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Regular Price: $119.95

Special Price: $84.99

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This item is discontinued. The Foscam FI8918W is the upgraded model of this camera.


The Foscam FI8908W 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 viewable over the internet network using the standard Safari browser (no app necessary). The camera functions well as an Iphone baby monitor or as part of a home or office security system with remote internet monitoring ability.

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 Foscam.us using the online checkout system on this website. Please select your quantity and click "Add to Cart" below

Shipping:

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

 

Guarantee:

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

 

Support:

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

Regular Price: $119.95

Special Price: $84.99

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Description:


The Foscam FI8908W 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 viewable over the internet network using the standard Safari browser (no app necessary, no sound). The camera functions well as an Iphone baby 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 to the United States, Canada & UK. Free shipping is available through our shipping warehouses located in Houston, New York, Toronto and London. You will pay no import taxes at all within the US, Canada UK and UK. Grab it now while supplies last!

Foscam USA's retail distribution arm is the top rated distributor of Foscam products in the United States, Canada (www.foscam.ca) and the UK (www.foscam.co.uk). Foscam US provides free after-sales support and warranty services only to customers who purchase directly from Foscam.US, Foscam CA or Foscam. UK. 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 tech@foscam.com. If you would like telephone support and have us perform a remote installation of your camera, purchase from Foscam.us directly or click "Remote Installation" 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 Foscam.us you are not only purchasing a camera, but also the value-added services of 24 - 48 hour shipping from our US based warehouse, complete after-sales technical support as well as our US based replacement warranty and return services. Foscam.us does not provide support or warranties on behalf of any Foscam cameras purchased directly from China and sold on Amazon, Ebay, or other through other resellers.

Guarantee


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 14 days. All returns are subject to a 15% 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.

Foscam.us offers free support for the setup and installation of your wireless IP camera. This free support service is available only to customers who purchase directly through our website (www.foscam.us). 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

Features:


  • Allows for remote viewing & recording over LAN or the internet through PC and mobile devices (including Iphone)
  • Simple to setup with a friendly graphical interface
  • High image & video quality (Display resolution: 640 x 480 Pixels (300k Pixels))
  • Two-way audio monitoring
  • Allows remote Pan/Tilt control (Pan:270deg& Tilt:120deg)
  • Night vision (up to 8 meters) via auto IR-LED illumination
  • Infrared Motion Detection (with email notification and image upload via FTP)
  • Multi-user access with password protection
  • Supports the IE browser, Firefox as well as most other standard browsers including the standard Safari browser on the Iphone
  • Wi-Fi compliant with wireless standards IEEE 802.11b/g. Wired connection is also included
  • Supports both WEP & WPA Encryption
  • Supports Dynamic IP Addresses such as through dyndns.org
  • Has multi-level user management system with password protection

User Interface:

The camera features an easy to use graphical interface that is accessible from any standard browser anywhere in the world over the internet. It has password protection as well as the ability for multiple users to view and control upto 9 cameras at one time.







Model FI8908W
Resolution 640 x 480 Pixels(300k Pixels)
Color Black
Weight 1.5000
Image Sensor 1/4" Color CMOS Sensor
Display Resolution 640 x 480 Pixels(300k Pixels)
Lens f: 3.6mm, F:2.4 (IR Lens)
Mini Lumination 0.5Lux
Lens Type Glass Lens
Viewing Angle 67 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 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 Encryption
Pan/Tilt Angle Horizontal:270° & Vertical: 120°
Infrared Light 10 IR LEDs,Night visibility up to 8 metres
Dimension 110(L) x100(W) x108mm(H)
Gross Weight 768g (Color Box Size:224x209x124mm)
Net Weight 418g ( accessories included)
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 / Mac
Browser IE 6.0, IE7.0,Firefox, Safari (no sound), or other standard browsers
Certification CE,FCC
Warranty Limited 1-year warranty
Product Type N/A
Form Factor N/A
Flash LED N/A
Number of Batteries Supported N/A
Battery Size Supported N/A
Application/Usage N/A
  1. Great camera Review by Ciocarlia "ciocarlia"
    Price
    Quality

    I bought this camera recently and have been very pleased with it. It was smaller than I expected and fit easily into various locations in my house (I use it to keep track of my kids). The setup was incredibly easy, even though I'm usually not so good with computers. The picture quality is very clear, especially the night time view. It's also very easy to control the camera remotely. Overall, an excellent purchase, especially for the relatively low price. Highly recommended. I'm planning to get a few more cameras to place them throughout the house. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  2. Great features for the price Review by Grandma "Grandma"
    Price
    Quality

    I bought this wireless IP camera from IPCam Central. The seller provides free installation phone support. I scheduled a call, and in less than 30 minutes the cam was up and running. Lots of features. Very good night vision, nice colors, clear audio, motion alarms, email alarm support. I am viewing it on my Vista HP Laptop and Sony Windows 7 desktop. When not home, I am using the iPhone. Great camera, great price for all those features, great installation support. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  3. Good camera for the price Review by Stephen L. Ambruzs
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    Quality

    Pros: good picture quality, virtually noise-free operation, great night vision, easy network connectivity, excellent A+ tech support.

    Cons: A bit large and obtrusive, software is buggy, power cord a bit too short.

    Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase. I bought this camera primarily for use as a security system, but also as a gag so my wife and I could watch our cat during the day while we are at work (pathetic, I know). The email motion alarm and FTP file storage allow for us to instantly know (and save the pictures to a remote location) if someone breaks into our house. The camera software is a bit buggy, it doesn't work 100% using firefox (i get strange errors when trying to pan) and the email settings need to be re-worked in order to allow you to enter more characters in certain fields. I'd imagine these will be fixed during the next firmware or browser software update. That being said I can easily log on anywhere I have an internet connection and check on my house, day or night. I also wish the power cord was a bit longer so I don't have to use an extension cord. Tech support was great, what every company should strive for. I emailed them with a question and received continuous help over the next few days until the issue was resolved.

    (Posted on 7/4/11)

  4. Excellent Camera Review by Eugene K. Perry
    Price
    Quality

    Purchased this camera for monitoring our server room. Setup was extremely easy. Software is excellent for viewing and controlling. The hardware quality including the night vision is also excellent. I would recommend to anyone looking at IP based cameras. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  5. Good camera Review by J. Walter
    Price
    Quality

    I was looking for a video camera to use as a baby monitor. After spending some time researching options, I choose this camera as it satisfied my main criteria: Wireless, Works with all browsers (even iphone), and cost. For the money, this camera is very good. I had to purchase through Amazon as I could not find any Canadian re-sellers. The camera arrived ahead of schedule and was easy to install. However, the software setup is a bit cumbersome and probably a bit above the average user. If you know how to setup a router, then you will probably have no problems setting up the camera. However, be prepared to spend at least a few hours tweaking the settings to get it working.

    The service provided by seller was great and helped resolve the one issue I was having.

    The great thing is that I can carry around my iphone to keep dibs on my kid when he is sleeping. Also it is interference free because it works over the wireless network - my last monitor suffered lots of interference because it was an analog device. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  6. Great cam for the price - software lacks Review by Austin Guy 2005
    Price
    Quality

    I got this to watch over the dog sometimes when we're away from the house for a while...

    PROS: night vision works really well, pretty clear picture, maneuverable
    CONS: software is not user friendly as you have to click the up arrow/down arrow/side arrows to get it to move instead of just using the arrow keys, bummer
    Must use IE to get sound to work
    Not able to move camera with Droid Cell phone

    Overall it's a great camera as long as the cons don't get you down (for me they are acceptable as this camera is much cheaper than others with the same features)... (Posted on 7/4/11)

  7. Great deal, but you've gotta work for it Review by Pat Denoli
    Price
    Quality

    I'm usually pretty good with bad English translations in my instruction manuals, but this product is pretty rough. You often can't tell if the manual is telling you that something needs to be done in order to make something happen, that it shouldn't be done if you want it to happen... or if you need to make the second thing happen (some other way) in order for the first thing to be taken care of. Use of negatives and double-negatives is a challenge, too. If you are familiar with the configuration of network gear, try to forget what you know. It doesn't work *exactly* the same with this camera. You're better off as a novice, I think.

    Since it burned 15 hours of my time, here's a possible help for some people about to return their camera because "wireless isn't working". This is for people who manually assign IPs, or who don't understand why the camera isn't finding any wireless networks. Understand that the camera has to be set it up in very specific stages. You can't make all your changes at once. Also, you must use the proprietary software to connect to the camera over Ethernet the first time. Don't use other software. Make sure you set your router for dynamic IP allocation. Next, you reboot through software. Next you power cycle. Log into the camera using IE. It says you can use other browsers, but don't. NOW set up the wireless properties. Save them, remove the ethernet cable. Reboot through software and then power cycle (yes, that's two boots). Log in again. NOW change the IP assignment from dynamic to manual. Save and reboot through software and then power cycle. You won't find these instructions in the manual. I had to stumble upon it and I've repeated the process with minor variations to be sure - nothing else works. Good grief!!!!!!! I was about to pack these things up and ship them back. Looks like they work fine if you know the right dance. I'm using 128 bit WEP. If you're using something else - good luck to you. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  8. Overall good Review by M. Jenoff
    Price
    Quality

    The camera installed very easily, even the wireless internet feature.Camera quality is Ok, but great for the price. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  9. Proper installation instructions Review by D. J. Gulliford
    Price
    Quality

    You will go blind trying to read the printed manual. Don't bother as the unusually small CD has a PDF of it. Now here's how it goes. Look at the first pages of pictures, and then skip right to chapter 3, page 26. Nothing before that will help with the installation, in fact it will drive you mad while trying to get its WiFi to work. China needs much better software manual editors.

    So far, using Win XP Pro, I'm impressed with the unit. I also bought it new in a Foscam factory sealed box on eBay for less than $90, with free delivery even though that took about two weeks from Hong Kong. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  10. Love it Review by ostawookiee "ostawookiee"
    Price
    Quality

    I bought one of these to keep an eye on the dog/house while we're gone. I chose this one because of the relative price. Overall I'm very pleased.
    Pros:
    -Setup of wireless authentication type and password was smooth (plug it in to the network directly the first time though), setup of alarm mail sending also easy. I have a port forwarding entry in my router for the camera, and my router already updates its IP address to Dyndns, so accessing the camera remotely was also quick to setup.
    -pan/tilt works pretty well through the web interface.
    -nightvision is awesome, and the infrared leds, though noticeable, are much less so than on other cameras I've seen.

    Some cons:
    -audio is only usable through the IE/activex page, not the plain firefox page
    -motion detection sensitivity level doesn't work well - at 10 you get notified for everything, but then at 5,8,9 I've walked across the room and it doesn't pick it up, so I end up leaving it at 10 and delete a lot of the notificition emails
    -it's taking screencaps from a movie basically, so often the snapshots the alarm sends you are blurred, depending on how fast the person was walking through the room
    -whitebalance detection could be better, the walls in its room are painted red and that affects the hues of all the colors viewed through the camera.
    -software on the camera has crashed or locked up twice a month, requiring you to physically unplug and replug in the camera to reset it
    -ignored my setting of "do not flash the bright green light" on the front bottom, so I have electrical tape over it.
    -pan/tilt makes a noticeable whirring sound, alerting people they're being watched

    Overall this tends to be the cheapest camera in this class on Amazon, and I find it worth the price. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  11. Excellent camera...mediocre software Review by T. Whitmire "voiding electronics warranties s...
    Price
    Quality

    This camera overall is awesome, barring the fact that the actual software is only so-so. The online configuration tool is good though. I can view my camera from work and control the pan/tilt/zoom over the `net as well. Pretty cool. I suggest using a third party tool, though as the recording capabilities of the software leave much to be desired. Also, this camera is a bit large, so hiding it will a little difficult for those looking for something covert. I have it on my garage and you can definitely see it from the street, which is fine. I would rather have it be in the open and act as a deterrent anyway.
    The camera's PTZ controls are really responsive and the video I get is smooth. I have it on a wired network as the wireless didn't work from my office to the garage, which are about 60-70 feet away from each other and through 4 walls. The wireless DOES work well, just not at that distance. Your mileage may vary. I tested the wireless down my long hallway with has a clear shot to my office and is about 50 feet long and it works. Its just not good at receiving the signal through walls very well. That's most likely because of the type of router I have. Other than that, this camera is pretty sweet. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  12. cheaper than the panasonic Review by Path To Wisdom
    Price
    Quality

    I won't give it 5 stars because the image has "curves" or bends,
    seems like a bad lens.
    I finally got it working in wireless mode. Here's the secret.
    Instruction "unplug, and plug back in for 30 seconds" is wrong.
    It is about 120 seconds before my computer "sees" the camera. And the instruction on UPnP needs to be changed. Just click "enable" on both the camera, and the wireless router, then ignore the "in conflict" message. So don't look for the "UPnP success" message. Also, needs to remove the firewall on the wireless router , and the wireless router needs to be re-booted from the computer. Of course, set up the WEP security.

    I discovered my Belkin wireless router kicks out / disconnects the camera.
    And I have to reboot the router for the camera to work/be recognized.

    I set my camera's port to 50010, ip address to xxx.xxx.x.100 and
    in the router, the virtual mapping - in port (from outside) at 8080, internal/private port to 50010.
    Have to set up the Dyndns account.

    May not be able to access this at work because the camera requires your computer to install a file, which my employer's IT guys would block. But at least you can save a snapshot and see the place. Don't know if the "panning" is locked if the access is blocked. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  13. Excellent value for the money Review by Fani
    Price
    Quality

    Pros -

    + simple setup. Works with Firefox and in Linux ( after some tweaking with Zoneminder ) and Mac and iPhone !!!
    + works well. You can Pan Tilt Zoom remotely. Picture quality is acceptable.
    + night vision works well.
    + contrast/brightness changes appropriately when switching from indoor view to outdoor view
    + nice and compact
    + can email/ftp when motion sensor is tripped AND can report via email when your external IP changes !!
    + has great range of motion 270 degrees Pan and 120 degrees of Tilt. More than adequate to cover a large range
    + can push it in continuous pan/tilt mode which swivel scanning. great for easily expanding your range when you place it at corner of your house
    + wireless !! Yay !
    + price is reasonable
    + (I've heard) great customer support

    Cons -

    - Linux support missing audio
    - Windows/IE ActiveX needed for full features with sound.
    - Picture quality can be better in these days. Should've come with like 2MP camera or even 3.2 MP camera. 2MP and 3MP cameras are cheap now and offer enough resolution to identify faces clearly
    - does not have good motion sensor detection. At 10, it detects up to 15 feet, at 5, its almost nothing
    - does not capture video when motion sensor is tripped. Ideally it should record a 30sec video clip and upload that instead of snapping away blurry pictures
    - motion detector resolution is slightly low. Did not catch me back my car out of the driveway. Should've. But I was approx. 45 feet away so its perhaps beyond the range of this product.
    - Network blinking light couldn't be turned off from the web. I had to search on Bing and find a solution to shut it off

    Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend this product. For this price range, it cannot get any better than this. I would rate this overall an 8/10 since most of my negative points apply to almost every other device in this category. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  14. Need phone support to set up Review by Kristy Seckler "kseckler"
    Price
    Quality

    I bought this camera from Valuelink which said it came with free phone support. I couldn't get it to work properly and the instruction manual was very limited and confusing. I contacted Valuelink for the phone number for support but got no response. So I contacted the other seller on here IPcam Central. They contacted me back same day and even though I didn't purchase it from them, they helped me to install it correctly. They even followed up to make sure it was running correctly. The product itself is great but you will need support to set it up...so make sure to buy from IPcam Central because their customer service is out of this world! I am going to buy more cameras in the future and will make sure to only buy from them. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  15. Cool IP camera - Love the servo drive - Foscam Review by LA Door Guy
    Price
    Quality

    I bought these to use for web conferencing. I have not gotten a chance to try that and they may not be the best choice for that purpose. They are nice cameras that, for the price, have a good look and feel. They seem like decent quality.
    I set up the cameras as hard wired with ethernet cables and found it very simple. They have fair image quality. Of course we all want great image quality but remember these are modestly priced cameras and considering that they work great. So far the color seems a bit muted but the image is clear. The brightness and contract adjustments work well. The servo drive that can point the cameras remotely works really well. It does not zoom or focus remotely.
    The microphone seems a bit low quality. It is probably intended for a person close up. The advertisement from the manufacturer says two way audio but I have not figured that out yet. Seems like that may be a problem with these cameras. I am not sure.

    The Amazon seller was great and I go the cameras promptly. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  16. Great for the price...few draw backs Review by B. Mailey
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    Quality

    First off let me say that this camera is great for the price range and has many of the features a more expensive camera would have. I received this camera and had it up and running within an hour (to be honest I am fairly good with Networks and wireless Networks). The installation would have been fairly challenging without any networking knowledge or background. However, I did use the phone support to fine tune the camera with Ipcam Central, their tech support which was excellent and full of knowledge.

    Pros for this camera:
    Pan/Tilt work great
    Clarity of picture
    Clarity of Night Vision
    Alarm monitoring
    Email notifications
    UPnP supported
    DDNS remote access (with port forwarding or Public static IP address)
    Multi-Device support (up to 9 devices)
    WEP and WPA2 Wireless security enabled
    IPhone accessible

    Cons:
    Remote access has some delays
    IE tab blocks software (there is a work around)
    Firefox is sluggish and sometime does not allow for Pan/Tilt
    Setup can be a challenge for inexperienced network individuals
    Audio is lacking and only works sometimes in remote viewing

    Overall the camera does exactly what it says it does and for a price much lower than that of its competitors. I would recommend this camera to anyone who is looking for some home security/ baby monitoring/ or watching children. There are some line items this camera needs to work on but overall the customer support and product are nicely suited and well priced. 4 stars (Posted on 7/4/11)

  17. Overall satisfied Review by Jason Bloom
    Price
    Quality

    Great value for the price,Picture Quality is Better than Expected,Easy to Set-up.Great rotation and controls.I would definitely buy several of these cameras. The price is right and the quality is very good. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  18. Great Value! Review by Kim Carty
    Price
    Quality

    We have a baby and we wanted something other than the typical baby camera monitors. I had seen a segment on tv where the standard baby monitors can interfere with car gps systems and people driving by could actually see your child on their gps screen. We had tried another product first before my husband found these cameras. The first camera had poor night vision unless it was plugged in and the batteries would last only about 4 hours. We now have three of these and absolutely love them. We have computers throughout our house, so the IP address for each camera makes it easy to keep track of a sleeping or awake baby. These are cheaper than the first camera we used and the night vision is really good. I love the fact that I can control the camera angle from any computer - very useful in a two story home or if you need to check on pets while you are away. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  19. Very Satisfied With My Purchase Review by G. Merinstein
    Price
    Quality

    hese little cams do everything I wanted. I purchased 2 of them last month to monitor my aviary at night, and to access the cams from my iPhone4 and HTC Evo during the day.

    Both worked fine on delivery, although you do have to follow the instructions exactly to set them up correctly. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  20. Great deal Review by Max
    Price
    Quality

    Taken price into consideration, it's one of the best deals for a wireless IPcam. The image quality is acceptable, hardware seems decent and all functions work as advertised. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  21. Remote security monitoring Review by F. J. Monaco
    Price
    Quality

    Forget the manual - you better know something about your home network and dns if you want this to work. If you do, great product that works with Mac and PC browsers. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  22. Perfect because of the price and the features Review by Jeferson F. S. Guardia "Jeferson Guardia"
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    Quality

    I just bought mine yesterday and set it up at home without any probs in about 15 minutes, the process is straightforward if you know you way around in pc's.

    - Connected the camera to the router via cable, then checked routers dhcp to find out the cam ip address
    - After I found out the IP address of the cam, I logged in via browser, set up (admin pass, wireless, users accounts, webserver port that would be open and also an internal ip address, a fixed one - better practice)
    - Then, my IP cam was all good and only thing left was to grant access from outside to the inside, so I went on my wireless router and created a rule telling the router "Hey Router, everything coming to your public IP at por 9090, please redirect to the internal ip address 192.168.1.10(internal ip that I set for my IP cam) at port 9090" and that was it.

    In 15 minutes I've got the camera fully operational, working all features, also had the chance to plug the sound output to a better sound system, so I could be better heard when talking from the internet.

    - The built-in mic works great.

    - The night vision is just perfect, once I shutdown all the lights at home and saw the image quality it was displaying, I just could not believe it, really good.

    Only problem that I see with this cam -> Its speakers are not very powerful, if you speak a little bit loud, the sound is very noisy on the local site, and is not processed very clear.

    But yeah, I am planning to buy 3 more of this unit to set up my own surveillance IP system, great stuff! (Posted on 7/4/11)

  23. Home User Review Foscam FI8908W Review by BOGY.
    Price
    Quality

    First here are some pros and cons then I will tell you my story:

    PROS:
    Durable construction
    Nice pictures and video
    Lots of viewing options
    Pan/Tilt works great and has great range
    Night vision acceptable
    Nice hardware design
    Comes with a mount that is very versatile
    Two way audio - though I have yet to get it to work
    WIFI!!!!

    CONS:
    Web hosting set up

    Story:
    After searching for an IP camera for viewing my children at home while I am at work the Foscam had everything that I could want for a great price. The shipper sent mine out and it was delivered one day after ordering which was amazing. When I received the camera I opened the box and installed the quick software (which comes on a mini CD). The manual is very SMALL and hard to read but I thumbed through it quickly. So, the camera comes with an Ethernet cable which I plugged on end into the camera and then connected the other end to my Netgear WRN2000 wireless router. Finally I plugged the camera into power and in seconds I tell you the installed software picked up the camera and showed me its IP address. Double clicking on the IP address in the software window pulls up IE and the main menu log-in screen. I logged in and was viewing myself in the cameras point of view. Pretty cool - pan and tilt - color - brightness - all options there. But I didn't get this camera for it's plug and play capabilities. I want wireless. My TV, Bluray, phone, photo frame are all wireless. I wanted to be able to place the camera anywhere in the house and not have to worry about running cable to it. After contacting Foscam tech support I received an email almost immediately. There are TWO MAC addresses under the camera - one for LAN one for WiFi! Used the WiFi one and boom! Connected immediately. The difficulty I had setting up the wifi was because I had the wrong MAC address listed.

    Also, my DROID phone can connect to it which is what I really wanted. It's amazing. Droid Does :)

    Now I have to figure out how to port forward and web host so I can actually use the camera outside of my network. Once that is done I will be able to view what the camera sees anywhere in the world! (Posted on 7/4/11)

  24. Nice product but needs some setup effort Review by Tushar Tyagi "shell kernel"
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    Quality

    I could use this camera on my tablet pc and iphone within the house and remotely over the internet. It took around 2 days to get everything working but since then its been fun to use it. The video is crisp. The night vision is amazing. The audio is ok.
    The build quality is pretty rugged. Pan and tilt control work smoothly. There is no auto focus. I got it to work on windows xp, windows 7 using IE and Mozilla both. Got the iphone Foscam app where the audio does not work. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  25. IP cam Review by Benny L. West
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    Quality

    Good product and a good price. Once you understand a little about port forwarding it is easy to set up.... (Posted on 7/4/11)

  26. Great Cam - Wireless works fine Review by Zoso67 "zoso@inetport.com"
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    Quality

    This is a great camera.

    The setup was a bit tricky on the wireless but once I figured out what was wrong it worked like a champ.
    My network uses WPA encryption which this camera does support. Just make sure you don't have more than 8 characters in the key for your wireless network. I had to change mine in order for it to connect to WPA.

    Night vision is fine, works about 10-15ft.
    Audio is crappy but could work better with firmware updates. Except for the speaker on the unit itself, total crap. But the mic works and you can hear outdoor audio just fine.

    Recording video works fine, motion detection works fine but has a sweet spot you have to find. The ability to automatically record motion triggered video is a really nice feature. Records a 2min video every time motion is detected.

    All in all a great Wifi ip cam for the price.

    The iPhone app for the Foscam cameras is AWESOME and even better than the web page interface. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  27. Great product Review by David Cardona
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    Great product, good definition, excellent price, good software, works great with iphone (Posted on 7/4/11)

  28. Great little indoor camera Review by Andrew Coile
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    I was going out of town on a series of business trips, and wanted to be able to keep an eye on my apartment while I was away (before I got an alarm system installed). I read good reviews of this camera, and bought one.

    This camera is great, especially after upgrading to the latest firmware. Great support for non-IE browsers (I'm a Mac user), and works well under Safari on the iPhone, but there is also at least one really good iPhone app that lets you do the Pan-Tilt by pressing on the image, and display up to six cameras in a grid.

    No problem connecting to my wireless network, and I haven't had any problems with drops or freezes. Tested out the Motion Sensing software, and it worked perfectly....if it detects motion, it sends a series of captures to my email. The Schedule option lets me suppress them during the times I'm normally home.

    I liked the first one so much, I immediately bought two more, and one of the outside cousins (that does *not* have pan-tilt) to monitor the rest of my apartment.

    It's amazing the peace of mind you get on trips from being able to pull out your iPhone and look at all areas of your home.

    Great little cameras, and the people at eWorld that I got mine from great to deal with, and incredibly fast on shipping. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  29. Great IP Camera Review by XenoSaber
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    I have to say, I am very pleased. The camera works as described all functions. I was able to watch the pets and gain some great information on their habits.

    I do have a few things that I didn't like, but they don't effect the functionality of the device.

    1. It's like dealing with a high-end network device during setup. Save and reboot, change 1 setting, save and reboot, change another setting, save and reboot, wash, rinse repeat. This can be a good thing though because you know the settings are being set, it just takes time.

    2. It didn't come with NVR Software, but it didn't say it did, I just thought that was a given, never assume.

    At the end of the day, after it's all setup, it's a good cam for the price. I'd say it would be a bit difficult to setup for someone not computer/network literate, and even then it took me an hour. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  30. Great solid camera, great night vision! Review by Fabian
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    I wanted to buy a cheap wifi ip camera with night vision.
    I came up with this Foscam camera and others a lot more expensive like Panasonic or Trendnet cameras.
    I'm happy I decided to buy this one!!

    A friend bought the Panasonic camera for over $250 and I must say that the quality of the video is the same.
    BUT Panasonic does not have IR Night Vision.. Night vision in Foscam camera is just awesome!

    You have to know a little about your router and DynDns services if you want to check the camera via internet.
    The user manual is poor.

    Panasonic camera offers a service where you sign up, choose a URL and that's it.. their software does the tech stuff at your router and you're online in a few minutes. That's the advantage for non-tech people.

    Becareful of Foscam replicas!
    Do not buy a Foscam camera for less than $100 ... it's probably not the original.

    Solid piece of hardware, pan, tilt, clear color view, b/w clear night vision, two-way audio, record on demand, record on motion, wifi, roof/wall base ... the software is not very nice but does the work and supports several cameras.

    There's also a paid application for the iphone ($5 I think)

    I recommed this item and I would definitly but it again!

    NOTE: For those with problems finding the audio and record controls, they are only available if you use IE and install the activeX, it's not available for other browsers.

    NOTE 2: If you can not set the record target folder or you can not record at all and you're on Windows 7, you have to start IE as administrator (Run as Administrator) and those features will be enabled. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  31. The Seller Is Great & Responsive Review by ISPgeek "ISPGeek"
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    I have no issues with this seller.the camera works well and I've had no major issues with it. The documentation however does suck...but anyone with a brain can get it to work. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  32. Great Cam for the Price Review by jradam1
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    I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this camera after reading the reviews. But most of the negative reviews were based on wireless connectivity issues and the manual translation. I know just enough about networking to be dangerous - trial and error is my main method of accomplishing anything when it comes to working on my home network. I bought two cameras, the first one took me about 3 hours to figure out. The manual is translated to English by a NON-native or NON-fluent English speaker, however, it is close enough that I could figure out what they were meaning. I did have to set up port forwarding on my router. This was one of the tricky parts for me. The initial set up is done with the camera hard wired to the router. Then you enter in the wireless settings and it reboots and comes back up (after removing the hard wire during the boot up process) trying to connect on the wireless settings. Well I had my port forwarding set up to the assigned IP address of the camera for the hard wired connection. When it comes up using the wireless connection, it is assigned a different IP. Once I figured this out, I had not issues with my wireless connectivity. I set the second camera up in about 15 minutes. The picture quality is acceptable (for me) for the purpose I am using the camera for - I just need to be able to see what is going on. The colors are not true to life but I am not using the camera to make photo memories, or home videos. I am pleasantly surprised with the performance so far - I have been using it for about two weeks. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  33. Great camera Review by MK
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    the camera is awesome except I bought it specifically for its wireless abilities. I hope to update this review in the future. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  34. Worth the money Review by Ben_dover "all good in the end"
    Price
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    The camera arrived in typical fast paced Amazon fashion and was packaged very nicely by Foscam.
    The instructions are pretty much (but not totally) useless.
    I used the instruction manual to initially setup the camera. I then had to use Google and the instructions (had to use google to interpret manual because English is that bad) that came with the camera for the rest of the setup. I really could not set this up without the talk forums from the net. Honestly with the knowledge I have with computers setting it up wired 1st, then wireless was not a problem for me. It was setting up e-mail forwarding, i.e. the camera has motion sensors (that work very well btw)that will take snapshots and send them via e-mail. Well, this is where the fun began.....in the instructions manual, don't even bother...just go straight to the web and search for instructions. I typed in "set-up e-mail for foscam" and I found a gentleman in a foscam-help-forum that helped me more then foscam's manual did. As a matter of fact after reading his instructions I had this stage done in seconds! I am so happy I made the dummy account from aol due to the fact that if my cat walks by the cam it takes 6 pictures, 1 every second and sends an e-mail to me. Well, with a cat walking back and forth or playing around I got like 42 e-mails in about 10 minutes. So I advise even if you use aol to setup another dummy account for this if you do not want your regular e-mail acct to get clotted with pix of your house. ;)

    Here is the link to the security e-mail function post in the forum so you can have it if you want it....WHICH YOU WILL WANT IT!!!

    []

    PRO's
    Price is right! $$$$
    Video quality is better then I had expected.
    Night-vision mode is better then I expected. A bit of lag when using this though.
    Almost real-time (1 sec lag) wireless communication.
    Comes with mounting brackets and screws, and usb cord!!! WOW!
    So all in all, it IS a really nice piece of hardware, so nice that I picked up a 2nd.

    CON'S
    Instruction manual is pretty much a joke...written by someone that does not know how to speak English. I wondered if it were someone from China using a google translator to write this manual out before shipping it...really it is that bad.
    Installation is NOT a breeze, at least not by today's standards. Once I went through the pain of setting up cam 1, # 2 was a breeze though....I would not recommend this for someone NOT that computer savvy.
    A bit more lag when using night-vision.
    And lastly; NO ZOOM FUNCTION.

    This product would have gotten 5 stars from me if not for the sloppy, broken-non-English language used. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  35. Love it! Review by My Opinion
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    I was a little concerned after reading all of the posts complaining
    about how hard their experiences were in setting up this camera.
    Aside from that, the ratings were good, the price was right, and since
    I have 20 years IT experience and am a glutton for punishment, I
    ordered one. Actually I need at least three, but I wanted to buy one
    as a test, and if it passed, I'd buy the additional two cameras.

    I ordered this camera and several days later it was already in my
    mailbox. I unpacked it, and was going to put off configuring it until
    Christmas day, when I would have had much of the day to play with it.
    Being the workaholic that I am, I decided to go ahead and try and
    configure it within minutes of deciding I wasn't going to do it. I
    got out the instruction book and started going through the steps, one
    by one. The grammar kind of bothered me, you can tell English
    wasn't a native language for the technical document writer. I'm not
    going to lie, you're going to need a bit of technical experience to
    get this camera connected, but it's not the camera's fault. With all
    the security that's around nowadays, along with all the possible setup
    scenarios, it's likely never going to be a plug and play scenario to
    get an IP camera working. I'll bottom line you though - it was worth
    it. I love this thing!

    My first bit of advice is to take the instruction book that's inside
    the box, and put it directly into your trash can. Seriously. That
    book is flawed and you're going to need the Hubble Telescope to read
    the small print to begin with. Follow the manual on the CD that's in
    the box. There are guides on the CD. One is a User Manual PDF and the
    other is a quick guide. Follow the User Manual for it's a bit more
    detailed. Now let me describe my equipment and the steps I took to
    get this camera configured. My equipment: Linksys Wireless Router, PC
    running Windows XP Pro SP3, Cable Mode for Internet connection.

    If you want this thing to email you photos when the motion sensor is
    tripped (or to connect to it via the Internet, which is why you're
    looking at an IP camera to begin with), then you're going to need an
    Internet connection. You'll need at least a Cable modem. I can't
    imagine how slow it will be if you have DSL and you're trying to
    connect to this camera over the Internet. So, I've got a Cable modem,
    Linksys wireless router, and a NON SSL POP email account. YOU CANNOT
    USE GMAIL WITH THE CURRENT FIRMWARE WITH THIS CAMERA. Gmail requires
    SSL and the SMTP client on this camera as of today is not written for
    SSL, so save yourself some time in trying to do it anyway. Unless you
    use STunnel from [...], it's just not going to happen. Since I
    have several email accounts, I simply chose one that I knew didn't
    require SSL (it's a hosted account I have with Rochen, with gives you
    the option to use their non SSL SMTP port 1025 which will work with this camera, or to use the more common Secure SMTP like that of Gmail which won't work with this camera.)

    Quick steps of what I did:

    Step 1: Screw the antenna into the camera. Plug the network cable into
    the camera and then into an available port on your wireless router.
    Plug the power cable into the wall and then into the camera.

    Step 2: Now on your computer, which is also running through your
    router, run the IP Camera tool from the CD, but first make sure you
    exit any web browsers you may have open. You may have to reboot your
    computer after the IP Camera Tool installation.

    Step 3: You should be reading through the User Manual at this point,
    as there are many possibilities for your current setup. You should
    have also already thrown the printed manual into your trash can where
    it rightfully belongs. Run the IP Cameral Tool icon from the desktop
    if you had to reboot your computer. Your camera should show up in
    that list as anonymous, followed by
    [...] Personally, I'm running DHCP so
    an IP was already assigned to the camera when it booted. If you
    double click on the IP address of the camera in the IP Camera Tool
    window, it will bring up a web browser window for you to login to the
    camera. The default username is admin with a blank password (this
    part is not in that stupid printed manual that came in the box with
    the camera..but luckily you threw it in the trash.)

    Step 4: This is important: save yourself some grief and use Internet
    Explorer to get this thing setup. You can play around with Firefox and
    other browsers all you want later, but for sake of simplicity, just
    use IE for now. Since you're using IE you'd use the first set of
    login parameters on the login page.

    Step 5: Now that you are logged in, you should see an Active X request
    so go ahead and right click and install it. Then you may need to run
    an additional app that pops up before you can see the video stream.

    Step 6: Hey wow! There you are in the video if you've got it pointed
    at yourself. So far so good. I played around a bit at this point,
    panning the camera left, right, up, down..pretty nice! Cut out the
    lights...yep..can still see me in the dark...except now I've got big
    devilish pupils. Now you need to configure all of the settings under
    administrator (on the bottom left of the screen).

    You need to decide how you will get to the camera over the Internet.
    I've got a DynDNS account, but it's a whole lot more easy to just use
    port forwarding on my router. So I picked an available port, gave it
    some random name, and pointed that port to the fixed IP of the camera.
    You'll also need to be sure you get all of your settings dead
    accurate correct, otherwise your wireless won't work. Make sure your
    SSID is correct, your Auth Key is correct, Encryption type, etc. etc.
    If just one thing is wrong, you won't be able to go wireless. For
    certain settings in your camera, it may need to reboot the
    camera..kind of annoying but it is what it is. Once you get all of
    your wireless settings correct, you can remove the network cable from
    the back of the camera. Your camera should still show up in the IP
    Camera Tool window. If not, you did something wrong. If so, you're
    now ready to go wireless. To test, I used:
    [...] :AssignedPortIUsed Works great!

    Regarding the email: because of the poor use of English, when you are
    putting in SMTP server account settings (if you chose to have it email
    you pictures when motion trips the alarm) then BE SURE YOU CLICK
    SUBMIT AFTER YOU ENTER ALL OF THE INFORMATION AND BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE
    **BEFORE** YOU CLICK ON "TEST". The camera will not take the settings
    until you click on SUBMIT. So make sure you SUBMIT before you TEST.
    I got hung up on this for about 30 minutes of KNOWING my settings were
    correct, but couldn't figure out why the camera said it couldn't
    connect to my account. I even did the whole Telnet routine to connect
    manually to the SMTP port because I knew my settings were correct.
    CLICK SUBMIT BEFORE YOU TEST.

    Regarding the motion alarm: I used the scheduling for the motion alarm
    to trip when I'm at work...so I put in my work schedule. No one should
    be walking around inside my home while I'm not there. If they do, I've
    got them on video straight to my cell phone, in which case I'd
    promptly call the police.

    Well, that's about it for me. It works great. Also, as one of the
    receiving email accounts, I wanted to mention that you can use your
    email to text with your cell phone company (I have tmobile, so it's
    [...] ) so now when the motion is tripped
    on your camera, it will send the pictures via SMS text to your cell
    phone. I can't say enough good things about this camera. I just hope
    it stands the test of time..and maybe I'll come back and do a follow
    up review in a few months.
    (Posted on 7/4/11)

  36. camera is ok Review by M. Lisak
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    Camera is ok.the image quality is great.the price is good. overall it is good to buy. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  37. My Apology to IPCam CENTRAL Review by M. Jefferson
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    I felt I needed to add this review due to a somewhat bad review I posted the first time around. My fault and I feel very bad for the review. First off the camera is great,instruction manual a little confusing. Second, the ship and delivery was fast and ontime. Third and most important, I contacted the seller by email asking for some support on installing it and stated in my review that they never replied.They have tried to contact me many times, but found my phone number with Amazon was wrong, again my fault. It seems that once I had my number changed,my contact number on my profile with amazon I failed to update. IPCam Central was one of the best sellers I have delt with and I hope to do more buying from them. If there were any way possible I would definately change my rating to 10 stars for this seller.My apologies to the team of IPCam Central. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  38. Great Value ! Review by EuroTraveler
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    Received this product today -- arrived pretty fast. Had it setup in about 15 minutes. mini-cd came with it had the manual and software on it. Loaded the software - it found the camera on my network quickly. Dbl click on the device and it opens the webpage to logon to the camera. Id= admin - no pwd - camera works! wow that was easy - not the problems others seem to have. I had it look for my wireless network, it found it -- gave it the password -- and walaa - on wireless. I pulled the pwr plug on the camera, pulled the ethernet conneciton out, plugged it back in to pwr and within minutes it was on the network again. I logged and and setup the dyndns.org id and pwd I had created, open port fwd on linksys router to this ip and within another 10 min was hitting it from the internet.
    I might have a newer firmware or something -- but for the price you can't beat the value - now all I need is zoom !
    (Posted on 7/4/11)

  39. Fine webcam Review by KCMO
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    Webcam itself is fine....small footprint and nice motion.The night vision is very solid. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  40. Good starter cam Review by Cowetarent
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    I several rental properties and have always wanted to keep an eye on our parking lots. We have had some vandalism and other which I will call "strange" occurances. Only deployed them around the house, but looks very promising especially with my Android phone. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  41. Bang for Buck Review by J. Garcia "Canon DSLR User"
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    I was looking to get a network cam to monitor the home. I bumped into this cam as a result of reviews. My expectations were set to low and was hoping that it would meet the minimum requirements. I used to have an x10 camera set from a very long time ago.

    Here are my list of pros and cons:

    Pros:

    1. product seems well built enough
    2. stand and the ability of the cam to be mounted in diff configs was great
    3. low light performance surprised me - images were clear
    4. Setup is not as easy as users would like and requires some basic understanding of your network infra. But again not complex.
    5. Was also presently surprised that I could actually transmit audio as well as receive audio from remote through the cam.
    6. Images for me were pretty clear (640x480) and i was quite surprised since i was expecting worse.
    7. Pan and Tilt (flip, mirror) are all great with the cam.

    Cons:

    1. Of course with products like this - the user manual left me wanting. Not really detailed but enough to get the job done.
    2. you can log into the device but am worried that there is no HTTPS option
    3. Web interface is clunky - the activeX control for IE makes my browser crash
    4. Firefox options gives less control of the cam
    5. Setup software isnt that great as well

    All in all a great performing product for the price (Got mine for $86). If you compare to other cams this is a much better deal.

    To top it all off: as others have said. The $5 iphone app is THE perfect companion for the Cam. It almost makes you wish that was what you see in the IE browser for control. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  42. Can't beat for the price range Review by Dustin
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    Software is crap, not bad, just crap. The camera itself, build quality, feels great. The software feels like it was outsourced to someone else and written to have a lot of features without an intuitive interface. IE and firefox also have different interfaces, mozilla (using the generic interface) being the lesser functional. Works fine as a security camera in applications where a face is clearly visible within 10 feet of the camera. Far away things will not be as visible, but focus isn't an issue. Night vision acuity is about 1/2 of the non-IR mode concentrated around the center, things visible near center around 15 feet away through a doorway. I use this to monitor a remote room in my house (40 feet away with a fridge and 4 walls between the camera and router) when I'm working and I'm happy with the investment. The camera is a Observer IPCAM made by FOSCAM. I'm using ActiveWebCam to connect to the camera and use it for motion capture recording. Active WebCam JPG URL: [...] -Enjoy! (Posted on 7/4/11)

  43. Good for the price Review by J. Hradkowsky
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    If you're looking for a no-frills camera that is relatively easy to set up, this is a decent choice.
    Pros: Sets up pretty easy, not a lot of parts to worry about losing. Nice panning range, and it gives a decent picture. Works in low light as designed. It's been working for 2 weeks straight without any problems

    Cons: Manual's font is tiny, I mean like 4-5 font easy! You'll definitely need your reading glasses or a magnifying glass. Power cord is way too short at 6' or so. If you want to mount this on a ceiling somewhere, you'll need an extension cord, which might not be good visually if you can't hide it. The picture could be bigger, 5½"x7" is as large as it gets. Interface works best with Internet Explorer (IE) rather than Firefox (FF). As far as I can tell you can record video through IE but not FF, but you can take a snapshot in FF. Would be nice if it zoomed in.

    Summary: I'm not sorry I purchased this camera as it's full-filling the purpose to which I bought it for. I can see me getting a better one down the road, that zooms and gives you a bigger monitoring picture, but for now, this one works fine. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  44. FosCam Review by Michael Finch
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    Great camera, good angle view, setup is ok. The night vision is better , image quality is the great. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  45. Cool camera, set it up with my Linksys Router and can view on my IPhone 4 Review by Nick V
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    According to review sites online, judging from the stickers on the bottom of the unit, I think i got a non-genuine Foscam but i don't care, it works good. I know a bunch about computers and networking so it wasn't that bad to install. You kinda need to know what you are doing to get it viewable from the net though, but Google will help. Haven't been able to get the 2 way audio to work yet but i don't have a stand alone mic that i've tried yet. The mic on the camera works though, i can hear things through my computer from the camera. The gui is very basic but does the job. Best part is monitoring my Puggle from my IPhone with this camera. Night vision works sick. I'm buying another to put in my garage for security reasons. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  46. Works Well Review by kc_keg "Casey"
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    I bought this to work with my z-wave home automation system and Mi Casa Verde's Vera2. It was relatively easy to get this to work on its own. The product manuals aren't very good, but some of the other Amazon reviews helped out. Be sure to plug this into your main router. I have two routers and I wasn't able to find it at first when I plugged it into my secondary/z-wave router. Its compatibility with z-wave/Vera is just ok. It took some time on forums to figure it out, but if you're willing to invest some time searching the vera forums for Foscam and then following the instructions it can be done. The quality is pretty good. Even the nightvision is surprisingly good. I have it in a room that's 25 feet deep and in the pitch dark I can see the far wall when the IR vision is on. For the price this is a great buy for anyone willing to do a bit of work to get it setup. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  47. good camera Review by J. A. Brandon
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    These Cams are great for the price. Sent up was easy and they work generally work well. Overall a very good deal for the price. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  48. It Works Review by Derek
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    Quality

    I purchased this cam to use a baby monitor. The setup went OK. I used wired to setup and wireless to use. The router did not like it but the camera setup was fine.

    With port forwarding on router accessing from web is easy. I changed the port for security and my biggest trouble is remembering to type in the port when accessing outside of the house.

    The controls are easy to use. It does not have audio available in any browser other than IE. This would be my biggest complaint. I use an iPod Touch also to access and the two apps I have used work great with NO audio.

    Limited audio use is the only con I have found. Decent for the price. Easy enough to setup. Nice picture.

    I also used the FTP service to see what my daughter did in the middle of the night. Taking a snapshot every 5 min or so. I found out she is a very restless sleeper and two nights she woke up a couple times and wriggled around and looked at and smiled at the camera. My daughter is 4 with CP and can not get out of bed on her own or roll over. The peace of mind is great. Now I go to bed late because I watch her fall asleep.

    If you read this far, the summary... Buy it. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  49. It does what it says. Review by R. Ford
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    Quality

    It arrived quickly from Amazon with super saver shipping. Set up was not immediate or intuitive, but the manual (not the get started guide) was pretty clear. Motion detection works. It sends email with pictures when something moves, so I see them immediately on my smart phone when I'm away. I can listen to the camera mic and talk through the computer mic to the camera speaker - startling people who aren't expecting it. It's easy to get started with one camera, then later add more. (Posted on 7/4/11)

  50. Can't beat for the price range Review by Dustin
    Price
    Quality

    Software is crap, not bad, just crap. The camera itself, build quality, feels great. The software feels like it was outsourced to someone else and written to have a lot of features without an intuitive interface. IE and firefox also have different interfaces, mozilla (using the generic interface) being the lesser functional. Works fine as a security camera in applications where a face is clearly visible within 10 feet of the camera. Far away things will not be as visible, but focus isn't an issue. Night vision acuity is about 1/2 of the non-IR mode concentrated around the center, things visible near center around 15 feet away through a doorway. I use this to monitor a remote room in my house (40 feet away with a fridge and 4 walls between the camera and router) when I'm working and I'm happy with the investment. The camera is a Observer IPCAM made by FOSCAM. I'm using ActiveWebCam to connect to the camera and use it for motion capture recording. Active WebCam JPG URL: [...] -Enjoy! (Posted on 4/16/11)

  51. FosCam vs TrendNet Review by Michael F
    Price
    Quality

    Great camera, but compared to other budget pan/tilt cameras I have used, it is missing a few features. The output cannot be controlled from the web interface. I've glued a laser pointer to my TrendNet TV-IP422 to entertain my cat. I also cannot bypass the login screen. I generally set my bookmark to [...]
    However, the night vision is better in this camera, image quality is the same, and it is 1/3 the cost of the TrendNet (Posted on 4/16/11)

  52. Cool camera, set it up with my Linksys Router and can view on my IPhone 4 Review by Nick V
    Price
    Quality

    I know a bunch about computers and networking so it wasn't that bad to install. You kinda need to know what you are doing to get it viewable from the net though, but Google will help. Haven't been able to get the 2 way audio to work yet but i don't have a stand alone mic that i've tried yet. The mic on the camera works though, i can hear things through my computer from the camera. The gui is very basic but does the job. Best part is monitoring my Puggle from my IPhone with this camera. Night vision works sick. I'm buying another to put in my garage for security reasons. (Posted on 4/16/11)

  53. Good camera Review by J. Walter
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    I was looking for a video camera to use as a baby monitor. After spending some time researching options, I choose this camera as it satisfied my main criteria: Wireless, Works with all browsers (even iphone), and cost. For the money, this camera is very good. The camera arrived ahead of schedule and was easy to install. However, the software setup is a bit cumbersome and probably a bit above the average user. If you know how to setup a router, then you will probably have no problems setting up the camera. However, be prepared to spend at least a few hours tweaking the settings to get it working.

    The great thing is that I can carry around my iphone to keep dibs on my kid when he is sleeping. Also it is interference free because it works over the wireless network - my last monitor suffered lots of interference because it was an analog device.
    (Posted on 4/16/11)

  54. Proper installation instructions Review by D. J. Gulliford
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    You will go blind trying to read the printed manual. Don't bother as the unusually small CD has a PDF of it. Now here's how it goes. Look at the first pages of pictures, and then skip right to chapter 3, page 26. Nothing before that will help with the installation, in fact it will drive you mad while trying to get its WiFi to work. China needs much better software manual editors.

    So far, using Win XP Pro, I'm impressed with the unit (Posted on 4/15/11)

  55. Great deal Review by Max
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    Taken price into consideration, it's one of the best deals for a wireless IPcam. The image quality is acceptable, hardware seems decent and all functions work as advertised.

    The manual that comes with the camera is pretty bad. Instead of trying to decipher poor English in the manual, I would recommend going to foscam website. There are good installation instructions posted there that I had no trouble following.

    The software that comes with the camera is very basic. Also, I am not sure how good it would be with managing multiple cams as I only purchased one. Another thing to be aware of is that the software comes on a minidisk, which will create problems if you have a slot loading CD/DVD drive.

    All in all, it's a decent camera for the price. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  56. Great Cam - Wireless works fine Review by Zoso67
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    This is a great camera.

    The setup was a bit tricky on the wireless but once I figured out what was wrong it worked like a champ.
    My network uses WPA encryption which this camera does support. Just make sure you don't have more than 8 characters in the key for your wireless network. I had to change mine in order for it to connect to WPA.

    Night vision is fine, works about 10-15ft.
    Audio is crappy but could work better with firmware updates. Except for the speaker on the unit itself, total crap. But the mic works and you can hear outdoor audio just fine.

    Recording video works fine, motion detection works fine but has a sweet spot you have to find. The ability to automatically record motion triggered video is a really nice feature. Records a 2min video every time motion is detected.

    All in all a great Wifi ip cam for the price.

    The iPhone app for the Foscam cameras is AWESOME and even better than the web page interface. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  57. Great Value ! Review by Eurotraveler
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    Had it setup in about 15 minutes. mini-cd came with it had the manual and software on it. Loaded the software - it found the camera on my network quickly. Dbl click on the device and it opens the webpage to logon to the camera. Id= admin - no pwd - camera works! wow that was easy - not the problems others seem to have. I had it look for my wireless network, it found it -- gave it the password -- and walaa - on wireless. I pulled the pwr plug on the camera, pulled the ethernet conneciton out, plugged it back in to pwr and within minutes it was on the network again. I logged and and setup the dyndns.org id and pwd I had created, open port fwd on linksys router to this ip and within another 10 min was hitting it from the internet.
    I might have a newer firmware or something -- but for the price you can't beat the value - now all I need is zoom ! (Posted on 4/15/11)

  58. Excellent value for the money Review by Fani
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    Pros -

    + simple setup. Works with Firefox and in Linux ( after some tweaking with Zoneminder ) and Mac and iPhone !!!
    + works well. You can Pan Tilt Zoom remotely. Picture quality is acceptable.
    + night vision works well.
    + contrast/brightness changes appropriately when switching from indoor view to outdoor view
    + nice and compact
    + can email/ftp when motion sensor is tripped AND can report via email when your external IP changes !!
    + has great range of motion 270 degrees Pan and 120 degrees of Tilt. More than adequate to cover a large range
    + can push it in continuous pan/tilt mode which swivel scanning. great for easily expanding your range when you place it at corner of your house
    + wireless !! Yay !
    + price is reasonable
    + (I've heard) great customer support

    Cons -

    - Linux support missing audio
    - Windows/IE ActiveX needed for full features with sound.
    - Picture quality can be better in these days. Should've come with like 2MP camera or even 3.2 MP camera. 2MP and 3MP cameras are cheap now and offer enough resolution to identify faces clearly
    - does not have good motion sensor detection. At 10, it detects up to 15 feet, at 5, its almost nothing
    - does not capture video when motion sensor is tripped. Ideally it should record a 30sec video clip and upload that instead of snapping away blurry pictures
    - motion detector resolution is slightly low. Did not catch me back my car out of the driveway. Should've. But I was approx. 45 feet away so its perhaps beyond the range of this product.
    - Network blinking light couldn't be turned off from the web. I had to search on Bing and find a solution to shut it off

    Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend this product. For this price range, it cannot get any better than this. I would rate this overall an 8/10 since most of my negative points apply to almost every other device in this category. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  59. Ben dover Review by Worth the money, but somewhat painful
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    The instructions are pretty much (but not totally) useless.
    I used the instruction manual to initially setup the camera. I then had to use Google and the instructions (had to use google to interpret manual because English is that bad) that came with the camera for the rest of the setup. I really could not set this up without the talk forums from the net. Honestly with the knowledge I have with computers setting it up wired 1st, then wireless was not a problem for me. It was setting up e-mail forwarding, i.e. the camera has motion sensors (that work very well btw)that will take snapshots and send them via e-mail. Well, this is where the fun began.....in the instructions manual, don't even bother...just go straight to the web and search for instructions. I typed in "set-up e-mail for foscam" and I found a gentleman in a foscam-help-forum that helped me more then foscam's manual did. As a matter of fact after reading his instructions I had this stage done in seconds! I am so happy I made the dummy account from aol due to the fact that if my cat walks by the cam it takes 6 pictures, 1 every second and sends an e-mail to me. Well, with a cat walking back and forth or playing around I got like 42 e-mails in about 10 minutes. So I advise even if you use aol to setup another dummy account for this if you do not want your regular e-mail acct to get clotted with pix of your house. ;)
    PRO's
    Price is right! $$$$
    Video quality is better then I had expected.
    Night-vision mode is better then I expected. A bit of lag when using this though.
    Almost real-time (1 sec lag) wireless communication.
    Comes with mounting brackets and screws, and usb cord!!! WOW!
    So all in all, it IS a really nice piece of hardware, so nice that I picked up a 2nd.

    CON'S
    Instruction manual is pretty much a joke...written by someone that does not know how to speak English. I wondered if it were someone from China using a google translator to write this manual out before shipping it...really it is that bad.
    Installation is NOT a breeze, at least not by today's standards. Once I went through the pain of setting up cam 1, # 2 was a breeze though....I would not recommend this for someone NOT that computer savvy.
    A bit more lag when using night-vision.
    And lastly; NO ZOOM FUNCTION.

    This product would have gotten 5 stars from me if not for the sloppy, broken-non-English language used.
    (Posted on 4/15/11)

  60. Love It a lot Review by ostawookie
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    I bought one of these to keep an eye on the dog/house while we're gone. I chose this one because of the relative price. Overall I'm very pleased.
    Pros:
    -Setup of wireless authentication type and password was smooth (plug it in to the network directly the first time though), setup of alarm mail sending also easy. I have a port forwarding entry in my router for the camera, and my router already updates its IP address to Dyndns, so accessing the camera remotely was also quick to setup.
    -pan/tilt works pretty well through the web interface.
    -nightvision is awesome, and the infrared leds, though noticeable, are much less so than on other cameras I've seen.

    Some cons:
    -audio is only usable through the IE/activex page, not the plain firefox page
    -motion detection sensitivity level doesn't work well - at 10 you get notified for everything, but then at 5,8,9 I've walked across the room and it doesn't pick it up, so I end up leaving it at 10 and delete a lot of the notificition emails
    -it's taking screencaps from a movie basically, so often the snapshots the alarm sends you are blurred, depending on how fast the person was walking through the room
    -whitebalance detection could be better, the walls in its room are painted red and that affects the hues of all the colors viewed through the camera.
    -software on the camera has crashed or locked up twice a month, requiring you to physically unplug and replug in the camera to reset it
    -ignored my setting of "do not flash the bright green light" on the front bottom, so I have electrical tape over it.
    -pan/tilt makes a noticeable whirring sound, alerting people they're being watched

    Overall this tends to be the cheapest camera in this class, and I find it worth the price.
    (Posted on 4/15/11)

  61. cheaper than the panasonic Review by Path to Wisdom
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    I won't give it 5 stars because the image has "curves" or bends,
    seems like a bad lens.
    I finally got it working in wireless mode. Here's the secret.
    Instruction "unplug, and plug back in for 30 seconds" is wrong.
    It is about 120 seconds before my computer "sees" the camera. And the instruction on UPnP needs to be changed. Just click "enable" on both the camera, and the wireless router, then ignore the "in conflict" message. So don't look for the "UPnP success" message. Also, needs to remove the firewall on the wireless router , and the wireless router needs to be re-booted from the computer. Of course, set up the WEP security.

    I discovered my Belkin wireless router kicks out / disconnects the camera.
    And I have to reboot the router for the camera to work/be recognized.

    I set my camera's port to 50010, ip address to xxx.xxx.x.100 and
    in the router, the virtual mapping - in port (from outside) at 8080, internal/private port to 50010.
    Have to set up the Dyndns account.

    May not be able to access this at work because the camera requires your computer to install a file, which my employer's IT guys would block. But at least you can save a snapshot and see the place. Don't know if the "panning" is locked if the access is blocked. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  62. Good camera for the price Review by Stephen L. A
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    Pros: good picture quality, virtually noise-free operation, great night vision, easy network connectivity, excellent A+ tech support.

    Cons: A bit large and obtrusive, software is buggy, power cord a bit too short.

    Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase. I bought this camera primarily for use as a security system, but also as a gag so my wife and I could watch our cat during the day while we are at work (pathetic, I know). The email motion alarm and FTP file storage allow for us to instantly know (and save the pictures to a remote location) if someone breaks into our house. The camera software is a bit buggy, it doesn't work 100% using firefox (i get strange errors when trying to pan) and the email settings need to be re-worked in order to allow you to enter more characters in certain fields. I'd imagine these will be fixed during the next firmware or browser software update. That being said I can easily log on anywhere I have an internet connection and check on my house, day or night. I also wish the power cord was a bit longer so I don't have to use an extension cord. Tech support was great, what every company should strive for. I emailed them with a question and received continuous help over the next few days until the issue was resolved. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  63. Great deal, but you've gotta work for it Review by Pat D
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    I'm usually pretty good with bad English translations in my instruction manuals, but this product is pretty rough. You often can't tell if the manual is telling you that something needs to be done in order to make something happen, that it shouldn't be done if you want it to happen... or if you need to make the second thing happen (some other way) in order for the first thing to be taken care of. Use of negatives and double-negatives is a challenge, too. If you are familiar with the configuration of network gear, try to forget what you know. It doesn't work *exactly* the same with this camera. You're better off as a novice, I think.

    Since it burned 15 hours of my time, here's a possible help for some people about to return their camera because "wireless isn't working". This is for people who manually assign IPs, or who don't understand why the camera isn't finding any wireless networks. Understand that the camera has to be set it up in very specific stages. You can't make all your changes at once. Also, you must use the proprietary software to connect to the camera over Ethernet the first time. Don't use other software. Make sure you set your router for dynamic IP allocation. Next, you reboot through software. Next you power cycle. Log into the camera using IE. It says you can use other browsers, but don't. NOW set up the wireless properties. Save them, remove the ethernet cable. Reboot through software and then power cycle (yes, that's two boots). Log in again. NOW change the IP assignment from dynamic to manual. Save and reboot through software and then power cycle. You won't find these instructions in the manual. I had to stumble upon it and I've repeated the process with minor variations to be sure - nothing else works. Good grief!!!!!!! I was about to pack these things up and ship them back. Looks like they work fine if you know the right dance. I'm using 128 bit WEP. If you're using something else - good luck to you. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  64. LA Door Guy Review by Cool IP camera - Love the servo drive - Foscam
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    I bought these to use for web conferencing. I have not gotten a chance to try that and they may not be the best choice for that purpose. They are nice cameras that, for the price, have a good look and feel. They seem like decent quality.
    I set up the cameras as hard wired with ethernet cables and found it very simple. They have fair image quality. Of course we all want great image quality but remember these are modestly priced cameras and considering that they work great. So far the color seems a bit muted but the image is clear. The brightness and contract adjustments work well. The servo drive that can point the cameras remotely works really well. It does not zoom or focus remotely.
    The microphone seems a bit low quality. It is probably intended for a person close up. The advertisement from the manufacturer says two way audio but I have not figured that out yet. Seems like that may be a problem with these cameras. I am not sure. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  65. Great Value Review by Kim C
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    We have a baby and we wanted something other than the typical baby camera monitors. I had seen a segment on tv where the standard baby monitors can interfere with car gps systems and people driving by could actually see your child on their gps screen. We had tried another product first before my husband found these cameras. The first camera had poor night vision unless it was plugged in and the batteries would last only about 4 hours. We now have three of these and absolutely love them. We have computers throughout our house, so the IP address for each camera makes it easy to keep track of a sleeping or awake baby. These are cheaper than the first camera we used and the night vision is really good. I love the fact that I can control the camera angle from any computer - very useful in a two story home or if you need to check on pets while you are away. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  66. Jeferson F. S Review by Perfect because of the price and the features
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    I just bought mine yesterday and set it up at home without any probs in about 15 minutes, the process is straightforward if you know you way around in pc's.

    - Connected the camera to the router via cable, then checked routers dhcp to find out the cam ip address
    - After I found out the IP address of the cam, I logged in via browser, set up (admin pass, wireless, users accounts, webserver port that would be open and also an internal ip address, a fixed one - better practice)
    - Then, my IP cam was all good and only thing left was to grant access from outside to the inside, so I went on my wireless router and created a rule telling the router "Hey Router, everything coming to your public IP at por 9090, please redirect to the internal ip address 192.168.1.10(internal ip that I set for my IP cam) at port 9090" and that was it.

    In 15 minutes I've got the camera fully operational, working all features, also had the chance to plug the sound output to a better sound system, so I could be better heard when talking from the internet.

    - The built-in mic works great.

    - The night vision is just perfect, once I shutdown all the lights at home and saw the image quality it was displaying, I just could not believe it, really good.

    Only problem that I see with this cam -> Its speakers are not very powerful, if you speak a little bit loud, the sound is very noisy on the local site, and is not processed very clear.

    But yeah, I am planning to buy 3 more of this unit to set up my own surveillance IP system, great stuff! (Posted on 4/15/11)

  67. Good starter cam Review by Cowetarent
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    I several rental properties and have always wanted to keep an eye on our parking lots. We have had some vandalism and other which I will call "strange" occurances. Only deployed them around the house, but looks very promising especially with my Android phone. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  68. Bang for Buck Review by J. Garcia
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    I was looking to get a network cam to monitor the home. My expectations were set to low and was hoping that it would meet the minimum requirements. I used to have an x10 camera set from a very long time ago.

    Here are my list of pros and cons:

    Pros:

    1. product seems well built enough
    2. stand and the ability of the cam to be mounted in diff configs was great
    3. low light performance surprised me - images were clear
    4. Setup is not as easy as users would like and requires some basic understanding of your network infra. But again not complex.
    5. Was also presently surprised that I could actually transmit audio as well as receive audio from remote through the cam.
    6. Images for me were pretty clear (640x480) and i was quite surprised since i was expecting worse.
    7. Pan and Tilt (flip, mirror) are all great with the cam.

    Cons:

    1. Of course with products like this - the user manual left me wanting. Not really detailed but enough to get the job done.
    2. you can log into the device but am worried that there is no HTTPS option
    3. Web interface is clunky - the activeX control for IE makes my browser crash
    4. Firefox options gives less control of the cam
    5. Setup software isnt that great as well

    All in all a great performing product for the price (Got mine for $86). If you compare to other cams this is a much better deal.

    To top it all off: as others have said. The $5 iphone app is THE perfect companion for the Cam. It almost makes you wish that was what you see in the IE browser for control.
    (Posted on 4/15/11)

  69. Works Well - Not Great Setup Materials Review by KC keg
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    I bought this to work with my z-wave home automation system and Mi Casa Verde's Vera2. It was relatively easy to get this to work on its own. The product manuals aren't very good, but some of the other Amazon reviews helped out. Be sure to plug this into your main router. I have two routers and I wasn't able to find it at first when I plugged it into my secondary/z-wave router. Its compatibility with z-wave/Vera is just ok. It took some time on forums to figure it out, but if you're willing to invest some time searching the vera forums for Foscam and then following the instructions it can be done. The quality is pretty good. Even the nightvision is surprisingly good. I have it in a room that's 25 feet deep and in the pitch dark I can see the far wall when the IR vision is on. For the price this is a great buy for anyone willing to do a bit of work to get it setup. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  70. Great Camera Review by Ciocarlia
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    I bought this camera recently and have been very pleased with it. It was smaller than I expected and fit easily into various locations in my house (I use it to keep track of my kids). The setup was incredibly easy, even though I'm usually not so good with computers. The picture quality is very clear, especially the night time view. It's also very easy to control the camera remotely. Overall, an excellent purchase, especially for the relatively low price. Highly recommended. I'm planning to get a few more cameras to place them throughout the house. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  71. Excellent Camera Review by Eugene K. P
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    Purchased this camera for monitoring our server room. Setup was extremely easy. Software is excellent for viewing and controlling. The hardware quality including the night vision is also excellent. I would recommend to anyone looking at IP based cameras. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  72. Great little indoor camera Review by Andrew C
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    I was going out of town on a series of business trips, and wanted to be able to keep an eye on my apartment while I was away (before I got an alarm system installed). I read good reviews of this camera, and bought one.

    This camera is great, especially after upgrading to the latest firmware. Great support for non-IE browsers (I'm a Mac user), and works well under Safari on the iPhone, but there is also at least one really good iPhone app that lets you do the Pan-Tilt by pressing on the image, and display up to six cameras in a grid.

    No problem connecting to my wireless network, and I haven't had any problems with drops or freezes. Tested out the Motion Sensing software, and it worked perfectly....if it detects motion, it sends a series of captures to my email. The Schedule option lets me suppress them during the times I'm normally home.

    I liked the first one so much, I immediately bought two more, and one of the outside cousins (that does *not* have pan-tilt) to monitor the rest of my apartment.

    It's amazing the peace of mind you get on trips from being able to pull out your iPhone and look at all areas of your home (Posted on 4/15/11)

  73. Great solid camera, great night vision! Review by Fabian
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    I wanted to buy a cheap wifi ip camera with night vision.
    I came up with this Foscam camera and others a lot more expensive like Panasonic or Trendnet cameras.
    I'm happy I decided to buy this one!!

    A friend bought the Panasonic camera for over $250 and I must say that the quality of the video is the same.
    BUT Panasonic does not have IR Night Vision.. Night vision in Foscam camera is just awesome!

    You have to know a little about your router and DynDns services if you want to check the camera via internet.
    The user manual is poor.

    Panasonic camera offers a service where you sign up, choose a URL and that's it.. their software does the tech stuff at your router and you're online in a few minutes. That's the advantage for non-tech people.

    Becareful of Foscam replicas!
    Do not buy a Foscam camera for less than $100 ... it's probably not the original.

    Solid piece of hardware, pan, tilt, clear color view, b/w clear night vision, two-way audio, record on demand, record on motion, wifi, roof/wall base ... the software is not very nice but does the work and supports several cameras.

    There's also a paid application for the iphone ($5 I think)

    I recommed this item and I would definitly but it again!

    NOTE: For those with problems finding the audio and record controls, they are only available if you use IE and install the activeX, it's not available for other browsers.

    NOTE 2: If you can not set the record target folder or you can not record at all and you're on Windows 7, you have to start IE as administrator (Run as Administrator) and those features will be enabled. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  74. Great Cam for the Price Review by jradam
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    I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this camera after reading the reviews. But most of the negative reviews were based on wireless connectivity issues and the manual translation. I know just enough about networking to be dangerous - trial and error is my main method of accomplishing anything when it comes to working on my home network. I bought two cameras, the first one took me about 3 hours to figure out. The manual is translated to English by a NON-native or NON-fluent English speaker, however, it is close enough that I could figure out what they were meaning. I did have to set up port forwarding on my router. This was one of the tricky parts for me. The initial set up is done with the camera hard wired to the router. Then you enter in the wireless settings and it reboots and comes back up (after removing the hard wire during the boot up process) trying to connect on the wireless settings. Well I had my port forwarding set up to the assigned IP address of the camera for the hard wired connection. When it comes up using the wireless connection, it is assigned a different IP. Once I figured this out, I had not issues with my wireless connectivity. I set the second camera up in about 15 minutes. The picture quality is acceptable (for me) for the purpose I am using the camera for - I just need to be able to see what is going on. The colors are not true to life but I am not using the camera to make photo memories, or home videos. I am pleasantly surprised with the performance so far - I have been using it for about two weeks. (Posted on 4/15/11)

  75. Love it! Review by My Opinion
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    I was a little concerned after reading all of the posts complaining
    about how hard their experiences were in setting up this camera.
    Aside from that, the ratings were good, the price was right, and since
    I have 20 years IT experience and am a glutton for punishment, I
    ordered one. Actually I need at least three, but I wanted to buy one
    as a test, and if it passed, I'd buy the additional two cameras.

    I ordered this camera and several days later it was already in my
    mailbox. I unpacked it, and was going to put off configuring it until
    Christmas day, when I would have had much of the day to play with it.
    Being the workaholic that I am, I decided to go ahead and try and
    configure it within minutes of deciding I wasn't going to do it. I
    got out the instruction book and started going through the steps, one
    by one. The grammar kind of bothered me, you can tell English
    wasn't a native language for the technical document writer. I'm not
    going to lie, you're going to need a bit of technical experience to
    get this camera connected, but it's not the camera's fault. With all
    the security that's around nowadays, along with all the possible setup
    scenarios, it's likely never going to be a plug and play scenario to
    get an IP camera working. I'll bottom line you though - it was worth
    it. I love this thing!

    My first bit of advice is to take the instruction book that's inside
    the box, and put it directly into your trash can. Seriously. That
    book is flawed and you're going to need the Hubble Telescope to read
    the small print to begin with. Follow the manual on the CD that's in
    the box. There are guides on the CD. One is a User Manual PDF and the
    other is a quick guide. Follow the User Manual for it's a bit more
    detailed. Now let me describe my equipment and the steps I took to
    get this camera configured. My equipment: Linksys Wireless Router, PC
    running Windows XP Pro SP3, Cable Mode for Internet connection.

    If you want this thing to email you photos when the motion sensor is
    tripped (or to connect to it via the Internet, which is why you're
    looking at an IP camera to begin with), then you're going to need an
    Internet connection. You'll need at least a Cable modem. I can't
    imagine how slow it will be if you have DSL and you're trying to
    connect to this camera over the Internet. So, I've got a Cable modem,
    Linksys wireless router, and a NON SSL POP email account. YOU CANNOT
    USE GMAIL WITH THE CURRENT FIRMWARE WITH THIS CAMERA. Gmail requires
    SSL and the SMTP client on this camera as of today is not written for
    SSL, so save yourself some time in trying to do it anyway. Unless you
    use STunnel from [...], it's just not going to happen. Since I
    have several email accounts, I simply chose one that I knew didn't
    require SSL (it's a hosted account I have with Rochen, with gives you
    the option to use their non SSL SMTP port 1025 which will work with this camera, or to use the more common Secure SMTP like that of Gmail which won't work with this camera.)

    Quick steps of what I did:

    Step 1: Screw the antenna into the camera. Plug the network cable into
    the camera and then into an available port on your wireless router.
    Plug the power cable into the wall and then into the camera.

    Step 2: Now on your computer, which is also running through your
    router, run the IP Camera tool from the CD, but first make sure you
    exit any web browsers you may have open. You may have to reboot your
    computer after the IP Camera Tool installation.

    Step 3: You should be reading through the User Manual at this point,
    as there are many possibilities for your current setup. You should
    have also already thrown the printed manual into your trash can where
    it rightfully belongs. Run the IP Cameral Tool icon from the desktop
    if you had to reboot your computer. Your camera should show up in
    that list as anonymous, followed by
    [...] Personally, I'm running DHCP so
    an IP was already assigned to the camera when it booted. If you
    double click on the IP address of the camera in the IP Camera Tool
    window, it will bring up a web browser window for you to login to the
    camera. The default username is admin with a blank password (this
    part is not in that stupid printed manual that came in the box with
    the camera..but luckily you threw it in the trash.)

    Step 4: This is important: save yourself some grief and use Internet
    Explorer to get this thing setup. You can play around with Firefox and
    other browsers all you want later, but for sake of simplicity, just
    use IE for now. Since you're using IE you'd use the first set of
    login parameters on the login page.

    Step 5: Now that you are logged in, you should see an Active X request
    so go ahead and right click and install it. Then you may need to run
    an additional app that pops up before you can see the video stream.

    Step 6: Hey wow! There you are in the video if you've got it pointed
    at yourself. So far so good. I played around a bit at this point,
    panning the camera left, right, up, down..pretty nice! Cut out the
    lights...yep..can still see me in the dark...except now I've got big
    devilish pupils. Now you need to configure all of the settings under
    administrator (on the bottom left of the screen).

    You need to decide how you will get to the camera over the Internet.
    I've got a DynDNS account, but it's a whole lot more easy to just use
    port forwarding on my router. So I picked an available port, gave it
    some random name, and pointed that port to the fixed IP of the camera.
    You'll also need to be sure you get all of your settings dead
    accurate correct, otherwise your wireless won't work. Make sure your
    SSID is correct, your Auth Key is correct, Encryption type, etc. etc.
    If just one thing is wrong, you won't be able to go wireless. For
    certain settings in your camera, it may need to reboot the
    camera..kind of annoying but it is what it is. Once you get all of
    your wireless settings correct, you can remove the network cable from
    the back of the camera. Your camera should still show up in the IP
    Camera Tool window. If not, you did something wrong. If so, you're
    now ready to go wireless. To test, I used:
    [...] :AssignedPortIUsed Works great!

    Regarding the email: because of the poor use of English, when you are
    putting in SMTP server account settings (if you chose to have it email
    you pictures when motion trips the alarm) then BE SURE YOU CLICK
    SUBMIT AFTER YOU ENTER ALL OF THE INFORMATION AND BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE
    **BEFORE** YOU CLICK ON "TEST". The camera will not take the settings
    until you click on SUBMIT. So make sure you SUBMIT before you TEST.
    I got hung up on this for about 30 minutes of KNOWING my settings were
    correct, but couldn't figure out why the camera said it couldn't
    connect to my account. I even did the whole Telnet routine to connect
    manually to the SMTP port because I knew my settings were correct.
    CLICK SUBMIT BEFORE YOU TEST.

    Regarding the motion alarm: I used the scheduling for the motion alarm
    to trip when I'm at work...so I put in my work schedule. No one should
    be walking around inside my home while I'm not there. If they do, I've
    got them on video straight to my cell phone, in which case I'd
    promptly call the police.

    Well, that's about it for me. It works great. Also, as one of the
    receiving email accounts, I wanted to mention that you can use your
    email to text with your cell phone company (I have tmobile, so it's
    [...] ) so now when the motion is tripped
    on your camera, it will send the pictures via SMS text to your cell
    phone. I can't say enough good things about this camera. I just hope
    it stands the test of time..and maybe I'll come back and do a follow
    up review in a few months.

    Have fun! Merry Christmas!
    (Posted on 4/15/11)


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Securing Your Foscam Camera – Important Notice

 

 

 

Apps


 

Foscam US (Official Foscam US App for iOS)

 

 

 

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.)

 



CD Installation Software (IP Camera Tools)  

 

 

IP Camera Tool (Used for all camera models) 

 

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

 

 

 

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 No-IP.com 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

 

 

 

 

Latest Firmware
 

 

Foscam FHC51 - Download CD Contents

 

 

Foscam FI9821W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE & WEB INTERFACE 


Foscam FI9821W - Download USER MANUAL 

 

 

Foscam FI9805W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE & WEB INTERFACE 

Foscam FI9805W - Download USER MANUAL

 

 

Foscam FI8910W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE & WEB INTERFACE


Foscam FI8910W - Download USER MANUAL 

 

 

Foscam FI8919W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE & WEB INTERFACE

Foscam FI8919W - Download USER MANUAL 

 

 

Foscam FI8918W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE & WEB INTERFACE

Foscam FI8918W - Download USER MANUAL




Foscam FI8904W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE AND WEB INTERFACE

Foscam FI8904W - Download USER MANUAL




Foscam FI8905W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE AND WEB INTERFACE

Foscam FI8905W - Download USER MANUAL




Foscam FI8909W - Download LATEST FIRMWARE AND WEB INTERFACE

Foscam FI8909W - Download USER MANUAL