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jay11789
03-16-2009, 08:30 AM
Hello, does anyone know the brand name/type of webcams used up there on the summit? The reason i ask is, I have 2 webcams setup outside my home. This enables me to watch motion activity from work. Great for security (and knowing when the mother in law is over). The clarity on the summit webcams is excellent, so Im curious about what is being used. Thanks;)

Patrad Fischroy
03-16-2009, 08:52 AM
For more than you will ever want to know, see
http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/showthread.php?t=1049&highlight=toshiba

Actually a fine primer on home set ups

Brad
03-16-2009, 09:12 AM
Jay,

Some of the old summit cameras are Axis cameras - like the West and Deck cameras. As the sun goes down the West camera gets overpowered by the light and displays a black dot to protect itself. The newer cameras like North and Presidentials are Toshiba. I think they are the IK-WB21A models - very expensive.

I have inside and outside web cameras also. We have standardized on Toshiba outside and Panasonic inside - mainly due to price. If I could do Toshiba all around I would. They are excellent for low light and have a good set of features. The Toshibas I use are the IK-WB15A. These can be powered off the supplied adapter or can be Power Over Ethernet (PoE). My lake camera is almost 200 feet from the house. A prior camera was wiped out by lightening because its power adapter was out there with the camera. The current IK-WB15A is running PoE down the 200 feet of network cable in a conduit.

Hmmm, I am sure you did not know you were asking a long question . . .

My Deck camera is at the peak of the "glass wall" looking out over the deck and towards the lake. This is also running PoE to the IK-WB15A. Both of these cameras must be used with Internet Explorer as they are ActiveX based.

I have a old Toshiba camera (IK-WB11A) looking out over the driveway. This was pre-PoE and is wireless back to the house network.

In the garage looking at the melt system control panel (the system is turned off at this point but the camera is still on) is a wired Panasonic PetCam. This is connected to a Powerline adapter that sends the network signals through the house wiring to a sister adapter in the basement that then plugs into the house network. I have locked this camera down so it can not be panned. It has the ability like the others, I just need it in one spot and do not want that one moved.

There is another Panasonic camera camera inside the house that is wireless. the Panasonic cameras are nice in they are cheaper, have a built in mic - but their image quality is not great. And low light they do not work at all.

All of these cameras are open to public access except the inside one. Check them out at different times of the day and night. I have images of shooting stars and wonderful full moon lit nights taken by the cameras. The outside cameras have a navigation rose at the upper right. Click that and you can move the camera around - and there are presets for the 2 newer Toshibas.

Here are the URLs

Lake camera
http://longlake.homeip.net:8003

It's image archive for recent images
http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/cabin/web_camera/lakeview/

Deck camera
http://longlake.homeip.net:8005

It's image archive for recent images
http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/cabin/web_camera/deck/

Driveway camera
http://longlake.homeip.net:8005

It's image archive for recent images
http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/cabin/web_camera/driveway/

Garage Panasonic camera
http://longlake.homeip.net:8002

More than you asked for . . . :cool:

Here are a couple of samples

Sunrise
http://images44.fotki.com/v1356/photos/8/8235/5811716/LV0320081025062800000N-vi.jpg

Full moon
http://images31.fotki.com/v1084/photos/8/8235/5811716/LV0320080115183534000N-vi.jpg

Brad
03-16-2009, 09:14 AM
For more than you will ever want to know, see
http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/showthread.php?t=1049&highlight=toshiba

Actually a fine primer on home set ups
You beat me! No fair since you typed fewer words.

M_Six
03-16-2009, 10:39 AM
What's the Alarm on the deck cam all about?

Brad
03-16-2009, 10:50 AM
You can turn the alarm sensor on or off. In the winter I normally have it zoomed in to the pumphouse with the alarm on. So, the camera has seen motion. The camera can send the images it sees to a web site or e-mail.

With it looking at the lake and trees, it saw the branches moving.

M_Six
03-16-2009, 01:39 PM
Ah, ok. I tried the motion sensor notification app on my Panny BL-C10A once and within hours it was flooding my inbox. We had already left on vacation, so I had to pull over, fire up the laptop, and connect remotely to kill the notifications. :o It was the shadows from the trees outside.

I had my Panny set up here at the office for a while when they were redoing our administrative suite. I had it set then to capture stills of any motion. Caught a couple folks walking around well after midnight once. They were maintenance folks just sight-seeing in a part of the building they shouldn't have been in. No harm done. The system works well, though.

Brad
03-16-2009, 02:21 PM
Gee, if you are doing that your middle initial should be "I".

I normally do not see motion on the Deck camera. A couple of years ago I had it set to e-mail the images if it saw motion. One day at work I got an e-mail and was surprised. Looked at the image attached and it was the smiling face of the window washer man up on a ladder with his Boston Red Sox cap on washing the windows!

Patrad Fischroy
03-16-2009, 09:20 PM
You beat me! No fair since you typed fewer words.

No need to type more words, all the words needed for the answer were in the linked thread:)

mtruman
03-16-2009, 10:29 PM
OK, I'll bite - Driveway Cam? Is that to check to make sure the heaters are working? :rolleyes:

Brad
03-17-2009, 02:03 AM
OK, I'll bite - Driveway Cam? Is that to check to make sure the heaters are working? :rolleyes:
Driveway camera is mainly for security. It will snag any car or truck parked at the top of the driveway for more than a minute. I have been know to send an image out to neighbors asking them if they know the vehicle. Security is #1.

Seeing the snow condition of the driveway - should the melt system be turned on - is it working well and also key. Then I know when to turn the system on to be ready for a storm or off when it is done working. No need to run it on days like we have been having recently.