Outdoor Security Camera Installation Guide

Outdoor camera setup guide: Foscam



This guide shows you how to set up a Lift Mate compatible Foscam camera with the Lift Mate app. After setting up the camera you will be able to see your boat lift right from the app where you can also control it.

1. Factory reset camera

Make sure the camera is in the factory reset state. If it is not please reset it. On the Foscam S41 you can do this by pressing the reset button located at the bottom or the camera behind a plastic plug until you hear "reset succeeded”

2. Setup in the Lift Mate app

2.1. Swipe to the Page of the Lift Mate device in the app you want to pair the camera with. Enter the settings menu and scroll down to Camera.

2.2. Select the Foscam camera from the list of available camera types.

2.3. Power on your camera (if it was already plugged in disconnect the power and reconnect is). Wait until you hear "Hello foscam". At this point the LED on a Foscam S41 device should be blinking (Note: for other models the LED may behave differently)

2.4. Tap next, and scan the QR code on the camera that contains the device identifier

If you have a Foscam S41 camera you've purchased previously and not through our shop or official reseller, you can still use the camera with the Lift Mate app. In this case the app will tell you "Activation code is needed". You can acquire the activation code by emailing us at support@lift-mate.com  

2.5. Enter the SSID and password for your Wi-Fi network and press next. For Foscam S41 models by this time you already should have heard "Ready for Wi-Fi configuration"

Note: If your Foscam camera is not Wi-Fi enabled, and is plugged in via an ethernet cable: 

  • Make sure your phone is connected to the same network where the camera is plugged into
  • Write any characters into the SSID and password field and continue to the next step.
  • When the QR code is displayed, ignore it and just hit next and continue the setup process from 2.7 in this guide.

2.6 Scan the QR code displayed by your smartphone with the camera. In case of Foscam S41 models once the QR code is recognized the camera will say "Wi-Fi connecting" and upon successful connection it will say "Wireless connection succeeded".

If you are having trouble getting the QR code scanned by the camera try the following steps:

  • Set the brightness of your smartphone's screen to maximum
  • Wipe the camera lenses with a clean cloth
  • Move the QR code slowly farther from the camera, then move it slowly closer again. 
  • Try rotating the QR code by 90 degrees in both directions and moving it closer/farther
  • Print the QR code on a piece of paper and try scanning that

 2.7 After you've heard "Wireless connection succeeded" you can go to the next step.

  • Make sure that your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network you have just connected your camera to
  • Make sure your Lift Mate app is connected to your Lift Mate by checking the connection icons at the top of the screen

2.8 Tap Configure camera. After the configuration is finished you should see camera in the app.

Congratulations, you have successfully configured your Foscam camera with the Lift Mate app.

Adding the camera to the Foscam app as well (optional)

After setting up the camera with the Lift Mate app you can also set it up in the Foscam app to access other manufacturer-related features. You can do this by following this guide.