cameras in the cloud

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14
Feb
3

Capture Video in the Cloud with Foscam

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips
Today we're introducing a fantastic new feature for our Foscam users -- the ability to capture recorded video when a motion event is detected. It might come as a surprise to many but most IP cameras are only able to FTP image clips (aka 'snapshots') to the cloud. There are very few cameras that will record video on motion then FTP that to a remote cloud storage location. Today, Foscam users have that option with Camcloud. 

Here's a quick FAQ on this feature. 

- What cameras are supported? All H.264 Foscam cameras (FI98* model series).
- Where do I enable this?   Add your Foscam camera, then edit the settings for that camera. You'll see an option to for Images, Video or Both. (see screenshot below).
- I've already created my Foscam camera and I don't see the option?  If you don't see the option for your Foscam H.264 (model FI98*) camera, then delete and re-add the camera to Camcloud. The option will then appear. 


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That's the recap. As always let us know if you have any questions or feedback.
21
Jan
0

Foscam FI9821W Review

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips

Foscam_camera.jpgThis is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them. 

For this post I will look take a look at the Foscam FI9821W. Foscam has a lot of different models, however this camera is one to pay attention to. It's part of their newer H.264 line with full 720p. From what I understand it's one of their bigger sellers going forward.  

I'll review the camera's Network Setup, Feature Overview & Config and General Use.

But first let's take a look at the camera hardware. The camera has a pretty sturdy, compact design and a rubberized coating rather than plastic. For a relatively inexpensive IP camera (Amazon US price is ~$130) it has a good quality feel to it. The camera also ships with a mounting bracket so you can hang it from a wall or ceiling. The specs provide for 720P video quality and H.264 video compression so it's definitely a step-up in video quality from some of their older models. 

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Network Setup


As with any device the first thing you need to do is get it on your network. Foscam provides an "IP Camera" utility on CD (or you can download it from Foscam support) that will auto-discover the camera on your network. The screencap below shows I have 3 Foscams already on the network. Ok, here's the first minor complaint. Now I'm used to this utility since it's the same one used for all their cameras but it's not 100% obvious what you should do next. By right-clicking your camera, a range of options are shown (see below) but which one to pick? I'll save you some time with my Quick Tip #1:  Just double-click your camera and it will launch the camera's web-page. 

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09
Jan
0

Foscam FI8910W Review

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips

Foscam_camera.jpgThis is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them. 

For this post I will look take a look at the Foscam FI8910W camera. This seems to be one of the more popular cameras from Foscam. I'll evaluate the camera's Setup, Configuration and General Use.

If you want to save some time here is my summary: Overall I like this camera. Setup and configuration is simple. Picture quality is good and the features will suit most needs. Like my other Foscam camera review, price is very nice especially for a PTZ camera. Be aware that this camera only uploads images (not video) for your cloud storage. Overall great value.

Setup


First you need to run the IP Camera Tool included with the CD and you should see a list with you camera:

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08
Jan
2

Camcloud Plan Changes: New Plans, More Storage

Posted by on in Camcloud News

Effective February 3, 2014, Camcloud is making changes to our plans that provide our paid users more storage and introduces a new paid plan. 

The new plan table is below, but here's what you need to know:

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Tagged in: camcloud news pricing
09
Dec
0

LiveLine Video Monitoring Alternative

Posted by on in Industry

LiveLine has announced that they will be shuttering their service December 31, 2013:

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Tagged in: airlink foscam liveline
27
Nov
0

Setting up Live View for Foscam FI9821W V2, FI9801W and FI9802W

Posted by on in Video Monitoring Tutorial

Foscam has a few newer cameras that have gained some popularity. However they have caused some grief with accessing the camera with a live view. It is not that hard to get up and running but there are a few extra steps you need to be aware of. As far as I know this affects these cameras: FI9821W (usually called Version 2 or V2), FI9801W, and FI9802W.

Of course we are going to focus on setting this up with Camcloud but these initial steps are important no what what you use for cloud storage and live viewing. First I want to be clear that setting up cloud storage doesn't require any extra steps. If all you want to do is view your images stored in the cloud, stop right here. Simply follow these guides:

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