How to configure a Foscam FI9900P Outdoor Camera from Mac or Linux

  • April 11, 2017
  • Adam Beguelin

Foscam FI9900P Outdoor HD Camera

The Foscam FI9900P Outdoor HD Wireless Security Camera is a recent compact outdoor model from Foscam. It’s currently listing for around $125 on Amazon.

My biggest gripe with this camera is the mounting hardware. The camera can only be pointed forward and tilted up and down. There is no left or right articulation. In my case I was mounting the camera near the wall my garage. I had to put a little shim under one side of the mounting brack to get it to angle off to the side. See the image below for the final orientation. If I had mounted it straight ahead, I would have ended up with half the frame taken up by the left wall.

Had to angle camera manually to get a more centered image. The image quality is quite good though.

The camera works well with, so you can use our cloud DVR service with the Foscam. We have a free trial, so sign up and follow the instructions below on how to get it working with

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How to do port forwarding with eero

  • April 10, 2017
  • Adam Beguelin

eero wifi system

The eero wifi system is really quite amazing. It lets you blanket your home in wifi and manage it with the eero app. You can do lots of neat things, like pause the internet for different devices or manage the network even when you’re not home.

Normally to do port forwarding to your IP camera, you need to configure the camera to have a specific IP address, then go to the router and add tell it to forward external ports to the internal ports on that IP address. eero takes a different approach.

However, if you don’t want to do port forwarding at all, you can simiply use and have your camera push to

There are still some reasons you might want to do port forwarding, so here’s how it works with eero:

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Foscam offline, Why can't I view my camera live?

  • February 24, 2017
  • Adam Beguelin

Foscam Cloud Connection Problems

I’ve setup two of the recent Foscam camera models, a Foscam FI9900P and the Foscam 1920TVL. Both support the Foscam cloud and the setup goes pretty well. More on that another time. But frequently when I launch the Foscam iOS app and the cameras are showing as offline when I know that they are online. How do I know that? I’ve connected the cameras to and they continue to upload and show live on

We do support live streams though, so if you’re running into the Failed to connect issue and can’t see your camera, try setting up your camera on and viewing the live view through us!

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