With the Foscam Surveillance app you can remotely view and control your Foscam IP network camera from your iPhone or iPod Touch. From wherever you are!
The video above is rather old, new features like presets and support for other MJPEG cameras have been added
Audio support (from camera to iPhone, two-way audio in development)
View the live video feed of your camera
Control the camera in all 8 directions (if supported by camera)
Go to preset camera positions (if supported by camera, like the FI8908 and FI8918 please note that you need the latest firmware on the camera)
Fullscreen by rotating the device to a landscape position
Zoom in and out on the image by pinching (even when your camera doesn't support zoom)
Swipe in fullscreen view to select another camera, this only works when not zoomed in (double tap to zoom to 100%)
Mirror and flip is taken into account (so the controls will still work intuitively, even when the camera is mounted to a ceiling)
Adjust flicker reduction
Change camera resolution
Take a snapshot, save it to the camera roll or mail it
Control output switch (if supported by camera, like the FI8908)
Switch IR on/off (if supported by camera, like the FI8918)
Horizontal / vertical patrol and home
Swipe in mosaic view to view more other cameras
Possibility to lock PTZ controls and/or rotation
Mosaic view, showing 4 or 6 cameras
Supports up to 144 cameras
Protect the app with a pincode
Taking full advantage of retina display on iPhone 4
Support for almost any other brand and model MJPEG or JPEG camera (see below)
Not convinced yet? Check out Top ten reasons to choose the Foscam Surveillance Pro iPhone App
iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch or iPad with iOS 3.1.2 or higher
3g or wireless internet connection
For access from outside your home network you need to have a internet router with port-forwarding configured
A Foscam IP network camera (see the FAQ for supported devices)
When using the app over a 3g connection, be warned that it can consume a substantial amount of bandwidth. If you do not have a flat fee subscription, this could cost you quite a bit of money. If you have a flat fee subscription, you could reach your bandwidth limit or fair use policy limit sooner as you might expect. More on bandwidth usage see here.
To avoid unnecessary bandwidth usage the app will not run in the background and close all connections.
Foscam Surveillance is now available in the App Store. Read here about the progress of application updates or follow me on Twitter.
How to use
In episode 1 of my show & tell series I explain how to navigate in the app.
In the main screen click on the gear icon to access the settings screen
In the settings screen fill in your camera's settings, refer to the FAQ for more info
If for some reason the internet connection has been interrupted, click on the refresh icon in the main screen to refresh the image
Tap and hold one of the arrows to move the camera in that direction, release to stop the movement
Pinch to zoom in the camera view to zoom in or out, double tap to view the original size again. You can even use pinch to zoom when the camera is rotating
Rotate the device to show the camera view in fullscreen
Adding a camera
In episode 2 of my show & tell series I explain how to configure a Foscam camera.
Configuring other JPEG/MJPEG cameras
Since version 1.56 almost any other MJPEG/JPEG camera model is supported. Other than Foscam that is. To see a list of supported cameras follow the url below. When you click on a camera model you are presented with the URL to use in app's camera configuration.
Please understand that advanced features like controlling and motion detection are not available for generic MJPEG/JPEG cameras.
Show & tell series
New show and tell episodes appear first on the Ruwebit Youtube channel.
I get a lot of support questions each day. I answer each question individually, mostly within one day, but sometimes it could take longer. To help me save some time, please first try the FAQ and support forum to see if your question has already been answered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please first read the FAQ hosted here.
If you are having problems getting the camera to work over a 3g connection, please note that you need to set up portforwarding on your router first. Please follow the instructions on http://www.ruwebit.net/portforwarding/
If you still have questions, please checkout the support forum here.
Older version 1.2:
Last update notes
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Comments on this articleThere are 74 comments
I have purchased your app because I was not satisfied with the other foscam app. However, eventhough I see the video, the direction buttons DO NOT function in your app.
I have iPhone OS 3.1.3 and my foscam's Device Firmware Version is 184.108.40.206 and Device Embeded Web UI Version is 220.127.116.11
Could you please advice?
Just like to say your foscam iphone app is great
and now being able to add more cameras is welcome
keep up the good work.Thanks
I've downloaded your app, its the best!
But, could you increase the number of simultaneously camera for more than six ?
Maybe you could put a scrollbar in the mosaic.
The screen with the |0 control is only visible when something is connected?
Please let me know what the burn rate is when viewing this via 3G.
Thank you and keep up the goot work.
Such as APM-J011-WS, APM-J012-WS, APM-J0111-WS, APM-J0118-WS and APM-J0233-WS-IR?
Because i'm selling Apexis IP Cameras, it will help me a lot if works. i'm looking for this kind of APP now.
if you need the contact information of APEXIS, pls email me.
My wife and I love your app. We, like many others, have purchased the foscam FI8918W as a baby cam and would love to have audio support. Furthermore, I have this vision of your app not only supporting audio, but also providing a push notification to our iphones when the baby is crying. How amazing would that be? I assume that this would be something to be tweaked in the camera's firmware, so perhaps I should be sending this idea to Foscam. Pushed Baby Cry notifications would send this camera/app combo into an iphone/ipod touch commercial for sure. :) Thanks again for the app.
Does your App work with this camera ?
Please let me know as soon as posible
Is there a reason why you haven't?
I will be running app on iPad and iPhone 4.
Would really appreciate audio support ! Any idea when we could expect this (saw you're working on it ...)
Thanks again and keep up the good work !
When is Audio support coming?
I live in Brazil, bought the APP and the camera also frosted, but the BEST item there that is send and receive audio and a notification on the phone the APP!
A function is a MUST PUSH notification when the sensor detects movement of the camera!
That would be FANTASTIC!
Quick feature request: My FI8918W now has the ability to program presets, and to switch between them. It would be cool to be able to do this via the iphone app as it would make moving the camera around much more easy (especially over slow phone connections)
Cheers for your great work.
Also, please consider adding brightness/contrast support.
Your program is excellent: really nice, well-designed and reliable. Considering how much work you've put into it, it's a bargain at this low price (as I'm sure all other programmers recognize).
We're currently running two cameras, an FI8908W and an FI8918W. Your program makes it possible to see and control both of them across the internet as well as within the house.
NOTE for people who can't get two (or more) cameras working across the internet: use port forwarding, and give the cameras NON-consecutive port numbers (with my Linksys router, consecutive port numbers, e.g., 85 and 86, did not work, so only the first camera was accessible through the Internet, even though both worked within the LAN).
Leaving a gap between the port numbers, e.g., 82 and 92, solved the problem. Remember to change the port numbers in several places:
1. in the cameras themselves. The cameras will reboot when you do this, and you'll have to use the new port numbers to access them afterwards.
2. in your computer Browser and shortcuts, e.g., 192.168.1.31:82 and 192.168.1.32:92 (if the cameras' LAN IP's are 192.168.1.31 and 192.168.1.32, and the ports are 82 and 92).
3. in the router's Port Forwarding table ("Games and Applications" in some Linksys home-style routers).
4. in Foscam Surveillance Pro on your iPhone or iPod.
I have put my effort in trying to push Foscam to make the audio feature available... here their answer.. Cheers!
Dear Mr. Steven,
first of all my compliments for the amazing device you are producing.
I am one of your customer and am very happy with my FI8918W that I am using in my everyday life when I am in different part of the World and thanks to my Foscam Cam I have the chance to keep an eye and communicate with my family with my computer or iPhone.
I am writing because, as you know, the best iPhone application is called Foscam Surveillance Pro by Ruwebit, but it is some month that a lot of users like me are waiting for the possibility to have the audio feature, like it happnes with our pc/laptops. The software developer explained that due to an Apple restriction he cannot do anything until Foscam changes its audio support, as Foscam engineers where already advised some time ago.
This is not a complain at all but just an advice since your product and that software product can be a fantastic device if working at 100% together, but this cannot be done until there is a new firmare providing a solution for that issue.
With Kind Regards, wishing You all the best and an extraordinary New Year!
Thank you for your support on foscam.
In fact,our engineers are trying to fix this issue step by step now.
This issue should be fixed in next few software.
Good business and have a nice day.
Technical Support&Service Team
Seems totally compatible for HEDEN as far as I see ...
Everything is perfect , a french version would be welcome , but on the other hand use is so intuitive.
Sound for me is not a must (and sound of the HEDEN camera is so weak and dull....)
Full screen landscape view with hidden conrol buttons is genious !! you still have direction control !
Sliding control panels too etc etc...
Good job !!! ( sorry for my English ,I am French :-)...
Ik heb een FS-613A-M136 wireless camera aangeschaft welke ik hopelijk snel zal ontvangen en kan bedienen met je geweldig ogende programma !! Ben er heel benieuwd naar en hoop nog op een EasyN app voor op de Macbook, dan zijn we voor elk medium van alle gemakken bediend.
I hope to see very soon an update for to become UNIVERSAL APP for iPhone and iPad.
Is it possible to add preset positions for the foscam 8908/18 cams in the app.
Would be great.
But I would very much also like an app for my iMac!
Are you thinking or working on that already?
let us know if you are actively looking into adding audio
(ben heel erg geïnteresseerd :-)
PLEASE help me!
Thanks a lot!
Are you logged on with an operator or admin account? Visitors cannot control the camera.
Is there sufficient bandwidth available (mostly applicable to 3G connections)
If the problem persists, reset the camera to factory default through its webinterface. Sometimes the framerate settings is set to an undefined state, leaving no bandwidth for controlling the camera.
Please, next time use the support forum, thanks
I had one of those camera and currently uses livecams for iphone http://livecams-iphone.com/profiles/index.php, but I like the UI in your app better, so I bought it, but then I found I can't seem to find the wansview camera in your look up page. can you help?
I have been seeing other apps incorporating access to microphone and speaker. I have read your forum explanations of why your app doesnt have this but are there any updates expected?
Your app would gain tremendous value if you incorporate airplay through apple tv or other method.
A listen-in feature would be a great add-on for future versions. More than enabling the user to speak through the camera (the quality would probably be quite low, anyway) I could see situation in which one might want to listen to what's going on.
I am awaiting for an audio feature, which would just make your app the best in the world!
I would like to to see some extra features added though.
It would be to control what logins/cameras go into mosaic multi-camera display window.
I have multiple logins defined per camera (admin, visitor/operator) so when the mosaic kicks in, it creates views for each login, not for each camera.
So, for instance, it will divide my iphone screen into 12 little camera view windows for 4 cameras, which is not desirable and I have no control over this mosaic feature.
Also when do you think you will have video streaming to an ftp server?
Thx heaps for your fantastic work!
How this version for iPad ?
One new problem. I just purchased a new Foscam model FI8608W which is new to the Foscam inventory and, among other changes, operates on 802.1N wifi. The firmware version is V18.104.22.168.1-20111115 and the device embedded UI version is 2.5.08.2.
Maurice, do you plan on updating to add this camera to your already very large inventory of supported cameras? I know there is quite a firmware change as you even have to use a new ip camera tool to set it up.
In any event, Thank you very much for a great app and I hope you will consider adding this new camera! Best wishes to all!
I've test your new update, we can now hear sound, i think, it 's the first appli to do this, it's great, i've just a think, i'm using your appli with an ipad, may be can you update for ipad resolution.
Ps: this is a great appli. It 's very very usefull ( not only for me i suppose)
First of all Great Job, excelent App, i have two foscam 8918W and works excelent. Iam a Mac user 100 percent so the only thing missing is a way to record on a Mac , any advice?
If it does support this functionality is it then right that the volume setting for the audio for the camera is independent of the volume settings for the phone. Thanks.
I am purchasing the following up camera.
Is your app compatible with the ip camera ?
Foscam FI9820W (Black) Megapixel H.264 Wireless N IP Camera
I will be using the app on the iPhone 5
Please let me know
Sent from my cell phone
I would like to buy your app for my iPhone 3 with ios 6.0, but I need to able to connect to 2 different sites with two different ip. is it possible?
Is it possible to have a 2 panel mosaic view if one has only 2 cameras? (Works well in portrait orientation on "NetCamViewer" for Axis. Thanks!