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Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan-and-Tilt IP/Network Camera

Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan-and-Tilt IP/Network Camera (Up to 62% Off). Multiple Options. Free Shipping & Returns.

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Questions and Answers 28 questions

Q:

Hi, is this model newer or older than the FI8910W?

Dan L.  asked on  Sep 27, 2013

A:

This model is older than the FI8918W and does not include an IR filter. This is the main difference between both models.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 27, 2013

Q:

What happens if you lose power to your home and the camera is not operational for a few days...will camera just start when power is restored or do you have to reboot it and run a start up again?

jeffery n.  asked on  Sep 26, 2013

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The camera will also be offline since power is required for it to be running and streaming video. Once the power comes back on, the camera will automatically reboot and connect back to your network, so the video feed will come back up automatically. This is assuming you have set up the camera correctly on a static IP address (meaning this IP address does not change for the camera, even if it is unplugged or reboots for any reason).

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 27, 2013

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Does the computer that is linked to the camera need to remain "ON" in order for the video recording to be captured. In other words, if the computer is off, how is recording handled from the camera. Also, does the camera record only when it senses motion, or does it record 24/7? Thanks!

HUBERT K.  asked on  Sep 26, 2013

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The camera communicates directly with the router, and is independent of a computer after the initial setup is performed. A computer would only need to be on to actually view the stream or if you were using it to record.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 27, 2013

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Questios 1: the red light that goes on at night, can you cover that with black tape or something so someone doesn't see it? 2: can you leave your laptop at home while using the devise, or is it only meant for the laptop to 'watch" to feel more secure. like will it still function if your laptop is closed, and still record, assuming that someone doesn't take your laptop. oh, and if they do, will this devise still record what happened, and I guess, or I'm hoping that there is another way to access the recording. and if there is what would that be?

Jennifer A.  asked on  Sep 26, 2013

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The IR lights are needed for the image to be visible at night. You do not need to have your laptop open or running for them to function and stream the video. You would need some means of recording, like a laptop or PC and 3rd party capture software on which capture footage. Otherwise you could just watch a live feed via any browser.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 26, 2013

Q:

What is the difference between the camera with the anttena and the camera without the anttena?

Patrick M.  asked on  Sep 24, 2013

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The 9dbi Antenna will add more WiFi signal strength. It is recommended if you are using the camera more than 80ft from the WiFi router or if your WiFi router is weak/old.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 24, 2013

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ok, a third question/clarification, for night vision, does it have IR sensors so that the video is actually black and white, or does the LED lights light up so that the normal camera sensor actually picks up footage from visible light spectrum?

RK  asked on  Sep 23, 2013

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The camera has IR sensors for night vision, so the video does become black and white at night. The IR LED lights also light up and show a visible red glow at night.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 24, 2013

Q:

I have a couple of question- 1. what is the voltage operating range for this device? 2. can I remote control the pan/tilt on the camera from the web browser? so that once the camera is mounted, I could still change direction and focus on it.

RK  asked on  Sep 23, 2013

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The camera is able to operate from 100 - 240V universally. The pan/tilt can definitely be controlled from a browser or even from a smartphone using a compatible app.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 24, 2013

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What is the max distance from the camera for the motion detection capability to be activated? Thanks.

Gary O.  asked on  Sep 21, 2013

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Usually at the highest sensitivity the motion capture can be triggered even by a small movement that is quite far from the camera. In this case, it's tough to give an exact distance, though one could say anywhere from 20 - 40 feet in general.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 24, 2013

Q:

I have an IMac computer. It does not have a CD drive. Can I download the software online for an apple computer?

Daniel N.  asked on  Sep 21, 2013

A:

You would be able to download the setup software from the Foscam website.

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 24, 2013

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3 questions: does it need a computer & or I phone to review or look at the footage when needed. If you are not a great computer person how hard is this to set up & when installed does it work day & night? Is there a remote on off or does it run all the time? Thank You

Barbara B.  asked on  Sep 21, 2013

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Yes, you would need a computer to look at recorded footage, but the camera as purchased does not include recording capability. You would need to set this up separately. While setup can sometimes be a bit tricky, Foscam does offer technical support and can help with any support issues you may have in getting the camera up and running. They can walk you through the entire setup process if needed. The camera will work 24/7 as long as it is powered on. It does have night vision which will allow you to see at night. The camera will run all the time and does not come included with a remote on/off capability, however this is easily attainable using add-on software such as "Blue Iris".

George  from  Groupon  replied on  Sep 24, 2013

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