No-name (WiFi) IP Camera ; China ; Foscam Clone

Posted on March 18, 2010 by Onlooker.
Categories: Neutral.

ChinaCam0I took a chance and purchased one of these cameras new in an ebay auction for $64 shipped. Overall I would say it was worth it, but it would sure be nice to be able to tweak the ActiveX(Java would be so much nicer) software and or the software on the camera. Please comment if you know how…

The biggest negative I have to say is that there doesn’t seem to be any network throttling capabilities, and that the ActiveX program automatically tries to save event triggered video to the hard drive of current viewers, with no apparent option to disable.

  • No-Name China Camera
  • ChinaCam2



  • Panasonic BL-C1A

  • The internal speaker is terrible, and the microphone only of much use a few feet away from the unit. Although it can pickup a knock on the door in the next room, it is considerably low.
    The good news is it does seem to be possible to install external microphone/speakers but one would have to do some wiring/find adapter.

    http://IP-or-domainname:port/videostream.asf as a link in VLC media player with steam audio and video directly from the camera.


    5V DC 2 Amp Power Supply
    Inside One, Two, Three
    Inside Four, Five, Six.


    Comment on March 31st, 2010.

    I would like to know whether the camera you ordered is a clon or is genuine.
    Moreover, could you please let me know how you would improve it by installing external microphone/speakers? Is that explained in any manual which comes together with the camera?

    Comment on March 31st, 2010.

    I forgot to mention:
    How can you recognize whether the cam is a clon or genuine?
    What should be the difference in price between clon and genuine?
    In case you have a clon, does it have many disadvantages compared to the genuine one?

    Comment on March 31st, 2010.

    Foscam is starting to label their cameras now I believe. Otherwise you must trust who you purchase it from and or look for other identifying markings because if you do get a clone, and you try and upgrade the firmware using Foscams it will ‘brick’ most clones, or at the very least cause other problems. Search ebay for foscam and just wifi camera and you’ll see a price difference of $10-$25 depending.

    Rumor is Foscam is trying to sue one of the clone manufacturers, but that’s all internal to china so who knows…

    I don’t see any major disadvantages over the available features vs Foscam, in fact the menu structure is almost identical.

    Nothing in the manual about installing an external speaker/mic, but if you look at image Inside Six, you can see the connector that is unplugged, that controls the mic/speaker wires, so if you can find an identical connector, one could hard wire a port for each. There might also be a way to connect on the mainboard itself as older versions of this camera had an audio jack(now removed and covered).

    Mario Z
    Comment on April 29th, 2010.

    Hi, can somebody please tell me how i can connect this camera to a Mac airport wireless network? I cant configure it!! I tried using WPA2 & WEP but it looks like i’m doing some thing wrong! Any ideas please?

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