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Foscam FI9821W V2 Megapixel HD 1280 x 720p H.264 Wireless/Wired Pan/Tilt IP Camera with IR-Cut Filter - 26ft Night Vision and 2.8mm Lens (70° Viewing Angle) - Black

by Foscam
3.5 out of 5 stars 2,671 customer reviews
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  • The FI9821W V2 comes equipped with a faster chipset than its predecessor, offering better performance. HD quality, 1280 x 720 Resolution
  • Features like Two-Way Audio and Multiple Camera Setup Are Now Accessible On Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
  • H.264 Video Compression & Free Manufacturer's DDNS Included
  • Completely Redesigned WebUI, Wider Viewing Angle of 70°
  • Accessible With iPhone Apps like Live Cams Pro, and Android Apps such as TinyCam Monitor
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Product Description

Color: Black

Watch what you love, anywhere.
Introducing the Foscam FI9821W V2

Keep an eye on your loved ones & belongings from anywhere, now in High Definition!

Watch what you love in 1280 x 720p HD quality

The FI9821W V2 provides a 1.0 megapixel lens capable of streaming video at 1280 x 720p HD quality. Enjoy the convenience and peace of mind knowing that your loved ones and personal belongings are safe and out of harms way. Stream HD quality video and audio directly to your PC (Windows & Mac), iPhone, Android, or Tablet.

Save alarm recordings directly to an SD card

Receive alerts via email/FTP whenever motion is detected. Record snapshots and video when anyone enters or exits your driveway, backyard, home or business. Utilize onsite/offsite network video monitoring and recording capabilities to an SD card (up to 32 GB - not included).


The Foscam FI9821W V2
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H. 264 compression for smoother video

The FI9821W is one of the first Foscam cameras to provide H. 264 compression, which allows for HD quality video and also smaller file sizes when recording video. This allows you to store anywhere from 3 - 5 times as much video compared to MJPEG compression cameras, like our FI8910W model.

Foscam cameras connect to your router directly via wired or wireless.
Now features a WPS button for easy wireless setup

Foscam is designed to work right of the box - simply connect the camera to your wireless network using the new WPS button located on the back of the camera (required WPS compatible router), set up port-forwarding and away you go. Once properly configured, the camera operates independently without the need for a computer.

Take video security to the next level.
The world's most popular Wi-Fi remote monitoring camera

See who is pulling into your driveway or who is at the front door. Watch your baby sleeping peacefully in her cradle, or your pet tearing up your sofa! Track visitors within your home. Monitor caregivers with your elderly parents.

View your cameras using the "Foscam US" app
Direct access to your cameras and video with no monthly fees

Each Foscam IP camera is outfitted with its own network video server which directly connects the camera and your viewing/recording device. You have complete access and control over your content and can never be locked into paying any monthly fees. Since your Foscam camera is connected directly to your router and runs off of your own network, you are in control of all video recordings as well as who is viewing your camera.

Foscam Blue Iris Professional
Enhance your experience with Foscam's Blue Iris Professional and the NEW Foscam Cloud

Foscam's Blue Iris Professional video recording software (sold separately) allows you to convert any existing Windows PC into a full-fledged professional digital video recording solution. Foscam Cloud is a new optional service provided by Foscam that allows you to connect your camera to cloud storage. Now all your recorded images and videos are easily accessible by web, or the "Foscam Cloud" mobile app.

Control your camera remotely with 300° Pan & 120° Tilt
Your own, full-fledged home or business monitoring system

Use zone motion detection to specify which parts of your video stream should detect motion, set a schedule to record your cameras continuously to a hard drive every day, and even use the Blue Iris app on iPhone and Android in conjunction with your software to view your cameras and adjust settings remotely.


Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 8 x 6.5 x 5 inches
Item Weight 10.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
ASIN B00F3KWZW8
Item model number FI9821WBV2
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 2,671 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #107 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Home Security Systems
#538 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video Surveillance
Date first available at Amazon.com January 19, 2012

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
Day 1 of the new FI9821W Camera. Had the camera setup and running in about 10 minutes. Although, I'm an experienced IT guru and like a few other comments, it's not exactly for the non-techy to configure and setup. I couldn't imagine my brother doing this setup on his own. It did take quite a bit of playing with the cam to get motion detection and the alarm settings the way I needed them. The documentation is lacking some serious QA review, one of the reasons for the 3 stars rather than 4.

The most frustrating part is that my iphone5 iOS App "PRO Surveillance" isn't working. While it appears the app supports the cam, I've been able to configure the cam and remotely access the 8921W. However, I have no controls. None of the control features move the cam. I've sent in a request to the App team to inquire.

I decided to install the FOSCAM Viewer App (didn't even know it existed before), but even that App had the same issue. I can configure and log in remotely and see the video. I just can't control the camera with the App. None of the controls work, except the mic/speaker. I've also sent in an inquiry to the FOSCAM support desk. We'll see what happens next : )

If there are no indications that the Apps are going to work, I will probably return the camera....although, the quality of the pic and speed is much faster than the 8918W.

UPDATE: I was using an 8 character passwd with a # sign in the password. I removed the # sign and magically got full control of the Camera.

UPDATE: Viewing this CAM remotely is much better than previous FI8918W that I had (which malfunctioned after 4 yrs, not bad)...

Decision: Will keep the Camera as it does the job, and the motion detection is much better than the FI8918W.
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I purchased this camera to monitor a water meter (for my well) in my crawl space. I also use it to check out activity (pests, water build up during heavy rain). Before I installed this camera I would have to enter the crawl space under my deck and open a small door to access. This meant I was going to get dirty and risk the chances of facing a snake (we live in a wooded area) each time I entered.

Now I only need to connect to the camera wirelessly. The crawl space is not lighted other than a couple of air vents. I can see most of my crawl space (37 x 55 ft) with one camera (IR on). The only exception is that I cannot see the entrance door (it is behind the camera) and the two corners furthest away that face the camera because my HVAC and well equipment blocks the view.

I do not use any of the alarm features and do not record. I only stream the video - which is not HI DEF but shows plenty of details for monitoring a space. Additionally - because this camera can pan/tilt, it beats any other camera's that have a large viewing angle that do not pan/tilt. This feature seems to be underrated for some reason - but one camera that can view a majority of my crawl space is pretty outstanding.

Additionally - I have no issues with low light (there is nearly zero light for me). I've posted two pictures one without the LEDs and one with them turned on (manual is the only setting I use). You have to use them to see in the dark.
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I recently purchased a Foscam 19810w and have been very pleased with this camera. I took a gamble and got the F19821w v2 based on some positive reviews (albeit) some mixed. The question arises as to whether the newer HD camera is worth almost twice the cost of the 19810w.
Pros: Superb, wide video image. Noticeably clearer than the 19810w.
Both wifi and hardwire network camera connections work well.
Thanks to the superb work of Robert Chou, this camera is easy to view over cellphone using the IP Cam Viewer application. This application easily displays and controls both the 19810w and the 19821w v2.
Similarly, this camera (and the 19810w) work flawlessly using the Blue Iris software. Combine the Blue Iris software with a large storage drive and you have a low cost NVR. Blue Iris also has an excellent android app.

Cons: Like the 19810(see my previous review), the 19821w v2 is not simple to install. A solid knowledge of port forwarding setup is needed.
Central Management Software is not intuitive. CMS software must be upgraded from what is on the enclosed CD. Select the MJPEG and H.264 version, not the "ultra" version.
CMS software appears unable to display both the 19810 and 19821 images simultaneously. The CMS software recognizes both cameras, but only the 19821w seems to work with the software.
Camera has noticeable rainbow effect when a background light source is present within field of view. If main light source is behind camera, video image is outstanding.
Night IR lighting seems less clear than the IR on the 19810, although it is still very good. I concur with another reviewer who suggested controlling the IR manually rather than using "auto" mode.

So is the 19821w v2 worth more than twice as much as the 198210w?
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I have looked at around a dozen different offerings at this price point and capability level, each one has issues, including the ones from name brands and this one as well - but for this one, no show stoppers really.

As a Network Engineer, and one who also implemented and manages an Avigilon surveillance system with 200 cameras, I can tell you that this is a pretty decent item for this price point...BUT...you must upgrade the firmware for it to work as it should.

The reality is folks, that if you are looking for something at this price point ~$150, the picture quality is not going to be like your HD TV, it just isn't...period. For example, I just installed ONE $4500.00 2MP PTZ at work, now it is in a dome with a heater, but the camera itself is ~$2500 to $3000. And even that won't have a picture like your HD TV - Not gonna happen people.

Setup recommendations:

1. UPGRADE FIRMWARE!!!!, Follow instructions very carefully (upgrade system firmware, then upgrade transitional app firmware, then upgrade to final app firmware - this will make sense when you read instructions).

2. Manually turn IR on and off, it seems a bit flaky and in certain lighting conditions, will switch back and forth often, so I do it manually on or off, vs. Auto.

Don't expect that this $150 camera is going to be "Awesome", it just isn't, but it does the job i want, I watch my kid at home.

I haven't yet tried the audio, so...nothing to say there.

So, bottom line folks is that I am right now looking at my 7 month old son at home, while I'm at work, without any additional third party service etc., Simply follow instructions, give the camera a static IP, port forward on router to that static IP.
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