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Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless IP Camera

Brand: Foscam Digital Tech

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Regular Price: $149.99

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The Foscam FI8905W Wireless IP Camera features high quality video, weather proof outdoor housing, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as a built in network video recording system. This camera has 60 IR LEDs providing nightvision visibility upto 30 meters. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (Iphone, Android & Blackberry) as well as viewable over the internet network using the standard Safari browser (no app necessary). The camera functions well 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. Please select your quantity and click "Add to Cart" below


  • IR-Cut filter for true color video and images. Includes Lifetime Telephone, Email & Remote Desktop Support by Foscam Digital Tech.
  • Outdoor fixed wireless IP camera. Includes Foscam Cloud Free Trial for Cloud Video Storage & Playback.
  • 60 IR LEDs for night vision up to 30 meters. 1 Year US Warranty Provided Exclusively by Foscam Digital Tech.
  • Fitted with a 4 mm lens for a 50 degree viewing angle



  • 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
  • 30 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: $149.99

Special Price: $89.99

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The Foscam FI8905W Wireless IP Camera features high quality video, weather proof outdoor housing, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as a built in network video recording system. This camera has 60 IR LEDs providing nightvision visibility upto 30 meters. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (Iphone, Android & Blackberry) as well as viewable over the internet using standard browsers. The camera functions well as part of a home or office security system with remote internet monitoring ability. Free shipping is available to our UK & European customers from our partner site, 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, Amazon or 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" in the right side navigation bar. 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, complete after-sales technical support as well as our US 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 Amazon, Ebay, or other 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.
Our return policy is 30 days. All returns are subject to a 10% restocking fee and buyer pays return shipping.
The Foscam US warranty is only available to users who purchase directly from Foscam US using our online checkout system. Protect yourself by purchasing only through the links on this page.

Technical Support

What separates us from other distributors 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 ( Ebay and Amazon purchasers will have to 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


  • 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))
  • Hardened weatherproof outdoor enclosure
  • Night vision (up to 30 meters) via auto 60 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 FI8905W
Resolution 640 x 480 Pixels(300k Pixels)
Color Silver
Weight 3.0000
Image Sensor 1/5" Color CMOS Sensor
Display Resolution 640 x 480 Pixels(300k Pixels)
Lens f: 4mm, F: 1.2 (IR Lens)
Mini Lumination 0.5Lux
Lens Type Glass Lens
Viewing Angle 50 Degrees
Input N/A
Output N/A
Audio Compression N/A
Image Compression MJPEG
Image Frame Rate 15fps(VGA),30fps(QVGA)
Flip Mirror Images Vertical / Horizontal
Light Frequency 50Hz, 60Hz or Outdoor
Video Parameters Brightness, Contrast
Ethernet One 10/100Mbps RJ-45
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11b/g
Data Rate 802.11b: 11Mbps(Max.), 802.11g: 54Mbps(Max.)
Wireless Security WEP & WPA & WPA2 Encryption
Pan/Tilt Angle No Pan/Tilt
Infrared Light 60 IR LEDs,Night visibility up to 30 metres
Dimension 180(L) x98(W) x103mm(H)
Gross Weight 953g (Color Box Size:250x120x200mm)
Net Weight 953g
Storage Temperature -10°C ~ 60° (14°F ~ 140°F)
Storage Humidity 0% ~ 90% non-condensing
CPU 2.0GHZ or above (suggested 3.0GHz)
Memory Size 256MB or above (suggested 1.0GHz)
Display Card 64M or above
Supported OS Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista / 7 / 8 / Mac
Browser IE 6.0, IE7.0,IE8.0,Firefox or other standard browsers
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. Excellent Smart Camera Review by TXVet

    This is my third Foscam camera and I love it! I'm a solid android smartphone user and love the android app, especially with good 4G service. No complaints and I have not experienced the below freezing problem, mine has worked down to 18F so far. My next challenge is to integrate my other Pan/tilt cameras with my alarm system. Thank you Foscom! :-) (Posted on 3/5/15)

  2. Excellent Support! Review by Alpha

    Lidiya was excellent. She walked me though the few bumps I had during installation very professionally. The camera is really a great value and outstanding image quality. (Posted on 6/14/14)

  3. Fair to middlin' Review by Brad

    Have two of these cameras. Fairly easy to set up and get running. Picture is pretty good, but no where near as good as the hi-def model. The problem with mine is they do not work in temperatures below 30 degrees. If the temperature drops below 30 degrees for more than a few hours, the cameras go out and I won't get a picture back until it is above freezing for a while. I would not purchase these cameras if you need them to work below freezing temps. (Posted on 2/4/14)

  4. Great product Review by The Kid

    I have had 3 of these for almost a year and the exceed my expectations (Posted on 9/14/13)

  5. Home Security Review by Chuck

    I purchased an outdoor and indoor camera for additional home security. Both cameras were easy to configure and get working wireless. I'm able to monitor areas of my home using desktop, laptop and my iPhone. I plan to purchase more of these cameras. I understand that DNS service is only available free for 2 years. Hopefully it could be extended. (Posted on 5/5/13)

  6. Pretty good overall Review by Tim

    I mounted this camera in my driveway, and it has performed pretty well overall. I have to unplug it or turn off the alarm setting when I'm working outside on the weekend, but that's just me.
    I use it to make sure that my boys all make it home from school in the afternoon. I caught my dog escaping and was able to call a neighbor for help. The mail and alarm features give me peace of mind, as there have been a couple of home robberies in our neighborhood lately.
    One thing I did was create a dedicated gmail account, just for the camera to use. It may just be coincidence, but I initially set up the mail setting with my main email, and two days later it was hacked and the password changed. That hasn't happened in the 10+ years I've had that email address. So, set up a free, dedicated yahoo or gmail account and you don't have anything to worry about if it gets hacked. (Posted on 2/27/13)

  7. Overall Good Value in an IP Camera Review by Jim in Annapolis

    This is my second FOSCAM camera. The first outdoor model. Concur with many of the preceding comments... Very solidly built camera. Actually, its a surprisingly solid and relatively heavy camera. Feels like its built to last. Bracket is a bit flimsy but works OK. Picture quality is OK to good at 40 feet in day light. IR at night and in low light works very good. Motion sensitivity adjustment helps reduce false hits (e.g., mine sends email on detect). NOTE:The end of the power cable has a large female network jack/plug. This network connection is only used for initial setup This however means you will need to drill a fairly large hole (5/8") into the wall to feed the cable through. Camera has moderate fixed zoom, so you will need to have the camera set back a fair distance to get a larger field of view. First time setup is a bit tricky. User/setup manual is OK (not great). Its gotten better than previous versions. There are many good YouTube videos which can clearly walk you through the process. All-in-all, a great value, and works just fine. Fun to play with and great for a keeping an eye on a second home or you primary residence when away. The Android app works great and is only a couple of bucks. I will likely be purchasing additional cameras in the future... (Posted on 12/16/12)

  8. cam functionality Review by foscamdan

    this camera works great especially at night when you need it the most IMHO. However i have found the camera light level flickers bright to dim to bright over and over again through out the day. Absent this it is especially good quality. (Posted on 11/16/12)

  9. very good camera Review by wawa745

    i ll buy again, works very good night vision. (Posted on 10/15/12)

  10. image flashes Review by DS

    The only dissapointment is the image flashes from dim to bright to dim to bright for periods of time duriing the day and not always at the same time of day. I returned it once and the replacement does the same thing. :(
    (Posted on 9/22/12)

  11. Apple Mac - Don't Do It Review by John Apple Mac

    Software is specific for PC. Nothing out there for Mac users to make FOSCAM work well, configure wireless, and maintain connections. When they develop the software for the Mac I'd rate it 5 stars. (Posted on 9/20/12)

  12. Questionable Reviews Review by Average Customer

    So many shining reviews of this product all written on the same day 7/4. It makes me wonder if someone from Foscam is beefing up the positive reviews? Just sayin..... (Posted on 8/15/12)

  13. Good Review by Max

    Good camera, little heavy but looks and feels like it will last for years. (Posted on 8/11/12)

  14. Very nice inexpensive camera Review by cf

    I was skeptical, but this is a very nice inexpensive camera. The housing is solid, the camera and DDNS setup is very easy. It works very nicely with the iPhone. After messing around with Lorex DVR systems, the Foscam is a breath of fresh air for someone trying to be able to check in remotely. (Posted on 7/25/12)

  15. Grainy picture Review by Franklyn

    got two technically identical cameras, one from Foscam. Installs quickly, however the picture is very grainy. (Posted on 7/16/12)

  16. suspicious of so many raving reviews from 7/4/11 Review by bob

    Amazingly, hardly anyone has negative things to say about this camera. And they all wanted to review on 7/4/11 (Posted on 7/10/12)

  17. We have three FI8918's along with one FI8905. Review by Paul

    You cannot find other IP Camera's that are in this category. Our four cameras were easily setup and running within 30 minutes. Monitoring is very easy and clear using both Internet and APP for cell phones. Will be purchasing two more FI8905W's that Will complete our monitoring needs. (Posted on 12/14/11)

  18. Not too bat BUT Review by Tito

    Nice Ip camera BUT the big prblem I found is that on WiFi, if the WiFi router goes down for some minutes I have to switch off and on the camera in order it gets again the WiFi network. That is no good! (Posted on 12/10/11)

  19. Great Cam For the Price! Review by Jimmy

    I ordered this cam and couldn't be happier with it's clarity both day and night and it's ability to do so many other things such as motion detecting and send images via email or to a remote computer. Great item. (Posted on 10/14/11)

  20. Good product, easy network Review by Doug Jenik

    The cameras are very stable, easy to network. The only drawback in my opinion is the cord which can make mounting and physical install a little tedious. The external cord is rather short and end in a combo RJ 45, power interface and reset button which requires the cord to be housed very close to the camera and the power cord (which is not an outdoor cord) housed as well. This can make the mounting layout a bit tricky and cumbersome for an outdoor camera. (Posted on 7/11/11)

  21. before you buy, yes it is rocket science, but does work well. Review by Ichabod Mudd "Ichabod mudd"

    This unit is state of the art!
    Just the straight facts ( a fantastic product , I have 2)

    if you dont know how to install, SECURE wireless TCP/IP based devices, seek help!
    but on the other hand, the manual is one of the best ive seen on , connecting rocket science. (im a retired electronics tech)
    I recommend the D-Link DIR-655 router ! (vastly more flexible !)

    before you buy?
    learn how your router is configured. (if you dont know?, then dont buy anything)
    1:find out your SSID ( a network device node name)
    2:make sure its broadcasting the SSID. called "Visible" by D-link
    next, you need your Encryption type

    3: I USE WAP PSK + AES , my new router allows both WPA or WPA2 (auto) and TKIP and AES mode automatically.!!! D-LINK rules !
    4: write down your Pre-shared key, use a long key with no spaces. (mine is 20 digits long) I mix lowercase and numbers.

    so if you'd had printed out all that data on the Wireless network page, of said router ,then you'd already be ready.! (above poster didnt)

    next RTM that is , on their web site, is 2 books. PDF's
    connecting up
    setting up the cam for ww. viewing.
    it connects up, just like all fine wireless devices on a secure network. nothing new here.

    but, it,s not a light bulb either.
    hope that helps you get connected !
    and btw ,there are hundreds of forums to help you do this. no need to go it alone.
    and the price is like 1/10 price of the first units i used in commercial systems.
    so its a great deal too. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  22. Great product - setup maybe not for the average computer user Review by schmendrick

    State of the art hardware as well as software.
    Great pictures, long range with Auto-Infrared at night.

    Although the English in the manual is not the best, you definitely will be able to set up the camera, IF YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS STEP BY STEP.
    Internet access gets more complicated for the average user, since one has to do "port-forwarding".
    I recommend [...], click on your router and follow the steps. SHOULD be easy.

    I also have the FI8918W Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle) for indoors.

    I installed IP Cam Viewer Lite ([...]) on my Sprint EVO 4G, easy setup; now I am able to monitor both cameras on my EVO.

    In summary:
    This camera as well as the FI8918W are highly recommended for the computer savvy. The average computer user should consider asking the neighbor's Computer Wiz Kid for help. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  23. Excellent for the price Review by Ron Huber "MrK420"

    I have been looking for a weatherproof wireless camera for a long time and was surprised to find such a capable camera at such a low price. Was extremely easy to set up and access from the internet and my phone with the free Android App IP Cam Viewer Lite. It was also easy to set up the camera to send an email to me whenever it detects motion. The night vision was also much better than expected. You do need to have some basic understanding of your router/firewall and email server to set all of the features up but the examples are pretty good.

    Overall the product was a pleasant surprise and I plan to order another one. My only concern is how long the camera will last in outdoor conditions. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  24. Great Camera - Inexpensive Review by angirocks

    Installation for this camera was done at 2 a.m. in just a few minutes. I currently use verizon fios' router, so I was a little unsure what the quality would be like without a namebrand router. The quality was great and the installation was a success. I just followed the directions, plugged the camera via ethernet cable into the router and let it set itself up. After it gave itself an IP address, all I really had to do was do some minor changes via the control address it gives you.
    Connectivity was simple after that. I mounted it to the front patio area, and it automatically connected itself. The mounting is kind of weird. I'm unsure how it will hold up to the wind. The brackets are kind of flimsey and will move and the camera actually fell into my hands after mounting it up there. Just make sure it's as tight as it will go. Currently, we use IP Camera for android (thanks to one of the previous reviewers who wrote about it) and we love it. It is an easy app to install on any android device. And don't worry I-phone users, i'm sure there is something out there just like this app. The price, you can't beat, and other than a minor interference from the baby monitor, this camera was running in no time. I am planning on purchasing 8 more just like these!!!! (Posted on 7/4/11)

  25. Very nice for a hundred bucks Review by L. J. Cumbow

    Like another reviewer, I'm very technical, but it still took a little while to figure this thing out. It took a little forum surfing. I never bothered with the provided software because I bought this camera for use with zoneminder. First thing to do is connect it with an ethernet cable. Check your router to see what IP address your DHCP server (typically a router function) gave to the camera. Go to that address in your PC browser. Login to the camera with push mode (not ActiveX). Login with userid admin (no password).

    Assuming you want to run this thing wirelessly, go to the wireless lan setting section and scan twice (yes twice) for available networks. When you see yours, click on it to auto-fill the fields. Type in your key and click submit. While the camera is resetting, unplug the ethernet cable from the camera. Roughly 30 seconds later, the camera will have requested and received a new (and different) IP address from your router/DHCP-sever. Find that new address from your router interface and go to it in your browser to make sure it works. Now you can (finally) reserve that IP address in your router DHCP section so that whenever the camera (after being power cycled) requests a new IP address, the router will always give it the same one (based on the mac address). You can only do that AFTER you switch to wireless mode. If you do it before (while you are hard-wired), you will never get wireless to work. You will want to "DHCP-reserve" the IP address so that you can port-forward to it from the outside. Otherwise the camera IP address might move on you if you take a power hit (making port-forwarding dicey).

    As far as image goes, it's great - both daytime and nightime. (Much better than the D-Link DCS-930L simply because of better optics - The DCS-930L is indoor only and is much smaller though). The image is fixed and a bit zoomed, but that might be perfect for your application. You can replace the lens (saw it done in a youtube video) if you want a more fisheye effect. As I mentioned above, I have no idea how good the supplied software is since I don't use it. Zoneminder does all my motion detection and notification for me.

    If you're serious about monitoring, you should get a couple of UPSs to keep your PC and cameras running in case of power glitches. Of course, a generator will be necessary for more than about 30 minutes of power outage. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  26. Good for the Price Review by CR Stuart "Rick"

    First of all, I just have to say; you need to actually look at the dimensions of this baby. I really expected it to be much small, but then, what would I be able to tell from a picture of just the camera?

    As others have said, the pigtail on this thing is VERY cumbersome. The Ethernet cable/Rest switch/Power leads make securing this camera a challenge. I will try to post some pics to give you an idea...

    I of course refuse to use the windows software, so this review is for Linux or Mac users.

    Once you unwrap the camra and get it set up someplace inside, connect the Ethernet cable to your switch or router then check the DHCP log for the new device. Open Firefox and put that IP into your browser location field. The camera will display a login screen. If you do not get the login screen for that IP, you might need to push the rest button and wait about 1-minute for the camera to reset. Then refresh your browser. Ignore the ActiveX portion at the top and select the Login button at the bottom of the display. You will get a login popup. Enter "admin" for the userid and lease the password blank. This will get you to the device status. You will also see the "Live Video" and "Device Management" tabs which you can Read The Fun Manual for.

    One BIG gotcha that took a while and some googling. You can thank me later. The camera works great inside and the night vision is amazing with the Eye of Sauron LEDs shining brightly, but when you take it out into the sunlight, the live image goes totally white. On the "Live Video" page, find the "Mode" button, click on the pulldown selector and select "Outdoor". Poophtah! You have an image again. You may need to adjust the brightness and contrast a bit.

    It won't do wireless and wired at the same time. Set up the wireless, unplug the wire, and reset the camera. If you leave the wire attached, it just seems to disable it.

    An annoyance: the camera seems to always have a component of IR sensitivity. If you want true colors, don't even bother. Warm colors seem to work, but blues and greens are washed out to a night-vision look. For me, I can deal with it because I plan to enjoy the night vision component for watching deer and raccoons around my LakeShack.

    Good price
    good nightvision
    Fairly good resolution
    Works with Firefox and Linux
    Works with my MiniCam Android App. (You'll need to set up dynamic DNS and a port pass-through on your it)
    Supposedly works with ZoneMinder on Linux...Hope to try that.
    I tested the FTP portion and it worked fine. (Wish it would let me change the names it uploads like Trendnet cameras)
    live video without ActiveX

    Really big! It won't be discrete
    IR LEDs are very red in the dark. Again not discrete
    Mounting bracket is barely usable.
    Poor color rendering
    VERY narrow field of view. Good for distance, not great for covering a wide area close to the building.
    Did I say it was big?
    Power supply is one of those wall-ticks and it gets really hot.

    TL/DR: Good for the price, great for night vision, works without Windows and Internet Exploder. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  27. Very easy to install -- awesome camera for the price!! Review by Effie

    I'm a 54 year old grandma, and if I can install this camera, anyone can! I think it's the router setup that is driving people crazy, and I highly recommend the DLink DIR-655 router for those of us who are router challenged -- I've had a terrible time in the past trying to set up a wireless router manually, it's just so complicated, so I did some research and bought the DLink DIR-655 router, which I highly recommend if you are going to install this camera. The DLink is a very easy router to use, it has a setup wizard which virtually does all the hard parts for you. When you install the camera, the first thing you should do is use the little cd that comes with it -- it has a quick start guide that you can pop up, which makes installation a lot more easy than trying to read the tiny instructions in the miniature manual that comes with it (I need reading glasses to read it). I followed the quick start guide directions exactly, and had the camera set up and working in less than 15 minutes, a LOT less time than I had anticipated! The software that comes with the program makes it easy to adjust the camera to any settings you wish. We bought ours in order to keep an eye on an owl box that my husband put up last summer -- it is being checked out by a potential tenant and we have been asked by the State DEP to keep an eye on things and report to them what happens. I'm very happy with this camera -- there are a couple of videos on youtube you can also check out, one on how easy it is to install, and another showing the video quality of the camera. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  28. Great IP Camera, except........ Review by Michael A. Minnis "MMinnis"

    I ordered this outdoor IP camera to use as a webcam for a wireless weather station. I was concerned at the reviews stating that it was hard to set up to work with the computer and internet. That's the furthest from the truth, it was simple! If you follow the instructions which I agree are of very small print, it connects very easily with the computer. The video is of good quality, the alarm and email functions work very well and again were easy to set up.

    Two negatives, first the hardware they give you to install it outside is very small and flimsy. It does not hold the camera securely enough and I do not trust it for outside installation. I will need to figure out another way to mount. Second the electrical wire is very short and is not rated for outside use. It will require an extension cord unless you can mount it next to an electrical outlet. I'm not sure why the camera comes with that type of electrical cord. Another thing that will need to be worked on.

    All in all for the price it's a great camera except for the items I mentioned. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  29. Good Product Review by D. BYRD "D.Byrd"

    I have 6 other network cameras in my house. They all have been running for literally years with no issue.For some reason it falls off the network (it's wireless, as is another camera that's rock solid). The viewing angle is much more narrow than I was expecting. Kinda bummed. Can't use for my original purpose. Not really sure what I will do with it. Daytime colors are off. Night time is great. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  30. Good camera for the price Review by Tedd W. Gimber

    This camera works as advertised and in fact the outdoor durability and the IR night vision are better than I expected. I currently have the camera outside overlooking my back yard, exposed to the elements. It has fared well in rain and snow. We have had a few sub freezing days without ill effect to the camera's operation. The software for the camera is PC based and I use mostly Mac's and Linux. This is not an issue as the camera has a built in web server that is accessible via a browser. Through that interface one may configure the camera as needed. I'd definitely recommend this as an outdoor wireless webcam and I will probably buy a second one. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  31. Good Outdoor Camera. Review by Hugo E. Oliveira "HuGhost"

    As said before on other reviews, the mounting hardware could be better.
    The lens is not 12mm it's 8mm. In my case it was fine. Night vision is good at 30 feet out.
    The GUI is okay, could be better, but good enough and easy to figure out.
    Configuration is not bad, although it could be tricky for none tech types. If you follow the direction you'll be fine. I had it up and running in less then five minutes, and running with wireless G.

    Overall this is a good product. Would buy another. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  32. Not bad... Review by Mike G

    I've never used a camera before so this was new to me. After reading the reviews and thinking "what did I get myself into" - everything turned out OK, for my intended use which was to basically monitor the weather. Actually setting it up, software-wise, worked fine. The instructions are hard to follow, but...when I plugged everything in, it worked. Since it was late fall and the weather had already turned here, I decided to keep it indoors. The manual gives operating temps which don't confine to my area...where we sometimes can get well below 0. Ive read some reviews where the temp doesn't seem to bother the operation. Maybe this spring I will try to get it outside. Inside looking out a window is ok, but at night the IR lights reflect back off the glass and u get the "flying saucer" for an image...until dawn when suddenly, poof, u have an image again. The image quality is fine for my use...I didn't intend to have anything super high-speed for $100. The cabling does have its drawbacks...its not a weatherproof connection so u only have about 3 ft of cable u can have outside. Id say its the weakest part of the camera. Even for wireless u still need the cable hooked up (for power) - so Im not really sure what the purpose of wireless even is, unless they have some sort of weather-proof extension cable. But...for the price, it does fine. Here is a link to the camera so u can see for yourself what it looks like:


    All computers/networks are different. Maybe I got lucky who knows! For me, and the price, it was worth it - nothing happens at night here anyway!!

    Cheers! (Posted on 7/4/11)

  33. Okay for entry level Review by BCDESG

    Bought this camera for an entry level outside security cam. Wanted the narrow angle for an alley way. Lens at 22deg is perfect. Camera is big. Solid. Mount supplied does the job, but thats about it- dont expect it to win any fashion awards. Setup was easy and smooth, but i have a bunch of these cameras so i knew what to expect. IR emitter at night is very bright and benefits from the smaller angle lense to light up everything. Only complaints would be the size of the camera, the mount, and the fact that when the IR trips on or off because of daylight - it registers a motion-alarm. I guess the positive to that, is i get to study the axis-tilt of the earth as the notifications get later or earlier as the seasons change :-) Otherwise, for the price, this is a good camera that does its job-- just dont expect much. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  34. Can't get any better for the price Review by Jonathan

    Full of features, very easy to setup (not sure why so many people had so many issues.) I will say that I am an computer consultant so I'm sure that plays a role as to why this was so easy for me to setup because I do a lot of these things on a normal basis anyway. That said, I still think it's fairly simple if you just follow the directions.

    You plug it in with the RJ45 cable (cat5) and power it on, you install the camera ip tool and it finds the camera on the network for you, you then put that ip address into your browser of choice and then login. From there it's just customizing it how you want. I set it up with wireless and it sits roughly 60 feet away from my router. The picture is near real time (30 fps) very surprised on the quality and speed of the video. One thing to watch out for is you may not pick up the camera with your wireless router if you have a wireless G or N router. It seems to operate on wireless B (has a further distance but not as fast as G) I just went into the wireless settings on my router and told it to use mixed mode or B&G mode.

    I have it setup with motion detection and to email me with pictures, which works very well. I'm keeping tabs on it from work as I'm typing this through my browser and I was testing the positioning with a free app on my Droid X.

    Can't go wrong with this camera, I will be purchasing more soon. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  35. Works as intended. Review by T. Vile

    I purchased this item through another retailer for less but have to say that it does work well. The documentation is horrid and could use some help but anyone with basic knowledge of networking and computers should be able to get this working within an hour. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  36. Quit Your Whining Review by Geoffrey D. Johnson "Dave"

    If you want an item that networks itself, has excellent support, and works immediately by simply running a cd than you are going to spend several hundred dollars. This was about 100 bucks, it's waterproof, color, has night vision, and is wireless. I would like to see someone find a camera containing these features for a price that is even in the ballpark......that's what I thought. This device was very simple to set up and install. I used as an ftp server which I would recommend to anyone that has never messed with configuring a ddns service for remote access as the site explains exactly how to configure this device to it .Here is the link. [...]
    I use that site to monitor my camera remotely. Once this thing is up and running it works great. This is not HD and the night vision is not perfect but it definitely gets the job done for budget surveillance. I can't believe the number of whiners reviews for this product.....Want something simple with training wheels and someone to hold your hand during the installation? Go spend 500 bucks! Anyway, great product for the price (Posted on 7/4/11)

  37. Excellent quality & value! Review by W. Hudson

    Yes, wireless setup will be difficult if you're not familiar with that sort of thing.

    If you've ever gone into your router settings to set something up, you won't have any trouble.

    The picture quality is great (both day & night)
    Haven't had any problems out of it in the heavy winds and rain other than it moving a little bit in high winds.

    I was concerned about buying the mjpeg instead of the H.264 which would be better, but considering the price and quality, I'm pleased with this one. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  38. 5 stars on everything but user friendliness Review by Eric Ripley

    First off. I purchased one of these cameras to make sure it meet my needs before getting another and then finally 4 more. I have a total of 6 cameras protecting my property and am using the blueiris software to record and manage the cameras. It is the best software but this review is not for the software ,which is excellent, but for the camera.

    Camera construction:
    Robust. Perfect for outdoors. In fact all my cameras are outdoors but under overhanging eves. The shell is waterproof and cord out of the camera is waterproof as well.

    Wiring the cameras:
    These are wireless cameras but i will inform you that you will have to run a wire of some sort as these cameras will need wired power. so i went ahead and wired the cameras via ethernet as well since i had to run power. one suggestion is you can use what i did and run cat6 for the ethernet and POWER. that is if you are technically inclined. I used 4 wires for the ethernet (orange, orange white, green, green white) and the blue and blue white for power and the brown and brown white for ground. I physically cut the power cord that comes with the cameras in half and soldered one end to the ethernet cable extra wires and the other end. the cameras are really low wattage so you can easily get away with this. I ran 40 feet of cable this way and the cameras work fine.

    Software on the cameras:
    If you get a real foscam then the software built in to the cameras is very good and will do everything you want to do except record video stream. The cameras will do time delay snapshots but for advanced features such as stream captures etc i recommend blue iris software. Make sure you get real foscams as there are unofficial clones with a different interface.

    The camera picture quality:
    Here is where the camera is both a blessing and a curse. Curse first. The cameras during the daytime show everything as washed out. Grass is white and not green. Trees are a purple hue. But you can see and makeout everything fine. At night everything is of course white as well but the camera has extremely good night vision. The infrared LEDS are so good that if you switch out lenses to a smaller focal you will get a "hot spot" or "ghost ring" of overbright led power. there is a solution for this, see the next section on lenses. Blessing, the camera does night vision perfect and daytime good. what other camera for 100$ has this cameras abilities and build quality? Can you get a better quality camera for daytime..YES. This washed out look is inherent to any IR cameras as the way the infrared filters work. So a camera that doesnt have night vision will look very good during the day but dont let that fool you that this is an inferior camera. Do robbers come during the day? Some do i guess.

    The 12mm lense is unusable for me. the quality of the lense is excellent but 12mm shows you a 10 foot by 10 foot area 100 feet down the block. Not good for home surveillance. But good for a radio tower or traffic camera.
    You can use CCTV lenses. they just unscrew. lenses are cheap on amazon or ebay. Figure out the focal length you need using online calculator. Im using 1 8mm lense 2 6mm lenses, and 3 2.8mm lenses.
    To avoid the ghosting from the overbright LEDs when using smaller lenses....use wax paper. yes the stuff you cook with. cut a ring out that fits over the leds and cut the center section out for the lense and install behind the glass. this filters the infrared, or blurs it if you will, and produces a good night vision without the hotspot.

    Networking setup:
    The camera is a nightmare. im a IT guy and hate to admit i had a bit of trouble with it. I have it using wired ethernet with wireless as a backup. Im using gmx for my email setup as that provider works with the foscam software for email. I have my cameras accessible over the internet. i suggest you get one camera, dont mount it and configure it in front of your computer and test to make sure its working on your network before mounting it. once you figure out how to network one of the cameras the others are a simple cut and paste and change a few settings such as IP address if you use a static like i did.

    Almost all the cameras shortcomings can be overcome. the cost of the camera is exceptional for what you get. the networking setup is where most people fail the camera or give it low reviews. its not really the fact that the camera is the problem. there is just alot of configuring to alerts, ftp, web access, wired dhcp static or dynamic, wireless setup and security...etc.
    These cameras are alot of bang for the buck. Dont regret my purchases 1%. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  39. Great product Review by schmendrick

    State of the art hardware as well as software.
    Great pictures, long range with Auto-Infrared at night.

    Although the English in the manual is not the best, you definitely will be able to set up the camera, IF YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS STEP BY STEP.
    Internet access gets more complicated for the average user, since one has to do "port-forwarding".
    I recommend [...], click on your router and follow the steps. SHOULD be easy.

    I also have the FI8918W Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle) for indoors.

    I installed IP Cam Viewer Lite ([...]) on my Sprint EVO 4G, easy setup; now I am able to monitor both cameras on my EVO.

    In summary:
    This camera as well as the FI8918W are highly recommended for the computer savvy. The average computer user should consider asking the neighbor's Computer Wiz Kid for help. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  40. great camera for the price Review by phromVA

    good price, sluggish brightness adjustment, lens adjustment is sensitive, good interface and easy to setup. nice product for down and dirty security. (Posted on 6/30/11)

  41. Does the job Review by giojohn

    I have a few of these in use in the field for monitoring Cows during Calfing season during the winter months of Montana. I have them wirelessy sending video to a Ubiquiti nano AP. The Contrast is hard to control but I think this has to do with the light of day reflecting off the snow. I am happy with them and will purchase more. (Posted on 6/27/11)

  42. Excellent camera for the price Review by Mokey

    Excellent value, works great. The colors are washed out, but the camera does the job. It took some time and effort (about 2 hours) to configure my router and ddns, but now I can view and control my camera from anywhere on my Android phone. (Posted on 6/25/11)

  43. Need More Motion Detection Options Review by Juergen

    I have had experiences with other IP cameras, and am happy with the features and performance compared to the price. Unfortunately, the motion detection settings need some improving. In the current firmware version, there are no means to limit the field of view for the motion detection. I might be able to live with it if the camera wasn’t uploading five pictures every time motion was detected. So, I hope this issue can be resolved in a future firmware update. When I checked the foscam website, the latest firmware for this camera had a smaller version number than the one already installed ( (Posted on 6/23/11)

  44. Poor Outdoor Performance Review by L.Smith   Verified review with purchase

    Colors are washed out ! I could maybe live with the washed out colors, but "white trees and grass" are unacceptable ! (Posted on 6/3/11)

  45. Visual Home Security Review by Home Owner

    I was looking for a camera system that I could install myself and keep an eye on my home. I needed something that I could use my laptop, iPhone and iPad. These camera's do have there limitation but for the price you just can not beat them. They do have some brightness issue but there are some tricks to get past those problems. Check the forums. I have 9 cameras installed and will soon upgrade to the Blue Iris software in order to add more camera's. I do have a couple of the Foscam indoor camera's to keep an eye on my dogs. (Posted on 5/27/11)

  46. BAD Review by ShaGGy

    It was very disappointing to me when I tried this cam. It has a lot of features but they didn't work well. Read the forum for all it's problems. (Posted on 5/5/11)

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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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