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Good camera for the price.
on July 7, 2011
I run 3 other indoor IP cameras on my network already.
Purchased a Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera (Silver) to replace my old analogue wireless outdoor camera.
Because it is a lower end outdoor IR & network camera (wireless as well) the colour isn't as good as the higher end cameras, but they are also at least 4x the price.
The camera came with the latest firmware, and wasn't having some of the issues with brightness & gain that others mentioned on other websites.
The only thing I wish it came with were different lens options, the 8mm lens mine came with only gives a 30 degree field of view is pretty tight for common household security., although I did know this in advance, it might help others to mention it. This camera is really intended for more of a distance setup, farther back, or up high looking down. Foscam.us does sell a 6mm lens officially for this camera that would increase it to about a 44 degree field of view. I'm going to be buying a generic "IR CS Mount" lens at about 3.2 to 3.6mm so I can get a much wider view to overlook the parking area behind my fence.
The 60 IR LEDs put out more than enough at night to illuminate objects at 50+ feet for the IR camera to see.
I may end up buying the FI8904 for my close up camera, and mount this one up at the corner of the house looking out over the back yard since this one has such powerful IR
It took longer to install the camera physically than it took to do the software setup.
It is about 40-50 feet from my wireless router on the main floor.
The mounting base it comes with is pretty handy, allowing it to be positioned almost any way needed (2 ball joints).
I'm including my setup instructions since some people have trouble setting up these cameras. (No comments here, but on the US Amazon, and on various forums if you do a google search there are many)
(Note, I am running a Mac Pro tower 10.6.8, and have already purchased Security Spy software to do my motion detection - recording & notifications rather than using the motion alarm features of the camera itself)
Plugged it for power, and network (Ethernet)
Logged into my router, and checked the DHCP list and saw a new "unknown" with an IP. (There is also an IP tool included on the CD to help identify the camera if you can't find the option on your router)
put IP into web browser (Google Chrome) and used the default username & password to login. (Which actually requires the info to be entered twice) was able to check the status, and view the live video with no problems.
Changed the default password,
set the device to a static IP (incase my router gets reset, this way my Security Spy software will reconnect to the camera more easily)
On the wireless setup the "scan" didn't work, so I just manually typed in the name of my network (The SSID), set the security options to match my network (WPA) and put in the password for the network.
(The router had to restart a couple of times while changing these various things)
Because Security Spy will be doing all of the other work, I did not change any other settings (I just checked to make sure they were off, UPnP etc...)
Finally in Security Spy -> Settings Menu -> Video Device Setup
I added a new network device,
for Device Type: after trying a couple of things set it to "Manual configuration"
put in the IP address I had assigned earlier
Port Number: 80 (probably could have left blank since 80 is the default)
password: (the one I set earlier)
HTTP request: videostream.cgi
there may have been an option at some point to select the FPS (frames per second) I set it to 15 to reduce bandwidth
I then unplugged the camera, and took it outside and set it up.