Beware of a hardware problem introduced on newer Foscam cameras
Jonathan E Reberry, Amazon
2 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.
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: 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..
Summary: The camera did not act right from the beginning - My Windows 7 with IE 10 will no longer stream Netflix and keeps telling me to install Flash... everything was working before trying to install the Foscam software... I would rag on more but I still have to fix my computer ...
Summary: The audio is beyond bad. There is a constant clatter running even if no noise is being made. The noise sounds like a train running on a track. That's the best way to describe it. When you do have noise there is a terrible screeching that is unbearable. I tried the two way communication and my daughter said I sounded demonic. If you don't need audio this is a decent camera. If you need audio like I did then this camera blows.
Summary: Pro: Looks nice and works with Google chrome Con: Doesn't work with internet explorer. It will not download active X I have tried this on 4 computers running Windows 7 and XP. I have many different cameras (Trendnet, edimax, Dlink and other versions of Foscam) and they all work flawlessly. I use bluiris to manage them and it also is happy with my existing cameras. Bluiris will not connect to this camera even though it is in their list of cameras.
Summary: I consider myself very good at computers and computer networks but the set up on this camera was ridiculous. The enclosed software would not load plug ins into fire fox or IE. These plug ins are necessary for the video to play. After waiting 45 minutes for tech support, their agent took control of my computer and after another 1.5 hours he was not even able to get it to work. He claimed my fire fox and IE were broken on both of my computers. Not likely.
Summary: I should have listened to the others who said this product was not ready for market. Go do a little googling and read foscam's online forums about this product. I purchased it for use with a home automation system, and it has been a great disappointment. -The network settings (FTP image upload, email alerts, accessing remotely) work about 10% of the time. -The device cannot upload videos.