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All eyes on Foscam's DIY home security camera (pictures)

The Foscam Plug and Play Wireless IP Camera FI9826P excels in some areas and falls short in others.

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The Foscam Plug and Play Wireless IP Camera FI9826P costs $220 (available for £135 in the UK and AU$230 in Australia).

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It has built-in pan, tilt and zoom capabilities.

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Specifically, it has a 300-degree horizontal pan, a 120-degree vertical tilt and a 3x optical zoom.

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That's pretty impressive since competitively priced models such as the Dropcam Pro and the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro don't offer those options.

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You can connect the camera wirelessly or via the included Ethernet cable.

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If your router doesn't have a Wi-Fi Protected Setup button (WPS), you'll have to use the Ethernet cable.

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While this camera has impressive optics, its Web and mobile apps miss the mark.

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The Foscam Viewer mobile app for Android and iOS doesn't offer push alerts.

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And the Web app isn't for novice DIYers.

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So, if you're looking for the simplicity of more smart-home-focused cameras, you'll be disappointed.

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But it will work well for live streaming.

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And, Foscam claims to have a new app in development that might just improve its overall usability.

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