisfied with this fact, I ordered a few more after I got this one set up to use as home security. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  192. Good IP cam Review by G. Rou

    I am an IT Professional and I was looking for a camera that could be used to monitor a baby room as well and be moved and placed around the house or as a security camera in the future. I had tried other cameras from Cis and such and they were all good for the price. I was blown away though by the fact that for the same price range I not only got a security camera but this one has more features. It has pan/tilt and night vision IR LEDs and can really see well in complete darkness of a whole room! Other cameras were simply a great camera but did not move so adjusting where it was pointed was difficult and could not see a whole room. I can remotely move the camera around (no zoom though which is the only bad point) from my PC and it has other CGI script function which I got from the Foscam support people to imbed the video and/or single frames into a web page.

    It should be noted that this is better hardware-feature-wise as the software is overly simple in many ways and does require some knowledge of DDNS, wireless networks and port forwarding for over the internet viewing. Other software packages are much more robust and are easy to get it up and running. The Foscam software does a great job with everything you would expect it to have including setting up logins and limited controls for multiple users and stuff but you need to know a little bit about what you are doing first.

    Overall this is the one of the best ones out there. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  193. Works great on my iPhone & iPad Review by Madison

    I purchased this camera because of it's attractive price.
    It has really good night vision that works well in complete daarkness. The daytime picture colors are a bit off but the features make up for that. I am using the iPhone & iPad software for this camera from here:

    The software works great for setting and activating the predefined preset locations of the camera.
    Overall not bad for the price. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  194. WOW!!!Amazing for the money!!! Review by Todd E Dawson

    I was absolutely amazed of the ease of use. The setup was straight forward on the network and using it wireless is great. The only thing I found not really great was when I tried to talk through the camera it mad a weird noise not allowing anyone to hear me. For me it wasn't a big deal since that feature was not why I bought this camera. Great Buy!!!! (Posted on 6/30/11)

  195. Good camera for the price Review by S. Vasko "Genepool NYC"

    The camera is easy to set up and use although the instructions are minimal. If you have never logged into your home router you will probably need help. A couple of warnings, Audio feature does not work on any browser except Internet Explorer(uses Active X, yuk!) so you have no audio on Mac or Linux. I also couldn't set passwords with certain characters like @ sign. It seemed like it worked but then I couldn't log back into the camera and had to reset to default(very easy with button on bottom of camera). The software came on a mini cd which will not work in most slot loading cd/dvd drives so make sure you download the software from the website or you find yourself with tweezers pulling it out! We are using this as a baby cam. The construction of the camera seems pretty solid. The night vision quality is good and the light from the IR is minimal. I am happy with the purchase as it's way better quality than a video baby monitor and I can set it up to view on the internet. It even came with an ethernet cable for the initial setup. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  196. Wow! I'm proud of myself. I got to work Review by cyber

    I bought this item from Amazon. They had a great discount price. Shipped from an affiliate quick and it was a new original model. Now to the tough stuff. First of all the installation instructions are very difficult to follow. You need to exactly follow the confusing instructions or you will be tearing your hair out. I had it working quickly on my personal private network. But to view the camera from the Internet is a big task. You need to decipher what that German company wants you to do. What they should have done is explain it step by step, like step 1, step 2. You know like most instructions go. Well after about 11 total hours of trial and error I finally got it to work. I can now spy on my dog 24 /7 with my iPhone using a wonderful app just for Foscam IP cameras. As to the quality of the video, I think it great. Although you need to play with the contrast and brightness. Seems natural light gives truer colors than incadensent lights. The infra-red is excellent. In a completely dark room you can see everything. Like night vision. I'm glad I bought this camera but not happy about the install difficulties. At least if I add another camera I now know what to do. I'm thinking about advertising to install other peoples IP cameras for a good fee. I wouldn't do it for less that $300-400 each install. My. 11-12 hours of difficult work needs to pay off some day. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  197. Foscam Camera FI8918W Review by chuck J.

    After ordering two of these, one worked, one had bad video. The camera should have never got through ANY Quality Control department. I have used the other one continuously for about a month, and it works as advertised. It is relatively easy to set up initially, if you follow the instructions exactly. Camera quality is good. I use it as one of my security cameras. It shoots me an email with pictures every time the motion sensor is tripped. It also will record a movie, in different formats, at the same time. Also, another neat feature is that you can set the level of sensitivity that you want it to activate, from one to nine. This is done through the software. The software is user friendly and complete. All functions of the camera can be controlled through the software, such as pan,tilt, and an array of other functions. Overall, I am satisfied with with the purchase of the Foscam camera. The only thumbs down is to Amazon, to which I am a PRIME member, which hasn't refunded my money after three weeks for the other camera, even though they sent me an email saying they received it. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  198. Great for the price Review by Steve Prescott

    The printed manual is terrible (the one on disk is supposedly better).
    As with most any IP camera you are going to need some amount of comfort mucking around with your router.
    Even under the best of conditions...(you work in IT) this can be a chore.
    If you are not computer savvy, contact a friend or relative who is.
    Otherwise be prepared to read a ton of these reviews and/or go online to get help.
    The camera works great and the pan tilt function is groovy.
    Great feature set for the price.
    Works as advertised.
    Windows Vista - 64 bit
    Old linksys Wireless G router
    Just upgraded to Explorer 9.. seems ok so far.
    Haven't tried the app on my droid X yet.. will update later. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  199. Won't work with Windows 7 Review by Kenneth

    Doesn't work with the latest Windows software or browser. It does work with XP and Google Chrome. It set up in 30 minutes after I switched to an older version of Windows. Otherwise the camera works as promised. I would give it 5 stars if they updated their software. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  200. Worked better than I expected Review by Bart

    Setting up this cam was actually pretty easy (cavot, I am an I.T. professional).
    I was able to set up the wifi very comfortably from the web interface.
    Image quality is quite nice in a dark room about about 12x15 space. I'm using this cam as a babycam replacement for when my wife and I are away from home leaving it to monitor the babysitter. Sound quality from the built in mic is a bit below my hopes, but it isn't as important to me as the video.

    If you plan on using this with an Andriod or Apple device, I highly recommend getting the app call 'IP Cam Viewer' or similiar (check app for compatibility) Controlling this cam from a web browser on a phone or tablet device is very difficult.

    I've recommended this to a friend. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  201. Foscam FI8918W Wireless IP Camera - Great Features for Price Review by V. Vindaluhoo "Amp It Up"

    Awesome camera for the price. I can see how some users would find setting up this unit quite challenging and frustrating. However, if you have some basic networking knowledge or not afraid to learn, then this camera is a good value. I've only had it for a few months so I can't vouch for it's reliability but it has worked like a charm so far. I also considered buying Trendnet and Linksys models before deciding on this unit. The picture quality is not spectacular but very viewable in good lighting conditions. The night vision is also fairly good. The motors are essentially inaudible while turning. One complaint I have is regarding the stuttering when panning the camera. The processing speed could be better to avoid such jerky feedback. If you setup a free dns account, you can access the picture via the internet using explorer and even other browsers like firefox (although some features will be unavailable.) You'll have to setup your router for a demilitarized zone and port forwarding but it works fantastic. I even setup access via my android phone (v2.1) using the app "IP Cam Viewer" and access the camera anytime. In short, great camera for the price but it will require some added networking skills. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  202. Not a bad little deal Review by M. Guffey "Mike G"

    First after reading and reading about this model of camera and the concern of receiving a fake or clone, I came across's web site that lists the authorized resellers of Foscam products. ".com" not ".us" web site. The site list Amazon dealers as well as other sources.

    The unit I received for 99.00 arrived and I did use the software that came with and installed it on a windows xp machine. It worked good. Then came windows 7 home premium. I did not use the software to install instead I just pull it up over the network. There is a manual included on the cd that came with the camera. I thought I had problems with windows 7 ie explorer 8. Turned out it was not the browser but my internet security suite. I took the long way around and uninstalled and reinstalled be internet security suite and camera works good. Not only IE 8 but IE 9, and Firefox 4.0. Although there are several controls that do not show up in Firefox. My IE is all set on defaults, I did not have to change any thing. The device firmware version listed is and the Web IU Also I have had the camera remotely access by an individual using a Windows 7 Home Premium and he was able to control as if he was sitting on the local network. Also, I did make sure I has all Microsoft priority and optional updates installed. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  203. Use it to monitor grandpa Review by jmurga

    I have a large house and I connected this device to my Airport Express (from Apple), I then bought the dollar app from the Apple store and I am able to monitor my grandpa from within the network using my iPhone. It is such a great tool. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  204. Foscam FI8918W Review by W. Zhao "book fun"

    Pretty nice camera. The first thing I like about it is that it is wireless. Less cabling hassle. Secondly, it can be panned and tilted, via the control over its web page. The only thing that it is not outstanding is its video image quality. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  205. Great for the price Review by Zaphod

    I needed a low budget IP{ camera for monitoring a construction site. This is a great unit, but is not built for outdoor conditions - but it isn't advertised to be either.

    We mated this with a mobile modem, and can now view the site anywhere on the web.
    The camera is compatible with most ip camera software - we view this camera from our android phone - you can even control it from your phone.
    Night vision is as advertised, and works quite well

    This is mounted in a sheltered, but still outdoor position, and after 5 months, the PT motor is starting to go out.
    The software is a bit difficult to deal with - I have repaired computers for the last ten years, and could not get this device to work with a secured wireless network - I had to use a cable. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  206. Setup is a hassle, but great device Review by NY Griller

    I ordered a Foscam FI8918Win March 2011. We wanted a "Nanny Cam" that my wife could use to view on her iphone and I could view from work.
    Here are my observations, hope this helps someone:

    Setup: The setup within your network is fairly straight forward. Read the directions and follow them step by step! Setting up wirelessly took a little time, but eventually got it to work. I have a static IP address and using a Belkin N+ Wireless Router, so setting up to view remotely as well was not too painful. I am fairly competent with computers but have never setup an IP camera before or messed around with the router's settings. Took me about 2.5 hours to get everything running.

    Image: Quality is good enough for a camera under $100. The angle is pretty narrow (although it says wide angle). I replaced the lens with a "2.1mm 160-Degree Wide Angle Lens" for $6.50. The new lens is not as sharp but now I can see the entire room without having to move the camera. If you do a search for "wide angle lens for foscam" you will get a couple of hits.

    Night Vision: Excellent quality - better than I thought it would be.

    Sound: Ok, you really have to be close for the camera to pick up the sound.

    Remote pan/tilt: This is what sold me. Can control camera remotely (from work) or from iphone.

    iphone Application: Easy to install and setup. There are a few of them. I have the free one and the $5 one. Both are same for our use. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  207. Home video surveillance without monthly costs. iPhone app works amazingly well. Works on the web. WOW. Review by I. Department

    It always blows people away when I open an app on my iPhone and show them a live shot of the interior of my house. They're even more blown away when they see I can pan and tilt. It works flawlessly over 3G or wifi.

    I also set this up with DDNS so I can easily view it over a website.

    The picture is exceptionally clear even when it's pitch-black dark. The IR definitely does its job.

    It's a joke that companies like ADT charge so much money for home video monitoring when for a hundred bucks or so you can get this product to do the same thing for life for free.

    I'm a technical person that works with electronics for a living and found this mildly challenging to set up. I've had several friends buy one after seeing how great mine is and most of them had trouble getting it to work without my help. They are not tech-savvy people, though, and I expected this.

    The documentation is through and the tech is reliable if you're savvy enough to read and use it. If you're a standard user, though, you might need some help getting all of the features out of this. Buy your computer-nerd nephew a steak and some beer ask the favor be returned. It's totally worth it. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  208. What a GREAT Camera! Review by Scormodo

    This camera was 100 times better than I expected it to be. The picture quality is much better than I anticipated, the camera movement is great and the app for my iPhone is totally awesome. The only thing this great little camera is missing is zoom.

    One note of caution: The set up of this camera will be difficult for a novice. The instruction booklet tries its hardest but it's still a tad confusing and beginners may have better luck searching Foscam's website for assistance in setting the camera up. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  209. Fantastic buy! You will not regret it Review by Badguitar "Badguitar"

    This camera is very easy to use and packed with features. I had it running in wireless mode using my Netgear router in less than 10 minutes. Had full port forwarding (access from the Internet) in 30 minutes. Used to give it a real URL for free. No numeric IP addresses needed.

    The IR night vision works great and it will record AVI movies to your local hard drive when you are connected via your IE browser.

    I use the Phone app called CamViewer for Foscam Webcams by John McKerrell. It's a free app and it works perfect. You can see the video on 3G or wireless.

    Pros: LOTS of features including: Remote pan/tilt, Wireless with encryption, IR/Night vision, 3-levels of security, 2-way audio from your IE browser and motion detection. It will even send you an e-mail when it detects motion!

    Cons: For inside use only. It's a really light weight unit and does not seem super durable - but fine if it's mounted out or reach.

    I would highly recommend this unit for home/office monitoring. Mounted `upside-down' it will give a HUGE range of images covering a very large area. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  210. Excellent cam, money well spent! Review by Sleepy IT dude

    I just bought this thing and read quite a bit of the reviews. I'm a techie so I wasnt worried about configuring it. As soon as I bought it, I briefly went through the little pamphlet they call a manual and it worked just like instructed. I first set it up with the ethernet cable, viewed the live feed and was actually impressed. The default settings to view this on the web is port 80. I didnt like that because my webserver runs on port 80, so I went and changed it to a non-standard port. Thats actually a good thing that way people dont try to "hack" their way into your web based interface to the cam. Once that was done, I flipped it upside down, wrote the MAC address down since I have MAC address filtering on my router (using DD-WRT firmware on a WRT54G router), plugged it in, did some port forwarding and viola! All working.

    The only thing I dont like is that if I power it off and on it goes on some hunt mode and looks all over the place. I havent looked to see where it stops at though. Thats easily corrected by manually logging in and telling it to "stop" and repositioning the camera thru the web interface.

    My camera has 1 defect. There is a dark spot on the lens, defect from the factory that shows up in the vid feed. Its very tiny and being that I'm 100% happy with my product, I'm not returning it.

    I'm also using IP Cam Viewer on my HTC Thunderbolt so I can see a live feed :)

    Firefox works 100%.
    I'm also using Zoneminder on Linux also, works great there too :) (Posted on 6/30/11)

  211. Not for beginners Review by Dan

    s a lot of other reviews have stated, if you are new to networking and have never set up a router, then I would skip this camera. It will not set itself up for you; it's definitely not plug-n-play. You need to understand how DNS works, how IP addresses work and how to assign a permanent one for the camera on your router.

    It took me less than 15 minutes to get it to show me an image on my PC and about 30 minutes to get it to show me an image on the internet. Add another 30 minutes to get Dynamic DNS set up using I also had to use a 3rd party SMTP server so that it can send me email alarms when the motion detection is tripped.

    Once you get it running, this camera works extremely well for the price. It pans, it tilts, it has serviceable image quality and I feel the wireless works better than I expected it to judging from some of the other reviews here. I also love the night-vision features so I can see my home when the lights are off. I've been using a 3rd party app on my iPhone called Foscam Pro to monitor my home from work. I plan on buying Blue Iris to help monitor my home for when I'm on vacation.

    This is $99 well spent. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  212. Peace of mind Review by Laura

    We purchased this webcam to use as a video baby monitor. It is wonderful! If I want to check on my baby, I just pull it up on my iPhone or my husband iPad and there she is. It has infared LEDs so it can be used day or night. From my phone I can turn on/off the infared LEDs, adjust camera angles, etc.

    Overall, I'm very satisfied! (Posted on 6/30/11)

  213. Great Camera, improving software Review by Wayne Hulshof II "NewMacUser"

    Hardware for this camera is great for the price. The software is good, but appears to be incomplete in some areas. The available SDK allows you to extend the capabilities and is a great bonus. I would recommend. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  214. 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 6/30/11)

  215. Buy direct - fairly easy setup Review by Lori Reeser "Major Reader"

    After reading the reviews here I bought this camera direct from Foscam. It arrived in 4 days (although the web-tracking kept saying 'processing'). After one day I am happy with the camera. I am using my camera to track feral cats in our backyard (I want to trap and neuter them).

    It appears there are a number of fake Foscams being sold, which accounts for most of the wildly divergent reviews. That combined with the report that Foscam will only service cameras bought directly from them made me do just that. They do have free shipping in the US and the price is comparable.

    I think most of the problems are due to Foscam being a Chinese business relatively new to the US. Below is much more detail.

    I have been using computers for many years but I am not a programmer. If you are not used to figuring out what things probably mean you may want to get help.

    The setup was relatively simple (after I figured out the router cable went to the router not the phone jack on my computer [we all get brain freeze occasionally]). The device needs to be installed wired in, then you can change to wireless. The camera installation itself went smoothly. The problems were with setting up the web-site. You don't need to do the web site, but that's were the email alarms and other fun stuff is.

    After getting the camera up and running and playing with the controls for a while I then did the web setup. This was where the difficulties arose. They were mostly due to my lack of knowledge, not bad technology. The quick guide is a hard copy and .pdf on the CD, the full guide is only on the CD and the quick guide does not tell you this. Also, the quick guide print is made for extremely young eyes. They are translated poorly from Chinese. Most of the time the meaning is clear but what does "If the number is bigger and the sensibility is higher" mean?

    The free website is DynDNS. It assumes you know what you are doing and it keeps asking you to upgrade to the paid service. I thought I would be able to see my camera directly from this site but once you register that's all you need to do at that site. You can see your camera at[....]

    Setting up the connection took a bit of hit and miss, and plain old ignoring the message. There is a status page. Mine still says "DynDNS failed" but it's working. I suggest you have a second computer that you can use to check whether the site is working.

    I just went down the tabs and entered what I considered reasonable information (Alias, date and time, etc.)

    I was able to get it all going in a few hours without any outside help.

    It works great, I have gotten emails with photos of our local cats, and I'm learning their schedule. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  216. Everything as advertised, would like Android support Review by Gib Veconi

    The camera was relatively easy to set up, although some knowledge of TCP/IP internetworking is necessary for configuring your router. The instructions that come with the device describe setting up DynDNS step by step and are easy to follow, although one definitely feels the English translation.

    I use this camera in my country house, and remote access via IE works great. Motion sensor is great. I have not had much luck with the web UI in the Android browser on my phone, though.

    I have not experimented much with the color settings. The defaults are pretty washed out in normal light. Of course, everything looks different in night vision (which works very well, too.) (Posted on 6/30/11)

  217. Works perfectly day or night, even on wireless Review by pghtech

    Works as expected. Setup was easy for me with some networking experience.

    How I did it:
    1) Connected power and network cable to open port on router. Started device.
    2) On router, looked at DHCP table to see where the device was living
    3) From browser (in my case firefox 4.0) navigated to the device IP address found in step 2
    4) Set up alias, time, etc. Played with it endlessly connected to wired LAN
    5) Ok, now I need wireless. Hitting search did not find my network. Same on non-pan camera I also bought today. Perhaps firefox?
    6) TIP: Type in your network name in the SSID field. Now hit search. On mine it found the network instantly, and I just clicked on the search result to populate the fields. One click, all set. Just enter password.
    7) Unplug LAN, cycle power, wait for unit to reboot. DONE!
    8) Now go play! Already installed IP CAM Lite for my Droid 2. Now ordering more cameras to cover more of the property.

    Night vision is fantastic -- more than expected. Image quality is superior to my old Linksys WVC54G series. On IE you can set up 8 or 9 cameras on one screen. With WebcamXP on the PC you can mix and match many cameras. Same thing with IP CAM for Android. Have not tested audio yet.

    Will update my review if I have any problems, but thrilled for now and ordering more. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  218. Good Camera, Bad directions Review by Ed

    I bought this camera for home monitoring and to keep an eye on my dog. The camera works great and has a very clear picture. It was a bit difficult to set up and the directions were absolutely horrible english. Once I figured everything out (took a few hours and a call to a buddy of mine that is good with networking) the camera worked great. I never have a problem logging onto it and viewing. The only feature as of yet that I still can't get to work is sending images to my email when motion is detected. It will however record and make a noise to let you know it is recording. You can record remotely over the internet onto another computer, talk into a microhone to someone near the camera and hear them pretty clearly. One note: you can view the camera and move it in firefox, however if you are setting it up or changing any admin settings, or trying to record you MUST USE INTERNET EXPLORER ONLY. It will not work otherwise. It will appear that the settings took effect but it will go right back to what it was prior. All in all, very happy with the product and looking to possibly purchase one more in the future. After a few weeks of ownership, it is definitely a good buy! (Posted on 6/30/11)

  219. Good Camera for Basic Surveillance Review by Consumerist Maximus "David"

    Apparently this IS a genuine version of the Foscam IP camera. I have upgraded the firmware on one of the two devices that I purchased from this seller and it works fine.

    Get the latest firmware from () FI8918/FI8918W which as of this review is
    It fixes a few bugs, the one that I know for sure is the Alarm settings. Before this update it would not save Alarm Service Settings.

    I have it setup so that it uploads images to an ftp server. One notable feature that I wish can get fixed in the future is the hiding of the wireless LAN password/passphrase. It bugs me that the passphrase/password is not starred out (i.e. ****** ) but rather its in clear text. Remember security is only as strong as the weakest link. Shouldn't pose too much of a problem but always good to know weaknesses.

    Very satisfied with the device as it works as advertised. For the price, the features are quite good. Using mine as a baby monitor and home surveillance.

    I especially like the included application that is available for mobile phones in JAVA or you can purchase one for the iPhone in the App store for $5 bucks. Very handy.

    I'll attempt to update this review in the future. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  220. Quality Device, Software a little lacking Review by Joel Edwards "weazzle"

    I purchased this device after locating an iPhone app which allows me to use it as a baby monitor. While the iPhone software is very useful, I do find the camera's web interface somewhat slow, and it could do with smoother controls, better indicators, and corrected controls. The camera does not move intuatively, especially after rotating the view (mirror, invert, etc.).

    All-in-all a very nice camera. However, if some time was taken to improve the included software, it could be excellent. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  221. Works pretty Requires persistence. At this price it's darn good. Review by A. Fogey

    UPDATE: After running this one for a week and finding an iPhone app that works OK with it (Surveillance Pro) I'm ordering 2 more, so thought I should give it an extra star. It has run reliably, and as long as I'm not using the browser interface the IR has stayed on. It's hard to imagine you could do a lot better for the money.

    REVIEW (updated): This works pretty well. It's a good deal for the money. For most people behind a firewall, or setting up multiple cameras, or not using Windows, it might take a lot of patience to get the most out of it.

    Pros: 1) Price is good. 2) Pretty easy initial setup for someone who knows computer networking. If you don't then it will be tough to get through a router by following the manual. This would be needed to watch video or control the camera from outside your home local area network. 2) The web UI (user interface) is OK for setting up the camera if you know what you want to accomplish. The menus are better written than the manual. 3) It's easy to get it to send you an email (with 6 still images as attachments) when a motion alarm is triggered. 4) Wireless networking and DHCP just work. 5) Almost all the camera monitoring software companies support this camera or the FI8908. Presets for FI8908 work fine for the FI8918 as far as I can tell. 5) iPhone support comes via several apps. I'm using Surveillance Pro on my iPod Touch and it works fine.

    Cons: 1) Fair picture quality. At first I thought image quality was _really_ bad, but then I discovered that the focus is adjustable by screwing the lens in or out---even though the manual states "LENS: CMOS sensor with fixed focus lens." 2) The IR illumination turned off upon motion detect with the installed firmware so I only got one illuminated picture followed by 5 dark ones in my night-time email alerts. I installed firmware update ( for the system and for the UI), which said it fixed this bug in the release notes, but sometimes the IR still turns off when I get a motion alarm. I think it's related to having a non-IE browser hitting the UI when the alarm trips. 3) Safari on the iPhone seems to have issues with the browser UI and does not allow control of pan/tilt, though Safari on my laptop is fine. 4) The web UI only fully functions with Explorer via an ActiveX control you need to install the first time you hit the camera---so no multi-camera support and no sound for Mac OS or linux without 3rd party monitoring software. 5) It's nearly impossible to set up to look through a window at night because you can't push the lens right up against the window to minimize glare. 5) The software comes on a little CD, so you need a tray-loading drive to get at it. You can download the firmware from Foscam's download site. 6) The manual wasn't translated very well but you can understand it most of the time. 7) There is no tech support from US distributor: Here is what they say: "[we offer] 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 ... Ebay and Amazon purchasers will have to contact the particular reseller from which they purchased in order to receive support." The US distributor's site charges about 50% more than Amazon sellers. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  222. My experience with Foscam FI8918W Review by Billz

    I'm still unsure as to how to rate this camera. I ordered my first Foscam FI8918W camera and it arrived overnight. I specifically followed the instructions as outlined in the Installation Manual. After hours of trying to get the camera to work, NO LUCK. The first problem was the installation disk that came in the package was cracked and I couldn't install the necessary software with this broken disk. So, I searched online and found the necessary software on a Foscam Camera Dealer's website. I downloaded the software and attempted to setup my new camera. Again, I followed the instructions, step by step with no luck. I finally realized that the camera I received must have been someone else's return. I believe this because the installation disk was cracked and the camera already had someone else's password established on it. I never could get a picture from the camera and after hours of unsuccessful attempts, I gave up and returned the camera.

    Next, I ordered another Foscam FI8918W camera, as the website would not allow me to simply exchange the first camera. The second camera arrived the next day. The second camera seemed to be loose in the base and something seemed to be rattling around inside the base. Again, I attempted to install the camera and software. This time, I was successful with getting the camera connected to my LAN. After many issues with getting the camera to connect to my router, finally I was successful. I had to disable WPA2 security on the router, as the camera wouldn't connect to my network with WPA2 enabled. I could only get the camera to connect using the WEP security on the router. Finally, after hours of "trial and error" I have the camera connected to my household wireless. It can be viewed on any PC in the house that's connected to my home network, but after all the aggravation, I'm not yet ready to try to connect to the camera remotely through the internet. I will save that task for another time.

    As stated in other reviews, the instructions are written in poor and improper English. You need to have plenty of patience to install this camera. I don't recommend it if you have very little, to no experience with computers or setting up routers.

    In conclusion, this camera is currently doing fifty-percent of what I intended it to do. I purchased it to monitor the exterior of my house while I'm at home and away. I can only view the camera when I'm at home, currently. Once you do establish a connection, the features are good. The pan and tilt functions work better than I expected and the infrared night vision is excellent. It can view an area in total darkness with the infrared feature enabled. There isn't really a zoom feature on this camera but you can view a relatively wide area quite easily without using the pan or tilt functions. All in all, I guess you get what you pay for. For the price, this is not a totally bad value if you have a little time and patience for setting this unit up. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  223. Great Camera; works with HTC EVO 4G & Androids Review by Rey Carolina "ReyZen, Daughters & Son"

    Setup is very easy. No need to install the IP Camera Tool that came with the camera. Plug the camera's ethernet port to one of your router's ports via an RJ-45 cable. Once you got a LAN IP address for the camera, just point your web browser to that IP address. Login to the camera with the default 'admin' user and blank password. Setup the network configuration (using the 'For Administrator / Basic Network Setting' option in the web browser GUI)and make the camera's LAN IP address static (IE: uncheck the 'Obtain IP from DHCP Server'). Enter your LAN subnet mask, gateway, DNS server and port (default is port 80) in the appropriate fields. Also setup the WiFi network (via 'Wireless Lan Settings') by entering your SSID, encryption method, and paraphrase or share key. Make sure you click on the submit button. Next, remove the RJ45 cable from the camera and re-power it. When it finishes initialization, the static LAN IP address will become its wireless IP address. If you are using MAC filtering, you have to temporary disable it first when you first power up the camera without the RJ45 cable. You can filter the WiFi MAC address later by entering its MAC address in the allowed IP addresses table. The WiFi MAC address is located at the bottom of the camera. This camera works great. The IR is cool. The microphone and speaker works through my laptop mic/speaker. I'll rate this camera a 5 if it's not for its poor documentation. You can download the IP camera viewer from the Adroid market. There's a light version which is free which works fine for me. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  224. Amazing for the price Review by BIGTEXT

    I've been wanting to set up a home surveillance system for some time, but the prices have turned me off. I tried some of the trendnet cameras but you'll pay twice the price for all of the features included in this Foscam model.

    Construction: The camera is made out of rubber and it feels a bit flimsy, however, I accidentally dropped my camera from about 6 feet and it hit a tile floor. I was really worried as I had just got the thing, but I'm happy to report it still works great.

    Set-up: Set up was very easy, but I do have some experience in networking. I plugged the camera into my ethernet network and looked in my routers devices tab to find the camera IP address. From there I went to the camera configuration page and set up wireless. I then unplugged the ethernet and rebooted the camera. The wireless worked right away. Wireless range seems to be very good. It picks up a wifi network from a nearby business that is about 200 feet away.

    Software: The software is decent but I still prefer to use third-party software (blue-iris for example). Pan & and tilt are preformed with almost no delay via the web interface. The dependence on internet explorer is very annoying. You can use other browsers but not all features will work. Unfortunately this isn't an issue only with this brand.

    The only other complaint I have about the software is that it reboots the camera after every single option change. Something as small as turning off the network activity led on the back of the camera requires a full reboot. It only takes about 30 seconds, but its very annoying when you first set the camera up.

    The software defaults to having presets deactivated, so you'll have to find the option to activate presets if you want to set them up.

    Video quality: For the price the video quality is very good. Its good enough for me to keep an eye on my pets and house when I am at work. I wouldn't recommend it for a business unless you're just trying to keep an eye on employees. If you want a camera good enough to get a good face shot of criminals, you should probably spend more money. But this is better than nothing if its all you can afford.

    My two biggest complaints are that the power cord is too short at only 4 feet, and some of the led lights cannot be deactivated. You can turn off the network activity light but theres no way to turn off the power led on the camera, or the led on the power transformer.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that the night vision leds have a faint red glow, so it may be hard to keep it hidden.
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  225. Packed with Features, Great Price, Easy Setup! Review by LBrito

    This is a great camera. I was setup wireless within 2 minutes. I particularly like that you don't need to bother with installing any software, everything you need is resident in the camera's controller. I use all the features in the camera, the motion detection with picture and web on motion trigger are excellent. For security purposes, this is nice, since by the time you run up to the camera and unplug it, it has already sent out pictures that were captured when motion was detected. I was also able to setup the dynamic dns using the free service. It's nice that the camera has Universal Plug and Play, since the UPnP automatically setup port forwarding on my router.

    Now, iPhone and Android... this is the best part! I found a free app (both platforms), "IP Cam Viewer" by Robert Chu, it lets you pan, tilt, control brightness, contrast, 2-way audio, pre-set positions, pretty much everything. You can have this app connect to multiple cameras, and control all the features of the camera. I think this app works even better then when you use a web browser.

    Remember folks, this camera has adjustable brightness and contrast, and IR for night vision. Make sure you properly adjust these settings or you may get a picture that doesn't look so great. But, don't think that this is because the camera has a bad sensor, as when you adjust the settings, you get excellent video from it, and the colors are nice and vivid. I repeat, very important, don't neglect to adjust the proper brightness and contrast to get the best picture!

    For folks worried about setting up wirelessly, some reviews claim to have problems with this, this is how the process goes:

    You pull this thing out of the package, connect it to your router via the included Ethernet Cable, and you're on your way. First off, you go to your router page, probably at the default IP address via your web browser. Then, you login to your router, find out what IP address was assigned to the camera, then enter that IP address into your browser to get to the camera interface. From here, you just follow the GUI, go over to the Wireless settings, select your wireless SSID, enter your credentials for logging in to the wireless, and its good to go. Remember that when you switch from Wired to Wireless, the router will assign a different IP address for the wireless mode (there are 2 distinct network interfaces on the camera, with individual MAC addresses, meaning that they are seen as different devices by the router and will therefore get 2 sets of IP addresses). To continue, you find the camera's wireless IP address, then connect to it via that IP address. From here, again, go ahead and play with any settings you want, there are a lot of features! (Posted on 6/30/11)

  226. Piece of mind for a great price! Review by Big Dawg "Big Dawg"

    This is a great Pan / Tilt security camera at this price point. I have used Axis PTZ cameras before and they work great, but are super expensive. If you are on a small budget, this is an easy 5-Star selection.

    My setup: My network is a bit odd, so the included software doesn't find my camera. If you encounter the same problem, I suggest checking your router status and check for connected DHCP clients that have no HOSTNAME. You can then enter that IP on your browser and you can start the setup. Better yet, download NMAP, its an open source software that will scan your internal network, the one listening to port 80 would most likely be your camera.

    - Extra wide angle is nice
    - Night vision works great
    - Pan and tilt is responsive
    - Motion detection works great
    - When using IE, when motion detection is activated, it will record a video clip on your computer!
    - Accessible via Droid with Flash

    Negatives: (more aesthetics)
    - When using the FTP feature, it doesn't create folders for new days automatically
    - No zoom, but it wasn't expected.

    If you are looking for a low cost standalone security camera, give this a try, I think you will enjoy the flexibility of the Pan and Tilt. I think Amazon is one of the authorized re-sellers for this camera, so you should be receiving an authentic Foscam (I've read there are several knockoffs of this camera). (Posted on 6/30/11)

  227. HUGE Bang for Buck! Review by Lloyd Lopez "Lloyd Lopez"

    Update: I bought 15 of these things. I sure wish ALL OF THEM worked as good as my first one. Out of the 16 I have, I'd say that half have TERRIBLE audio, another 2 have bad audio and the rest have INCREDIBLE audio.

    Same thing goes with the video quality. I don't get it. My first cam seemed like I hit the lottery. But the rest vary from AWESOME to TERRIBLE.

    I still say they're worth the money, but if you get a bad one just send it back to Amazon and get another.

    Up and running for only one day. But form what I've already been able to do (and QUICKLY, I might add), I was so happy I bought another 10 cameras to add to the network.

    I've been using Y-cams for a while and saw this and thought it was at least worth a shot for some of my less important areas to monitor. Turns out, this camera is MUCH better than the Y-cams (which I was very happy with). Certainly more features for less price.

    Just ordered 10 more cameras. The night vision is awesome! For the price there is no better camera. The only drawback is the included software (on the cam itself) is limited to 9 cameras. You can use a program called BlueIris to get up to 64.

    I'll report back when I get the system up and running with the other cams. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  228. Great Baby Cam for Techies! Review by DC Mike

    My wife and I have a brand new baby on the way. My portion of getting the baby's room ready was to take care of the tech side of things. My first task was to get our baby monitor situation squared away. After looking at our choices I decided that an actual security camera was the best decision rather than a branded baby monitor. Why? Many baby monitors can be tapped because their broadcasts are unencrypted. Their video systems only connect to a single handheld device with a puny 2 inch screen. Most baby monitor cameras are fixed, and can only see in a single direction. Monitoring systems branded as baby cameras cost well over $100 once you start to include any decent features.

    Enter the Foscam FI8918W. The microphone is GREAT. I would strongly recommend adding a cheap external speaker if you need that function. The built in speaker doesn't work well, but adding a cheap $5 speaker works wonders. Unlike dedicated baby monitor systems you can watch from anywhere in the world by attaching your camera to your wireless network at home. I admit that setting it up takes moderate understanding of your home network. If you are an absolute beginner at such things I doubt that you'd be able to do it with ease, but a geeky friend should be able to do it in a few minutes. When you are done your camera system will have an ID & password secure web address. Not only that but you can pan and tilt to look all around the room remotely.

    To make things even better you can buy an app for BOTH iOS and Android called "IP Camera Viewer" by Robert Chou (on iTunes the developer name is NibblesnBits). The app is only a few dollars on both iOS and Android. My wife has an iPad and iPhone which are Apple iOS devices. I have a Motorola Xoom and HTC Thunderbolt (Android devices). I can view our baby cam and listen in remotely on all devices using the app which gives me a nice big image to watch the baby with,. Not only that, I also have the ability to fully control the camera motions.

    The build quality is great on this camera. The black camera that I have is covered in a rubberized, soft touch shell. The camera also delivers a GREAT night image in a totally dark room using it's IR system.

    The instructions aren't in perfect english but are clear enough that I was able to get it all done. I would rate my technical skills in the high-moderate range and I was able to get it set up. I did it all in just over an hour and a half from opening the box, to connecting it to my home wifi network (encrypted), to gaining internet access, and finally connecting all apps on all mobile devices. I learned a lot about my home network setup in the process, and never felt absolutely stumped. I did have to pause a few times and troubleshoot (hit and miss) to get it right. Even if you aren't TOTALLY confident in your skills I honestly think the average person can get it up and running. Don't be shy.


    I'll try to include images of it in action. I hope this write up helps you! (Posted on 6/30/11)

  229. Nice pictue but tricky setup Review by Q "...always was, always will be"

    I was pleased with this camera for the most part.
    The picture was clearer than I thought it would be. I have mine pointing fm my kitchen to my family room. But when its sunny or bright out (even though the sun isnt shining in), I have a blurred halo around the window during the day but very clear in the evening and night.
    I did have a major issue with the setup. Unfortunately, the "manual" was written by someone whose 1st language is NOT English. Its basically understandable, but can be confusing. If you havent purchased the camera yet or are waiting for it to be delivered, Google the cameras name and model and youll more than likely run into a chunk of posts and comments about the setup. It can be EXTREMELY frustrating.
    So, heres the deal. Out the box, if you follow the instructions, you can set it up easy to view from your home LAN. That parts a snap. Follow the setup instructions.
    The main problem comes when you want to view it from another computer connected to the Internet outside of your home LAN. I spent literally 25 - 30 hours researching and trying suggestions. Dynamic, static, port forwarding, opening ports, IP addresses...Im not very network savvy.
    What did I do? I had to get information to log in to my router. I had to find out the right way to open the correct port (I used :8100). I got a free account at I found out how to make my router static (not change its IP address every so often). Then I had to find out my IP address. I pointed my free account to the IP address.
    I went throught this with several variations. I had someone outside my home to try the website (the free website I pointed the camera to), I tried the website...nothing. I didnt have any more patience or the time to spend so I purchases an online support tech to fix it.
    Guess what??? It didnt need to be fixed!
    Turns out...ya cant view your own IP address while ON the LAN. But why didnt it work at the other house? Well, the other person tried it 4 or 5 times and it wouldnt open. THEN on the last try, it downloaded an Active X plug in and worked beautifully.
    You may wonder why I didnt go back to Foscam for some support. Well, I did. Turns out that if you buy your camera from Foscam, theyll help you. Buy it fm Amazon, eBay or any other retailer, you have to pay something like 70 bucks for their support. (check out Foscams website)
    Next came the connection to my phone and getting a good app for it. After you figure out that the website works, it gets easy to setup your phones app (Im workin with an Android).
    It works nicely now. My next challenge is to get its motion detection scheduler set up right. Then when I get my speaker and microphone, Ill see how "easy" it is to get that going.
    All in all, its a good buy...nice picture...cellphone adaptable...motion detection...nice view range. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  230. OK Product for the money Review by Tecno Geek

    The product works reasonably well with the exception of two problems. There are a few dead pixels in the camera CCD sensor that are annoying and noticeable when you are panning around. There was a large batch of these cameras that shipped with a manufacturing defect with the microphone. The sound is too faint to be audible and yes, I got one of them. The camera speaker is fair and can be heard if you are standing close to the camera. The only other annoyance is the manuals that greatly suffer the translation to English. I know that some others have complained about the wireless capability of this camera. I have been using it wireless for over one month with no issues. The night vision capability works well on this camera. If you are looking for a perfect IP Camera device, you will need to spend a lot more money. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  231. Great little camera, a pleasant surprise Review by Duane K. Dougal "scuba guy"

    I purchased a Cisco camera first thinking that the higher price equated to a better camera. I was wrong. Then I purchased the Foscam camera. I really expected it to be a low quality camera that would just barely work, but I wanted to try it out and check it off my list of cameras to evaluate. However, when it arrived and I opened the package, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the device. The wired installation was too easy and I was able to get it up and running in only a matter of minutes. (The wired Cisco installation was easy, but not this easy or this fast.) The pan and tilt operation is absolutely silent and smooth! (In comparison, the Cisco camera made lots of noise and was a bit jumpy.) The image quality is very good, though for my purposes I would like a slightly faster frame rate than 30 fps and a slightly higher resolution than 640x480. As a computer professional, it takes a lot to impress me about computer hardware and related devices. But I instantly liked the Foscam camera. Both the geek and the scuba diver in me really like the rubberized black coating, though I don't suppose it really has any functional purpose. The built-in microphone and speaker are nice touches in addition to the external speaker and microphone jacks, as not all cameras have these. I also found the mounting screw (a standard camera tripod screw mount) and mounting bracket to be a useful addition.

    I looked at a lot of cameras and have tried a few brands now, but in my opinion the Foscam holds its own against the others in terms of quality and especially in terms of price. (The Astak Mole is essentially the same design but for a much higher price than the Foscam.) For what it does, I give it 5 stars. Overall, I gave the Foscam camera 4 stars only because I would like to have optical zoom (or digital zoom, for that matter), the higher frame rate, and the higher resolution. Nevertheless, if the Foscam had zoom in addition to the existing pan and tilt and other features, it would be unbeatable in my opinion. It's a great little camera at a great price. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  232. Very pleasantly surprised Review by MDJDCarter "MDJDCarter"

    I have a business that I was monitoring with 2 Linksys WVC54GCA wireless Internet cameras, but it still had a dead zone in the middle that I needed to have eyes on. My experience with the Linksys cameras was that they were adequate but not great. I had them set up to email me with motion detection and their pictures had a lot of blurring but I could identify folks about 80% of the time. In researching for my newest buy, I hoped to find some deals since the WVC54GCA is old tech. There were no deals to be had but this camera, Foscam FI8918, was suggested as an alternative. It was about $40 less and had the turn and tilt features so I bought it. I am so glad now that I did. The pictures are much better than what I was used to, plus I can open my web browser from anywhere and see our place and move the camera around to check out what is going on. I also have an app on my Droid cellphone that lets me check all of the cameras including the newest one here. I will probably get 2 more of these and replace the WVC54GCA's with them. The difference in quality is unbelievable.
    The only negative comment that I have is with the software and documentation. The documentation is obviously a translation by a non-English speaking foreign national. I did not have any real problems as I am adept with PC's and networks and I already had the experience of installing the Linksys cameras. A true neophyte will have problems and I am offering my help if needed. In the setup phase, I would not attempt it until I could plug the camera and the configuring PC into the same router via wired connections. I would also use static rather than dynamic IP addresses. Once you have set the IP address, subnet mask, gateway and DNS I would ditch the camera setup software and do everything else through my web browser. Finally, one important piece of info that I had a devil of a time finding, the initial and default user is "admin" and there is NO associated password (leave blank). (Posted on 6/30/11)

  233. Decent camera for the price Review by Tim O'Pry

    I have purchased or installed over 50 IP based cameras for my businesses and personal use over the past several years. The price range has been from the $100 range like this Foscam or personal webcams for video chat to the $800+ range (Axis PTZ). For the price, this camera provides good features and functionality but as many others have mentioned, the instruction manual is very poor. Fortunately, since I work in the tech industry, I am familiar with the operational aspects and had only one problem during configuration - the passwords apparently do not work with non-alphanumeric characters.

    Be careful when setting/changing passwords or you will need to force a reset (by pushing and holding the reset button on the bottom for 15-30 seconds). My suggestion is to first add a new user, set it to administrative rights, set and then TEST the password. Once you are certain it works, DELETE the default Admin account. Remember that this device if configured for WiFi or remote access, it could easily be found and accessed by others. If you are placing this device in your home, you don't want a digital 'peeping tom' using your camera.

    The documentation is virtually worthless - a note to Foscam: Please have someone rewrite your manual. This will pay for itself with fewer frustrated and much happier customers and would take less than 1 day. For those that have issues, do a web search. These cameras have been sold for 2+ years and there are a number of postings on configuration/setup.

    As for concerns with clones/knockoffs. Like others mentioned, I also saw comments on the Foscam.US site about this issue. [...]. They list Foscam.US and many others, including this Amazon vendor as authorized resellers. The device I received appears legit and functions well.

    Limitations of this device: If used for internal/inside use the quality of the images is average and should be fine for most purposes. The colors are a little muted and it has some issues with shadows when bright sunlight comes through a window into the room. Low-light conditions are also average, but do not think that even with IR it is going to give allow you to 'see in the dark'. For this price that just isn't practical.

    I have also tried pointing this camera through a window to view the outside. I would rate the picture quality as below average in that the colors are very washed out. Green trees/grass appear brown. Overall color distribution is very poor. The camera has 3 modes 50hz, 60hz and 'Outside'. The one you use depends on the ambient light for your target. Only the outside mode will work when pointing it to an outside target in the daytime.

    The Pan/Tilt works well - there is NOT a zoom on this camera and if there was, it would only be digital in this price range. Digital zoom isn't really a zoom, its a magnification and the quality with low-rez images (this is a low-rez camera) is very poor. If you need zoom capability, you will need something with an optical zoom, which means several hundred dollars. For more info/details, google/bing digital/optical zoom.

    Bottom line- for the price, the features and functionality as well as quality is above average. This assumes the camera works for at least 12 to 18 months. This is another area where the adage 'you get what you pay for' rings true. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  234. It works great..... once you get it working Review by Jonathan "reader"

    The little thing works wonderfully. I take care of an elderly person and this lets me keep a remote eye on things with my iphone. It's a tad clunky to pan etc on the phone but it works. The image quality is fine, not great, fine. It works!


    For software and instruction they give you a mini CD!! I don't know a mac out there that can read a mini CD. I had to go out and buy a tray loading reader! They do not offer the software as a download.

    If you need an ip camera, this is a very good solution. But do not attempt to set it up unless you're prepared for frustration. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  235. Makes a great video baby monitor! Review by Nathaniel Wolf

    We purchased this camera to replace our Summer Infant Complete Coverage Color Video Monitor Set with 7" LCD Screen and 1.8" Handheld Unit, which was getting very old. That is a great product- but after many times being dropped, the charging cable no longer stays in the handset, so it's no longer portable (still works fine when plugged in, though- we use it at night)

    However, switching to the Foscam is one of the best decisions I've ever made, at least with regards to monitoring my baby :)

    I could have bought a couple of these cameras for the price of the Summer monitor set. Much of the price there, I imagine, goes toward the fancy portable monitor and LCD screen. However, if you're a geeky parent who may have one or more smartphones or tablets lying around, you probably already realized that you don't actually need another wireless screen.

    Any IP camera can get you there, but this Foscam is an amazing value for the price. The only feature it does not have that I was looking for is zoom- however, at nearly 1MP there is plenty of room for digital zoom, and the picture quality is crisp enough to make this worthwhile.

    I have not found an app that takes advantage of this (digital zoom feature- more on apps later!), however on my Mac and I can hold Control and then scroll, and it zooms in on the window. This works surprisingly well (use one finger while holding control to pan around), but only applies while on a computer (and a Mac, at that).

    The camera itself required some "modification" to really work as a baby monitor. This mainly involved covering up all the LEDs (including the really unnecessary one on the power transformer) with electrical tape. Blinky network activity lights do not help babies sleep!

    I was also concerned that the IR LEDs may keep her up- they are bright enough to be visible at night, as a low red glow. I doubt it's an issue, honestly, but since I had my Summer cameras still attached, I could easily turn off the Focam's (much brighter, more agressive) LEDs. After some tweaking to the brightness/contrast settings, it now works great, and is completely "stealth".

    If you don't happen to have another night vision camera just lying around (understandable!), you can try using the built-in LEDs. I've found no way to adjust their brightness- I believe the brightness controls are an unrelated, camera-level adjustment. So, it's either on or off for that IR ring.

    Another option, if you're a super geek, is to rig up your own. IR LED's are cheap, and you could easily put as many of them basically anywhere in your room (a AA battery could probably power a single LED for years...). I may explore this option in the future, but since I have two Summer cameras, it's probably not something I need to worry about. Radio Shack is your friend if you go down this road! :)

    As for the Foscam itself, it's a great camera. Pan/Tilt work very well, they make a little bit of noise, but nothing some white noise doesn't drown out.

    The image quality is superb, both at day and night. See some examples of night vision here, using both the on-board IR LED Ring, and using one of the Summer cameras instead:

    Remote control works very well. I've tested in FireFox, Chrome and IE- both on Mac and PC. The interface is not super pretty or fancy, but the fact that this camera has an on-board web server that is (reasonably) secure and serves a video stream is pretty fundamentally astounding in itself. Pan/Tilt control is also available here, as are controls for brightness, contrast, and turning on/off the IR ring.

    The web interface is also how you set up the camera itself. On first use, you'll plug into a router, and then the camera will show up on your network via DHCP. If you are familiar with how to check your router's DHCP table, you probably don't need any of the bundled software- though the fact that the manuals are included in PDF form was a nice touch.

    Once you've connected to the camera, you set up it's wifi like you would any wifi device. The only caveat here, it did not auto-detect my wifi network, which is set up to broadcast it's SSID. I had to enter the info in manually- including selecting the right security type. This can often be a hang-up for an "average joe" (or jane) setting up a network- so beware of that. If you have "a guy" you call for things like troubleshooting your wifi, you may want to give that person a call when this camera comes in!

    However, setup itself was very painless. The camera changed IP addresses when unplugged and relocated, but that's to be expected if you've left DHCP on- it's on the wifi now, so effectively a different device from the router's point of view.

    You can, however (and I did) set it up with a static IP, which is nice. (Again, semi-advanced networking stuff here, but not required!)

    This is handy if you want to view your video from outside your home. A simple port forward on your router will accomplish this- or, if you have some web server experience, an Apache (or similar) proxy is a great way to really secure this. You don't want anyone on in the internet trying to hack into your camera... best to hide it behind an actual web machine- or just keep it private, depending on your needs. An internet-enabled set of these throughout the house would make for an excellent nanny cam system!

    From a software perspective, you probably don't need to use the camera's web interface, except in a pinch.

    IP cameras are fairly standard, and there is copious software available to view and control these cameras.

    I am currently using Foscam 2 on iOS (amazing on the iPad, useable on iPhone 3G) and IP CamViewer on Android. Both are paid apps, but well worth the price in both cases.

    IP CamViewer is interesting, in that it allows access to the audio features of this camera- something I have not found to be easy.

    This camera actually has two-way audio, including both on-board mic/speaker, and line in/line out. Impressive!

    Using IP CamViewer, I can turn on/off audio both ways, individually. So, I can listen in, or even talk to my baby over her new "monitor". (She's not old enough yet that I feel the two-way feature is really appropriate, but that's a personal opinion!)

    The audio, though, is very clicky and poppy. I would not recommend this as an audio monitor, at least not for overnight use. Get an inexpensive traditional audio-only monitor to go along with this- I highly recommend the Safety 1st Crystal Clear Baby Monitor, White. I'm going to be adding a review there, too- but in short, this is a great monitor whose only downfall is use of 9 volt batteries- a non-issue if it's a full-time plugged-in nighttime monitor.

    To sum it up, you can't go wrong with this camera. I'm hoping I can convince my wife that we need at least one more- I'd love to make use of that grid view in the apps! (Posted on 6/30/11)

  236. Great Camera Review by Bwells

    I bought this camera as a baby monitor solution for my 6 month old. We both have iPhones and iPads, and having this camera has been a great alternative to the overpriced junky ones they sell at baby retail stores. I really like the ability to control the camera. The setup can be a little difficult but there are some great posts online to help you on either PC or Mac. I would highly recommend this camera. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  237. Only buy from IPcam Central Review by B. B.

    There are a number of sellers on Amazon selling fake Foscam items. IPcam Central is one of the few that sells the real thing.
    Stay away from VALUELINK SUPPLIES as they sold me a knock off Foscam.
    You will find that most users posting bad reviews are users using the knock offs as opposed to the real Foscam.
    So, make sure to look at the full sellers list and not just the one Amazon is promoting.

    Now to the item:
    - Easy setup
    - Works with wireless G routers (I have wireless b disabled on my router and allow only G and N devices for better speed)
    - Email works (for configuration updates)
    - FTP works (for uploading snapshot images)
    - Great day and night pictures (though colors are just okay - it is only a 640x480 cam after all)

    Setup tips:
    - For the IP Camera Tool to discover the camera, both the computer and the camera must be connected by wired connections (discovery is done through UDP broadcast)
    - After the IP Camera Tool gives you the IP of the camera or if you know the IP by other means, you can access and configure the device through any browser
    - The default login is admin and no password (leave the password field blank)

    Advanced users tips:
    - Configure your DHCP server to always assign a specific IP to the camera using its device ID (the device ID for the wired interface is shown on the menu page (Device status), but you will have to look into your DHCP server leases for the device ID of the wireless interface).
    If you do that, you will never have to use the IP Camera Tool to discover the camera's IP as you will always know it.
    Even better, you can configure either or both of your DNS and WINS servers with DNS and NetBios names for the camera using the known IP.
    Knowing the IP also helps with configuring your router to do port forwarding to the camera so that you can access it over the internet. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  238. Seems to be OK Review by W. Petering

    Just got this tonight. I had it pretty much configured in 30-45 mins. I'm a network professional, so setting it up on my network was pretty easy. Configure first on wired connection (cable included) then configure wireless, unplug wired connection and reboot. I have DHCP setup and I accessed my router to figure out what IP address it was assigned. There is a little utility included "IP Camera Tool" that once you get an ip address assigned (either static or DHCP) it'll display the IP address of that camera. So once you have that, you can use the camera software to administer the other settings with your browser.
    Things that are goofy...
    Administrator can't record or save pictures. You have to create a user account to save recordings or images. Bad thing I don't like is that you can't change the "C:\users\public\documents" to something else (this is the default location for saved images and recordings.) MANUAL SUCKS -- yeah i said it. Didn't use it really. Just figured things out.

    The Alarm works pretty well even at 25 feet (all i've tried so far). The "upload interval (seconds)" within Alarm settings is the number of seconds it records images after the alarm is triggered. Default is 30 seconds. 10 seconds was enough to include in an email or about 5-6 images. The images are small, so your email provider or work shouldn't get too upset if you email the images to you. I believe that if someone is standing in front of the camera for a long period, there will be lots of emails being generated. Also, the alarm emails are sent from my home to my gmail account on my phone within 30-40 seconds after trigger.
    My camera came with the latest firmware. So no need to upgrade. The software interface is OK, but nothing to write home about. I'm working on getting the video to my droid. Someone mentioned in a review an app to try.
    Right now I'm viewing the camera within my local network. I'll get to opening up a port on my router so i can see it from outside my network.
    Haven't tried FTP, sound (don't care) or infrared.
    Overall, i think its a keeper. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  239. Very Good for a consumer grade camera Review by wa

    I am a professional systems administrator and has worked with all different technologies and equipment. This camera was easy to set up, takes some testing to get it right. Through you may need to assign a forwarding port to the internet for this camera to work online.
    - The video is clear and colors are noticeable, things are recognizable.
    - It's easy to set up, instructions are easy to follow
    - The camera looks and feels durable
    - Night vision is clear
    - There are many 3rd party apps for this item for the iphone
    - Listen and speak through cam
    - Small and light weight
    - 1 Yr warranty
    - Connectivity seems consistent
    - The software is not compatible with Win 7
    - The active X for explorer crashes on Win 7 so it won't run (use firefox)
    - Not able to get any sound on Win 7 through firefox
    - Manual focus

    If your camera drops signals than you may need to assign a 8080 port instead of the port 80. Also use a cat5 and hardwire it. May seem senseless to do this but it works much better.

    I have had this camera for only a couple days and it does the job and more. With all it's functions and movements, I hope this thing lasts more than 1 year. Overall, it's a very good camera for the amount I spent. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  240. Solid IP camera hampered by Active X Review by Dryvlyne

    I'll make this short and to the point. I'm using this camera with OS X 10.6.6 and it works... to an extent. The camera has a lot of features for the money. Unfortunately, however, to take advantage of all those features you really need to use Internet Explorer as most features require ActiveX. The ability to link up multiple cameras, to hear sound from the internal mic, and setup per user accounts are all really nice features, but can only be taken advantage of via Internet Explorer and ActiveX.

    About the only thing you can do with this camera in a non-IE browser is view video, which works well and serves my purpose as I just want to monitor my 2 yr old daughter at night in her bedroom. It's really ashame though that in this era of multiple browsers that a majority of this camera's features are hampered by its dependency on Internet Explorer/ActiveX. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  241. No Audio Review by Johnny W Poston

    So I learned after recieving this camera that the audio ONLY works if you use IE (Iphone Apps...No Audio, CHrome, No Audio...Opera, No Audio... FIrefox, No Audio). THis one is my fault I should have done more research. I am quite handy around the network, run DD-WRT on my 2 routers, I know what I am doing, it took me an hour to get the wireless working. Why you ask? Because of the undocumented feature whereby this camera will ONLY work on wireless if you broadcast you ssid.

    the kicker? Audio did not work in IE either. If you want just video, the quality was nice and the IR worked great. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  242. Very Cool with Great Customer Service Review by Thomas Paczkowski

    I had the previous model of this camera and was very pleased with it. I could monitor my house from anywhere in the world. (Hi Kitty! I see you.) One day it stopped working. I contacted the seller (SA Technology) They were very friendly and answered my e-mails promptly. Not only did they replace the camera, Jeff from SA Technology personally dropped it off at my house! To add icing on the cake, the replacement camera was actually the newest model. I give this new model 5 stars and SA Technology 5 stars for customer service. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  243. I got the most hardware features for the price with this camera. Review by Daimon Oberholtzer

    I am an IT Professional and I was looking for a camera that could be used to monitor a baby room as well and be moved and placed around the house or as a security camera in the future. I had tried other cameras from Cisco and such and they were all good for the price. I was blown away though by the fact that for the same price range I not only got a security camera but this one has features that others do not have as far as hardware goes. Namely it has pan/tilt and night vision IR LEDs and can really see well in complete darkness of a whole room! Other cameras were simply a great camera but did not move so adjusting where it was pointed was difficult and could not see a whole room. I can remotely move the camera around (no zoom though which is the only bad point) from my PC and it has other CGI script function which I got from the Foscam support people to imbed the video and/or single frames into a web page.

    It should be noted that this is better hardware-feature-wise as the software is overly simple in many ways and does require some knowledge of DDNS and port forwarding for over the internet viewing. Other software packages such as those from Cisco/Linksys are much more robust and offer simple setups. The Foscam software does a great job with everything you would expect it to have including setting up logins and limited controls for multiple users and stuff but you need to know a little bit about what you are doing first.

    Overall this is the best camera for the price hardware-wise. If you are looking for something overly simple to setup and get all the features handed to you this is not for you. You will however get everything you need and want (except zoom and RTSP for mobile streaming) with this camera. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  244. Unbelievable performance for the price Review by John Colby

    There are a ton of well-written reviews for this camera (also check out the other versions, e.g. FI8918W White, FI8905W) that give an excellent sense of its many strengths, minor weaknesses, as well as tips for setting up IP cameras in general. I won't rehash the basics, but I will give a brief overview of my setup. Then I'll make a comment on security, and finally go through some of the ways you can extend this camera's capabilities. This last section is where the Foscam truly shines, in my opinion. After all, if I just wanted a no-hassle cam/DVR, I could get something more basic (but much more expensive) off the shelf at Costco or through a residential security company.

    If you have any questions, just comment on this review. I'm happy to respond.

    The setup process was very standard for any sort of web-enabled device. It'll take a bit longer if you've never gone through the steps before, but once you do it, you'll know how to set up a whole slew of similar devices (e.g. home webserver, media servers, etc.). There are literally hundreds of great tutorials on all of these topics around the web, so if any step or terminology is confusing, just google it and you'll find a bunch of good links. (i.e. don't get deterred by reviews that say "bad instruction manual" or "bad customer service", since you won't need either if you have the whole internet and the power of google at your fingertips). Anyway, here is the rough outline of the setup process for me:

    1. Connected Foscam via LAN cable, checked "DHCP clients" list on router (I have a MacBook Pro and an Airport Extreme router) to get local Foscam IP, and then typed this into my web browser to get to the Foscam web interface. Alternatively, use the little utility included with the Foscam to get to the same place.
    2. Added a new login/password, deleted admin login, and set up wifi access in the Foscam settings. Then disconnected from LAN and moved Foscam to the desired location. Plug it back in and now it's working via wireless.
    3. Went into my router's settings and assigned a static IP to the Foscam's wifi MAC address (note: this MAC is different from the ethernet MAC). This is done with "DHCP Reservations" on the Airport, but of course the exact label will vary by router. Now the Foscam web interface will always be accessible at the same local address within my home network.
    4. To get external access outside of my home network, I went into my router's "Port Forwarding" settings and forwarded some external port to port 80 at the static local IP of the Foscam.
    5. Since I have a residential internet provider, my external IP is dynamic, which means it could potentially change. To get around this, signup for a free dyndns account. Then just use the updater client on the Foscam, itself, or one of many others that are available for free for mac, windows, and linux.

    This is a bit confusing since the Foscam advertises "encryption". The part that IS secure is the Foscam's communication to/from your router via wifi. This is very good, and considering how easy it is to snoop traffic over an unprotected or WEP-protected wifi (there are even NYTimes articles describing the basics!), I would consider this a mandatory feature of any IP cam. While this is excellent to have, if you choose to make your Foscam web interface accessible from the outside internet (i.e. you did port forwarding), then this connection is public and completely unencrypted. Firstly, this means you should immediately add a new user in the Foscam settings and then delete the admin login. Even once this step is done, it means that there will be no little "lock" symbol in your browser indicating SSL encryption, and your new login/password and video stream will still be sent in the clear. This doesn't bother everyone, but if it does, you can use a computer on your home network to set up a VPN or SSH tunnel (easier) to make the connection encrypted (or just disable external access completely if you don't need this feature). At any rate, it's good to be aware of this limitation at least.

    Enhancing functionality:
    - Misc information on advanced features - There is a lot of useful information about these Foscams, including some more advanced topics, scattered around on various blogs and forums. Here are a couple (I'm sure google will find even more): gadgetvictims dot com, forum dot networkwebcams dot com, networkcamerareviews dot com.
    - mangocam dot com - Free online storage for your cam stream. What's the point of having a security camera if the crooks steal all your computers with the footage!? This site just popped up with a free public beta, so it's definitely worth checking out. Sort of like the built-in FTP/email features taken to a whole new level.
    - Smartphone apps - A neat way to check in on your cams remotely (but see important security note, above). IP Cam Viewer Lite works great for Android, and other reviews mention other apps for iPhone, etc.
    - ZoneMinder - The holy grail for getting the most out of your cam. This is a free and open-source web application for managing your cam feeds. It is sort of like mangocam, but you install it yourself on your own webserver, and it does a whole lot more. For instance, you can define different motion detection "zones" in the image. Maybe zone #1 is the whole image, zone #2 is just a doorway, and zone #3 is a tree that is always moving in the wind. Then you can define all sorts of complex filters, like 1) Record a section of video footage when there is any motion in zone #1, excluding zone #3, or 2) Record a section of video footage when there is any motion in zone #2, but only during work hours on weekdays; then automatically send some still screenshots to my email and upload a movie of the event to some off-site server. Wow...the options are truly endless! With just this program, some $200 linux boxes, and some Foscams, you could start a business setting up surveillance systems for people! (Posted on 6/29/11)

  245. Pleasantly surprised Review by SonicB

    Not only was this camera easy to configure, it is, amazingly, nearly completely Mac supported and runs outside of IE, two features I have struggled to find in nearly any other device. Even the iPhone app, available in iTunes, is a sweet find. I'm to understand this cross platform approach is a new development for this device and if it indicates what we have to expect from the software developers of this company, I'm stoked!

    Easy setup
    Quiet, responsive movement
    Good picture quality
    Great night vision
    Cross platform AND browser support (no need for active x for nearly anything!)
    Auto detects wireless network settings

    Cons (minor):
    No ssl login (user name and password passed plain text)
    No color adjustment (and mine could use it)
    No zoom
    It's not a unicorn with wings that also lays golden eggs (Posted on 6/29/11)

  246. Excellent camera! Review by My Opinion

    * Excellent camera,
    * excellent price,
    * lots of features,
    * 1 year warranty,
    * some Amazon buyers complained of knock-off cameras from Amazon sellers - luckily I got a real one from seller "DBROTH".

    * printed manual in box is poorly written by someone who clearly does not speak English very well (good thing there's a detailed user manual on the included CD that is written a lot better),
    * no SSL SMTP support (can't use your gmail account, only non SSL email accounts for emailed pictures) although you could use STunnel if you wanted to use your gmail bad enough (but you'd need to be an expert to set up STunnel with gmail),
    * does not capture video when motion sensor is tripped. Ideally it should record a 30sec video clip and upload that instead of snapping away 6 pictures within 6 seconds, at approximately 60 second intervals. I would have preferred a little more freedom on options with that feature.
    [EDIT: 01/04/2011] Now that I've had more time to experiment, actually, it does do a 60 second video clip BUT ONLY if you have an Internet Explorer browser open and logged in to the camera. Then, on that computer where the browser is open, there will be a 60 second video clip saved when the motion trips the camera. Great thing for me is that if someone breaks in my home and steals the camera and my computers, I still have the photo snapshots of them when they tripped the alarm, since those are sent out immediately upon the trip. The plan is to keep a browser window connected to the camera from work, so if my computer at home is stolen, I'll have the video clip as well. This camera would be even more awesome if it would FTP those video clips out just like it emails out the snap shots.

    Use the detailed user manual on the CD - not the printed manual in the box. The printed manual is terrible and flawed. If you are doing the emailed-motion-alarm-trip option, make sure you click the submit button before you click the test button, and do this each time you make a change to any of the mail settings on that page. You may have to turn on SSID broadcasting if you have it turned off in your router settings, just so the camera can identify your network during initial setup (that's not the camera's fault). There are 2 mac addresses for this camera; 1 for hard wired, and 1 for WIFI, so don't get them mixed up. If you are not familiar with port forwarding, or DYNDNS, get a tech savvy person to help you on this one. Don't expect things from this camera that are not advertised (i.e. plug and play, outdoor use, 360 degree pan, zoom, High Definition in low light conditions, infinity distance coverage in complete darkness, DOLBY audio from the mic/speaker, expecting to not be stopped by a company firewall which has absolutely nothing to do with this camera, expecting it to work flawlessly in every web browser known to man). I wanted to mention that much because a lot of the negative commentary was undeserved. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  247. Great Camera, busted my neighbors dog! Review by Larry

    Was looking for a wireless camera to use to try to figure out what dog was making a mess on our front lawn. Bought this Foscam based on the Amazon reviews, and was not disappointed. Positioned it on the inside window sill in our living room, and before 4pm the same day, caught my neighbors dog (dogs) doing their business on our yard. This is exactly the proof I was looking for. The camera worked like a champ!

    It took me about an hour or so to figure out the wireless settings and the alarm mode (motion detection). If you are running windows 7, you need to read the manual about how to add the IP address to your Internet Explorer trusted sites. Once I did that, I could set the folder where the video's are sent direct to my PC.

    Picture quality is just fine. Although, the IR mode does not work when viewing through a window pane as I am. The lights just reflect off the glass. Otherwise (daytime) the quality is very good as you can see in my sample video. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  248. You don't have to be an tech-but.... Review by katherine "kat"

    If you have never interfaced with your router's software before (and you are not brave!) than this might not be for you. It is not hard to set up. You plug in its AC adapter and plug it into your router. Follow the instructions and wow.
    The picture is wonderful. The motion alarm is fantastic. We placed on of these inside our barn across the street from our home, about 350 feet away. We added an $80. antenna to our router from Hawking, also available on Amazon, and poof! I can now see what all the sqwak is at 2AM in my barn with out walking all the way out there! Wow, wow, wow. The pan and tilt features are really nice. We setup another at our front door, and three "out door" styles around the outside of the property. I don't know how long this black "indoor" will last in the extreme temps and humitity of our barn and front porch, but that is not Foscam's problem. I will update at the end of the winter, or sooner if they die during winter!

    4/3/11 Well they made it through the winter. We have been able to review motion detection alarm triggered video clips that were saved on our pc. We have been able to remote pan across the barn to see who is making all the racket and why. It is lovely to know who has been on your porch while you were sleeping! The cameras are wonderful. the there is an antenna you can get on amazon that will extend you wireless cababilities. We view the inside and outside of our barn across the street. These are great. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  249. Active X Controls crash and freeze Window 7 Review by Andy "Computer Enthusiast"

    I really wanted to love this camera, the feature set appeared to be excellent. The set up was fairly simple to set up a static IP address and I even gave it a higher port number. It did work well in Firefox, Chrome and Safari, but the most advanced features like sound and better quality picture appear to be in Internet Explorer. I even got it to work via my iPhone. The problem I have is the constant freezing upon logging via Internet Explorer on my Windows 7 Laptops. I'm running both 32 bit and 64 bit IE. I looked for solutions and saw users have been experiencing IE issues with the buggy Active X controls since Vista.

    I'm on the fence if I should keep this Wireless IP Cam, since the Activex code crashes on both my laptops and freezes them. I'm sick of having to reboot. It's very annoying, but I'm not sure if I really need the audio anyway, I'm more interested in photos and ability to ftp, and email pictures to an account. It's annoying since I even upgraded the firmware to the most current version and tried to follow all the useless instructions of disabling firewalls, disabling antivirus, and allowing all active x controls even whitelisted the IP in a trusted zone. NOTHING WORKED. So far the Active x controls are the only thing broken, besides two IR lamps seem to dim compared to the rest, the ability to pan and tilt are excellent. Image Quality is fair, seems almost better in the dark, but in the dark it's black and white.

    I decided to keep the Camera. I've noticed it seems to go into a "look" mode randomly moving everywhere occasionally, but overall I'm happy with the product. I signed up for the free dynamic dns account, then put the info in my Verizon Fios Router and Foscam settings. I also used my ISP and set up an FTP Account. I also enabled UPnP, which allowed me to set up the port forwarding rules in my Verizon Router. I'm using a higher 4 digit port number ending in zero so I can add additional cams in the future. Other then the remote control with Internet Explorer, I was able to get all the other features to work, including motion detection, emailing via the SMTP settings (used my ISP again), and FTP of any activity out to my account (my hosting ISP is Bluehost - which allowed me to configure the FTP and SMTP info very easily).

    Let me know if you require any assistance configuring settings, it's convenient to access via Dynamic DNS Address or directly via the IP Address (must add high port to each to connect). The 5 dollar iPhone app is also a nice access option.

    If they resolve the Win 7 Active X issues or allow sound via other browsers, I'll raise my review. Also we'll see how the quality holds up over time. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  250. Easy to setup, a clear picture (even in the dark), remote viewing and low cost makes this camera an excellent choice Review by jackie

    Overall this camera does everything well, and for the price, nothing comes close.

    Setup was quick and painless. I plugged the camera into my router with the included cable and after checking my router settings for the IP address, I could access the camera straight from a browser. On the settings page I only modified the username/password, adjusted the pan/tilt speed and added my wireless settings. There are a lot of other options, but these are the basics to get up and running and allow placement of the camera anywhere within range of your wireless router with only the power adapter.

    The picture is clear and works in all light conditions from total darkness to daylight. The IR is very useful in both of my toddlers rooms at night. The wide angle allows me to see a lot and with the pan/tilt I can see everything.

    We have iPhones and we use an app called "Foscam Surveillance". It works well with these cameras (including the pan/tilt function) and is only $5. We can also access these cameras from outside our home over the internet either from a browser on say my computer at work or using the app on my iPhone. My husband set that up, send me a message and I will see if I can have him post some instructions on how to do that. It's great for checking on the kids when they are with the sitter or knowing that our home is safe when we are gone on the weekends. The peace of mind has been priceless for us.

    My husband and I already had a few of the previous model, the Foscam FI8908W. Although not a giant leap, there are some definite improvements that make this a worthwhile upgrade. Some improvements are:
    1.) Increased pan/tilt range and speed settings (fast is nice when following a running child!)
    2.) Slightly improved look and smaller size
    3.) Replaced the activity light on the front of the camera with an additional IR LED
    4.) The onboard speaker and microphone have much clearer sound than the old model and are accompanied by additional audio input and output jacks on the back to allow an external speaker and/or microphone.
    5.) Ability to turn off the IR LEDs from the web interface

    Conclusion: My husband and I have found this IP camera is easy to setup and works well to remotely view areas around our home. Believe me when I say we did a lot of research, and for the price, nothing comes close to this IP camera. (Posted on 6/29/11)

  251. ok Review by art

    Camera has some issues, audio isn't working for me, email not good, although video is good for me. (Posted on 6/10/11)

  252. I'm satisfied Review by merzmedia

    I got this cam yesterday installed it today within 12 minutes and got it working properly both woth IE and FF on Win7 ultimate x64. Remote access is also functioning properly with DynDns. I will use it as a basic surveillance system in my office as vandals roam around in this part of the city. However I miss the audio feature and all the other features that are available in IE when using FF. As a webdeveloper I wonder why Foscam didn't make a JAVA-app or Android app to use with other browsers than IE? Thats 1 point less in "Quality". (Posted on 6/4/11)

  253. Love it! Review by Christian

    The features are amazing for the price. It was easy to set up. My only complaints are:
    1) No way to embed the video into a web page.
    2) no way to limit access to two-way voice, all visitors can talk/listen through camera. (Posted on 5/19/11)

  254. Good camera for the price Review by Richard

    I just started with the camera yesterday, and it is now sending email alerts, sending jpg to an ftp server and in general doing all I expected. Easy to set up. Picture is better than I expected for the price. (Posted on 5/9/11)

  255. Awsome Cam, Great price Review by Pipedragon

    Accept no substitute. I have owned many other cams and they ran like crap. This cam is so high quality and reliable. Works with iphone, ipad you name it. Very smooth video even on my slow DSL connection. Feels like you are there. (Posted on 5/5/11)

  256. NOT easy at all Review by Mac1

    The instructions seems so easy, problem is it doesn't set up as the instructions read. If you want any luck at all installing this you pretty much have to go to the sites support section (Posted on 4/22/11)

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Securing Your Foscam Camera – Important Notice






Foscam US (Official Foscam US App for iOS)


Foscam (Official Foscam Initial Setup App for iOS)


Foscam (Official Foscam Initial Setup App for Android)


CD Installation Software (Search Tool/IP Camera Tools)  


SearchTool (Used for all camera models and Foscam NVRs)


For Windows: Search Tool PC


For Mac - (FI9821W, FI8910W, etc.): Search Tool Mac



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




Foscam Cloud Support


Adding Cameras To Foscam Cloud


Recording Videos To Foscam Cloud Using HD Cameras




Browser Plugins/Addons



All Browser Plugins/Addons


Setup Videos



Plug and Play Setup Video (Using Foscam Viewer App)


MJPEG Camera Setup Videos on PC (FI8910W, FI8918W, FI8904W, FI8905W, etc.)


MJPEG Camera Setup Videos on Mac (FI8910W, FI8918W, FI8904W, FI8905W, etc.)


H.264 Camera Setup Videos on PC (FI9821W, FI9805W, etc.)


H.264 Camera Setup Videos on Mac (FI9821W, FI9805W, etc.)



Basic Guides


Basic Guide on Setting Up Your MJPEG Foscam Camera on a PC

Basic Guide on Setting Up Your MJPEG Foscam Camera on a MAC


Basic Guide on Setting Up Your H.264 Foscam Camera on a PC



Wireless Setup 



Guide to Setting Up Your MJPEG Foscam Camera Wirelessly


Guide to Setting Up Your H.264 Foscam Camera Wirelessly



Port Forwarding

General Guide To Setting Up Port Forwarding for Viewing Your Foscam Wireless Camera Over the Internet


General Guide To Setting Up Port Forwarding for Macs


Guide to Port Forwarding – Linksys Wireless Routers


Guide to Port Forwarding – Westell Routers


Guide to Port Forwarding – Netopia Routers


Guide to Port Forwarding – Netgear Routers


Guide to Port Forwarding – 2Wire Routers


Guide to Port Forwarding – DLink Wireless Routers


Guide to Port Forwarding – Belkin Routers




Multi-Device Setup Guide (For Multiple Cameras)


Multi-Device Settings - View up to 9 cameras simultaneously



DDNS Setup Guide


How to set up for your Dynamic IP address


How to set up DynDNS for your Dynamic IP address




Setup Email Motion Detection


How to set up e-mail notifications and motion detection




Third Party Software

Third Party Software Which Works with Foscam cameras




ActiveX Controls


Enabling ActiveX Controls for IE on Windows 7




Default Router Passwords - IP Addresses - Names  


View a list of common routers with default passwords and IP addresses





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