Great product, but needs firmware updates out of the box.
3 weeks ago
Summary: This product works great, I use it as a baby monitor and I couldnt ask for a better more economical choice. There are only a few minor issues with it. 1. Make sure you upgrade the firmware out of the box. The unit I recieved needed two version upgrades. Fixed some issues I was having with the product. 2. Speaker in the unit does not work at all.
Beware of a hardware problem introduced on newer Foscam cameras
Jonathan E Reberry, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: Quick Summary: Foscam is manufacturing and selling cameras with a known manufacturing defect. If the camera is pointed at a scene with too much detail (trees, grass, wood grain, window screen, etc) the camera will fail by either freezing, displaying black or rebooting. This defect was introduced as the result of a sensor change late in 2012. This manufacturing defect has been confirmed by Foscam as the DSP and a repair procedure has been made available.
Pros: Camera does take pictures and send them to you in email. Placed in a window facing outside, you will know when your kids come home and when packages are delivered.
Cons: Abismal customer support. You can find Youtube videos from Foscam showing you how to set most things up, but no troubleshooting. Interface is not user friendly either. When you need help website LIvechat kicks you from one IT person to the next without talking to you. It actually kicks you off the system if you wait too long for them to respond. It took a couple of hours trying to get someone on Livechat to help, finally they told me that my password didn't work becau...
Summary: Not what I expected. Cannot be used as a webcam. Custom support is located overseas and is difficult to understand. Does not take clear up close pictures. In fact, they are downright blurry. Difficult to set up. Over all, highly disappointed.
Summary: The Foscam FI8916W Works great. I haven't had a lot of experience with security cameras and this is my first. But I think it works great, the picture is good, and the Night vision works great, the Infrared lights light up the whole room like a spotlight is on. If anything they might be a little to bright.
Summary: I ordered this to use with Vera Lite over the internet so I could see my home while I'm away. I've only had it about 2 weeks and so far it works very well. I have a wireless set up using my Apple Time Capsule. All I did was setup the camera through its web interface...I didn't even use the software that came with it. I assigned the IP and port, did the same in Time Capsule, then added an IP camera through Vera.
Summary: I purchased two of these about 45 days ago. They seemed to work fine for about 35 days. Then one of them started to reboot randomly whenever I viewed it. Then the second one started doing it. Now I can't even stay connected for 30 seconds after a reboot before they reboot again. I am using the latest firmware which is available from the web site, I didn't install the firmware myself, it came with the latest version available. I liked both of them up until this point.
Summary: I'll start at the end... Camera was sent back to Amazon within 72 Hours.... Here is the story in between. Camera installed OK on the network, instructions were OK. - Camera worked for around 12 hours before "Socket Error" - DDNS never worked, and never connected. I used the one provided by Foscam - if you go to Foscam for technical support, there is none... you get a forum for any assistance (other users) - I am look around for a camera that if I have a problem..