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Amazon.com Dropcam HD Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera $129

sleuth 240 March 25, 2013 at 01:10 PM in Tech & Electronics (4) More Amazon Deals
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DEAD: Amazon has the Dropcam HD for only $129 with free prime shipping. It's for sale on the Dropcam site for $149. This is a camera that does not often go on sale.

http://www.amazon.com/Dropcam-Wi-...006P88VSE/

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#31
Quote from woodygg View Post :
how is the dropcam powered, and how does it connect? the issue I have is I want to mount a camera set on motion detection for security, but it's a good 30-40 feet from my pc, and not near a power outlet.
It connects wirelessly but is powered via an AC wall plug that connects to the camera using a USB cable, so if you can run a USB cable to where you want the camera, that should work.
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Quote from akoforever22 View Post :
Getting the Foscam to work when I am viewing within my network is easy enough but when I am outside of my network, it never works. Any trick to it? yes, I used something like FreeDNS.com
Am I missing something here??? If you bought the one that always shows up on FP model 8910W, it should have a Free DDNS thing that gives you your own "website" to view your camera from anywhere you have internet access. Under the camera there should be a device specific website in a "XXXXXX.myfoscam.org" format. Enter that website into any computer with internet access and enter "admin" as the user name with no password and you will be able to see your camera.

You can do that out of the box with it wired on Ethernet. Of course, if you want wifi you will need to set that up first. Just plug in your camera to your router, find the camera IP (check router to get the IP, usually 192.168.1.X) or you can just use the CD that came with the camera and it will find the camera automatically. Without the CD, access the camera with its IP on your browser with the admin" user name and password, go to network settings and configure the wifi settings. It will scan all networks it sees and will prompt you to enter the wifi password, if any. After that just disconnect it from the Ethernet and it will automatically connect with the wifi settings you entered (Make sure the wifi password is correct). This is all true for the Foscam 8910W, if you have an older version this might be different, just check the bottom of the camera for the website sticker if it's there.

As for picture quality, yes it isn't as good as the dropcam, but then again you are getting the SD version and at least $50 cheaper. Get the $130+ HD version Foscam to compare with the $130+ dropcam and then we are playing fair. IMO the SD version is still better thanks to the pan/tilt/rotate feature, and getting the HD version will make it even better than the dropcam.

Edit: How could I forget the "feature" of the dropcam that it sends ALL video to their servers, and gets recorded for you if you want to pay to access the recorded material. For those privacy freaks or just if you're recording personal stuff, this might be a negative.
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#33
Quote from scooterp7 View Post :
Now I understand where your avatar came from..............., nicely done..........
That's what she does for a living...ha ha. You have to have a good cam for that. Big Grin
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Quote from JameyJ View Post :
You can check out the link to view my camera. I think you'll like what you see Wink https://www.dropcam.com/p/Knb06B
Very cute cat! That is very helpful to see what the image quality of the camera is like, thanks!
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#35
That wasn't you in the granny sweater, was it? LOL.
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#36
how about wifi bandwidth consumption ? If i turn it on for all day ,is it going to hit my comcast internet ceiling of 250 GB/month?
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Quote from blueskysafari View Post :
how about wifi bandwidth consumption ? If i turn it on for all day ,is it going to hit my comcast internet ceiling of 250 GB/month?
That all depends on how much porn you are downloading. Wink
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#38
Quote from corazones View Post :
this camera design is pretty slick. I've been using Logitech Alert cam.
Is it the 750n model? Regardless, how do you like the one you use? I'm looking for a camera to monitor my apartment and Logitech's offering seems the most appealing in terms of hardware specifications and features (i.e. live streaming, uploading to Dropbox).
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Quote from JameyJ View Post :
You can check out the link to view my camera. I think you'll like what you see Wink https://www.dropcam.com/p/Knb06B
EEK if thats the picture it gets with its night vision.....no thanks. Im hoping you just have the infrared lights off or something. I have the foscam 8910 for use as a baby monitor currently. While i agree that it is heavy tech intensive setup, its picture is very good in complete darkness, and the mic actually pics up sound better than my angelcare monitor.
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Quote from rda990 View Post :
Am I missing something here??? If you bought the one that always shows up on FP model 8910W, it should have a Free DDNS thing that gives you your own "website" to view your camera from anywhere you have internet access...
I haven't set up one of the newer Foscams but in the past they had a limited set of DDNS services that they'd connect to. The primary being DynDNS which ended their free service some time ago. Do they have more options now? I already had an account so I'm grandfathered in as long as I log in or change IP once every 30 days. Don't know what people are doing for free DDNS now if not.

That said, you don't really need the DDNS. You can use IP. But it does make it easier to just remember one name and hit that and you can plug it in by name to various apps and your own web pages, etc., without having to change it all the time.
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Quote from bighedstev View Post :
I set up three of the Foscam's as well on three different networks. No problems at all. Plugged them into the router for initial setup, then entered user/pass for wifi via web interface, unplugged from router and that was it. They have good support too if needed. Did you call support? No subscription fee's on the Foscams and you can record data on an sd card or a network share. Not that the dropcam's aren't good...just for me, I'd rather not pay a subscription on top of paying for the camera itself.
The foscam firmware is buggy as hell with some wifi setups, (generally using WPA2). They just disconnect from the wifi after a period of time between a few hours to a day or two and won't reconnect without power cycling. Same camera via powerline wired network has been connected solid and running for weeks or months without a power cycle. I only learned that after returning one to amazon because I thought it was "freezing" and broken.
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Quote from pwrdbykimchi View Post :
Is it the 750n model? Regardless, how do you like the one you use? I'm looking for a camera to monitor my apartment and Logitech's offering seems the most appealing in terms of hardware specifications and features (i.e. live streaming, uploading to Dropbox).
I have the 750i but it essentially from the same product line. The upgradable microsd card, ease of installation, and friendly intuitive mobile remote viewing software are the main appeals for me. Image capture resolution is a matter of personal preference and type of usage and for the price it is acceptable. If I had a larger budget I would go with a Panasonic ptz or Elmo ptz.
http://www.elmousa.com/ptc-400c-ptz-camera
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#43
Quote from pwrdbykimchi View Post :
Is it the 750n model? Regardless, how do you like the one you use? I'm looking for a camera to monitor my apartment and Logitech's offering seems the most appealing in terms of hardware specifications and features (i.e. live streaming, uploading to Dropbox).
I have the 750i but it essentially from the same product line. The upgradable microsd card, ease of installation, and friendly intuitive mobile remote viewing software are the main appeals for me. Image capture resolution is a matter of personal preference and type of usage and for the price it is acceptable. If I had a larger budget I would go with a Panasonic ptz or Elmo ptz.
http://www.elmousa.com/ptc-400c-ptz-camera
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#44
Quote from blueskysafari View Post :
how about wifi bandwidth consumption ? If i turn it on for all day ,is it going to hit my comcast internet ceiling of 250 GB/month?
In my experience it uses about 1GB / day in SD mode and 2GB / day in HD mode of bandwidth per camera.
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#45
Quote from akoforever22 View Post :
troll much?
There is a difference between trolling and just making jokes. He was doing the latter, and it was kinda funny.
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