User Manual


Model: FI8906W


Ourdoor Wireless IP Camera


Front Panel








Figure 1.1


  1. WIFI Antenna: Wireless Antenna
  2. LENS: CMOS sensor with fixed focus lens



  3. Infrared LED: 60 IR LEDs

    Back View


    RJ45 Port

    DC 5V Power Jack



    LAN: RJ-45/10-100 Base T

    Power: DC 5V/2A Power supply



    Figure 1.2

    1. Press and hold down the RESET BUTTON for 10 seconds. Release the power button and IP camera will be reset back to the factory default parameter.
    2. Press and hold down the RESET BUTTON about 4 seconds, then press the WPS button on the router, then you can use the WPS function. (For more details: please read Wireless Settings in the User Manual)


Bottom View


There are up to three labels located on the body of the camera; this is an important feature of original Foscam cameras. If your camera does not have labels as shown in Figure 1.3 ,it may be a clone one. Cloned Foscam cameras can not use original firmware and are not eligible for warranty or technical services.




MAC Address of wireless connection


FOSCAM domain name

MAC Address of wired connection




Figure 1.3

2 Surveillance Software GUI


Please refer to the Quick Installation Guide if you install the camera at first time. After finishing quick installation, you can take time to learn the operation of the software.


2.1 Login Window


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Figure 2.1


Please check the login window above, it was divided to 6 sections from no. 1 to 6.


Section1 Select Language



FOSCAM camera supports multi-languages, such as English, Spanish, Deutsch and so on. You can select the language you need via pull down the dropdown toolbar and click on the language to switch.

Section2 FOSCAM Website Link

There is an access link to Foscam website homepage, if you need tech support you can contact Foscam directly.


Section3 ActiveX Mode


If your PC is windows based OS, such as Windows XP, Windows7, Windows Vista and you are using IE-based browsers like IE6, IE7, IE8, please choose IE ActiveX Mode login mode.



Section4 Server Push Mode


If you are using non-IE based browser, like Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome please choose Server Push Mode mode.


Section5 Mobile Phone


If you are using the Mobile to access the camera, here you need to select Mobile Phone login mode.


Section6 Note




Note that when you login the camera, please select the corresponding login mode.

2.2 Surveillance Window


Select the ActiveX mode and you will enter the surveillance window.


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Section1 Device Name

Figure 2.2



Default device name is Anonymous. You can define a name for your camera as you like (Please go to chapter 3.1 and read how to set it)


Section2 Multi-Device Window





The firmware inside the camera supports up to maximum of 9 cameras being monitoring at the same time. You can add other cameras in multi-device setting (read chapter 3.5).


. Figure 2.3


Section3 Image Parameters Settings






OSD is used to add timestamp on the video. There are five text colors to choose from: Black, red, yellow, white, blue.

Add OSD on record


Select this option if you want to add a timestamp to recordings.



1) 320×240——-QVGA

2) 640×480——-VGA


There are two resolutions, the bigger one (VGA) is 640×480 pixels, and the smaller one (QVGA) is 320×240 pixels. The bigger the resolution, the better of the image quality is, but the lower the frame rate is. If you are accessing the camera via internet and want to get more fluent video streaming, please select resolution QVGA 320×240.




  1. 50HZ ———Indoor surveillance (Region: Europe, China)
  2. 60HZ ———Indoor surveillance (Region: USA, Canada)
  3. Outdoor——-Outdoor surveillance (Region: All over the world)


There are three options within the menu of Mode: 50HZ, 60HZ and Outdoor. It depends on the frequency of the electricity and surveillance model (indoors & outdoor). Please choose outdoor mode, when the camera was installed outside.




1) Max———- Maximum frame rate

2) 20fps, 15fps, 10fps, 5fps,4fps,3fps,2fps,1fps, 5fps, 1fps ,1/2fps,1/3fps,1/4fps,1/5fps——- customized frame rate


You can choose option within the menu of Fps to adjust the frame rate. It is often used in LAN network when you want to lower the frame rate, so that you can save more bandwidth.




Default parameter is 6, you can adjust the brightness of the image by clicking plus or minus button.




Default parameter is 4, you can adjust the contrast of the image by clicking plus or minus button.


Flip & Mirror




You can flip the image by enabling Flip button, or mirror the image by enabling Mirror button.

Section4 IR Lights Buttons


: Click this icon, all the IR lights will turn on.


: Click this icon to turn off IR lights.


Section5 Device Management


Device Management ——Path to Administrator Control Panel, Click it, and it will lead to Administrator Control Panel.


Section6 Record & Snapshot & Full Screen Buttons


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1——Record Button Click it and it pop-up a path-setting window, you can select the storage path and the record file name. At the same time the record icon changes to ,, Click it again


and stop recording.


2——Snapshot Click it to make snapshot and it pop-up a window which picture you snapshot, right click in the window and save the picture to anywhere you want.

3——Full Screen Click it to make full-screen, or you can double click the surveillance screen to make full-screen.


Section7 Play/Stop Buttons


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1——Play Click it to play the video of the camera




2——Stop Click it to stop the video of the camera



Record and multi-device function are controlled by ActiveX controller, therefore Firefox or Google Chrome, Safari browsers will not allow these functions.

For Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, you should select the Server Push Mode and you can see the following screen:





Figure 2.4


    Click the bar “Device Management”, goes to Administrator Control Panel to make advanced camera settings.




      Figure 3.1


      1——Device ID MAC ID of the camera by wired connection


      2—–Device Firmware Version System Firmware version of the camera


      3—–Device Web UI Version Web UI firmware version of the camera


      4—–Alias Name of the camera


      5—–Alarm Status The status of Alarm Service Setting




      6—–DDNS Status The status of DDNS Setting 7—–UPnP Status The status of UPnP Setting 8—–MSN Status The status of MSN Setting

      Another Way:


      Double click the the icon “IP Camera.exe” , select the camera IP, right click and select the Basic Properties, you can also see the Firmware Version and MAC Address, such as the following screen:



      Figure 3.2





      Figure 3.3


      Default alias is Anonymous. You can define a name for your camera here such as apple. Click

      Submit to save your changes. The alias name supports special characters.


      Click the option here to modify the device name

      Enter the device name as you like. Use different names to identify multi-cameras


      Figure 3.4



      Choose the time zone of your country. You can choose Sync with NTP Server or Sync with PC Time. If your country implements the Daylight Saving Time, that option can also be selected.


      Go to Data &Time Settings




      Figure 3.5


      Select the time zone belong to your region


      Here you can create users and set permission levels, visitor, operator or administrator. Click Submit to save these settings. The camera will reboot.


      You can set different permission levels, but at least one administrator


      Figure 3.6


      Here you can also set one important file locations for the camera, the Alarm Record Path. Simply click Browse and choose the path to the required folder.


      The Alarm Record Path location is used to store automatically recorded files when the camera is activated by motion. (See set motion alarm. Figure 3.39) The default path for Alarm Record Path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents.


      NOTE: In Windows7 or Vista, if you cannot set the paths.:



      Windows7 or Vista’s security level is higher than Windows XP/2000.For “set record path” function, user should add the Device IP address to the Internet Explorer’s ‘Trusted sites’ first. The step is: IE browseràToolàInternet ProperàSecurityàTrusted sitesàSitesàAdd


      If you want to view multi-surveillance screens on one window, you need to login one camera, and set it as the main device, and do Multi-Device Settings, add other cameras to the first one camera. Before you do multi-cams settings, you need to assign different port such as 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 to the cameras if there is 8 cams installed.

      The firmware within the camera can support a maximum of 9 devices monitoring all at the same time.


      1. Add cameras in LAN


        In Multi-Device Settings page, you can see all devices searched in LAN. The 1st Device is the default one. You can add more cameras in the list in LAN for monitoring. The camera’s software supports up to 9 IP Cameras online simultaneously. Click The 2nd Device and click the item in the Device List in LAN, the Alias, Host and Http Port will be filled in the boxes below automatically. Enter the correct username and password then click Add. Add more cameras in the same way. After all cameras have been added, choose Submit.


        1 Click it, alias, host and HTTP Port will be filled in the following boxes automatically


        2 Enter the User name and password of the 2nd camera


        3 Click Add to take effect




        Figure 3.7a


        Click Submit after add all cameras


        Figure 3.7b

        Back to Surveillance Windows, and click Four Windows option, you will see four cameras you added.




        Figure 3.8


        Figure 3.9


      2. Add cameras in WAN


If you want to view all cameras via the internet(remote computer), you will need to add them using DDNS domain name. Firstly, make sure all of the cameras you added can be accessed through the internet. (Read How to configure DDNS settings in chapter 3.10)



Login to the first camera using a DDNS domain name and port.


Use DDNS domain name and port to login


Make sure each camera you need add could login with DDNS name and port


Figure 3.10


If you have several cameras, you can use the same DDNS domain name; you only need to set a different port number for each camera.

Click Multi-Device Settings. Choose The 2nd Device. Fill in the 2nd camera’s name, DDNS domain name, port number. Enter user name and password and then choose Add. (Figure 3.11)




NOTE: Here the Host must be entered as the second camera’s DDNS domain name, not its LAN IP.










Figure 3.11


1—– The 2nd camera’s name

2—– Fill in the 2nd camera’s DDNS host not LAN IP

3 —- Enter the 2nd camera’s user name and password 4—- Click Add button and to take effect




Add the other cameras in the same way. Click Submit to save.


Click submit after finishing all settings


Figure 3.12

Return to video window. You will see all of the cameras accessible through the internet.

When you are away from home, you can use the first camera’s DDNS domain name and port to view all the cameras via internet.




Figure 3.13


    If you want to set a static IP for the camera, select Basic Network Settings. Keep the camera in the same subnet of your router or computer.


    Figure 3.14


    Changing settings here is the same as using the IP Camera Tool. (Figure 3.17/3.18)

    It is recommended that you use the subnet mask, gateway and DNS server from your locally attached PC. If you don’t know the subnet mask, gateway and DNS server, you can check your computer’s local area connection as follows:

    Control PanelàNetwork ConnectionsàLocal Area Connections àChoose




    Figure 3.15

    Figure 3.16



    If you don’t know the DNS server, you can use the same settings as the Default Gateway.

    Another way to change the camera’s LAN IP and HTTP Port no.

    Open the IP Camera Tool, select the camera you want to change the port no, right click on the IP address link, and goes to Option “Network Configuration”, it pops up another dialogue showed as the following screen


    Select the camera you want to change the LAN IP or port no, right click


    Figure 3.17


    Figure 3.18


    IP Address: Fill in the IP address assigned and make sure it is in the same subnet as your computer or router. (I.e. the first three sections are the same)


    Subnet Mask: The default subnet mask of the equipment in our LAN is: can find the subnet mask in the basic information of your router or the locally-attached of your PC.


    Gateway: Make sure it is in the same subnet with PC’s IP address. The gateway is your router’s LAN IP.




    DNS Server: IP address of your ISP network provider. You can find the DNS server in your router or check the locally-attached address of your computer. Your PC contains your PC’s IP address, gateway and DNS server. Normally, there are two DNS servers. Here you can also set the DNS server the same with gateway.

    Http Port: The default Lan port is 80.You can set another port number, such as port 8005, 8100.etc.


    User&Password: Default administrator user name is admin with no password.



    If the prompt “Subnet doesn’t match, dbclick to change!” appears, please enable DHCP set camera’s IP address and gateway once again.



    Wireless Lan Settings support three modes: Infra(Do wireless lan settings manually) and WPS (Wi-FI Protected Set-up) and Ahoc..

    If your router does not support WPS function,please go to chapter 3.7.1 and make wireless connection settings manually.

    If your router supports WPS function, please go to chapter 3.7.2 and make wireless connection settings quickly.

    If there is no wireless router, please go to chapter 3.7.3 and Connect the IPCAM directly to a host in a peer_to_peer environment.


    1. Infrastructure Mode


      Step 01) Please choose “Device Management” and goes to the option Wireless LAN Settings , click “Wireless LAN Settings“. Then enable “Using Wireless LAN“.




      Click the Scan button and the camera will detect all WIFI devices around the area. It should also display your router in the list. (Figure 3.19)


      Click Scan Button to search WIFI device


      Figure 3.19


      Step 02) Click the SSID of your router in the list, the corresponding information (SSID & Encryption) will be filled in the following boxes automatically.


      You will only need to fill in the share key. Make sure that SSID, Encryption and share key you filled in for the camera are exactly the same for your router.


      Click the SSID of router and SSID, Encryption will be filled in the following box automatically


      Enter the same share key with your router


      Figure 3.20


      Step 03) Please click on the Submit button after all settings have been entered,the camera will reboot. After the camera has completed the reboot process, wait 10 seconds and disconnect the network cable.




      The LAN IP address will disappear on the window of IP Camera Tool when the camera gets restarted. Just wait for around 1 minute, the camera will get wireless connection, and the LAN IP

      of the camera will be showed again on the window of the IP Cam Tool. You have done wireless connection of the camera successfully. If the camera has a dynamic IP, after the wireless settings, the IP will be changed.



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      If fail to make WiFi connection, please refer to seller or us for help.


    2. WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Set-up)


      Step 01) Press and hold the RESET button for four seconds. .


      Reset Button


      Step 02) Press the WPS button on your router within 60 seconds. The WPS button is usually on the back or side of your router. On some routers, you may need to log in to the web interface and click on an on-screen button to activate the WPS feature. If you are not sure where the WPS buttons is on your router, please refer to your router’s User Manual.


      The camera will automatically create a secure wireless connection to your router. If you have plugged in the network cable, please plug it out. While connecting, the green network light on RJ45 will blink and the wireless settings will take effect. The IP Camera Tool will search the camera’s LAN IP. Make sure the PC and the camera share the same subnet.


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      1. During the WPS Settings, you must press the Reset button only for four seconds, or else, the camera may be reset back to factory default settings if you press and hold on the reset button above 10 seconds.
      2. The security mode of router cannot be WEP, or else the WPS settings may be failed.


      3.7.3 Adhoc Mode




      Under this mode, the IPCAM will directly connect to a host in a peer_to_peer environment.

      Make sure the PC has plugged in the wireless network card.


      Step 01) Enable wireless and choose Adhoc mode.


      Fill in a SSID to identify the IPCAM and then set the security mode, you can choose none or others. Click Apply.


      Figure 3.21


      Step 02) Plug out the network cable and the camera will restart..


      Open the wireless network card of PC and search the wireless network around the area. You can find the SSID you filled for the camera (Figure 3.21).


      Figure 3.22




      Step 03) Disabled the wired connection of the PC. Select the SSID you filled at Figure3.21 for

      your camera and enter the same key with your camera. Make sure PC and Camera share the same subnet.

      Open the IP Camera Tool, you can search the camera LAN IP again.




    Figure 3.23


    If you are connecting the camera directly to a ADSL modem, you can do ADSL settings with your ADSL account &password provided by the ISP, then make the camera connected to the network.


    Enter the ADSL user and password




    Figure 3.24


    Choose Using UPnP to MAP Port and then click Submit.



    Figure 3.25

    The default UPnP status is closed. You can select the checkbox and open UPnP, then the camera’s software will be configured for port forwarding. Back to the “Device Status” panel, you can see the UPnP status:





    There may be issues with your routers security settings, and sometimes may error. We recommend you configure port forwarding manually on your router (Figure 3.30).


    FOSCAM camera has embedded a unique DDNS domain name when producing, and you can directly use the domain name, you can also use the third party domain name.


    FOSCAM domain name

    Here take for example. Go to option of DDNS Service Settings on the administrator panel, you can see the domain name.


    Figure 3.26


    Now you can use http:// Domain name + HTTP Port to access the camera via internet.

    Take hostname and HTTP Port no. 88 for example, the accessing link of the camera via internet would be http://


    Third Party Domain Name Settings


    User can also use third part DDNS, such as ,www.


    Here take for example:




    Step 1, Go to the website to create a free hostname Firstly: Login on and click No-IP Free to register.


    Click here to register


    Figure 3.27


    Please register an account step by step according to instructions on


    After registration, please login your email which used to register. You will receive an email from website, please click the link to activate your ACCOUNT as indicated in email.




    Secondly: Login the link with the registered username and password to create your domain name.


    Figure 3.28



    Figure 3.29


    Please create the domain name step by step according to instructions on


    Step 2, DO DDNS Service Settings within the Camera


    Please set DDNS Service Settings within the camera by hostname, a user name and



    password you’ve got from

    Take hostname, user name foscam, password foscam2012 for example.


    Firstly, goes to option of DDNS Service Settings on the administrator panel.


    Secondly, select No-Ip as a server in the Third Party DDNS..


    Thirdly, fill foscam as DDNS user, fill password foscam2012 as DDNS password, fill as DDNS domain and server URL, Then click save to make effect. The camera will restart and to take the DDNS settings effective.


    Fourthly, after the restart, login the camera, and go to option of Device Status on the administrator panel, and check if the DDNS status is successful.

    If failed, please double check if you have input the correct hostname, user name, and password, and try to redo the settings.

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    If you have set Third Party DDNS successfully ,the Foscam Domain Name will be invalid. The Third Party DDNS and the Foscam Domain Name cannot work at the same time, the last time you configured will take effect.


    Do port forwarding within the router


    Example: The camera’s LAN IP address is ,


    Firstly, login the router, goes to the menu of Port Forwarding or Port Trigger (or named Virtue Server on some brands of router). Take Linksys brand router as an example, Login the router, and goes to Applications & Gaming->Single Port Forwarding.




    Secondly, Create a new column by LAN IP address & HTTP Port No. of the camera within the router showed as below.

    Figure 3.30

    Use domain name to access the camera via internet


    After the port forwarding is finished, you can use the domain name+ http no. to access the camera via internet. Take hostname and http no. 88for example, the accessing link of the camera via internet would be http://



    If you want the camera to send emails when motion has been detected, Mail Service Settings



    will need to be configured.












    Figure 3.31 5


    1—– Sender Mailbox for sender must support SMTP


    2—– Receiver Mailbox for receiver need not support SMTP,you can set 4 receivers


    3—– SMTP Server/ Port Enter SMTP server for sender. SMTP port is usually set as 25. Some SMTP servers have their own port, such as 587 or 465 and Transport Layer Security usually is None. If you use Gmail, Transport Layer Security must be set to TLS or STARTTLS and SMTP Port must be set to 465 or 25 or 587, which port you choose should be decided by which Transport Layer Security you select.

    4—- SMTP user ID account of the sender email address


    5—-Submit Click Submit to take effect


    6—-Test Click Test to see if SMTP has been successfully configured.


    NOTE: Click Submit first before choosing Test.




    Click Test to see if SMTP has been successfully configured.




    Figure 3.32


    If the test fails with one of the following errors after clicking Test, verify that the information you entered is correct and again select Test .

    1. Cannot connect to the server


    2. Network Error. Please try later


    3. Server Error


    4. Incorrect user or password


    5. The sender is denied by the server. Maybe the server need to authenticate the user, please check it and try again
    6. The receiver is denied by the server. Maybe because of the anti-spam privacy of the server


    7. The message is denied by the server. Maybe because of the anti-spam privacy of the server


    8. The server does not support the authentication mode used by the device




    Report Internet IP by Mail—If selected, you will receive emails which contains internet IP information such as When the camera is powered or the Internet IP has changed. (For example: IPCAM’s urls is Make sure the port is mapped to the router correctly.


    If you want the camera send its current internet IP address to you or your friends, please set MSN settings.


    Acquire an MSN ID for the IPCAM first, then follow the instructions as per Figure 3.33.


    Fill in the user and password of the MSN ID you applied for your camera


    MSN ID in this list can chat with the camera


    Figure 3.33


    Click Submit and go to the “Device Status” screen and verify the MSN settings are succeed.




    Figure 3.34

    When the MSN ID in the Friends list login the MAN, he can chat with camera. For example:


    Foscam13(this account contained in the Friends list) log in MSN, and double click the camera’s account (foscam31), then enter “url?”, the camera will send it’s current IP address to you.


    Figure 3.35




    Note: Create a new MSN account for the camera, do not use the same MSN account as you would like to chat with your friends. When the camera login uses the MSN account, this account cannot be used for anything else when the camera works.


    If you want to upload images to your FTP serveryou can set FTP Service Settings.

    Figure 3.36

    Figure 3.37


    FTP server: If your FTP server is located on the LAN, you can set as Figure 3.36.

    If you have an FTP server which you can access on the internet, you can set as Figure 3.37.



    FTP Port: Usually the port is 21.

    FTP Upload Folder: Make sure that the folder you plan to store images exists as the camera can’t create the folder itself. Also, the folder must be read/writable.

    FTP Mode: The camera supports standard (POST) mode and passive (PASV) mode

    Upload Image Now: This option will upload images continuously when you enable the checkbox Enable Set Filename: When you enable this option the uploaded image will be named according to the filename you enter. The next image will overwrite the filename of the previous image. Hence there will only be one image, the last uploaded.

    Filename: See the above option.

    Note: You cannot change the name of the alarm image.


    Upload Interval refers to the time between the current image and the next image being uploaded.

    Click Submit to save these settings. Click Test, the following screen displays if successful.



    The following errors may occur:


    Figure 3.38


    1. Can not connect to the server. Check if the FTP Server is correct.


    2. Network Error. Please try later.


    3. Server Error.


    4. Incorrect user or password. Check the username and password.


    5. Cannot access the folder. Verify the folder exists and your account is authorized


    6. Error in PASV mode. Verify the server supports PASV mode.


    7. Error in PORT mode. PASV mode should be selected if the device is behind a NAT.


    8. Cannot upload file. Verify your account is authorized


    If an error occurs check the parameters you entered are correct. The filename format of the image is similar to 00606E8C1930(sarah)_0_20100728114350_25.jpg



    Check if your FTP server supports this file name format.


    IP Camera supports Motion Detection Alarmed, when the motion has been detected, it will send email alerts or upload images or record.








    Figure 3.39

    1—- If you want to set Motion Detection Alarmed ,select the checkbox


    2—- The larger the number, the higher the motion sensitivity will be 3—- Select this option to reduce false alarms when light changes




    If motion is detected after you enable Motion Detection Armed, the Alarm Status will turn to Motion Detect Alarm.


    Here you can see the alarm status


    Figure 3.40


    There are four alarm indicators:


    1. Camera will send emails when motion is activated.


      If you want to receive images when motion is detected, you must set Mail Service Settings first. (Figure 3.31) Then set motion alarm as follows:


      Figure 3.41


    2. Upload images via FTP server when motion trigger.




      To upload images to an FTP server when motion is detected, you must set FTP Service Settings(Figure 3.36/3.37) first and then set motion alarm as pictured below


      Select this option


      Set an interval for images to upload


      Figure 3.42


    3. You can hear the beep sound when the alarm has been detected.


    Select this option


    Figure 3.43




    4) The camera will record automatically for one minute after motion is detected. You can find the recording file in the folder which you set previously. (Figure 3.6)


    Select the checkbox


    When you enable motion alarm, the camera will record automatically and store the recording file to the folder you

    Figure 3.44configured. This icon is used to control whether the folder opens or not.


    Alarm Scheduler:

    Here are two ways to set the alarm.

    1. Alarm at any time when motion is detected.

      Don’t select Scheduler. Click Submit and the camera will alarm at any time when motion is detected.

      Figure 3.45




      Another Way: select Scheduler, and click “set All”, you will see all time boxes turn blue as in the following picture. Click Submit and the camera will alarm at any time when motion is detected.


      Figure 3.46


    2. Specify an alarm schedule.

    If you want the camera to alarm during set times select Scheduler and set time range.



    If you want to select one serial area, you can click any number between 00 and 23 on the first row, the corresponding column will be selected and it will turn blue. For example, click the number “06” on the first row, you can see the column turn blue. That means the camera will alarm when motion is detected between 6 and 7 o’clock every day. Click the number”06″ on the second row, you can cancel the corresponding column you set. And it will turn grey.


    Figure 3.47


    If you want to select discrete area, you click the left button on the box of time range. It will turn blue. If you want to delete it, just click the left button and it will turn grey.



    Figure 3.48


    When you upgrade the camera, please upgrade system firmware first and then upgrade the Web UI.


    Upgrade system firmware


    Upgrade Web UI


    Figure 3.49


    Click Browse, choose the correct bin file and then click Submit to upgrade.

    Don’t shut down the power during upgrade until the IP camera tool finds the camera again.


    Upgrade Firmware by IP Camera Tool




    Double click the IP Camera Tool shot icon , select the Camera IP that you want to upgrade the firmware. Then select Upgrade Firmware and enter the username and password, choose the firmware file, and upgrade.


    Figure 3.50


    Enter the User name and password


    Figure 3.51


    CAUTION: If your camera works well with the current firmware, we recommend not upgrading. Please don’t upgrade the firmware unnecessarily. Your camera may be damaged if misconfigured during an upgrade.




    1. Please ensure you have download the correct firmware package for your camera before upgrading. Read the upgrade documentation (readme.txt file) in the upgrade package before you upgrade.


    2. Upon downloading the firmware check the sizes of the .bin files. They must match the size in the readme.txt file. If not, please download the firmware again until the sizes are the same. Your camera will not function correctly if a corrupt .bin file is used.




    3. Normally, only Device WEB UI need to be upgrade, please do not try to upgrade the Device Firmware.
    4. Never shut down the power of the camera during upgrade until the IP camera restart and get connected.



    Click Submit to save all the parameters you have set. These parameters will be stored in a bin file for future use. The bin file can be reloaded to restore the parameters that were set.


    Click Submit to store

    parameters Load the parameters bin file


    Figure 3.52



    All parameters will return to factory settings if selected.



    Figure 3.53


    Click Reboot Device to reboot the camera. This is similar to unplugging the power to the camera.



    The log record shows who accessed the camera and when. (Figure 3.54).

    Figure 3.54


  15. Back




This will take you back to the surveillance window.



      NOTE: Always verify network connections are working by checking the status of the indicators on the network server, hub and network card.


      1. I have forgoten the administrator username and/or password


        To reset the administrator username and password, press and hold down the RESET BUTTON for 10 seconds. Upon releasing the reset button, the username and password will return to the factory default administrator username and password. Please power on the camera before reset Default administrator username: admin

        Default administrator password: No password


      2. Subnet doesn’t match, dbclick to change


        If the IP Camera Tool shows the error “Subnet doesn’t match, dbclick to change!”, select Obtain IP from DHCP server.





        If this error still exists after obtaining an IP from the DHCP server, check the local area connection of your computer and verify the subnet and gateway of the camera which should be the same subnet of your computer.

      3. No Pictures Problems


        Video streaming is managed by the ActiveX controller. If the ActiveX controller isn’t installed correctly you will see no video image. There are two ways to resolve this problem:

        1. Reinstall “IP Camera Tool” and ActiveX controllerrecommended.
        2. Download ActiveX controller and set the security setting of IE: IE browseràToolàInternet ProperàSecurityàCustom LevelàActiveX control and Plug-ins. The first three options of front should be set to be “Enable”, The ActiveX programs read by the computer will be stored. As follows:

        Enable: Download unsigned ActiveX controls

        Enable: Initialise and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe Enable: Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins

        Figure 4.1



        If you allow the ActiveX to run, but still can not see living video and a red cross in the centre of the video. Please select another port number. Don’t use port 80, use port 85, 8005.etc.


        Change another port number


        Figure 4.2

        NOTE: Make sure that your firewall or anti-virus software does not block the camera or ActiveX. If you cannot see live video, try shutting down the firewall or anti-virus software and try again.


      4. Can’t access IP camera on internet


        Possible reasons why camera is not accessible on the internet:

        1. ActiveX controller is not installed correctly
        2. The port which the camera uses is blocked by a Firewall or Anti-virus software. Try changing to another port number. (Figure 4.2)
        3. Port forwarding is not successful (Figure 3.30)

          Double check these settings and make sure they are correct.


      5. IP Camera Tool could not find camera’s IP


        Verify that the network cable is securely fastened to the camera.

        Make sure that DHCP is enabled on your router, do not enable MAC address filter.

        Make sure that the firewall or anti-virus software does not block the camera. You can add the camera as a trusted site on your firewall or anti-virus software.


      6. UPnP always failed




        UPnP only contains port forwarding in our recent software. Sometimes, it may be fail to do port forwarding automatically because of the firewall or anti-virus software. It may also be due to the router’s security settings. We recommend manually configuring port forwarding the camera can be viewed on the internet.

      7. Couldn’t find the shortcut on the desktop after install IP camera tool


        If you use Windows7 or Vista and the shortcut is missing after installing the IP camera tool, check the path of IP Camera program.

        For example, if it was pointing to C:\Windows\System32\IPCamera.exe. Please fix this by pointing the shortcut to the correct path

        C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe. After this you should be able to use the shortcut without any problems.


      8. I can’t change the record path


        When you use Windows7 or Vista, you may be not able to change the record path because of the security settings of computer. Please add the camera as a trusted site to resolve this issue. The steps are

        IE browseràToolàInternet PropertiesàSecurityàTrusted sitesàSitesàAdd


      9. I can’t find multi-device settings and record icon


        Record and multi-device functionality are controlled by the ActiveX controller. These functions are not available in Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.


      10. Camera cannot connect using wireless


        If your camera cannot connect wirelessly after you set the wireless settings, unplug / plug the power cable. (for more details: Wireless LAN settings in Chapter3.7)

        Usually, camera can’t connect wireless mainly because of incorrect settings.

        Verify that the SSID is correct; use the same encryption for router and camera. Share key should not contain special characters, only word and number will be better. Disable MAC address filtering.


      11. Can’t see other cameras listed in multi-device when using remote




        If you want to view all the cameras via the WAN, verify that each camera added in the multi-device settings can be accessed by using the DDNS name and port number. Use the



        DDNS domain name not the camera’s LAN IP. (For more details see: How to add cameras in WAN)

      12. Only see black screen or undefined characters when using remote login


If you could access the login page remotely, this indicates that your DDNS settings are correct. If you are unable to see live video but only some undefined characters, this may be due to the internet speed issues or the camera using Wi-Fi.




    Default network Parameters IP address: obtain dynamically Subnet mask: Gateway: obtain dynamically DHCP: Disabled

    DDNS: Embedded FOSCAM domain name

    Username and password

    Default administrator username: admin

    Default administrator password: No password




  2. Specifications‌




Image Sensor

Image Sensor

Color CMOS Sensor

Display Resolution

640 x 480 Pixels(300k Pixels)


f: 4mm

Mini. Illumination



Lens Type

Glass Lens

View Angle



Filter will switch automatically


Image Compression


Image Frame Rate



640 x 480(VGA), 320 x 240(QVGA)

Light Frequency

50Hz, 60Hz or Outdoor

Video Parameters

Brightness, Contrast




One 10/100Mbps RJ-45

Supported Protocol



Wireless Standard

IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Data Rate

802.11b: 11Mbps(Max.) 802.11g: 54Mbps(Max.)

802.11n: 150Mbps(Max.)

Wireless Security

WEP & WPA & WPA2 Encryption

Infrared Light

60 IR LEDs, Night visibility up to 30 meters



Gross Weight

1408 g(carton box package)

Net Weight

1228 g (accessories included)


Power Supply

DC 5V/2.0A (EU,US,AU adapter or other types optional)

Power Consumption

5Watts (Max.)


Operate Temper.

0° ~ 55°C (32°F ~ 131°F)

Operating Humidity

20% ~ 85% non-condensing

Storage Temper.

-10°C ~ 60° (14°F ~ 140°F)

Storage Humidity

0% ~ 90% non-condensing

PC Requirements


2.0GHZ or above

Memory Size

256MB or above

Display Card

64M or above

Supported OS

Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows7-32bit/Windows7-



IE 6.0, IE7.0, IE8.0,IE9.0, Firefox2.0,Firefox3.0, Google

Chrome, Safari or other standard browsers






While we hope your experience with the IPCAM network camera is enjoyable and easy to use, you may experience some issues or have questions that this User’s Guide has not answered.



If you have problem with FOSCAM IP camera, please first contact FOSCAM reseller for solving the problems. If our reseller cannot provide service, pls contact our service department: .



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