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Foscam FI8904W External Wireless IP Camera with 20m Night Vision and Remote Viewing
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- Waterproof for Outdoor Installation, Auto IR-LED Illumination for Night Vision up to 20 meters
- Motion Detection Alert Via Email or Upload Image to FTP. Access Management With Password Protection.
- Supports all standard browsers and can be viewed remotely using smartphone software (not included)
- Wi-Fi compliant with wireless standards IEEE 802.11b/g and supports both WEP & WPA WPA2 encryption
- Simple to setup, friendly GUI, remote viewing, record from anywhere anytime
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The Foscam FI8904W is a wireless or wired IP camera solution for outdoor use. It combines a high quality digital video camera with network connectivity and a powerful web server to bring clear video to your desktop or smartphone from anywhere on your local network or over the Internet. The high quality video image is transmitted with 30fps speed on the LAN/WAN by using MJPEG hardware compression technology. The image resolution is 640 x 480 (300k Pixels). The Foscam FI8904W camera is based on the TCP/IP standard. The control, management and maintenance of the camera is done simply by using your browser to remotely configure and upgrade the firmware. The Foscam FI8904W IP camera can reach up to 20 meters of visibility in absolute darkness with 24 infrared LED's.
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Now the big problem. The software is a disgrace. It looks like a very average GCSE project, the programmer is incompetent, and I have a degree in the subject. I get the impression that it will either work on your machine or it won't. If it won't, it really isn't worth messing around on their forum trying to find answers that don't exist. I got it to do everything except send emails but it took a week!!! Never again! I'm now using some third party software called Blue-Iris which is working very well but costs £25 for a single camera. For multiple cameras, you're looking at £50plus for software such as Blue-Iris or Security Monitor Pro (another excellent program).
So, you may need... A different bracket, a way of hiding the silly wires, software that works, a 5v extension.
Now I have the third party software, I may add other cameras to my system. If I was starting from scratch, I'd give this one a miss - it isn't worth the stress and time.
I'm happy to answer any questions, but please don't expect me to go up a ladder to measure anything ;)
FI8904W - Version 22.214.171.124 - Upgrading from 11.25.2.xx
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FI8904W - Version 126.96.36.199 - Upgrading from 11.35.2.xx
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So if you dont buy all of the cameras at onces but buy them as and when you need them like I did - you end up with some cameras on 1 firmware and others on another. Asinine approach to naming / support if you ask me. Upgrade the wrong one with the wrong firmware and they are toast!
The camera's on the 11.25 firmware perform somewhat worse than the newer 11.35 firmware so make sure you have the newest one. I have 4 on 11.35 firmware and 2 on 11.25. The ones on the 11.25 constantly "click" so you cannot have indoors or anywhere where you are likely to hear them as they drive you mad after a while.
I have mine connected to a Synology NAS with surveillance camera software so all in I have spent over £1k on them - and I would probably have looked elsewhere tbh - if I had know about the discrepancies.
When working they are pretty decent but the above just smacks of poor planning and therefore I cannot give a higher mark as its impossible to say if these are a decent long term buy or not.
I spent many a frustrating hour trying to solve this, to no avail and eventually returned it for a refund. I suspect there may have been a problem with the very fragile aerial (antenna).
Instead, I ordered a Loftek Nexus 543 and this works perfectly and has a more substantial aerial and mounting bracket.
(This review is a follow-up to an earlier one, before the problems occurred. That review has yet to appear here).
If you are running Windows 7 or above then you can forget any ideas of recording the video on your PC as the default path doesn't work and any attempt to change it is met with a " Set default path Fail! " message. I've tried changing folder ownership and permissions but that doesn't work either.
If you intend to mount this camera in or on a remote building (e.g. a detached garage) then I suggest you consider using power line adapters instead of WiFi if possible as they are less prone to coverage problems.
After much trying I've worked out how to record the video on my PC. For anyone else having the same problem, this is what you need to do.
1. You can only record by opening the cameras web interface in Internet Explorer (not Chrome or Firefox etc) and choosing the "Active X" option that appears on the three button menu.
2.Add the cameras ip address to the Local Intranet Zone of Internet Explorer (Tools, Internet Options, Security, click the "Local Intranet" icon and then click Sites, Advanced.
The rest should be self explanatory. Once this is done you can then choose the default record path.
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