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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:55 AM

Does anyone here know about wireless web cams?

I have a little doggie day care and I would like to keep an eye on my indoor playroom while I'm in the office. It would be nice to be able to view on my computer and let my people clients peek in on Skype..

I am trying to find something not too costly but ease and function would trump price.

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Reply Does anyone here know about wireless web cams? (Original post)
Walk away Nov 2012 OP
Shagbark Hickory Nov 2012 #1
Walk away Nov 2012 #3
Shagbark Hickory Nov 2012 #4
Walk away Nov 2012 #5
Shagbark Hickory Nov 2012 #7
Walk away Nov 2012 #8
Walk away Nov 2012 #6
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #2

Response to Walk away (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:01 PM

1. Me. Me. I do. I do.

Just like anything else in electronics, there is the lower end cheap consumer stuff and the ridiculously expensive cams aimed at security and remote monitoring of businesses, construction sites, rich people's homes etc.

What's your budget? And do you really want people to have to log into skype to view the cam? Why not just let people view it on your website?

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Response to Shagbark Hickory (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:30 PM

3. My web site is just a few pages of photos. It has no bells and whistles.

I am not tech savvy...or even savvy! I can spend up to $150 or $200 if it is really wireless and I don't have to connect it with a cable but can set it up with my wireless router.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:38 PM

4. Are you wanting

to cover an entire area like a play room or just for a confined space like a kennel?

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Response to Shagbark Hickory (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:47 PM

5. It's a small area about 20' X 15'. Just big enough for the Yorkies.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:23 AM

7. I would recommend...

Something like this...
http://www.amazon.com/Axis-0301-004-0301004-M1011-W-camera/dp/B001PF3SDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352477866&sr=8-1&keywords=axis+camera

Axis makes good stuff. The big thing is compatibility. Axis cams can be streamed in a variety of formats- even motion jpeg so if a customer's phone can't play flash videos or cant play those stupid java applets or other proprietary formats, they can still view this. You won't need to keep it connected to skype or anything like that. It's an IP camera so it connects to your router and you configure port 80 so people can view the camera online. Worse case scenario, they can view still shots.

If you haven't done it before, it'll take some reading up on how to do it but it's not terribly difficult.

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Response to Shagbark Hickory (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:29 PM

8. Thank you for the advise. I'm going to take it right now!

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Response to Shagbark Hickory (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:53 PM

6. I saw one at Dell that had a web site you could go to to see what the camera was recording...

but when I called their "expert" they could not definitely say that I did not need a cable to run to my computer...even though it was called a wireless web cam.
No one seems to be able to help me. X-10 dropped my call 3 Xs before I even spoke to a person.

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Response to Walk away (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:08 PM

2. X-10 makes them - not very expensive and reasonable picture quality.

 

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