Foscam Help (Possibly Airport Extreme Related)

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by NYR99, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. NYR99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007

    Is anyone familiar with setting up Foscam IP cameras? I have set up a few at my parents with no problem. They have a regular D-Link router. I have setup port forwarding on the router and a DDNS this way the camera can be accessed outside of the LAN (like on an iPhone for instance). When I am viewing their camera on my iPhone (outside of their LAN) is updated every second and pan and tilt commands are sent fluidly.


    I setup the same type of Foscam at my house, but I have an Airport Extreme. Everything went well, I forwarded the port and set up a DDNS. When I log in to the camera while on my LAN, everything is fine.

    Here is the problem...

    When I log into the camera outside of my LAN, it is very laggy. It only updates about once every 15-30 seconds. Sometimes it won't even connect. Pan and tilt commands sometimes get stuck, causing it to pan or tilt all the way to one direction, even though I tapped the button once.

    Anyone have any idea why this is happening? I am guessing it has something to do with my Airport Extreme.

  2. Shaydy macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2013
    Canberra, Australia
    Sounds like a bandwidth issue. Is there any way you could ping your parents house, then your house from a third location and compare latency?
  3. NYR99 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    Thanks for the reply. The problem actually resolved itself after a few days. Still not completely sure what caused the initial problem, but all's well now.

    Thanks again.
  4. MNkid macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Completely unrelated but hoping you can help. I have 3 foscams all work great when hardwired. I've given them all DHCP reservations when hardwired but when I try to go wireless the reservation is lost. Any ideas?

  5. NYR99 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    Did you configure the wireless settings for the foscam through the web app while still connected to the router via cat5? You have to first select your SSID from the list and input your password after pressing 'scan'.

  6. lannister80 macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2009
    The wired and wireless NICs on each camera will each have their own MAC address. So if you're reserving an IP address (static DHCP) via MAC address, you'll need to enter both the wifi MAC and the wired MAC if you're going to go back and forth between wifi/wired.
  7. MNkid macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Thanks guys got it working! It was the different MACs that i was missing.


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