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    There are several video baby monitors out there that are over $200, and you can't even use them outside of your home!

    I found a simple solution that will allow you to monitor your baby (or just about anything else) from your phone, while at home or away. for under $70. All you need is a wi-fi network, the below camera, and an Android or iOS phone or tablet.



    Here's how to do it:
    1. Buy this camera: Amazon.com: Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67 Viewing Angle): Camera & Photo
    2. When you get it, follow the directions to set it up on your home wi-fi network:
      1. Install the IPCamSetup.exe software on your computer
      2. Plug the camera in, and into your wi-fi router with supplied cable
      3. Run IP Camera Tool and double click the IP of the camera that appears (note the IP address, it should be 192.168.1.xx)
      4. Login using username 'admin' (no password)
      5. Select the appropriate option "ActiveX" for MSIE or "Server Push Mode" for everything else (allow activex to run if MSIE)
      6. you should now see video from the camera - select "Device Management"
      7. Click Wireless Lan Settings
      8. Fill in the information for your wireless network - make sure the encryption matches what you have setup on your router, and click "Submit"
      9. If you would like to set a password you can do so from "Users Settings"
      10. The camera will reboot - unplug from the router - it should now be wireless assuming the settings were entered correctly
      11. Note that if you have a bad wifi connection to the camera then video will be slow - if this is the case consider hard wiring the camera

    3. If you have an Android device install this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...t.foscamremote - If iOS this app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camv...416551665?mt=8 (you can pay for and install the official Foscam apps if you want, but these apps work just fine
    4. Enter the IP address of the camera as shown in your browser window, the port (default is 80), and the username/password (default is admin, no password)
    5. If everything is right you should be able to connect to the camera via your phone/tablet!
    6. To get sound select "Speaker" (this model camera does not have two way audio). If you plan on using your phone exclusively for sound monitoring, considering plugging in your phone or the battery will drain fast.


    If you would like to access the camera from outside of your network, like from work, here's how to do it:
    1. Open IP Camera Tool, right click on the camera, and select Network Config.
    2. Under HTTP port change 80 to something non-standard, like 8090
    3. Enter the username and password and click ok
    4. The camera will restart
    5. To access the camera again, you'll have to enter the IP and the port like :192.168.1.xx:8090 -
    6. Get your public IP address by going to What Is My IP Address | Shows Your IP Address. - write it down.
    7. If your router is configured with port forwarding you should now be able to access your camera by going to http://yourIP:8090 in any web browser - make sure you setup a password on the camera!
    8. Don't forget to change the port and IP settings on your Android or iOS device if you plan on using that to view the camera. Keep mobile data in mind!


    If you do not have port forwarding enabled on your router you'll have to set it up by logging into your router (usually 192.168.1.1 in your browser) and configuring the settings. Depending on the router, there are a couple different ways to do this (search for your router name + "port forwarding" for more specific instructions:
    • Look for a UPnP setting and enable it - go into the settings on the camera > UPnP setting and check to enable
    • OR look for Virtual Server or Port Forwarding setting and map the camera IP and port manually. It will show up as the local IP (192.168.1.xx:8090)
    • If your router sets IPs dynamically, you may need to enable DDNS to always set the camera to the same IP.



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    Last edited by tavenger5; 04-19-2013 at 01:10 PM.



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    Re: Use your Android or iOS device as a video baby monitor for under $70

    FYI, there is a sale going on with these Foscam cameras with for a very limited time using coupon code CE6P97VK

    Amazon.com: Foscam FI8909W-NA Wireless/Wired IP/Network Camera with 7 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67 Viewing Angle): Camera & Photo
    Regular price $69 - $48.99 with coupon

    Amazon.com: Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black): Camera & Photo
    Regular price $99 - $69.99 with coupon
    Last edited by tavenger5; 04-23-2013 at 08:12 AM.
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    Re: Use your Android or iOS device as a video baby monitor for under $70

    Wow this is really nice! You save a decent amount of money using this device3. I'll ask my friend to check it out .



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