Foscam FI8918W FTP Set Up

Foscam FI8918W FTP Camera on Sensr.netThe Foscam FI8918W is a fun little IP camera that lists for about $87 on Amazon these days.  As with most of these cameras, you can set them up without installing the software that comes with the camera.  I’m going to show you how to configure the camera without the software and also set it up to use the sensr.net site, so you can take advantage of all the cool sensr.net features like archiving, sharing, and alerting that our site provides.

Overview

  1. Connect the camera to power and ethernet
  2. Go to your router and find the IP address of the camera
  3. Point your browser at the camera’s IP address and configure it
  4. Tell Sensr.net about your camera
  5. Tell your camera about Sensr.net

Details

As with most netcams, you need to connect the camera to your network.  This model Foscam supports both wired and wireless connections.  Before you can use the wireless connection, you need to first configure the camera over the wired connection.

For Step 1, make sure your camera is plugged directly into an ethernet port on your router and make sure the camera’s power is turned on.  The Foscam does a neat little dance when you plug in the power so sit back and enjoy.

Step 2 means you’re going to need to know how to log into your router.  You can find this from your computer’s settings.  On a Mac you go to Network Settings > Advanced > TCP/IP.  For my computer it looks like this:

Foscam FI8918W FTP Control Panel on Mac, OSX

Network Settings Control Panel

This means my network router is at the IP address 10.1.10.1.  A more common setting is 192.168.1.1.  Once you find this, you can go to your browser and log into your router’s web page.  For me this is http://10.1.10.1 but you should use the router setting from your control panel.  You will probably need to log into your router with a user name and password.  Routers differ widely.

Once you log into your router, look for a page that shows the attached devices.  Here’s what that page looks like on my router:

How to configure Foscam FI8918W for OSX

Attatched Devices Page with MAC Address highlighted

You can see fro the above page that there are no devices named Foscam.  We’re trying to find the IP address for your camera.  The easiest way to do that is to look for the MAC address on the bottom of the camera.  For my Foscam the MAC address is 00:0d:c5:d1:70:20.  This tells me the local IP address for my Foscam is 10.1.10.31.  Once you find the IP address for your camera, simply point your browser to that address, http://10.1.10.31 (in my case) and configure your camera.  You’ll need to log in with the user name “admin” and leave the password blank.  (This is also indicated on the bottom of your Foscam.)  You should see a page like this:

Configuring Foscam FI891W for OSX

Foscam FI891W Admin Page

Now you can change your camera’s configuration through your browser.  You don’t need to do anything else if you just want to view the camera from inside your home.  However, if you want to view it from outside, you can setup the camera to work with sensr.net.  (There are other configs like wireless and image size, all of which you can get to through the web interface, I’m not going to cover them here.)

Add a New Camera to your Sensr.net Account

Login to Sensr.net using your Facebook user name and password.  Select the “add a camera” link link at the top of the page next to your picture.

Foscam FI8918W for Sensr.net

Click 'add a camera' to get started with Sensr.net

You should then see this page where you can read more about cameras or if you’re ready to add your camera to Sensr, then click the “add a camera” button.

Add a Camera on Sensr.net

Add a Camera Page

Next you’ll see this page, which allows you to name your camera and set it’s timezone.  It also gives you the FTP credentials for your Foscam.

Foscam Camera Credentials on Sensr.net

Camera credentials and image scanner.

The above page will continue to scan for images on the Sensr server.  Leave that window open and go to your Foscam configuration page in a new browser window.  For the Foscam it looks like this:

Foscam FTP settings

In the above page, copy the server, user, and password from the Sensr.net site.  Make sure to select PASV mode.  Once this is done, select the Upload Now box and set the upload interval to 1.  After you do this, the Foscam should start uploading images to Sensr.net every second.

If you go back to the previous Sensr.net page, you should see an image from your camera.  It should look something like this:

Foscam successfully added to Sensr.net

Success!

At this point you are done. You can close the browser window pointed at your camera and go back to Sensr. Click on the “Take Me To My Camera” button to see the Gallery view of images coming from your camera.

Now you can share your camera and its images with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Have fun!

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41 Responses to Foscam FI8918W FTP Set Up

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  2. This doesn’t work. I have all the correct settings in place. Is there something we are suppose to put for “Upload Folder”? When I hit test on the foscam page it fails also. I am able to remotely access by my phone app. Is there something in the router that might be blocking your site? Thank You

    • adam says:

      It might be that your camera doesn’t have the DNS server set. Sometimes if you are using a static IP address, you may need to set the DNS server settings to for FTP to work.

      Don’t worry about the “Upload Folder”, you can use ‘/’ or just leave it blank.

      See Can’t FTP from IP Camera for details.

  3. Got it working, Thank you. I do not see where you can turn alerts on and off based on what time of the day it is? Thank You

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  6. John Doe says:

    Just a reminder, to get Foscam to work with http://sensr.net, make sure you have the camera connected to the Internet using an Ethernet cable. Once it’s up and running, you can disconnect the Ethernet cable and use WiFi and it should be all good.

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  8. James Sheppard says:

    I’m uploading images to sensr via FTP from my Foscam FI8918W over a wireless connection, and even though it is configured with

    Upload Interval (Seconds) 1

    it seems to average at about 5 seconds between FTP image uploads by looking at the timestamp on the LIVE view of the camera.

    Has anyone else noticed this? Is it just a limitation of the FI8918W?

    I’ve seen other cameras on sensr that are updating every 1-2 seconds.

    • adam says:

      It might be a limitation of your bandwidth. Why don’t you try it on a wired network and see if that makes a difference? Also, make sure you have decent upload bandwidth by checking it with a site like the Speakeasy speed test.

      You might also play around with the image resolution. If you make it smaller and get a higher frame rate, then it might be bandwidth related. We’re not rate limiting you, just checked. :-)

      • James Sheppard says:

        Thanks for your reply Adam.

        Speakeasy Result:
        Download Speed: 17758 kbps (2219.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
        Upload Speed: 5127 kbps (640.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

        That shouldn’t be a problem should it?!

        I’ll try a few things and report back if I find anything useful…

  9. jb says:

    Hi
    I have an outside Foscam camera, that works on the web but i still cant get it to send pictures to sensr. when i push TEST it says;

    Test … Failed
    Can not connect to the server

    I am sure that i have filled in the correct information into the camera settings, and i have a ddns setting with DYNDNS.
    Any help would be appreciated
    John

    • adam says:

      Sorry you’re having problems. You don’t need to use DDNS since our servers don’t need to know your camera’s IP address. However, it sounds like your camera can’t find our servers. I’m guessing your camera doesn’t have it’s DNS servers set. If you’re using a static IP address for your camera, check that the DNS server is set. I like to use OpenDNS. You can use 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 for your primary and secondary DNS servers.

      See this Can’t FTP from IP Camera article I wrote a while back when having the same problem.

  10. ki says:

    I’m getting no images on sensr and “test….Failed” with the loftek cxs 2200 camera. My internet connection is fine, and I have tried it both wired and wireless, the DNS you provided and the one through my ISP and nothing.

    • adam says:

      What’s your camera number? We can check the logs on our side and see if we’re getting an error. This is the FTP username from the settings page, don’t post the password though. :-)

  11. tw says:

    I was able to set up my first f18918W with no problem, but when I try and add a second camera sensr just keeps scanning and scanning. The second camera is set up exactly like the first, but with its own port number and sensr FTP info. What could I be doing wrong?

    • adam says:

      Be careful when putting in the FTP credentials. Some users have seen this not work because of an extra space at the end of the server name. Also, see the OpenDNS suggestion in the comment above.

  12. Pete says:

    Hello – My ISP has instituted a bandwidth cap which eill likely be exceeded if the sensr.net motion detection feature does not affect upload bandwidth (ie- remains continuous) . Can I combine port forwarding for live remote viewing and use sensr.net for storage and notification ? I would use the motion detection setting on the camera and set motion detection setting on for the camera to off as described – http://blog.sensr.net/2011/07/25/true-meaning-of-motion-detection-off/ ) – Thanks

    • adam says:

      Yes, it’s totally fine to use Sensr.net in this way. It will cut down on your bandwidth utilization. Just turn on the motion detection on your camera and turn it off on the Sensr.net side. If your camera supports it, you might also have it upload periodic images, like once per hour, just to keep the daily views looking nice.

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  14. Calvin says:

    Hello,

    Just bought a Foscam FI8918W last week and discovered you web site yesterday. I signed up for the $3 to give it a whirl – man, the FTP hook-up was easy! Well documented and a great way to view the camera without getting a DDNS fever :)

    I have a question about PoE (not necessarily for the Foscam FI8918W, but in general). Can anyone point me to what I’d need to have a monitor at my WV cabin, if I only have power and a camera? Can I get a ‘hot spot’ device to get Internet, and then feed the ‘net (and sensr.net) with the camera? (I guess PoE wouldn’t be ‘necessary’, but nice to have) – Thanks! Looking forward to growing with sensr.net

    Calvin

    • adam says:

      POE is just a way to get power and ethernet to the camera. You still need to get internet from somewhere. For instance I have a Y-Cam Knight and it will run off POE. This allows me to run just one cable to the camera for both power and ethernet. You need a special POE router that will send the power over the ethernet cable. Most routers don’t support POE.

      The Panasonic BL-C140a POE camera doesn’t require a POE router but comes with it’s own dongle that will send power over ethernet. If you buy this one, don’t try to use it with a standard POE router, it won’t work.

      If you have a remote cabin and need to get internet, you can look into Wild Blue Satellite Internet or similar providers. They tend to restrict the uplink bandwidth, so you’ll need to tune the upload frame rate or image size to fit the bandwidth.

      Hope that helps!

  15. Faisal says:

    I have a DCS-920 and when i use to connect (do a test for FTP) it gives me error. FTP test not successful.
    my sensr username is cam13142

  16. Richard says:

    Where can I buy a f18918W camera near me. I live in Phoenix Az.
    What stores carry this camera ?

  17. D says:

    I have 1 camera, the primary of 2 on multi-device setup, uploading to sensr fine. When I try to add a 2nd camera to sensr, the 2nd camera Test reports Failed: Incorrect user or password, even though I have copied it exactly over a dozen times, even typing the letters out instead of copy paste. Both cameras have the same port forwarding setups and both are accessible from dyndns. Any ideas?

    EDIT: while sitting here messing with this, debating whether to Post Comment, and reading others problems and seeng TW has same problem as me, I said screw the Test, and just clicked submit… after 30 secs to a full minute of scanning, sensr recieved image from 2nd camera!

  18. Dan says:

    I’m following the steps but I can’t get sensr to connect to my Foscam. Would the fact that it has a public IP address be the problem? I’ll try troubleshooting by reverting to a local IP.
    -Dan

    • adam says:

      Sensr.net doesn’t connect to your camera, it’s the other way around. The camera pushes images to the FTP server at Sensr.net. It doesn’t matter if your camera has a public or private IP.

      You don’t need to setup a public IP or configure your router. That’s the big advantage of using Sensr.net. You don’t need to do port forwarding. You don’t need a public IP address. You don’t need to setup dynamic DNS. You don’t need to configure your firewall at all.

      You do need to tell your camera to push images to Sensr.net on a schedule or when it detects motion.

      Hope this helps!

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  20. Jesper says:

    Hello.
    I have a problem with getting sensr to upload a picture every second.
    Also when it is showing live pictures there i 6 seconds between every picture.
    Please HELP

    • adam says:

      So you have the upload interval set to 1 second but the live view is only showing 1 frame every 6 seconds?

  21. ubique0712 says:

    I just succeeded thanks to some of the comments here. I was copying and pasting the username and password and I guess was copying a bit of blank…so I typed in manually and hey presto. Now I had a few clips show up, but my son just came home 10 min’s ago and I just checked and nothing…does it take a while or is it supposed to be pretty instantaneous?

    Thank you :-)

    • ubique0712 says:

      UPDATE… Everything is now working great..what a fantastic idea and concept. The only thing I have that I would like sorted is what a few others have commented on and that is in my settings I have set to 1 or 2 seconds, but all cams seem to be recording at 6 seconds by default overriding the users desired settings?

  22. ubique0712 says:

    Regarding the seconds issue I found some help o the sensr.net blog here http://blog.sensr.net/2012/02/29/tuning-foscam-fi8910w-ftp-settings/

    [If you want to have this model upload to Sensr.net on a regular basis, we recommend that you turn on the Alarm Service and tell the Foscam FI8910W to upload to us when it detects motion, but set the motion detection to 10, very sensitive. (Note the Foscam UI has a typo in it, calling the setting Motion Detect Sensibility, not Sensitivity.) Also check the Upload Image on Alarm setting and set the interval to 1 second. It’s not explained in the manual, but the upload interval seems to be the number of seconds between an alarm upload. If you want to get a bunch of frames stored on Sensr.net when there is motion, set this to 1 second and it will upload every second when it detects motion. Now on the Sensr.net camera settings, you can still have us do motion detection and we’ll filter out some of the noise. The advantage of setting the motion detection on the camera to super sensitive, is that it sends more images to Sensr.net, which makes the live view more interesting. By having the motion detection enabled on the Sensr.net side, we’ll still only store the interesting bits.]

    This has improved things :-)

    • Gustavoas says:

      I’m facing the same issue. Bandwith is not a problem and I’ve configurd the alarm at 1 sec as well, live view still shows 1 frame every 6 seconds. The same for when a movement is detected… Any other ideas? I’m curious to understand if it’s a camera problem, router or sensr limitation…

  23. Elias says:

    This is my 2nd Agasio Outdoor IPCAM. 1st camera installed and connected to sensr.net with no problems. 2nd camera, I am having problems with connecting to sensr.net (test failed… cannot connect to server error). My camera is cam23352 & F1.sensr.net. Please help.

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