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Trying to get my Foscam FI8918W Security Cam to Work Wirelessly

1,627 277 July 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Seems to work fine when hooked up to my router wired, but when I attempt to use it wirelessly, it doesn't work.

I have the Belkin ME1004-R Wireless Router and running it on Windows 7 Premium.

It does ask me what my 'Share Key' is when attempting to run it wirelessly, and I frankly have no idea what it is.

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Seems to work fine when hooked up to my router wired, but when I attempt to use it wirelessly, it doesn't work.

I have the Belkin ME1004-R Wireless Router and running it on Windows 7 Premium.

It does ask me what my 'Share Key' is when attempting to run it wirelessly, and I frankly have no idea what it is.
I have the foscam camera running wirelessly. Enter the correct SSID (network name). Then select the proper encryption that your router is using wep or wpa. The sharekey is the network password you need to login to your wireless network. Make sure your ssid is visable(sometimes that causes an issue).
Also if you wish to view the camera from outside your network you will need to set up port forwarding. Let me know if you need more help.
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I have the foscam camera running wirelessly. Enter the correct SSID (network name). Then select the proper encryption that your router is using wep or wpa. The sharekey is the network password you need to login to your wireless network. Make sure your ssid is visable(sometimes that causes an issue).
Also if you wish to view the camera from outside your network you will need to set up port forwarding. Let me know if you need more help.
Thanks. still not having any luck.

In Wireless Lan Settings, I click 'scan', then I select my wireless network and it then automatically plugs in the proper encryption (wpa personal tkip). I then enter my password (under 'share key') for my wireless network. Once it says '30 seconds to reboot', I disconnect the network cable. The device starts circling around around, and then the connection times out. Once I reconnect the network wire and refresh my screen, the picture comes back.

1 question : When you say 'ssid is visible', do you mean does it show in the top box of wireless networks when I click 'scan'?

Any help is appreciated.
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Thanks. still not having any luck.

In Wireless Lan Settings, I click 'scan', then I select my wireless network and it then automatically plugs in the proper encryption (wpa personal tkip). I then enter my password (under 'share key') for my wireless network. Once it says '30 seconds to reboot', I disconnect the network cable. The device starts circling around around, and then the connection times out. Once I reconnect the network wire and refresh my screen, the picture comes back.

1 question : When you say 'ssid is visible', do you mean does it show in the top box of wireless networks when I click 'scan'?

Any help is appreciated.
hey, when i say visible I mean that devices can see it. Most routers have an option to hide the ssid but there is really no point. Since the camera was able to pick up ur network you dont have your ssid hidden.
here are some suggestions
1) your local ip address for the wireless connection will be different than the one you were using for the wired connection. So if you are trying to log in with the same ip address that is your issue. you need to see what ip was assgined to the NEW wireless conection. You can check that in your router settings (see manual). when you find it, set that ip as static so that it never changes. When reserving the ip address keep in mind that the wireless network card in the camera has a different MAC address than the wired etherent connection.
2) are you using mac address filtering. If you are, then you need to allow the wireless MAC address to access your network.
let me know if this helps
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hey, when i say visible I mean that devices can see it. Most routers have an option to hide the ssid but there is really no point. Since the camera was able to pick up ur network you dont have your ssid hidden.
here are some suggestions
1) your local ip address for the wireless connection will be different than the one you were using for the wired connection. So if you are trying to log in with the same ip address that is your issue. you need to see what ip was assgined to the NEW wireless conection. You can check that in your router settings (see manual). when you find it, set that ip as static so that it never changes. When reserving the ip address keep in mind that the wireless network card in the camera has a different MAC address than the wired etherent connection.
2) are you using mac address filtering. If you are, then you need to allow the wireless MAC address to access your network.
let me know if this helps
I got thru to foscam tech support and they suggested to change my ip address from 192.168.2.1 to 192.168.2.100:8090.

My wireless cam now works but my WD Tv LIve doesn't work anymore. How do I change the ip address back to what it was? I'd rather have my WD tv live working. Thanks.
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also, you cannot have the ethernet cable plugged in when trying to connect wireless
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I got thru to foscam tech support and they suggested to change my ip address from 192.168.2.1 to 192.168.2.100:8090.

My wireless cam now works but my WD Tv LIve doesn't work anymore. How do I change the ip address back to what it was? I'd rather have my WD tv live working. Thanks.
I have no idea why they told you to change your routers IP addresse range. You do not need to do that. Go back to your router settings and put them back to what they were probably 192.168.1.1- 192.168.1.100. Your WD will then work. OR you may be able to change the ip on the WD live by hooking it up to ethernet then making changes to the wireless settings.

I would put your original router settings back. As I said, the reason why the wireless was not working was you were probably logging in to the same IP address as you were when you had the wired connection. You need to know the new wireless IP address to log into the camera.
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I have no idea why they told you to change your routers IP addresse range. You do not need to do that. Go back to your router settings and put them back to what they were probably 192.168.1.1- 192.168.1.100. Your WD will then work. OR you may be able to change the ip on the WD live by hooking it up to ethernet then making changes to the wireless settings.

I would put your original router settings back. As I said, the reason why the wireless was not working was you were probably logging in to the same IP address as you were when you had the wired connection. You need to know the new wireless IP address to log into the camera.
this is fairly easy to find out by looking at the dhcp table in the router.
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I use 4 foscam fi8918w wireless internet cams to monitor happenings at the house when I'm away (browser and smartphone compatible) or there. The Foscam can be moved remotely and has night vision (IR).
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I got mine to work with no problem. I even got the email thing to work too when it detect motion.

I use IP Cam Viewer to see it on my Android phone.

Ask me any technical questions and I can help.
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I got mine to work with no problem. I even got the email thing to work too when it detect motion.

I use IP Cam Viewer to see it on my Android phone.

Ask me any technical questions and I can help.
same setup here. IP cam viewer rocks !
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