would we be able to set these cameras up in his office without a computer being set up there? I'm thinking we would probably not be able to do so, but if the building where the store is located has WIFI access, I thought it might be possible.
You are going to need a computer/notebook at your office in order to set up and configure your Foscam 8910W IP camera. In order to configure your Foscam 8910W IP camera, you will need to connect it directly to your router by a network (CAT-5) cable. Once you have configured the wireless portion of your Foscam 8910W IP camera and enable it, it will reboot and begin using the wireless. Make sure you disconnect the network cable. If you decide to use wireless, make sure that you use WPA2-PSK (AES) for security. How to Setup & Configure Foscam FI8910W Wireless IP Camera
Also, how would we be able to record the video from the cameras? The camera's description says it has built-in capabilities for this, but how would we do this without a DVR connected to it?
Most IP cameras have three options for recording video from your IP camera:Option 1:
Use the software built into the IP camera
for recording video or taking snapshots. The IP camera upon motion will upload images to an FTP server or to an e-mail account.Option 2:
Use the software bundled with the IP camera
for recording video. The software is installed on a computer. It has better functionality than the IP camera's built-in software.Option 3:
Use a 3rd party software
for recording your images from your camera. Again, a PC is required for this option.
I found that BlueIris (3rd party) software offers the most complete set of features for a security surveillence software and its motion detection algorithms are the best. But, it will require a PC and it should be at the same location as your IP cameras.
In order to access your Foscam 8910W camera from the Internet, you will need to configure port forwarding in your router. For a Cisco Linksys E2500 router, you could follow these instructions:http://portforward.com/english/routers/port_forwarding/Linksys/E2500/Foscam_FI8910.htm
If you have a different router, then goto http://portforward.com
and look up your router.