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Sunday
Jul292012

Foscam FI8916W Wireless IP Cam Review

Here's a video demonstrating the Foscam FI8916W. The camera was supplied by Smartcamdirect - and is available from their ebay store for £74.  

There are many uses for a wireless camera like this - let me give you one example of what I'll be using this  for …..I work 35 miles away from where I live and in winter snow rarely falls at the office. Snow can however come down quite heavily at home. Therefore the other year I set up a webcam to stream direct to my phone for the sole purpose of monitoring the amount of snow on the road outside my house. The idea was that if it started to get too deep, I'd catch an earlier train home so that I stood a better chance of driving home from the station. Using a webcam for this had some significant drawbacks - I needed to leave a computer on all day and the webcam wire could only stretch so far away from the PC. This winter, things will be a lot easier…I'll be using this wireless IP camera instead.

Although I managed to get most of the functions of this camera working I still think that the manufacturers have an massive amount to learn about simplifying the user interface and set-up process. I know many people who are competent with computers that would really struggle setting up an IP camera for remote viewing. So unless you are happy configuring static IPs, and port forwarding on your router then you may find that setting up an IP camera can be a very frustrating and confusing experience. 

I fear that now I've put this video out, I may get inundated with requests for help from people who are unable to get their IP cameras working properly. Unfortunately, but understandably, I'm not really enthusiastic about providing IT support in my spare time.

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Reader Comments (30)

Another brilliant review :) and a pretty good camera too.............

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Techmoan. Your reviews are first class and delivered in a way which suits ludites (such as me), as well as the more initiated 'Techie'. I purchased this model from Smartcam as I had been very impressed with the Smartcam car cam I had previously purchased. Not being very technical, I was surprised I managed to get it working remotely in about 12 minutes!! This is a personal record. I downloaded an iPhone App (Pro Surveillance), which immediately found my camera and has been running for two weeks continually. The software I am using allows me to connect upto 100 Foscams across multiple sites and select them at random. I will be trying 4. I also plugged in some small powered speakers and a microphone. Whilst the 1 second delay would be frustrating for video conferencing, it is definitly 'fit for purpose' and has been a great source of amusement with our labrador.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Jones

Clarification on my last post. The software I downloaded for my PC allows 64 concurrent cameras (not 100), and allows me to mix and match different IP cameras. Its called (IP Camera Super Client).

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Jones

My first post didn't appear. Probably coz it was too long. In summary, brilliant camera, took me 12 minutes to install and running for two weeks, brilliantly! External speaker and Mic work first class and source of great fun with our Labrador. iPhone App 'Pro Surveillance' highly recommended. Thanks Techmoan for another first class review.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Jones

@David That's weird, because I got your first post delivered by email. Thanks for the comments. Did you get you motion activated email working?

July 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Wow that's strange, I was going to send you a link to a Foscam on ebay to review, but you beat me to it.

I have an older version of a Foscam, it works well.
I managed to set up the motion detection using the FTP settings, it uploads a few new images to a webserver every time motion is dtected. Works well for me, although I couldn't setup the email notification so I just have to keep an on the webserver uploads.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

The only raison why the network cable is there, is for configurating the cam. Thats why he is so short.
The movement for the first time is that he is scanning his whole range he can move for calibration.
If you want to look out in the garden at night, you have a problem. There is no button to turn the infrared leds off. So now they will
shine like a big torch against the inside of your window and you will see nothing outside.
I cut a piece of cardboard and covered them up. So ask them for a softbutton to turn them on and off.
Is it also possible to set the new software of your cam online..mine looks dated.

greetz Kasper

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkasper

Haven't tried the motion detection or e-mail. Will give it a go and let you know.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Jones

Success! Set the email notification up for motion detection. Took me less than 10 minutes. Got the smtp settings from
Yahoo mail help, put in my user name and password and it works excellently. Also set up on iPhone App but must ensure it is setup on host pc first. PC doesn't need to be on once set up as long as the router is on (obvious when you think about it). If I'm not careful, I may become technically minded.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Jones

@David I'll have to try it again this weekend. It kept advising Invalid Parameter for all my email accounts I tried. One other thing I've noticed is that when the camera is on some things on my network seem to have difficulty connecting to the internet. It feels like an IP clash, but everything is on a different static IP. I experienced the same issue before with the Chinese Foscam copy. So at present the camera is unplugged.

August 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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