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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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Technical Details
BrandFoscam
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions14 x 8 x 7.5 cm
Item model numberFI8904W
SeriesFI8904W
ColorSilver
Wireless Type802.11B, 802.11G
Voltage5 volts
Wattage8 watts
Power SourceDC
  
Additional Information
ASINB00426FEL8
Best Sellers Rank 39,461 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available26 July 2010
  
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Size Name:Foscam FI8904W Version

Product Description

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.

Box Contains

Foscam FI8904W Wireless IP Camera
Wi-Fi Antenna
User Manual
CD (Driver & Tools)
Network Cable
UK DC Power Supply (5V)
Mounting Bracket


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I've had a Foscam 8908 PTZ for several years, bought to keep an eye on the little ones when toddling in their room. My many happy hours of tinkering set me in stead for the software set up of these puppies, which may not be for the faint hearted or less tekkie savvy...

Set-up. Don't mount them then try to set them up! Put them on the kitchen table, or better still, put them on top of your router and plug them in (Ethernet). Initial setup is by Ethernet only, Wi-Fi setting must be input from the browser interface once you have an Ethernet connection to the camera.

I suggest using their camera connection application and then set a fixed IP. Once done, log into the web interface by plugging in that IP into your browser. Word of caution. If you get a version of this camera with a colourful login page, take heed: use the top login for MS I. Explorer ONLY, use the "Server push mode" button for all other browsers - Firefox, Chrome, Rockmelt, Opera etc - you will lose a lot less hair that way!!!

The interface is no-frills but very functional. The administrator settings provide for 'Device info', 'Alias Settings (camera name), Date & time (auto from any NTP server), Users (admin plus extra other logins for non-administrator-users), Multi-device settings (enter the IP & logins of other cameras on the same system to see them all in one page), Basic network settings (same as the camera connection tool), Wireless LAN (with a scan button to find your SSID - and WPA2 encryption), ADSL dial-up (if you need that), UPnP, DDNS, Mail (tricky to set-up but will mail you if the motion sensor-based alarm is triggered), FTP (motion sensor alarm), upgrade firmware and reboot device.
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This is something I rarely give - a mixed review. The hardware itself is really very reasonable for the money, it's nice and solid (thick aluminium) and gives good, clear images in all light down to zero lux. It works and is easy to install. Unfortunately, even though it's a wireless camera, there's a big, thick cable coming from the back of it. Instead of putting an RJ45 socket on the back of the camera for LAN use, they've chosen to put it on the end of a 2' cable and to use a chunky socket (1.24" diameter if you're thinking of drilling!); very annoying. The other two wires and much thinner, one is a 5v supply (5' long when connected, too short to be of much use to most people and will require an extension) and a reset switch. Why the reset button needs to be on the end of a cable is quite beyond me, I guess it makes it easier for someone to steal the camera! I bought a junction box, coiled all the cables inside it and just ran the 5v wire plus it's extension. The bracket is okay once installed, it feels a bit flimsy. I don't think it would be possible to hang this camera from a ceiling without buying a different bracket.

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.
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nice camera and easy to setup.

good points:
- very low power consumption (3watts or so)
- uploads to FTP server
- acceptable image quality in both night and dark (good for this price range)

bad points:
- locked up once, which required removing power to get it back. unknown cause.
- weak mount. i am suprised the camera has stayed in the same position. i dont forsee the mount breaking, but the locking thumbscrews give little confidence it would hold up to any more than a light breeze. My camera is in a sheltered corner rather than exposed on an external corner/long wall.

other notes:
- motion detecting somewhat unpredictable - i guess no system is perfect though. it's better to have it too sensitive than not at all in order to save disk space, but also capture events. because of this, email alerts wouldn't be very useful.
- fly-lead from the back of the camera could do with being longer for some installs. you get around 1meter of cable which needs to be either installed in either a waterproof outdoor box, and/or consideration where you mount the camera for network/power.
there are suppl
- additional (generic) lenses are available from certain auction sites/imported from USA if different angles are required.
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Apologies in advance for the long review.

I hadn't heard of Foscam until recently. A burglary has caused me to review my house security arrangements and I decided that some outside cameras should be part of the solution.

I knew I wanted IP cameras (sometimes referred to as Netcams) but there is such a variation in price and quality that I decided to tread carefully. The price and features of the FI8904W satisfied the requirements for my initial investigation.

The first thing to bear in mind that the resolution on this camera is 640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels). This is quite low by current IP Camera standards an more akin to the analogue CCTV cameras. The picture quality is ok and has a reasonable field of view. You can control brightness, contrast and frame rate but that is about it.

However, while you will be able to see someone standing 10m away, you will probably not be able to make out many of their facial features. I would only recommend using this camera in very a close proximity (less than 3m) situation such as close to a front (or in my case, back) door or for just general surveillance where fine detail is not required.

My second point is about WiFi. This is an outdoor camera and it is most likely going to be mounted on a brick wall. WiFi doesn't go through brick very well. Unless you are going put your router very close to the camera then be aware that you may experience interference or weak signal issues. Some reviewers have said they had problems with the camera not re-establishing its WiFi connection. If you have a weak signal then it is likely to exacerbate the situation. Amazon do sell a 'High Gain' antenna that reviewers have confirmed does improve the signal strength.
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