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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product - setup maybe not for the average computer user, December 31, 2010
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This review is from: Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera with 4mm Lens (50 Viewing Angle) 100ft Nightvision - Silver (Electronics)
State of the art hardware as well as software.
Great pictures, long range with Auto-Infrared at night.

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

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

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

In summary:
This camera as well as the FI8918W are highly recommended for the computer savvy. The average computer user should consider asking the neighbor's Computer Wiz Kid for help.
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2011 10:03:34 AM PST
John says:
Hello, I'm considering picking up an FI8905W or an FI8904W for outside, and I was wondering what you think of the narrower viewing angle of the 8905? Is this preferable in some situations? (i.e. it sounds equivalent to having a larger built-in zoom, which could be nice for focusing in on a doorway or such from far away.) How does it compare to your FI8918W...do you wish you had the wider angle? Many thanks for your perspective! -John

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2011 5:17:02 PM PST
schmendrick says:
Depends on what your needs are. FI8918W is an INDOORS ONLY cam, whereas the FI8904/05 are designed for OUTDOORS but can be used for indoors as well. As far as the viewing angle on the outdoors product goes - I am happy with it.

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 12:31:18 PM PDT
Thomas S. says:
Does anyone know if there is an IR passing, red blocking filter that can be fitted over the LEDs to block the red glow? The camera would not work very well if its easily spotted at night because the face is glowing red from the LEDs. Pure IR output LEDs would work find.. but maybe the issue is knowing the LEDs are on and some product safety rules.

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 12:31:20 PM PDT
Thomas S. says:
Does anyone know if there is an IR passing, red blocking filter that can be fitted over the LEDs to block the red glow? The camera would not work very well if its easily spotted at night because the face is glowing red from the LEDs. Pure IR output LEDs would work find.. but maybe the issue is knowing the LEDs are on and some product safety rules.

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 12:33:11 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 25, 2011 12:33:39 PM PDT
Thomas S. says:
Also, how do folks address the issue of your home IP address being DHCP allocated by your network provider for most users (who don't have fixed IP commercial service from their provider)?

Do you subscribe to DDNS service (added cost) or is the lease of DHCP addresses stable enough that if your router is 24/7 on, your IP doesn't change?

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 1:02:44 PM PDT
I have purchased and set up this camera through the wired mode, but absolutely cannot get it to function in the wireless mode. I know the wireless works (the camera is able to find the network) and I have checked compatibility with the security mode (WPA2 personal), but then...zilch. Unplugged from the direct Ethernet cable, the signal is lost.

Seems like a good camera otherwise, so it's a shame I can't use it in my application. Any suggestions for resolving this are most welcome.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 12:35:41 PM PST
S. Lionel says:
Thomas S, there are several free dynamic DNS providers that work well with the Foscam cameras. DynDNS is one of them. Do not rely on the DHCP address being stable, especially if there's periods where nothing else is accessing the Internet. I have one of the Foscam indoor cameras and sometimes I find it reporting that the IP has changed several times a day.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 9:59:22 PM PST
Tech Gadget says:
I use "no-ip.com" to compensate for dynamic IP addressing... it's free!
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