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These get a bad rap,
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I think these cheap IP Cameras get a bad rap. I bought one last week and from the time I opened the box, to the time I had it configured on my wireless network and aiming it to capture my front porch from my iPhone was about 20min. Honestly, daytime picture quality is actually better than I expected and night vision is about the same as most camcorder night modes. I don't think people are realistic as to what they are going to see using IR Illumination.
I see many of the negative reviews are due to network configuration issues. Totally not the camera's fault that users cannot configure their routers and firewalls to port forward or NAT to the camera. Full disclosure, I'm a System and Network Administrator so the configuration was pretty simple for me.
To really get the most functionality out of the camera along with recording, better motion detection and alerting, I would checkout some of the third party camera software out there.
I am going to add a few more cameras but next time around I will be purchasing POE wired cameras to eliminate the need for an electrical outlet.
All in all, for a wireless outdoor IP camera for $100 or less, I am extremely pleased with my purchase.
Now to just catch the person who refuses to clean up after their dog!! I'm watching you!
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Initial post: Mar 14, 2012, 8:27:33 PM PDT
iSpy. Best open source camera software I can find.
Posted on Sep 1, 2013, 5:49:28 AM PDT
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J. Rogers says:
I pay an extra $5 a month for the Cable company to provide my Wifi network. It is worth it. When I got the new Foscam the factory technician said I needed to contact my cable company to get them to deal with some issues. Of course they claim they do not support wireless cams, but they still resolved the issue. Even over the next two or three days smaller glitches began to disappear as I think they were still working on the problem. Now everything works smooth as silk with no issues at all. It did not start off that way but I stayed with it and now I am glad I did. This is a very nice wireless camera with pan and tilt. I can move it around all I want as long as I got a plug to plug it in. Most people get a camera to keep an eye on the baby or their car. I know a guy that is in jail for five years for stealing stuff out of cars. People just do not get away with that anymore. I push two buttons on my phone and the cam comes right up so I can keep an eye on whatever I want to aim the camera at. So for me I am glad I kept working with it to resolve the issues. Of course I got a lot of help, my son worked on it for a while, but he really enjoys doing this sort of stuff. Then the techie at Foscam (from who knows what country) does all the configuation for me. Finally the cable company works out all the bugs and glitches and now I am good to go. It is not easy but well worth it to get the system set up. The techie will keep resetting it and resetting it and resetting it. They say ok try this, ok do that. Intil they FINALLY find out what the issue is or was. Even when you figure it out it does not make sense. I have a second wifi that has no password for my friends to use when they come over. I had to unplug it to get my main system to clear. Then after they got the system to clear I could plug it back in again with no problem. That was the problem, that was the glitch and we finally resolved it. So for me unplug everything, clear your system and then start to plug things back into it again. Even the camera took two or three attempts to get it to clear. Just keep working with the techies until you get what you want. If you do nothing then nothing is going to happen. I remember once I kept calling and calling texas instrament. Finally they must have called Intel because they resolved the issue. Which was dealing with interpolation on video. Now we can capture a photo from a video or a cam.
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