- All these reviews must be from where it doesn't get cold Review by Bacchus
- FTP problem image solved with an upgrade Review by K.Konstantopoulos
- not FTP flexiblility Review by K.Konstantopoulos
- Great Price But Very Poor Quality Review by A. Seibert
- Good camera, wide angle Review by Nate Monster
This camera can be setup with a wired wireless connection. Here was my experience with both:
(I'm using Windows 7)
This was very easy and quick. I simply took it out of the box, plugged it into the router with the supplied network cable and installed the software on my computer. The software recognized the camera right away, but you don't have to use the software if you just go directly to the camera within your network, i.e. [...]. Once you access the camera within your network, you can view it right away and setup a wireless connection, your mail, ftp upload, and adjust other settings. If you plan to use the wireless connection you will want to enter your wirelsss connection info while you're directly connected to it here.
This is fairly easy once you directly connect the camera to your router and open it's settings. I simply had to supply my wireless SSID (and login/password/encryption type if used) and save it. Then I tunred off the camera, unplugged it from the router, and turned it back on after waiting about 30 seconds. From that point it was connected through the wireless connection instead of the wired connection.
Accessing the camera from outside your home network:
When you access the camera from within your home network, it's simple and easy. But when you go on a trip and you want to view your camera from outside your home network, you have to set some extra things up. This was a little trickier to do, since you will need to be able to open your router settings and adjust them. Basically you need to tell your router to allow outside connections to your camera. In short, I had to allow connections to the camera by forwarding a certain port number from within my router to my camera. Once I did that I could simply type in my router's IP address from anywhere and I could access the camera. If you don't know how to do this, your ISP tech support can probably walk you through it on the phone. Here's how I did this:
(I have a linksys router)
1) I opened up my router settings by going to: [...]
2) I located the Port Range Forward menu (under Applications and Gaming)
3) I entered the following into the first line:
-Ip Address=192.168.1.102 (your camera might have a different last number here, you can see it in your address bar when you are accessing your camera)
-Checked the Enable box and hit the Save Settings button
Your mileage may vary but once I did this I could access my camera by entering my computer's IP address into a browser from any location.
Motion Detection / Alarm:
The motion alarm works well, but you will need to adjust it's sensitivity settings for your own needs. You can set it to email you a screen capture when it detects movement and/or upload the screen captures via ftp.
The camera performs well and this model has a wider viewing angle, allowing you to view more area without having to move the camera back. I was looking for a camera like this since most I had tried had very narrow viewing angles.
I gave this camera 4 stars because the instructions were not the greatest. If you don't have experience with IP devices or this kind of thing you might not understand what the instructions are telling you sometimes.
Overall it was an easy setup, no different than setting up any other wireless device.
I will be buying a couple more of these to cover the rest of the areas around my house. (Posted on 7/3/11)
- Good Wireless Camera - Web UI Needs Work Review by Pete
-Can login and view live video from ipod/iphone/ipad when logging in thru server push/firefox mode (very useful - no apps needed, just logon).
-Very good low light performance.
-Resolution is very good for a wireless security camera.
-Personally I think the Web interface is ugly and limited.
-Tricky to get connected wirelessly, but once connected works VERY well.
-Instructions could be better written.
-Mounting bracket is a bit cheap.
-Lens angle is a bit tight - should make it into a wider angle (apparently the lens can be upgraded) (Posted on 7/3/11)
- Good camera Review by Max Dunn
The camera in good quality, tough (dropped it once onto concrete with no ill effects), takes a nice clear picture, adjusts fairly well to changes in light. The place my camera sits get's heavy sunlight and there's a security light that is within 6" of the camera as well. The camera handles it all. The mounting stand it comes with... not my favorite. Two thumb-screw tightened ball joints and the whole things required lots of plier action to get it how I wanted it. Summary: A good purchase for low end security (Posted on 7/3/11)
- Better than expected Review by Nads
Comparing most of the reviews, I have a few things to comment on with regard to most of the negative comments about this camera. The web interface does need work. It's a bit glitchy and I'd like it do have a few other features, but everything seems to do exactly what I need it to do. The night vision is as good as any IR camera out there at this price point. I've seen complaints about the quality of the IR with regard to distance and degree angle. The colors are a bit off because of the IR filter. It's a $100 camera. For what I paid for it, I love it. I've installed $500 cameras on jobs. Those camera were certainly better in quality, and performance. However, this camera has all the same features. In my opinion, it's well worth it. Set your expectations appropriately. Again, it's a $100 camera. Don't expect $500 performance.
I'll be installing 5 more. (Posted on 7/3/11)
- Pretty good Review by Lacey
The biggest issue I have had with this whole thing is the lack of options for the email accounts you can use to go with the motion detection alerts. I use gmail and that is not supported by Foscam's firmware. The only free accounts they recognize are gmx or yahoo (based on my lengthy research and use of the Foscam forum) and gmx is a HUGE pain!! This isn't all that bad, just annoying really. This and the motion detection business are the reason for the 4 stars. If these things were better I wouldn't hesitate to give it 5 stars!
All in all I am happy with the camera. I know I could have found one that is a much higher quality but its just fine and the price is really fair. (Posted on 7/3/11)
- It Works, very good focus Review by John Kelley