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Foscam FI8904W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera with 15 - 20 Meter Night Vision and 2.8mm Lens (50° Viewing Angle) - Silver
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- 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))
- Hardened weatherproof outdoor water-proof enclosure
- Night vision (up to 65 feet) via auto IR-LED illumination
- Infrared Motion Detection (with email notification and image upload via FTP)
- Multi-user access with password protection
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|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 3.15 x 5.51 inches|
|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.65 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||480p|
Top Customer Reviews
This camera can be setup with a wired wireless connection. Here was my experience with both:
(I'm using Windows 7)
This was very easy and quick. I simply took it out of the box, plugged it into the router with the supplied network cable and installed the software on my computer. The software recognized the camera right away, but you don't have to use the software if you just go directly to the camera within your network, i.e. [...]. Once you access the camera within your network, you can view it right away and setup a wireless connection, your mail, ftp upload, and adjust other settings. If you plan to use the wireless connection you will want to enter your wirelsss connection info while you're directly connected to it here.
This is fairly easy once you directly connect the camera to your router and open it's settings. I simply had to supply my wireless SSID (and login/password/encryption type if used) and save it. Then I tunred off the camera, unplugged it from the router, and turned it back on after waiting about 30 seconds. From that point it was connected through the wireless connection instead of the wired connection.
Accessing the camera from outside your home network:
When you access the camera from within your home network, it's simple and easy. But when you go on a trip and you want to view your camera from outside your home network, you have to set some extra things up.Read more ›
1) Cannot seem to remove/delete the default login used during set-up but then is supposed to be replaced by a log-in/password only I know. This to me is a security issue that makes your server vulnerable to attack and viewing of your premises by anyone with the default user/password and camera address.
2) No technical support other than the tiny set-up manual that comes with the camera.
3) My outdoor cam is mounted atop a roof for proper viewing but the power adapter/supply is too large to fit into an outdoor GFCI covered electrical box which keeps the plug from getting wet. So, I have to use a cold connection between an outdoor extension plug and the power adapter. Right now, I have placed the plugs inside a plastic tupperware type container. I emailed for a solution and hopefully one will be forthcoming.
4) From the purported camera manufacturer's website at [...]:
"Warning: There are a large number of bootleg/knockoff Foscam cameras being sold as "official Foscam" cameras on Amazon and Ebay. The bootleggers have become increasinlgy (sic) proficient in duplicating the physical appearance of our cameras as well as the user interface. Thus, we can no longer provide support or warranties on behalf of ANY Amazon or Ebay resellers, whatsoever. Please protect yourself and purchase direclty (sic) using the links on this page. If you have any questions or concerns please call us directly at 713 893 7869. All returns and replacements are processed through our warehouse in Houston, TX."
I like the camera but right now my advice is to look at purchasing direct from Foscam.us but first make them tell you how to remove and replace the default log-in before you purchase. Then how about telling me by leaving a comment.
If you are going to use them outdoors, they need to be set to the "outdoor" mode so they adjust to lighting conditions. They all have a problem with bright sun and shadow areas in the same frame. They seem to wash out under those conditions. The color balance leaves a lot to be desired, but I didn't get them for perfect color rendition.
For outdoor use, the alarm setting is difficult. I get too many false alarms and miss real alarm conditions. It appears alarm triggering is based on light pattern changes, so a cloud going overhead triggers an alarm. If I set the sensitivity low enough to not false alarm, then a subject is nearly through the field of view before it will alarm.
Around dusk the cameras switch to a black and white mode and the IR lights come on. Night use is very iffy. The FI8904's do a good job of lighting the parking area and cars, but anyone walking into the picture is just a washed out white blur. The FI8909 only has 5 LED's so it doesn't wash out so bad, but the picture is basically black until someone gets close. You really need to be aware of the distance and chose the right model.
The web interface is able to handle up to 9 cameras. It is set up to split the sceen into 1, 4 or 9 segments. I can't get more than 3 cameras to work on a wireless network. Trying to go to a 4th camera bogs the network down so bad only 3 will function. I have tried them on both a "N" router and a "G" Access point with similar results. They might do better using the ethernet ports but ethernet is not an option for me.
I would recomend these camers, just be aware of the limitations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor picture especially at night. Wish I would have purchased a different camera because it wasn't worth the price for a refurbish unit.Published 1 month ago by Phil
foscam is not a great product. many die would not buy againPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Works well. Exactly what I needed. Hard to find, but they had the right item.Published 6 months ago by H Beitman
Works great while the power supply lasts....I have bought couple of these and they all fail after < 1 year due to power issues. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Bedrossian
The product was excellent and functioned perfectly for 14 months. Then, it simply stopped working. I really love this product, and purchased another one, but it should have... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark
After a few months of use, I can say that it is a good quality camera.
But the Foscam software is not too good.
It constantly freezes. Read more
This camera is not worth $10. It doesn't provide video, only photos, to download and view on my iMac. Read morePublished 8 months ago by OnTheEdge