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WatchBot Hack

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


Download Apexis J802-WS firmware 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 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 from FI8918W’s latest update link.
– unpack the zip file and keep only the UI.bin
* ShenZhen Foscam firmware source

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. ***

Wij zijn toch niet gek!


9 responses

  1. Greg

    Thanks man. Worked perfect.

    October 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    • Glad it still worked to date! 🙂

      October 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

  2. papagray

    hi trying to fetch it up to onivf standard will this work so I can latch it into my home cctv?

    October 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    • Not sure about that. Sorry. Maybe better to ask in Foscam’s forum..

      October 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  3. Willem

    At the moment I’ve got Watchbots own firmware version: installed. Version 41 seems to be a step back? I’m trying to solve all those connection issues and get the Watchbot to work the best way possible. Is my version the best we can get? BTW, WPA2 + AES and stuff is included in that version… THX

    November 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  4. Briand

    I update, it works but infrared blinks and I can’t stop it blinking even when light is enough

    March 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    • Sounds more like a hardware sensor issue with the IR blinking.

      March 11, 2014 at 3:16 am

  5. Thanks just tried it now and worked fine although had to register on the Foscam site first

    August 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm

  6. alpitor

    Just struggling with my watchbot and I don’t know if someone can read and help me on this blog.
    I’m looking a Web UI for a apexis or Watchbot if anyone has somewhere please link me.. thank you

    May 3, 2018 at 10:25 am

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