So you fell into that groupon deal for this surveillance camera. Camera worth €240 going at €45, who’d wanna miss that. But now you found out the camera doesn’t allow WPA encryption. And the annoying GnG advert URL creeps on you whenever you’re on the Browser UI. Let’s iron those out shall we?
You’d need to do this 2 things to upgrade the cam..
1. Flash cam with compatible Apexis cam firmware
2. Update to Foscam’s latest UI
!!! WARNING. YOU’RE VOIDING YOUR WARRANTY, NO TURNING BACK AFTER THIS !!!
Download Apexis J802-WS firmware 188.8.131.52. It allows the use of both unencrypted and WPA2-TKIP+EAS instead of just WEP encryption on Watchbot’s crippled firmware.
What’s bizarre, Apexis use mediafire.cc to distribute their firmware. This is the direct link to it from their website: Apexis firmware J011 J802 J803 firmware_17_37_2_41.bin.
After flashing the FW you can reconfigure necessary port forwarding and Wireless LAN setup within your network router and camera settings. The camera should work wirelessly but lets toss that ugly Watchbot UI especially that cheesy Gadget&Gift advert. You already paid them your dues with the camera purchase.
Download Foscam latest UI 184.108.40.206 from FI8918W’s latest update link.
– unpack the zip file and keep only the UI.bin
* ShenZhen Foscam firmware source http://www.foscam.com/down3.aspx
The rest is pretty much self explanatory..
ENJOY your new browser-free UI with latest and best working drivers with your Watchbot!
*** Fair warning – do this at your own risk. Im not responsible for you. ***
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