The Foscam IP camera tool (A.K.A. Foscam Equipment Search Tool) is the free software used to find IP cameras in the network.
It's extremely simple to use, you just need to make sure the cameras and the PC that is running the software are in the same network and the tool automatically looks for compatible devices.
Foscam IP camera tool features
Once the software finds the cameras in the network, it allows you to change the configuration and set a new IP, DNS, network mask, and gateway.
Download the Foscam IP camera tool
There are different versions of the software depending on the computer you are using (PC or MAC) and the camera you have.
For old Foscam cameras there a different versions.
See below the links to download the Foscam IP camera tool.
Just download the version that is right for your case and have fun 🙂
How to use the software
Before starting, make sure the cameras and the PC are in the same network.
Here are the steps to use the Foscam IP camera tool:
- Download and install the software
- Launch the software and wait for the scan
- Check if the cameras were found and listed
- Right-click the camera and choose "Network Configuration"
- Change the configuration as needed
And that's it. Pretty easy, huh?
See the images below that illustrate the process...
Foscam Equipment Search Tool when didn't scan the network yet.
Found the IP camera
Right-click brings the menu.
Change the IP and other parameters.
This software is simple to use and there's no way you get it wrong.
Anyway, just in case something goes wrong here's a quick troubleshooting
Here are some tips to fix problems related to the software.
Let's take a look at the common errors when the software is not working.
Foscam IP Camera Tool can't find the camera
If the Foscam IP camera tool won’t detect the IP cameras you need to check the basics first. Things related to physical connection for example.
Make sure you have checked the following:
- The UTP (network) cable connection to the camera
- If the UTP cable is in good condition
- The cable is connected to the router
- The LEDs in the router are blinking
- DHCP (automatic IP) is enabled in the router
- The PC (or MAC) and the camera are in the same network
- Check if there's a firewall enabled in the computer
- Try to log in directly in the camera using a web browser
The idea is that you have to try basic stuff first, such as checking cables, connections to the router, camera, and computer.
If you are using a laptop, try moving from the Wi-Fi to a direct connection to the router using a UTP cable (that usually eliminates some issues).
During software installation, the Windows firewall pops up to ask for permission to let the Foscam IP camera tool to communicate in the network, if you didn't give such permission, problems can occur.
Open the Windows Defender Firewall and make sure there's a rule to allow the software to work in the local network.
You can also check if any anti-virus or tool such as the netlimiter is blocking the software or any specific range of IP and ports.
The Foscam IP camera tool can help you to find the camera in the network and configure them remotely but sometimes it is necessary to dig a little bit deeper to understand the problems that can happen.
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Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 16+ experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems.