If you’re looking for a good indoor security camera, then the Foscam FI8910W is one you should definitely short list.
Why do we like this camera? Mainly because it’s directed at an audience who may not be so tech-savvy. This is as simple of a home security camera as you’ll find anywhere.
Foscam is a Chinese company who knows a thing or two about home security tech, and they’ve done their best to make a camera that’s simple to use, but offers high quality video, useful features, and an affordable price.
This cute little pan-and-tilt IP network camera allows for the streaming of live video and audio on almost any mobile device via a secure internet connection.
The focus here is on efficiency, so that you as a homeowner / business owner / parent can have a complete control on what’s going on inside your home or your office no matter where you are.
With the Foscam FI8910W, it’s perfect for business applications, as long as this is a style of camera you are comfortable with.
Or, we think it’s more fitting as a home protection device, based mostly on the fact that it’s a camera you can set down on any flat surface – more like a baby monitor or pet monitor.
That you can easily check in on your babysitter, your pet, or your kids while you’re not at home.
In this review of the Foscam FI8910W, we’re going to analyze its functions and features, so that you can decide if this security camera is the right one for your home.
What’s In The Box
All you need to have to setup this security camera is an internet connection and what comes in the Foscam FI8910W box.
The package contains the camera itself, a wifi antenna, user manual, installation CD, mounting bracket, network cable, and DC power supply 5v.
- WPA2 Encryption Supported
- Light Frequency 50 / 60 Hz or outdoor
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n
- Get the Blue Iris software for many additional features
- The resolution can be downscaled to 320×240
- Available in 2 colors: black and white
Setup time for this camera is quite minimal, since it is a wireless camera by nature, and was designed to be set up quickly.
That said, you still have the option of either a wired setup, by connecting the network cable with the router, or by wireless setup, which most prefer.
This is done by attaching the wifi antenna to the back of the camera so that the camera can connect wirelessly to the router using WPS.
However, not everyone is familiar with how to set up a security camera out of the box, which is why Foscam made a lot of video tutorials and additional instructions on this setup process which you can find on their Foscam.us website.
Here is a video featuring a similar camera (the Foscam FI9821P) that shows how easy the process can be.
Wifi Remote Monitoring Camera with Built-in Mic and Speaker
Since this is a portable wireless security camera, you can practically put it wherever you want inside your home, or perhaps at the office.
You can place it in your hall next to your door to see who’s coming. You can also choose to put it in places that you want to keep an eye on, like a garage or a study.
Many people use this particular Foscam model in the room where your baby sleeps, so that you can always keep an eye on him/her via your smart phone, tablet or PC.
This can relieve stress for parents who might want some moment for themselves. Everyone can use a break once in a while, and a camera like this can help with that.
Sometimes you need to go mow the lawn, but don’t want to leave baby alone, even if they’re fast asleep.
With the excellent audio quality, you can always hear what is happening clearly and there’s even a noise filter to cut back on noise even more.
In case you have a new babysitter, you can always check in her/his behavior while your kid is with her/him.
Since it has built-in mic and speaker, it’s a two way audio security camera, which you can use to even talk to someone while watching them, like your kids while you’re away, or maybe your elderly parents whom you might want to check in occasionally to make sure everything’s all right.
Overall, having a Wifi security camera like this one can really ease your everyday life as well as piece your mind whenever you feel a bit worried.
High Quality Night Vision
Having a security camera doesn’t mean just having a camera that’s able to give a good quality footage during daytime.
What you should also keep in mind when purchasing one is whether it offers a good picture in darkness as well.
After all, you will be using that camera all the time, and some will even find their cameras more useful in darkness or at night, rather than during the day.
Thanks to the 11 infrareds LEDs, this Foscam security camera can record videos in night vision with a clear and good quality picture up to 26 feet away.
However, during daytime this home security camera gives true and accurate colors since it uses an IR-cut off filter.
Live Video Feed
This is the best part of this Foscam camera model, since it allows you to get a glimpse of your home whenever you feel up to checking in.
You can do this while you’re sitting in another room in your house or in your yard, while at work, or even if you are in another state.
All you need to have to be informed of what’s going on in your home, is an Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPod, iPad, and of course an internet connection via Wifi, 4G, or LTE.
You will also need to install one of the following apps: IP Cam Viewer, Foscam Surveillance Pro, or LiveCams IOS app.
It has great range of motion, almost 360 degrees in each direction, and it can be moved around quite easily with the Foscam Viewer app. You’ll be able to set angles as well as adjusting it at any time.
Not for Outdoor Use
We’ve already mentioned that this Foscam model is an indoor home security camera, and the reason is because it’s not weather proof.
However, some customers we’ve heard from say you can actually use it as an outside security camera as well, as long as you put it on a place such as a covered porch, where it won’t be exposed to a direct rain.
They even say that some of their Foscam cameras of this model placed outside their homes, have actually withstood extreme high and low temperatures.
After all, we can’t say for sure if this security camera will function the same way when used outside and when used inside your home, and neither can you, which is why we advise to be used as designed-as an indoor security camera.