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    Quote Originally Posted by 6288
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    I have a panasonic at my camp in Maine and I have left it on year round. It only is spec'ed to work at freezing or above, but I have never had a problem down to -15F. It is in an enclosure, but I did not buy a heater.
    I got quite a chuckle this morning when I saw this sign in your yard.

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    I'm still kind of new to the site, so I'm having a ball with these web cams
    http://hazecam.net/mtwash.html

    One problem .....the Newark/NYC cam brings back bad memories.
    I used to drive my truck in these areas. 25+ years....Bad times!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad
    The quality of my Road Runner connection to the Internet has dropped to be very bad. There is way too much packet loss. It is effecting access to my cameras as well as VoIP from inside the house. I am about to go on the attack to get Road Runner to fix their quality problems. I had to do the same 2 years ago in NC and finally got it resolved there.
    Brad, I was in Sam's the other day and they have a four camera surveilance system with a monitor and, I guess, a VCR. Its full color and seem to have a great picture. Is something like that capable of using as a web cam for posting pics or vids online??
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    Most of the cameras that work with a VCR are a closed system. They record a movie to the tape. That is not what I wanted - and it seems that "6288" also had the same interest as I did.

    1. The web camera had to be a "network camera". This means it gets an IP address on your home network just like a computer does. Most of these cameras have a web server in them so you do the configuration work with a browser. This can be done inside the house or outside. I am in NC and can deal with the camera in the cabin in Maine. With a VCR version you normally have to be right there. My wireless router in the house forwards a port address to a camera. Each camera in the house has its own port address.

    2. There are indoor cameras and there are indoor/outdoor cameras. Not only are the outdoor versions able to deal with colder weather and rain but they can deal with the bright sunlight and even produce good images at night.

    3. Low LUX is key for night time viewing and images. This is a measure of how sensitive the lens is to light. A smaller number is better. The new camera I am taking north later this month is a 0.18 LUX camera. I can't wait to watch sunrises with it.

    3. Pan/Tilt is key for most locations. From a browser the viewer can move the camera to pan left and right - and also tilt up and down. Mine can pan about 150 degrees. "6288" has a cool Panasonic camera that does about 350 degrees.

    4. Ability to FTP images is key for me. I have the camera send the image it sees every xx number of minutes or seconds to my photo web site. So, for security I can see what happened afterwards. Some will also send an email to you if it sees motion. Mine will do one or the other - but can not do both at the same time. maybe the newer versions can - not sure. the email attachments usually show what the camera sees and that is after the motion thing has gone by.

    5. Wireless capability is key in many situations. For VCR based units the wireless is to the base station. For a network IP address based camera you want 802.11x wireless support. This then connects into you home network. My camera over the garage doors looking out at the driveway is wireless. All that goes there is power.

    6. Power over Ethernet is quite a new. My new camera has it and it is slick. Power and the Ethernet network cable go into a small box. Out of it is just the network cable which goes to the camera. The camera knows how to deal with the signal stuff on some wires and power off the others. So, for a long haul I just have to string the network cable. plus, i do not have to have the power adapter out by the lake at the base of a tree. :-) The new camera will be 200 feet from the house and I am hoping power over ethernet will make the signal more stable. Last year i was running wireless and it was not as stable as i wanted. (Watching sunrise in Maine is very important as i drive to work in the car in NC)

    Hope this helps. At least it is my perspective. "6288" can add some here too I am sure.
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    Thanks, that was very helpful. Can you direct me to some websites where I can read more about it?
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    Brad, I hope you didn't miss understand my last question. What I realy meant to ask is where did you purchase your setup so I can go check them out???
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    Actually I thought you had asked for sites just to read up on them. My answer was they are mostly marketing materials. The above is my information based on working with web cameras for 5-6 years at the cabin.

    The other thing I did not mention is "zoom". Some cameras, like "6288"s have a very good zoom control. As you zoom in the focus adjusts very well. He has a preset for the birdfeeder so it looks like you are right next to the birds - or squirrels.

    Now to your question, if you are getting a major name brand like Toshiba (what I use) or a Panasonic (6288's), then go to their web sites and get the Owner's Manual PDF file. Read up on what it can do and see how hard it is to set up. These are the two brands I like. Then I either go to Amazon.com to buy it - or in the past I have gone to www.webcamstore.com and bought it there. They have some nice construction camera setups - solar powered.

    My new camera comes with Power over Ethernet and I just changed it here in NC to use that feature. So, there is no power cord strung out to the camera - just the Ethernet network cable. It is working well here in NC. In Maine it will be at the end of a 200 ft Ethernet cable down at the lake. So, that is a bit different set up.

    You can see 6288's camera from the signature link on his posts. Mine is set up for testing in NC at http://barwinds.homeip.net:8003 - the camera does allow me to turn on controls to the user - but I will not be doing that other than pan, tilt, zoom. If it is set for recording the sunrise or moonrise in Maine I want to control the camera's settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WSR88D
    Brad, I hope you didn't miss understand my last question. What I realy meant to ask is where did you purchase your setup so I can go check them out???
    That may be a tall order, since there are not a lot of these on store shelves. I believe most of the sales are via internet stores. I found a site that allowed you to actually log into various cameras. When I started playing with the panasonic I was hooked. Then of course I started "googling" for the best price.

    Having said that, I do believe Radio Shack carries an inexpensive "starter" camera. I have seen them in some stores actually in stock. Some of these cameras are a grand or more in price, and really not something most stores are willing to stock considering their limited customer base.

    Steve

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    I see there is quite a spread in prices. What price range did you guys feel was enough for what you want to accomplish. There are too many choices of cameras and not enough knowleadge on my end.
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    For what I wanted, I believe you have to start at $500, but I ended up paying around $700 (listed for $1200). Plus enclosure costs ($200). But you can certainly be "on the air", so to speak, for $200. I really like that Toshiba BTW, wish I saw it earlier.

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