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webcams in my house

2:11 am on Dec 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I want to know what a good solution would to wire my house with cameras. I know there are other services that we can join but I want to explore doing this separately. Does anyone have any experience that we can learn from?

I have a great hosting company that provides streaming support and money is not an issue (I have a backer) so I guess I am looking for a program to manage the site (so we can have members pay, etc) and also scripts or program on how I can easily stream the cameras to the member site.

Again, do not want to sign up on others' websites I want my own. Just not sure on scripts and set ups that ya'll have used before and recommend.

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3:24 am on Dec 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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My guess is that "wiring" the house is one of the smaller technical and operational issues that you will encounter.

You could look into wireless PTZ network cameras (at least 2 Japanese consumer electronics companies make reliable ones). The cameras can be controlled over your network through a web browser, or can be triggered by motion sensors.

Just make sure to encrypt your wireless LAN or your neighbors will be selling tickets :)

The camera streams (probably MJPEG or MPEG4) could be captured by a local server, and mixed, converted to whatever it is that you want your users to access (MMS, RTSP, or what have you). e.g. you set up 6 cameras strategically around your house, but only 2 streams are rebroadcasted to your hosting provider.

Videolan is an example of (open source) software that you could use to convert your streams.

As I said, wiring the place is the easiest part by far. Getting it to the server is a bit trickier, and getting it to the right (paying) users - even harder.