The Foscam FI9900P Outdoor HD 1080P Wireless IP Camera retails for $149.99 (£99.99). It is a sturdy, well made device with a wide range of features, but is let down by the very temperamental motion detector which is one of its major selling points. The daily dawn/dusk false alarms are very annoying and is a bug that needs to be fixed by the manufacture. Until the issues with the motion detector are resolved, I would consider that this IP camera is not ready for prime time
Foscam is a Chinese company founded in 2007 for the sole purpose of designing and building IP cameras, which fall into three main groups – IP surveillance, network video recorders and baby monitors. Their first product, the FI8908W tilt and pan camera with an image resolution of 640 x 480 (300K) pixels, was launched the following year. Fast forward eight years and the image resolution has now increased to 1920 x 1080 pixels in full HD. Streaming this HD video is made possible by using the H.264 video compression – the same video encoding standard for Blu-ray discs. The FI9900P is Foscam’s latest IP camera to feature this technology.
What’s in the Box?
The Foscam FI9900P’s box is made of fairly thin corrugated cardboard that gives it extra strength, as shown by one of the corners that had been compressed quite considerably in transit – none of the contents suffered any damage. On the side of the box is a QR code that downloads the Foscam App to your iOS or Android smartphone.
Once a suitable location to mount the camera has been found and which method to connect to the LAN has been decided – either wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi – simply run the Foscam App on a suitable smartphone. After registering a Foscam Cloud account and logging on, you are prompted to press the plus symbol to add the camera. Press the QR code symbol on the following screen and then scan the QR code which is found on the underside of the camera. The App then attempts to discover if the camera is on the LAN, which it would be in the case of a wired connection, and displays a message that the connection has succeeded. If no camera is discovered, the EZLink screen is displayed prompting for the corresponding Wi-Fi password to be entered. Once entered, it can take a couple of minutes for the connection to be established and the resulting image is then displayed. So far so good!
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