Sending Foscam R2 back to the pit from which it emerged

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I'm a cheap old retired guy. I don't have a lot of cash to spend on my webcams. I used HooToos for years until they wore out, then switched to Foscam and wore a couple of those out. So I had a little faith in Foscam when I ordered the R2, but it's been a time wasting failure. It works, except when it doesn't, for no particular reason. So I'm sending this POS back, and I need to find a new indoor PT webcam I can rely on.

During my troubleshooting I saw a lot of complaints about Foscam and Amcrest that reinforce my thoughts about switching brands. What brands should I look at for basic indoor wireless webcams with pan and tilt under $100?
 

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Foscam makes really awful products, a lot of us learned the hard way about 6 years ago.

Do some reading on the forum, Dahua & Hikvision are the 2 most popular brands. I don't think you're going to get a decent wifi ptz camera for under $100, at least not that I know of, but you should consider a couple of Hikvision Cubes with 2.8mm lenses. They will give you a large FOV and much better quality and reliability over foscam
 

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I have installed 4 of these, the 720p Amcrest model IPM-721 for $50 (+ $15 for white). All have operated flawlessly for over 3 years now at an office and a tanning salon lobby.

The bigger brother AmcrestIP2M-841is 1080p and $60.

They're both re-branded Dahuas and offer wired/wireless, 2 way audio, SD card, P/T and digital zoom, ONVIF & Blue Iris compatible. Available in white, black and silver.

They stream well via RTSP to VLC and BI.
 

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Thanks for the info on the Amcrest 841s. Gonna try a pair of the refurbs through Amazon.

Gonna try them wireless on a dedicated router-turned-AP. If that doesn't pan out well then I can make use of PoE splitters to run them that way.
 

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Thanks for the info on the Amcrest 841s. Gonna try a pair of the refurbs through Amazon.

Gonna try them wireless on a dedicated router-turned-AP. If that doesn't pan out well then I can make use of PoE splitters to run them that way.
FWIW, the IP2M-841E models with the "E" suffix here are, in fact, POE. Not sure if a refurb is available though.
 

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I didn't see any "E" refurbs.

Refurb 841, or even new 841 for that matter, plus TP Link PoE splitter was less total $ than a new 841E. Certainly the E model would be a cleaner install than 841+ PoE splitter where that matters.
 

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Arrived today. Not bad, not bad at all, although it did take me a little while to figure out how to configure static IPs for the WiFi.

Ordered two, one seems like it has a bit of a cockeyed image and more barrel distortion. Tomorrow I'll probably swap the locations of the two and see if that has anything to do with it. The one does have a view of more stuff with vertical lines/edges so that may just be exacerbating what is normal.
 
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