We finally got our barn camera in the mail the other day. We bought the Foscam FI8918W Wireless Camera
because the price was great and the reviews were pretty good. The worst reviews dealt mostly with the difficulty in installing the software, but after reading reviews of other IP cameras it became clear that figuring out how to configure a barn camera isn’t very easy no matter what camera you choose. Knowing we would need all the help we could get, we decided to buy the camera with the most Youtube instructional videos and this camera won.
It took me approx. three days to figure out how to load the barn camera software and get it to the point where we can now access the camera from any computer with the internet. Setting up the barn camera for wireless connection in our home was easy, but getting it to connect from our work computers was a whole different story. I consider myself pretty technologically savvy, but I am very aware of my limitations. Going into this project, the phrases port forwarding and IP address were completely foreign to me.
The night we got the camera I spent from 5:00PM to midnight trying to set it up and gave up and called a friend for help (thanks Kirk). Without being there Kirk couldn’t offer much help but he did offer a work around and so we used www.Teamviewer.com to access the computer at home to see the camera from work. It worked okay but it was slow and cumbersome.
The next night I worked from 5:00PM to 2:00AM trying to get it to work and finally went to bed frustrated. I seriously considered paying someone $300 to come and figure it out for me. The next day I woke up early even though it was my day off and was determined to make it work . I spent the next three hours troubleshooting when I finally realized where we went wrong. Long story short, we had two routers (I wasn’t aware our modem is also a router) and since I couldn’t figure out how to get BOTH routers to port forward I simply got rid of the extra one and configured the port forwarding on the remaining one and it worked like a charm. Had I only had one router, I would have saved myself about 8 hours of work, but oh well I sure did learn a lot and the way I figured, my determination saved us $300 so I rewarded myself with a new cut and color!