Realtime webcam/securitycam options


Overclocked Like A Mother
8 Jul 2002
Hi Guys,

My friend asked about a setup that he would like to have at his dad's farm. They would like to know if a couple of webcams can be setup in a barn and can that they can both be viewed from the computer in the farmhouse approx 400' away from the barn. They just need realtime viewing from the cams, nothing saved into harddrive. The barn and the farmhouse do have a clear line of sight between them, no buildings or such in the way. What options do we have, and can it be wireless? Two cams will be needed, but for other equipment, I do not have any ideas yet. What speed of computer(s) will be needed?

Any and all input will be greatly valued.

Thanks in advance.



I may actually be insane.
31 Mar 2002
Computer speed.. nothing special, if there's one lying around an Old PII or something would suffice. Cams, wireless of a mass of USB (Or firewire) extensions.. that's your choice, bear in mind that most web-cams are complete ****e in dark rooms, you need a lot of light, or very expensive cameras (such as Network cameras designed for surveillance purposes, these can also come with their own central units/machines, removing the need for a PC other than to view the cam)

For software, take a look here there's some apps there, you'd obviously need software that supports multiple cameras, I can't remember which ones do this, sorry.

an example of network cameras would be depends how much you want to spend etc, as normal web-cams may do the trick.

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