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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby Gina » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:24 am

If you can get it well dried out you may find it works again. I've had that at times with electronics stuff. You may need to take it apart and perhaps get a hair dryer on it. No guarantees but it sometimes works - good luck :)
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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby seabreeze3 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:15 pm

Austin wrote:Well moving my camera was a mistake. The new location was unable to have a covered spot for the power connector, and it no longer works. I guess your fears about water getting into the hole where the LED is was correct.


Old 'tronic tech's trick: If it is a very recent development stick the wet item in a bowl of uncooked, dry rice for about 12 to 24 hours. The rice will draw out the moisture. Barring that, what Gina suggested is the next option.

Is it the power transformer that stopped working? FOSCAM should be able to replace that fairly readily.

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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby seabreeze3 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:46 pm

Well, we managed to drop the FOSCAM weatherproof camera to below its operating temp. With air temp at around -1 C and winds kicking the wind chill to -10 the body of the camera took an overnight cold-wash. Right now it will operate for about 2 minutes after rebooting and then shuts down.

I've wrapped a water-pipe heating tape around it and wrapped it with some insulating material to see if I can get the body of the camera above it's current frozen state.

Stay tuned! :?
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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby seabreeze3 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:49 am

Surprise! The heating tape and insulation seems to have done the trick. So far it seems to be working well. We'll see what happens around 5 am when the temp is expected to be at its lowest.
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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby Craig » Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:31 am

I am new to this forum and found this thread while searching for a solution to my web cam image problems. Thanks in advance for all of the helpful comments everyone has made on this thread.

I recently purchased Foscam FI8095W and installed over the past weekend. With the help of this forum, I have figured out how to upload FTP the jpeg images with Yawcam (as I too couldn't use the built in camera FTP option because the files have unique namse, i.e. no overwrite option). I have managed to use dynamic DNS to create links to the current jpeg image, an updating jpeg image, and a live video feed. My main problem has been the poor dynamic range and therefore image quality. As a weather cam, I want to create movies from the jpeg, but I am getting images that range from dark to washed out. I am trying various settings for the brightness and contrast, but can't find a sweet spot. Perhaps as one contributor has mentioned, the CMOS versus CCD camera chip may be part of the problem.

Here is a link to a movie I made today that demonstrates the problem: http://www.ae7i.com/upload/Foscam08MAR2011.mov

At this point I am contacting customer support, but am not sure if they will be able to do much about it. It may be an inherent problem with the camera, in which case I will definitely upgrade to something of higher quality.

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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby Gina » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:58 am

It looks like the camera has no automatic exposure function or if it has it's turned off.
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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby Craig » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:22 am

Gina,

I agree with you. I have a Panasonic IP camera which has much better ability to adjust to the varying lighting conditions. I contacted "support" and received the following reply:

"Hello Sir,

Foscam outdoor camera's color is off when installted outside. It is normal, no way to get it resovled."

Strange reply, as it is designed as an "outdoor camera." Fortunately, it wasn't a very expensive camera and I may use it for something other than my personal weather camera - maybe a chicken coop cam?? For the time being, I plan on placing my "indoor" Panasonic into a weather proof housing and use it for the local mountain view.

Regards to all, Craig

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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby Gina » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:13 am

Sounds a good plan :) Not a very good response from Foscam, hardly a recommendation!! :roll:
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Re: FOSCAM FI8905W wireless IP cam

Postby rrs18 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:23 pm

Austin wrote:Image

Image


Hi, I might be confused. Is this picture from the 8905 or the 8904 or something else. I can't get anywhere near this good a photo with my recently installed 8905. Thanks

Russ


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