Using a Foscam Wireless/Wired IP Camera (FI8918W) with Vitamin D Video

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Occasionally, in the process of setting up a new piece of equipment, I’ll tinker with configuration options if I can’t get something to work right. Later on I may forget the extra steps I made, which can be a problem when I write in a post that I have a piece of software working with a certain piece of hardware but completely forget that it didn’t work out-of-the-box.

This post has some information about setting up Vitamin D Video to work with a Foscam FI8918W. Currently, Vitamin D Video does not officially support this Foscam model. That may change – I submitted some information to Vitamin D Video this evening which might help them add official support.

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Foscam Wireless/Wired IP Camera (FI8918W)

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In September of last year I decided to remove an X10 camera that underperformed beyond my expectations (the same can be said of the software that came with it). I replaced it with a Foscam IP Camera (FI8918W), which is a much better device. The Foscam is a good, all-around IP camera for general use and may work well as a security camera in certain situations. At about $90 it’s a good price for a reliable IP camera.

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Stuck with Vanguard for X10 Cameras (for now)

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I have an X10 wireless camera in use. It works fine though I’ve never been happy with the software. I’m hoping that in the near future mControl will include X10 camera support but until then it looks like I’m stuck with Vanguard. Like most of the software provided with X10 devices it’s a bit clunky. My biggest irritation right now is that it consumes a great amount of CPU resources (often between 80%-90%). I’ve searched forums, etc and have found many complaints but no solutions that have helped me.

At least one user suggested running Vanguard in Windows 98 Compatibility mode. It doesn’t seem to have made a difference in my case. I may see if there’s a newer version of the software available and hopefully it may address this issue.

Updated 08/30/2011: In December 2010 I finally abandoned the X10 camera and software completely. Instead, I bought a Foscam F18918W IP Camera and Vitamin D Video camera monitoring software (available for Mac and Windows) and haven’t looked back.