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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by FZWG, Dec 16, 2001.

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  1. FZWG

    FZWG Thread Starter

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    Appreciate some assistance.

    Would like to monitor what is going on in the boys' playroom while we are in a different part of the house.

    Is there a way to do this with some sort of PC camera without going online and keeping it on a low budget?

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. deuce

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    Yes there are many ways to do that... but infortunately they aren't exactly cheap but I don't exactly know what you call cheap. How far away is this 'room'? One option is to get a cheap USB web cam (about $40 or there abouts) and get a male to female type A USB cable for the length that is needed to cover the distance from the computer to the room. Now, if this is quite a distance or is unpractical to have cords laying around (such as you have to go over areas of traffic) then you can get a wireless one. They are a little expensive but might be cheaper than the USB extension. I'm not quite familiar how they work but basically you have a web cam that you put in the room and is wireless connected to something that interfaces with your computer, wither directly in a PCI slot or to a reciever that is connected via USB. There are some other ways (and some geeky ways too) but they aren't exactly considered "cheap" by anybodys book. A third option but a fairly expensive one is get a web came you can transmit over cat5 or rj-45 and convert the data from the web cam to a frequency that is not the same as what you use for your phones, and then at a phone jack near your computer convert the frequency back to what it needs to be and then adapt it to a connection suitable for your computer, if necessary. This option works pretty well. The guy who built our house screwed up on our network (we were supposed to have a "true" network but the guy didn't understand what cat5 was and so used the cat5 that was for the network to carry 2 separate phone lines as well as the network bandwidth) and so we ended up putting both phone lines and the network on the same cat5 all on the same line and ran them at three different frequences. It works pretty well and get the same network as if we were connected via a "true" cat5 connection and get file and print sharing and all that great stuff. Oh oh also you can get a cheap PII or AMD k6 or so computer (a few hundred or less) and get a real cheap web cam and then network the two pcs together, and pull the video feed off of the cheap computer to your other computer, or else instead of network the computers get a vid card with tv out for the cheap computer and run either s-video or rca from the computer with the web cam to your moniter, where ever that may be desired. If you want to get spiffy you can convert the tv out right at the back of the cheap computer to a rf signal that can be picked up by a tv and either tune in your tv to pickup the video feed or use a portable watch-man to use as a portable monitering device, but of course we are getting kinda expensive now.
     
  3. FZWG

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    Thank you for your reply.

    Got a 900MHz cam setup to try out.

    Want something that can be used without going on line. This setup does not need a PC, so will see how it goes.
     
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