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2.0 out of 5 stars Hardware seems great for the price, software on the camera is terrible, WPA broken, February 21, 2011
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This review is from: Foscam FI8904W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera with 15 - 20 Meter Night Vision and 2.8mm Lens (50° Viewing Angle) - Silver (Electronics)
On paper, these look like a great bargain, and they would be if Foscam would spend a bit more time on the software/firmware. My other gripe is some sellers (Loft-K) are selling the non wide angle, I had to order from another seller to finally get the 67 degree model. If your image doesn't look like a funhouse mirror, you got the standard angle.

If you aren't up on your camera software and networking, definitely stay away, setup is not for the tech shy. I already had a Zoneminder system up and running on a Linux server with various other cameras, I was looking for something with a bit better night performance.

So on to why I had to return this camera. It is just plain unreliable for video surveillance. If you only use WEP, it is actually somewhat reliable, however if you turn on WPA, forget it. I'm not sure mine even went 24 hours without requiring a reboot. Even if you hardwire, the next software bug will get you if you use any sort of motion detection software. The camera keeps adjusting its light levels, and it does it so fast that it will trigger your motion detection software.

Lastly, the main reason I got this camera over another was the built in IR. When I placed it side by side with a Panasonic camera, which was under $100 and has no IR, the night shots are much better on the Panasonic. The lighting levels are just all wrong and the IRs aren't used to their advantage. The fact that it does not have an IR filter for daytime use means images during the day are pretty rough too.

The real shame of it is, most of this is software issues within the camera, that could be fixed by the maker, but this is really just another one of those cheap Chinese cameras, I was a fool for expecting more.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2011 7:49:36 AM PST
feldspar says:
Have you found another inexpensive outdoor wireless camera that is better? I have the indoor Foscam's and they do OK for the price, but I'm leery of buying this for my front porch if it's not reliable.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011 12:35:58 PM PST
Blade says:
No, I haven't found anything in the sub $300 price range that will work for me, I am probably going to end up using coax based cameras and a capture card on the PC, that seems to be the only way to get reliable footage.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 4:22:04 PM PDT
Who did you end up ordering through to get the wide angle lens?
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