Tuning Foscam FI8910W FTP Settings

The Foscam FI8910W is the new model from Foscam with an IR Cut so the color of the daytime images are true to life. This is a nice improvement over the previous Foscam night vision models like the FI8918W. (BTW, why does the newer model have a lower model number?)

To use this camera with Sensr.net we recommend that you set the camera to upload jpegs at 1 frame per second. Navigate to the FTP Service Settings page on your FI8910W, which looks like this:

Foscam FI8910W FTP Settings

Note the 1 second interval

Fill in the FTP Server, FTP User, and FTP Password with the values you get when adding your camera to Sensr.net.  The default values for FTP Upload Folder and FTP Mode are fine.  Make sure to select Upload Image Now and use 1 for the Upload Interval.

With these settings, your camera will send Sensr.net a frame per second.  This will allow you to see a live view on the Sensr.net site without having to configure your firewall at all.  We’ll also store images when we detect motion.  This will allow you to go back in time to see what happened earlier in the day, last week or earlier in the month.

By having the motion detection enabled on the Sensr.net side, we’ll still only store the interesting bits.  This clip shows me walking around at about one pace per second and the Foscam settings are set as shown above.

Other Tips

Set DNS Server if you’re using a static IP address for your camera, make sure you set the DNS Server in the Basic Network Settings page.  Here’s an example where the DNS Server is set to 75.75.75.75, which is the DNS Server for our Comcast Broadband connection.  If you don’t know your DNS server, you can use Google’s Public DNS Service by putting in 8.8.8.8 or use 208.67.222.222 which is provided by OpenDNS.

Foscam FI8910W Basic Network Settings

Foscam FI8910W Basic Network Settings

Don’t Arm Motion Detection on the camera.  This conflicts with the upload per second we’re recommending above.   If you’re using the recommended settings, your Alarm Service Settings should look like this:

Foscam FI8910W Alarm Service Settings

Foscam FI8910W Alarm Service Settings

If you have problems getting your Foscam FI8910W working on Sensr.net, send us email, info at sensr.net, and we’ll give you a hand.