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Avoid this camera. It is not ready for market.,
First off, I own many Foscam IP Camera's and overall minus the lack of native SSL support they are great little cheap cameras for the price. This camera however is junk (at least mine was).
Setup was simple enough except Foscam is now introducing a new "Media Port" which means for port forwarding you now have to forward the new Media Port and HTTP port on your Firewall/SOHO Router (for TCP and UDP that is 4 ports total) per their new guide.
Now for the worst part.
When the device loses power it loses all of it's network settings.
After setting up devices for wireless I always cycle the power to ensure that after a power outage the device retains it's settings.
This camera did not, even worse, it would not let me reset it using the hard to toggle reset button on the bottom and many hard resets, so it is obvious my camera came with a defective reset button.
I then tried to figure out if it would just simply pull down another IP using DHCP but to my surprise it would not. I checked multiple times on my DHCP server and using Foscam's own IP Camera Tool (which I assume just uses Layer 2 Broadcasts to find all Foscam IP devices), I even went as far as to put the camera on a hub and attached another PC to the Hub and use Wireshark and at last, I could see it was not even sending network traffic, at all, nothing.
Reading the Foscam support forums people are having this and many other issues with Foscam support telling people to switch their Wireless networks from WPA/WPA2 (secure) to WEP (very insecure) which is unacceptable.
AVOID THIS CAMERA.
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Initial post: Nov 2, 2013, 10:26:02 PM PDT
Dang, wish i'd read the forums, were you able to reset the camera? We had a power outage today and my 9821W is stuck in an endless loop and not even trying to get a DHCP address. Were you able to solve this issue or did you just return it? Is there any other Foscam or other camera you can recommend? I was using this to monitor our baby..
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013, 1:11:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2013, 1:15:06 AM PDT
Had to return the unit, my other model works fine, I believe it is the FI8918W (it's almost 2 years old).
Foscam issued updates so you might want to try firmware updates using their software.
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