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Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless Wired IP Network Camera Night Vision and 6mm Lens - Reviews & Price Comparison

  1. 1. This page is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programdesigned to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.comFoscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/WiredIP/Network Camera with 30 Meter Night Visionand 6mm Lens (22° Viewing Angle) - Reviews &Price ComparisonFromFoscamPrice: Check & Compare priceeligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over$25. DetailsAvailability: Usually ships in 24 hoursFulfilled by Amazon and Sold by EpicVideo19 new or used availableAverage customer review:(455 customer reviews)Product DescriptionThe Foscam FI8905 is a wireless or wired IP camera solution for outdooruse. It combines a high quality digital video camera with networkconnectivity and a powerful web server to bring clear video to your desktopor smartphone from anywhere on your local network or over the Internet.The high quality video image is transmitted with 30fps speed on theLAN/WAN by using MJPEG hardware compression technology. The imageresultion is 640 x 480 (300k Pixels). The Foscam FI8905 camera is basedon the TCP/IP standard. The control, management and maintenance of thecamera is done simply by using your browser to remotely configure andupgrade the firmware. The Foscam FI8905W IP camera can reach up to 30meters of visibility in absolute darkness with 60 infrared LEDs.Product DetailsAmazon Sales Rank: #423 in Camera & PhotoColor: silverBrand: FoscamModel: FI8905W
  2. 2. This page is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programdesigned to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.comDimensions: 4.06" h x 3.86" w x 7.09" l, 2.10 poundsFeaturesSimple to setup, friendly GUI, remote viewing, record from anywhereanytimeWaterproof for outdoor installation, Auto IR-LED illumination fornight vision up to 30 metersMotion detection alert via email or upload image to FTP. Accessmanagement with password protection.Supports all standard browsers and can be viewed remotely usingsmartphone software (not included)Wi-Fi compliant with wireless standards IEEE 802.11b/g and supportsboth WEP & WPA WPA2 encryptionCustomer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews182 of 186 people found the following review helpful.5 stars on everything but user friendlinessBy Eric RipleyFirst off. I purchased one of these cameras to make sure it meet my needsbefore getting another and then finally 4 more. I have a total of 6 camerasprotecting my property and am using the blueiris software to record andmanage the cameras. It is the best software but this review is not for thesoftware ,which is excellent, but for the camera.Camera construction:Robust. Perfect for outdoors. In fact all my cameras are outdoors but underoverhanging eves. The shell is waterproof and cord out of the camera iswaterproof as well.Wiring the cameras:These are wireless cameras but i will inform you that you will have to run awire of some sort as these cameras will need wired power. so i went aheadand wired the cameras via ethernet as well since i had to run power. onesuggestion is you can use what i did and run cat6 for the ethernet andPOWER. that is if you are technically inclined. I used 4 wires for theethernet (orange, orange white, green, green white) and the blue and bluewhite for power and the brown and brown white for ground. I physically cutthe power cord that comes with the cameras in half and soldered one end to
  3. 3. This page is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programdesigned to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.comthe ethernet cable extra wires and the other end. the cameras are really lowwattage so you can easily get away with this. I ran 40 feet of cable this wayand the cameras work fine.Software on the cameras:If you get a real foscam then the software built in to the cameras is very goodand will do everything you want to do except record video stream. Thecameras will do time delay snapshots but for advanced features such asstream captures etc i recommend blue iris software. Make sure you get realfoscams as there are unofficial clones with a different interface.The camera picture quality:Here is where the camera is both a blessing and a curse. Curse first. Thecameras during the daytime show everything as washed out. Grass is whiteand not green. Trees are a purple hue. But you can see and makeouteverything fine. At night everything is of course white as well but the camerahas extremely good night vision. The infrared LEDS are so good that if youswitch out lenses to a smaller focal you will get a "hot spot" or "ghost ring" ofoverbright led power. there is a solution for this, see the next section onlenses. Blessing, the camera does night vision perfect and daytime good.what other camera for 100$ has this cameras abilities and build quality?Can you get a better quality camera for daytime..YES. This washed out lookis inherent to any IR cameras as the way the infrared filters work. So acamera that doesnt have night vision will look very good during the day butdont let that fool you that this is an inferior camera. Do robbers come duringthe day? Some do i guess.Lenses:The 12mm lense is unusable for me. the quality of the lense is excellent but12mm shows you a 10 foot by 10 foot area 100 feet down the block. Not goodfor home surveillance. But good for a radio tower or traffic camera.You can use CCTV lenses. they just unscrew. lenses are cheap on amazon orebay. Figure out the focal length you need using online calculator. Im using 18mm lense 2 6mm lenses, and 3 2.8mm lenses.To avoid the ghosting from the overbright LEDs when using smallerlenses....use wax paper.yes the stuff you cook with. cut a ring out that fitsover the leds and cut the center section out for the lense and install behindthe glass. this filters the infrared, or blurs it if you will, and produces a goodnight vision without the hotspot.Networking setup:The camera is a nightmare. im a IT guy and hate to admit i had a bit of
  4. 4. This page is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programdesigned to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.comtrouble with it. I have it using wired ethernet with wireless as a backup. Imusing gmx for my email setup as that provider works with the foscamsoftware for email. I have my cameras accessible over the internet. i suggestyou get one camera, dont mount it and configure it in front of yourcomputer and test to make sure its working on your network beforemounting it. once you figure out how to network one of the cameras theothers are a simple cut and paste and change a few settings such as IPaddress if you use a static like i did.Summary:Almost all the cameras shortcomings can be overcome. the cost of thecamera is exceptional for what you get. the networking setup is where mostpeople fail the camera or give it low reviews. its not really the fact that thecamera is the problem. there is just alot of configuring to do...email alerts,ftp, web access, wired dhcp static or dynamic, wireless setup andsecurity...etc.These cameras are alot of bang for the buck. Dont regret my purchases 1%.157 of 166 people found the following review helpful.No auto gain or exposureBy MokonaWatch Video Here:http://www.amazon.com/review/RROY7BRNWC39A (for this video review,the USB webcam is on the Left and the Foscam is on the right)I have had this camera for a few months now, early on, I noticed that therewas no auto gain or exposure. (it somewhat has it but there is a but thatkeeps it from working, (if you change the modes, eg from outdoor mode to50Hz mode then back to auto mode, the auto gain kicks in for about 5seconds then stops working)I have contacted the company and they said they are working on a firmwareupdate to fix this issue. then upon checking on forums, users basically saidforget waiting on a firmware update as they have been saying that for over 3years now and have never released an update for this issue.For a rundown on the issues of this camera:1, Lens is not IR corrected so you will get a black and white image outdoorswhen ever sunlight is present. (color is fine indoors)2, No autogain or exposure. This means when ever there is a slight change in
  5. 5. This page is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programdesigned to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.comthe light levels outside, your camera image will either become completelywhite (overexposed) or black (underexposed), this means you have toconstantly monitor it and manually adjust the exposure by switching modes(the software controls for brightness and contrast are post processing sothey do not work when the image is over or under exposed)3, Email notifications use very old standards so most modern email serviceswill not support it. (I had to create an email at gmx.com in order to get emailnotifications working)4, While the camera is advertised as 15FPS, even in a bright day, I havenever gotten over 8FPS and at night, the framerate drops to 2-3 FPS (thefirmware does not allow for adjusting the sensor sensitivity so the way itincreases exposure is by lowering the shutter speed.5, The bolt around the antenna jack was not tightened properly, most userswho reported failures, had them because water got into the bolt around theantenna jack when the camera was place outdoors. To fix this, you need todouble check that all screws nuts and bolts are tight and if any are loose,then tighten them.6, While the camera advertises multiple users but it is software crippled tomake this an avoidable experience for users. It seems that the company hasplans or are already releasing a higher end line of camera that will havemore or less the same hardware, so these cameras are software crippled. Bythis I mean, if more than 1 user connects to the camera, the framerate isreduced by about 75% regardless of if that user is actually requesting data (ifyou have any DOS tools that can create a pending connection then youconnect to the video stream with it but not actually use any bandwidth, thefamerate drops.7, The camera uses a CMOS sensor instead of a CCD, this causes a videoproblem known as rolling shutter. this means moving objects will appearstretched or slanted as the image is updated by rows instead of all at oncelike in a CCDIf you have a computer near where you want to monitor, I recommendgetting an old webcam and taping it to the window, you will get betterpicture quality and a higher FPS since even the cheapest webcams have autogain and exposure which actually prioritize motion so the frame rate is notreduced until max sensor sensitivity is reached.
  6. 6. This page is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programdesigned to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com8, The stock 12mm lens is crap, it is only useful for long range (well over 100feet (beyond the range of the IR LEDs, I had to get a 4mm lens for mine Italso did not have a IR cut filter as the ones with them cost 3 times as much,and I only had $4 left in my paypal.9, The camera has really bad dynamic range, meaning if you are monitoringa location where there if anything that can be considered a shadow, it showsup almost completely black, and if you aim the camera to the shadow thendo the mode switch trick to get it exposed, then the non shadow areas arecompletely white. The camera lacks the ability to average the exposure tohandle both the shadow and highlight.Pros:1, The camera allows for you to connect it over WiFi or Ethernet, so it can bemounted almost anywhere theres a power outlet near by.2, It works great for bring mounted at a front door to monitor for packagedeliveries (this has fixed the problem I had where amazon would use USPSto deliver packages and USPS will just leave the package outside, and thosepeople who walk around sticking those ads on your door will help them selfto any packages laying by the door. (I lost a few books and electronics thisway)Additional notesCameras with IR light will not work behind a window if you plan to use theIR lights (the glass of the window will reflect the light back at the cameraand you will get a completely white image).32 of 39 people found the following review helpful.Great product - setup maybe not for the average computeruserByschmendrickState of the art hardware as well as software.Great pictures, long range with Auto-Infrared at night.Although the English in the manual is not the best, you definitely will beable to set up the camera, IF YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS STEP BYSTEP.Internet access gets more complicated for the average user, since one has todo "port-forwarding".
  7. 7. This page is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programdesigned to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.comI recommend [...], click on your router and follow the steps. SHOULD beeasy.I also have the FI8918W Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IPCamera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle) forindoors.I installed IP Cam Viewer Lite ([...]) on my Sprint EVO 4G, easy setup; now Iam able to monitor both cameras on my EVO.In summary:This camera as well as the FI8918W are highly recommended for thecomputer savvy. The average computer user should consider asking theneighbors Computer Wiz Kid for help.See all 455 customer reviews...

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