Quick Installation Guide For Windows OS (Foscam Fi8918w)

1. Hardware Installation

  • (1) Open the package

    foscam fi8918w packing

  • (2) Connect the Antenna.
    Screw the antenna to the back of the camera, make it attached well.
    foscam i8918w - Connect the Antenna
  • (3) Plug the network cable and power.
    Use network cable connects with the camera and your router. Plug in the power.
    The network light will blink and the camera will pan/tilt. Power light will turn on too.

    Use network cable connects with the camera and your router. Plug in the power.The network light will blink and the camera will pan/tilt. Power light will turn on too.
    foscam fi8918w - Plug the network cable and power

2 Software Installation

Put the small CD in your CD driver of your computer and find the folder “For Windows”, open it and choose IP Camera Tool. Double click IPCamSetup.exe and install the software as instruction.
foscam fi8918w - Software Installation

Only click Next, you will complete the software installation.
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You can find the icon on the desktop after you install the IP camera tool.
ip camera tools - decktop icon

3 Login the camera

Dbclick the IP Camera Tool and you could see the following picture.

foscam ip camera tools - interface

The IP camera tool could find the cam’s IP automatically after you plug the network cable. If not, Please make sure that DHCP is enabled in your router. Don’t enable MAC address  filter. Or disable firewall or antivirus on your computer to try.

Dbclick the IP address on the IP camera tool and you will enter the login UI.

foscam  the login UI

Note: If you use IE browser, please choose the first login mode (ActiveX Mode) to login. If you use other browsers, such as Firefox, safari or Google chrome, Please choose the second login mode (Server Push Mode) to login. You can see living video after click login.

foscam fi8918w - living video

If you could not see living video, Please make sure allow the activeX running when it prompts you. (details: see user manual)

If you only see a black screen with a red cross in the center, Please change a port number to try, do not use port 80. Use port 85, 8005.etc.

Or shut down firewall or anti-virus software on your computer to try again.

4 Wireless LAN Settings

  • (1) Please choose “For Administrator” and click “Wireless LAN Settings”.
    Then choose “Using Wireless LAN”.
    Click scan button and the camera will detect WIFI device around it.
    It could also find your router and show it in the list. (Figure 1.9)
    If the camera could not find some WIFI device, please click the scan button again.
    Make sure that the time between the first scan and the second is more than 1~2 minute.
    foscam fi8918w - Wireless LAN Settings
  • (2) Click the SSID of your router in the list, the corresponding information (SSID & Encryption) will be filled in the following boxes automatically.
    You only need fill in share key. Make sure that SSID, Encryption and share key
    you filled in for the camera are exactly the same with your router.
    foscam fi8918w - Wireless LAN Settings

    foscam fi8918w - router wireless

    foscam fi8918w - router wireless -1

    Please click Submit after finish these settings, the camera will reboot.
    Plug out the network cable after you click submit about 10 seconds.
    The camera will work on WIFI after reboot.
    Note: If your camera could not connect WIFI, please see FAQ in user manual.

5 DDNS Service Settings

5.1 Static IP user

Static IP users need not set DDNS service settings for remote access. When
finished the connection of Camera in LAN and port forwarding. (Figure 3.6/3.7)
You can access the camera directly from Internet by the WAN IP and port number.
There are two ways to obtain your WAN IP.

  • Obtain the WAN IP from Website

    Please enter these strings in your browser: http://www.whatismyip.com.The
    webpage at this address will show you the current WAN IP.
    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting

  • Obtain the WAN IP address from the router

    You can find the WAN IP in your router. Normally, it is in system status.
    Take the WRT54G router of LINKSYS for example,
    1) Obtain the IP address of the router(LAN gateway address),user
    name and password for login the router from the network administrator,
    2) Enter the LAN IP address of the router (LINKSYS WRT54G, such as:
    default LAN IP is in the address bar of the IE to login the router;
    Open the Status page to find out the WAN address of the router. In this
    example, the address is

  • Access the IP Camera from the Internet

    You can access the IP Camera from the Internet. (remote access) Enter WAN IP
    address and port number in IE browser or other browsers you use. For example,Http://
    Note: Make sure the Port mapping is success. You can do port mapping by two

5.2 How to do DDNS Service Settings (For dynamic IP user)

  • (1) Please first visit www.dyndns.com to get an account.
    Choose Sign up FREE to get a free account.

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up

    Next, choose Sign Up under free.

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up - 1

    Please set as the following picture.

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up - 2

    Then choose Add To Cart.

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up - 3

    Set the following information as the picture below.

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up - 4

    The website will send you an email to your mailbox just set.

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up -5

    Please click the link in your email to activate your account.
    Or copy the link and paste it to IE or other browser you use to activate the
    account. Make sure that your account was activated or DDNS settings will be

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up -6

    You will see the following picture. Click Activate services>>

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up -7

    All the settings are finished until you see the following picture. (Figure 3.2)
    You can see your host name in the list.
    Please remember the host name, user name and password; they are needed
    when you set DDNS service settings of your camera.

    foscam fi8918w - ddns service setting - sign up -8

  • (2) Basic Network Settings

    We need set a static IP for the camera when do DDNS service settings. Login
    your camera and set basic network settings as the picture below.

    foscam fi8918w - Basic Network Settings - 1

    Here make sure that your camera is in the same subnet as your router. In other
    words, keep the first three sections the same with your router or your computer.
    Gateway is your router’s LAN IP. You can find DNS server in your router, if you
    don’t know the DNS server; you can also find it in local area connection of your
    computer. (details: see user manual—Basic network settings)
    Normally, it contains your computer’s LAN IP, gateway, DNS server.
    Please click submit after finish these settings, the camera will reboot.

  • (3) DDNS service settings

    Please set DDNS service settings as follows. Use the DDNS domain name you
    get from the dyndns website.

    foscam fi8918w - DDNS service settings

    Please click submit after fill in all the information. The camera will reboot.
    Please login in the camera again to check if DDNS settings is succeed.
    foscam fi8918w - DDNS service settings - 2

  • (4) How to do port forwarding.

    Login your router; find the right place to do port forwarding.
    Here use a Linksys router for example.
    You can do single port forwarding. Set as the following picture. (Figure 3.3)

    foscam fi8918w - port rewording - 1

    You can also choose port range forwarding.
    In order to forward the port successfully, we recommend you can set both of the
    start port and end port as the same port number. Add the camera’s LAN IP and
    port (Figure 3.3) in the list of port forwarding page.

    foscam fi8918w - port rewording - 2

    Please do not forget to save these settings when you finish them.

  • (5) After finish all these settings above, you can use DDNS domain
    name and port number to login your camera at any place.

    For example, use strings http://foscamipcamera.dyndns.org:8100 to login the
    camera. Here foscamipcamera.dyndns.org is the DDNS Host, 8100 is camera’s

    foscam fi8918w - user interface

Other detail settings, please consult user manual.

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