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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
I bought this, along with 4 of the FI8910W cams to cover my townhouse. The FI8910W cams are well worth the money. This one is not. It has trouble staying connected over wireless and is very slow when it is connected. Its picture quality is poor in comparison to the other cams. The green leaves outside of the front window are pink according to it. An FI8910W in the same location has no problems and the leaves are green! I sent this one back and am using the FI8910W instead. For a price difference of around $35.00 or so, I feel much happier with the FI8910W.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
The listing clearly says "Two-way audio monitoring", but I could not find any way to do it in Internet Explorer. I tried to chat and call Foscam, but no one was home. Puzzled, I decided to try Firefox, and I was able to hear the audio. With TinyCAM Pro (android app) I was able to get the two way audio to work. Bottom line, you will have to use Firefox (with VLC plugin) or a web cam app on andriod to use the mic & speaker in the camera. For the price, this is a good little IP camera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2013
my daughter is in a wheelchair in a basement apartment of our house. She cannot see when her para-transit bus arrives and sometimes had to sit in the rain so she wouldn't miss it. now she can watch on her phone or computer to see when it arrives.
I wish there were a way to turn off the night vision IR. We have it in a window and at night the IR reflects from the window back into the camera obliterating the street view.
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on October 1, 2013
i have 3 wireless IP cameras in my house: one foscam, one D-link and a loftek. i got them all a little over two years ago. in that time, i've been through two lofteks and decided stay away from them even though they're customer service was very responsive and helpful. i opted for this fixed-position foscam as a replacement and thought i'd save a few bucks by getting a refurbished one. well, the first one arrived and it looked new...the problem was, it would power on but refused to connect to my network. i tried it on 2 different routers, a hub and a switch with no luck so i returned it and ordered another one. when the second one arrived and i opened the box, i was shocked to find just the camera body, the antenna and the power adapter...no instruction manual, no CD, and, most importantly, no mounting stand! still, i wanted to make sure it worked so i set it up and it worked. set-up is a royal PITA. the foscam instructions which i downloaded from their website are horrendous and the built-in DDNS address did not work so i resorted to assigning it to my dyndns.org host which finally gave me wireless connectivity. luckily, i am somewhat experienced with networks and IP cameras or i never would have figured it out. foscam claims 7 meters of IR range but it is definitely less than my other cameras that claim about the same range. so, in summary, the FI8909W is a good camera,especially for the price, but i'd highly recommend buying a new one to avoid any potential refurb hassles like i'm dealing with. it took me such a long time to get the camera properly setup and configured that i don't want it send it back for a replacement just to get the stand so i just emailed foscam support and asked them to send me one. we shall see...

october 7 update: foscam support emailed me back the very next day asking for a copy of my invoice and sent out the missing piece the next day. i received it just two days later. excellent customer service.

october 11 update: shortly after installing the FI8909W, our remotes for our garage door starting acting really squirrelly, refusing to open or close the garage door 95% of the time. i then ran a cat-5 cable directly to the camera and disabled the wireless in the web interface and removed the antenna yet the problem persisted. i performed a series of tests: unplug the camera's power, the garage door openers work fine. plug in the camera, the garage door openers stop working. repeated over and over again with same result. i finally put my FI8918W in the same spot (hard-wired connection) and everything works fine. so, my words of caution: WATCH OUT FOR WIRELESS INTERFERENCE WITH THE FI8909W!
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on February 24, 2013
Firstly, I immediately updated the firmware to the latest based on my research prior to my purchase. The update process was flawless (make sure to do it from a wired connection). The configuration process was relatively easy as well. The "IP Camera Tool" software (included with the camera) used to locate the camera(s) on the network works very well and web browser interaction (SeaMonkey, Firefox, and Internet Explorer) worked equally as well (both wired and wireless).

The Foscam forums have a wealth of helpful information. I especially appreciated the topic(s) discussing how to disable the embedded My.Foscam.org DDNS setting in the firmware configuration. This is otherwise not configurable through the normal user interface (UI). Really, must this be a default with the inability to simply disable it? The not-so-savvy users could open the cam for full viewing by the general public if they are not careful. Read more about this in the post at: [...]

Update: Amazon will not post the link, so just go to the Foscam forum and search for "Security Concern with MyFoscam.org".

As for the image quality, the clearest can be acquired at 320x240 (rather small). The only other option is 640x480 which is a bit grainy. Static images are easily recognizable, even at night with the infra-red LEDs lighting the scene. However, motion video at either of these resolutions leaves a lot to be desired. Motion is very blurry and infrequently identifiable. In my experience with these cameras and other multiple Foscam's I bought here (FI8910W and FI8905W), I found this to be the case with video and snapshot stills when motion is in the scene. Basically, if you know who/what it is, then you can probably identify it, but good luck with an unexpected/uninvited guest. I believe this to be an inherent weakness in the camera design and a detriment when using these for home surveillance.

Another note on the infra-red LEDs: they emit a red glow in the dark or low-light environments. Therefore, they are not really suited for concealment and can easily be spotted. They also have other bright power and network activity LEDs on them as well. While the network LED can be shut off in the software, the power LED cannot. With these on the front they happily announce their presence to any would-be intruder (day or night - which I realize is moot given the aforementioned red-glow).

As for the other CMS (Central Management Software) software included with the camera(s), it does work but it is not without its own quirks.
-- For one thing, CMS *MUST* be run with *Administrator* privileges in Windows (I use Win7 Pro). Otherwise, it cannot be properly configured for use with the cameras. So, right-mouse-click the icon and select "Run as administrator". This is a software design flaw which could have been overcome by incorporating other methods.
-- Once configured, I found CMS to be clunky and sluggish when controlling cameras. I had eight of them setup and it was painful to remotely operate them. With two or three configured it was more manageable. And I am running this on a very powerful Intel-based core-i7 PC at 3.5GHz!

In the end, I am disappointed with my investment and may opt to return/replace these cameras.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2013
This IP camera is perfect. Its cheap, reliable, easy to set-up and durable. Allow me expand each point that I just made:
Cheap: At $55.00 (with free two day shipping for prime members) you can't beat it. Anywhere. It even has a warranty!

Reliable: I have two running 24/7/365, they have never dropped their connection and maintain a high frame rate (20FPS).

Easy to set-up: Follow the instructions in the guide they give you. First you turn it on and plug it in, then you use the software they give you to find its IP Address. Then your browser takes over. It supports activeX (IE) AND it has sever push mode for FireFox! Server push mode is much better then activeX. It also has a mobile viewer for your phone. Using the settings on the camera's webpage you can toggle how it connects (via LAN or WIFI) and what network it uses. It takes about 5mins from start to finish to set-up this camera. They also send you a video tutorial CD. You don't need to watch it but if you want a comical Japanese to English translation then I suggest you watch it. Its got bad lip syncing and everything. Like a bad Japanese movie.

Durable: Its very sturdy and has a metal base complete with mounting equipment. The camera can also withstand falls, as I found that out first hand when I mounted it improperly. The base is also extremely balanced, and the camera can fully stand up on its own with out any mounting or screwing down (which is perfect for tables and temporary positions).

I love this camera. I bought three of them to complete my home security system. Of course its native software sucks! Your not paying for the software, your paying for the camera! You obviously have to use it with good third party software to really take advantage of it. I use my camera with ISPY CONNECT. Its a wonderful FREE program complete with motion tracking, email alerts, it runs programs and plays sounds on alerts, it has facial recognition, image recognition, everything. You can connect as many cameras as you want to it and it even has a handy wizard to help you set everything up. You can even connect to their severs (for a small monthly fee)so you can stream the cameras to any device in the world! Its amazing!

You can use these cameras and free third party software to create an amazing security system that blows away anything that you can buy else where. And its totally affordable. 5 stars all the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Picture quality is OK but after using the other Foscam products I found that for a few dollars more you could have a cam that rotated etc.
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on July 23, 2012
I bought two of these over a year ago, and they've been great. This latest purchase appears to be an updated version of the hardware, but almost unnoticeable. They do make better cameras (higher res and better color), but for the price, these are great. To be fully satisfied, you really need to purchase cam software such as "Blue Iris." You can really unlock the potential of these cameras by buying good software to accompany them. My Blue Iris with these cameras allows me to capture video on motion detection, mask out pesky trees blowing in the wind, and it sends me a 10 sec video clip via email when triggered. It also buffers up several frames in advance so you don't miss the action... without the buffer, your camera will trigger via motion detection too late, and it will miss the action. With Blue Iris, I can view in remotely to see what's going on via web page. Without good software, the camera is probably not going to amaze you.
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The manufacturer commented on the review below
on November 14, 2013
Nice picture (day & night) and simple configuration made this a very decent cam for the money. Too bad it only lasted about 3 months before failing. The unit was plugged into a decent surge protector but simply would not "boot" after moving it to a new location. I have a 3 year old cheap D-Link camera (similar specs) which has been OUTSIDE in a covered position and is still working.. and that's through the seasons here in the NE. I babied this Foscam indoors and it still failed.

Forget getting this thing repaired under warranty - I felt like I was in a hedge maze trying to find the right number to call.

I gave the camera 2 stars instead of one because it really was a nice little camera until it failed. It's possible I just got a lemon, but my online research indicates it's a common occurrence.

Sorry, Foscam, I'm going elsewhere for my camera needs.
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The manufacturer commented on this review (What's this?)
Hello,

We're sorry to hear that the camera has become unresponsive. We will gladly replace the camera free of charge for you. If you could please contact us at amazon@foscam.us we can get the replacement process started. We do greatly appreciate the feedback.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to hearing back from you.


Best Regards,
Foscam Customer Support
The manufacturer commented on the review below
on June 12, 2014
If you are looking at the Foscam line of cameras, you have found the only one that does not have the ability to turn the IR on and off from the web based control panel. This goes for the camera settings itself as well as the viewer. This design flaw is not mentioned anywhere on the manufacturer's website nor any other site that is based upon the same content.

After a frustrating waste of 30 minutes of my life which I will never get back, I was told that this was a feature which could not be changed.

The missing IR cut filter creates one nasty image as well.

If you want a indoor baby monitor this might work. I wouldn't use it for anything important however.
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The manufacturer commented on this review (What's this?)
Hello,

We apologize for the poor experience with our camera and the confusion. Unfortunately the FI8909W does not have the ability to control the IR light. We do offer other models that have the IR cut filter as well as the ability to control the IR lights. We greatly appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve our products. If you have any other questions or comments, please contact us at amazon@foscam.us

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to hearing back from you.


Best Regards,
Foscam Customer Service

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