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Foscam FI9900P

December 29, 2017

Since my Amcrest weather camera has been giving me so many problems, like dropping the connection and randomly switching local IP address on me I've been forced to purchase another camera, so I've opted to get a FOSCAM FI9900P 1080P wireless IP camera from Amazon. I got a fairly good price on it at about $179 CAD, and although it's a little more expensive than some cameras, as they say you get what you pay for. YouTube videos show that it has a very sturdy aluminum casing, is waterproof, works in temperatures raning from 60°C to -20°C, and comes with a lot of bells and whistles including two-way sound, so I can pick up a cheap outdoor CCTV camera mic and plug it in if I want to. I'm hoping it will last a little longer than a year with 24/7 service, unlike the Amcrest! Out with the old and in with the new! Delivery is set for the first week of January, 2018!


November 15, 2017

The Quake map for southern BC is working again. I had to add the Google API key to the Settings.php file. See Almanac/Earthquake Activity.

December 17, 2016

I decided to scrap the live image coming from the camera for now. Getting the video quality just right is giving me too many problems. The still image is adequate and very sharp and clear at high resolutions. Once the weather turns warmer I'll try working on the live view a bit and see what happens. But for now, consider it gone. I do want to try getting my second webcam up and running at the same time. Perhaps have both an outdoor image with the Amcrest and an indoor image with the Logitech C920. Wish me luck.


December 16, 2016

The contact form was misconfigured which was causing email not to be sent from the form after submisstion. This has been corrected, so feel free to use the Contact form if you have any questions.


November 14, 2016

Well, all of my websites including this one, have now been transferred over to a Windows server. It was quite a challenge, but I think everything is working.


October 22, 2016

We had a bit of fog overnight, and the weather camera captured what seemed like mist, which wasn't actually mist, it was the fog with night vision enabled. I've disabled the night vision so that if there is fog tonight again it won't look like there's a hurricane happening. I'm hoping that by turning off the night vision it will not darken the night video. If it does, I'll simply turn it back on again tomorrow night.


The Environment Canada icons have returned. Ken True of Saratoga Weather has corrected the problem and the icons are now showing. This occurred when Environment Canada changed their forecast to display both day and night icons of their daily forecasts.


October 21, 2016

The Environment Canada forecast icons are not currently displaying due to changes on the EC website. The author of the Saratoga Scripts (which this site is using) is working on a fix which should be made avaialble within the next few days.


October 20, 2016

The bullet cam stopped working this morning at 03:45, and I had to reset it when I got up. I'm not sure why it did this, but preliminary findings indicated an automatic IP address change. It went from 192.168.1.105 to 192.168.1.101 by itself, so further investigation is necessary to find out why. I had to reset the router to allow the ports open on .101.

The 24-hr video you see today will not be complete, but barring the same type of incident tonight, it should be OK for tomorrow's video.


October 18, 2016

The camera is up and running 24/7! Just click the Weather Cam link in the menu! Because I live in a Strata, I'm not allowed to drive any nails or screws into the building siding, so it's mounted here on a square wood fence post topper I bought at Home Depot for about $2.50, stuck to the deck railing with "No More Nails" double-sided sticky tape. Seems to work fine, and won't blow off the deck railing, even in a high wind!

Have a closer look!

October 18, 2016

Well, the new camera has arrived, and I've got installed and running, but not wirelessly yet. The wireless is working, I just had to connect it up to my LAN via an ethernet cable to configure it, but now that it's been configured, I just have to mount it outside. If you're seeing a photo of my living room right now, it's only temporary. I need a good place to mount the camera, but I want to get it outside and capturing high quality images of the weather around me.

I'm very happy with the quality of the images, but I wasn't too happy with the setup of the camera. It took a number of tries before it was able to connect properly. A couple of times the "admin" user ID got locked out and I corrected this simply by selecting another name and password during a third setup attempt. After that everything worked fine.

Later, I want to see if I can get streaming working, so that I can serve a live image.


October 13, 2016

Yesterday I purchased a new weather camera to use with our website. My intent is to mount it outdoors to bring you a much clearer picture than my current Logitech C920 Webcam can produce, and allow for some night-vision imagery.

The camera is an Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 1080P Wireless Bullet Camera (or an IP2M-842 for all you camera techies out there). I've heard some good things about this camera, and have seen some very sharp images on YouTube taken with it, and it looks very promising!

As with everything though, it comes with some negative points like no audio recording (but it won't be used for that purpose anyway), and the viewing angle is only 72 degrees, somewhat smaller than other bullet cameras out there.

But the reviews say that the picture quality is superior to many, which is why I chose this camera.

It'll be up and running hopefully by this coming Wednesday evening.

Here's hoping it'll be the right choice!