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This review is from: Wireless IP camera Pan/Tilt 2-ways Audio Mobile Viewing WEP/WPA/WAP2 wireless Wi-Fi Pan/Tilt internet IP camera day and night vision CCTV security monitor built-in microphone and speaker allow you to communicate with people directly support mobile phone viewing (Electronics)Reasonably easy to set up - just followed the instructions and had a play until was comfortable with it. Using it WiFi rather than wired. Not played around with FTP yet and also had a few issues geting the email to work with my Gmail account. Also needed to have a google around to get the port-forwarding working on my router. But happy now and am going to order another couple of cameras.
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2011 08:34:10 BDT
How did you manage to use Gmail with this camera? I have tried everything but still cannot make it work.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2011 09:11:06 BDT
Set "Sender" to something (eg "Garden_Shed"), so you know which camera the email is coming from.
Set "Receiver 1" (2,3,4 etc) to your gmail address(es)
Set "SMTP Server" to gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com
Set "SMTP Port" to 25
Untick "Need Authentication"
Hope that helps.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2011 09:20:28 BDT
Brilliant! Thank you very much, Joe! :)
Posted on 9 Aug 2011 20:51:21 BDT
Sorry to bother you again. I managed to set the email thingy going, but now I cannot connect to the camera from the internet. I have gone through all the steps, I have tried setting up a DHCP client and every possible combination. So, my question for you is: what browser are you using, EI, firefox, chrome?
I am using firefox, and have noticed that the firefox/chrome interface is also different from IE's. Mainly, it lacks controls for the microphone + speaker.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2011 19:21:48 BDT
I'm using Microsoft IE, as you need IE to make full use of the camera as the GUI web interface uses Active X. While you can use other browsers, you won't get full benefit.
Connecting to the camera from the internet you are probably going to need to configure port forwarding. I have a broadband connexion with a static IP address (so I don't really need dynamic DNS) connected to a Cisco router router. Therefore with port forwarding configured, externally I would connect to my camera by using the following in the browser's address bar:
w.x.y.z == my static IP address (assigned by my ISP)
p == port number
This would then be translated by forwarding port "p" to the port that's configured on the camera (default == "80")
The entry in my Cisco looks like:
ip nat inside source static tcp 10.10.10.201 80 w.x.y.z pppp extendable
One other thing is that when I try an connect to the camera using the external address:port it doesn't work from my local network. I can only connect when connected externally (eg from work or cybercafe).
I am presuming that you don't have a static IP address, so will be dynamically assigned by your ISP. You can find your IP address by running "ipconfig /all" from the command line (Start/Run/"cmd" or "command"), if you're using a Windows-based PC. If you're using Unix/Linux (eg Ubuntu) the corresponding command is "ifconfig -a"
Not sure what router you have, so can't really help with the configuration for that.
As an aside, you also say that you have set up DHCP, which you will need to do to allow the camera to be assigned a private IP address (eg 192.168.1.1 or some such ...as you can see I'm using 10.10.10.201). You cannot connect to this address directly from the internet, as these addresses are not routed as they are "private" addresses (google "rfc1918").
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2011 21:41:38 BDT
Thanks a lot for taking the time to reply so thoroughly! It is extremely kind of you.
You have helped me greatly in two ways. First, you mentioned that you couldn't connect by using IP:port from your LAN. Bingo! That's the problem I was having while trying to test the remote access. I tried using a VPN, which changes my IP so that the system thinks I am somewhere else. Using my VPN I could log in without a problem. I must say I was quite disappointed with the data-transfer speed, but that might be due to other causes, so I'll check tomorrow from work.
Second, you mentioned that you are using IE. I googled around and found out that you can have sound control in Firefox with a newer version of the UI software (184.108.40.206). It can be downloaded here: http://foscam.co.uk
I am sure other buyers will find useful your detailed explanation, given the poor quality of the translation of the instructions that come with the camera...
So, thank you again, Joe, you rock! :)
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2011 23:02:21 BDT
Glad you managed to get it all sorted and working - and thanks for your kind comments :o) Also thanks for the heads up regarding the new UI software version.
I also agree regarding your comments on connecting "externally" via a VPN ...I initially tested external connectivity using my citrix account from home and found it all a bit slow indeed.
Additionally, which may be of interest to you, I use an app on my Android phone (HTC) which allows me to connect to my cameras. It's basic but I can keep an eye on things while sat in some foreign airport (obviously using Wifi ;o)). It allows me to pan/tilt but that's it.
Also not sure if you've tested it yet but the night/ir view is pretty good :o)
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2011 15:10:05 BDT
I have now tested the camera from work and it has indeed quite a slow response. Anyway, it's good enough for the purpose, that in my case is just to keep an eye on the house when I'm not there.
Sure I tried the IR and that was quite cool :) Haven't tried any mobile apps because I like small phones.
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