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Updating Wanscam/Foscam firmware

So I got these cheap cameras off eBay and they’re pretty good, for what they are.


Specification Table

Image Sensor Image Sensor CMOS Sensor
Display Resolution 640*480 Pixels
Lens f: 2.8mm, F:2.4
Min. Illumination 0 Lux
Viewing Angle 70°
Audio Input/Output Linear Input/Output, which can realize two-way voice the intercom
Audio Compression G.711/G.726, Audio sampling Bit rate  128kbps ~ 2.048Mbps
Video Image Compression H.264
Light Frequency 50Hz, 60Hz
Image Resolution VGA(640*480
Image frame rate 25fps(50Hz), 30fps(60Hz), Down adjustable
View H.264  dual streaming
Image adjust The brightness, contrast, saturation, chromaticity, is adjustable
White balance Automatic, Indoor, outdoor, is adjustable
Infrared mode Automatic, manual (on/off)
Night visibility Φ5mm 11 IR LEDs, Night visibility up to 8 metres
Network Ethernet One 10/100Mbps RJ-45
Wireless Standard WIFI(IEEE802.11b/g/n)
Data Rate 802.11b: 11Mbps(Max.) 802.11g: 54Mbps(Max.)
802.11n: 150Mbps(Max.
Support IP address static IP address, dynamic IP address
Alarm Alarm detection The motion detecting, detection threshold Settings
Alarm inform Support& nbsp;Email, FTP etc alarm inform way
Hardware Interface Memory      /
POWER Interface DC 5V/2.0A (EU,US,AU adapter or other types optional) ,
Power Consumption ﹤8 Watts
Audio Input/Output Interface One audio input jack,One audio output jack.
Reset Buttons One Reset
Ethernet One 10/100Mbps RJ-45
Wireless Interface WIFI antenna
Other Pan/Tilt Angle Horizontal:300° & Vertical: 120°
LED Explain One& nbsp;SD CARD Instructions,One power Instructions
Environment Operate Temp 0° ~ 40°C  (32°F ~ 104°F)
Operate Humidity 10% ~ 80% non-condensing
Storage Temp  -10°C ~ 60°C(14°F ~ 140°F)
Storage Humidity 0% ~ 90% non-condensing
Physical Dimension(LxWxH) 110.5*103*127mm
Gross Weight 768g(color box size:200*120*175mm)
Net Weight 420g
PC Requirements CPU 2.0GHz or above (suggested 3.0GHz)
Memory Size 256MB or above (suggested 1.0GHz)
Display Card 64MB or above
Supported OS Microsoft Windows 2000/XP, Vista, Windows7, Mac OS, Linux
Browser IE6 and above version or compatible browser, Firefox or other standard browsers
  Certification   CE, FCC
  Warranty   Limited 2-year warranty


Like most of these things, they are OEM and then someone else makes them popular. Such is the case here – I have Wanscam ones (Model AJ-C2WA-C118 or JW0008 – they appear to be the same), but Foscam are the popular ones at 3 times the price. Go figure.

I wanted to update the firmware, but didn’t want to brick them. Turns out it doesn’t really matter – firmware from Wanscam is branded with Foscam logo. So for firmware or manuals, go to the Foscam site. Firmware for FI8918W (currently loaded works well.

It’s worth noting that the WebUI firmware from Foscam ( is worse than an older Wanscam one (

———- Update 27/01/2014 ——–

Just updated with the latest firmware firmware from Foscam’s Australian site, released on Jan 23. Now on Firmware and WebUI (both Foscam ‘official’), both working like a charm.

———- Update 23/06/2014 ——–

Firmware and Web UI are now available on the Foscam site. Both work fine for me. FWIW I can’t seem to find firmware from Wanscan anymore.

———- Update 02/01/2016 ——–

Firmware11.37.2.65 and Web UI are now available on the Foscam site. Both work fine for me.