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Building own webcam server


Colin M
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As I spend a fair bit of time away in exotic places I wanted to set up two webcam servers. One at home so I could have a look over my place while I was away (recording would be great) and then one on my laptop so I could let my friends know what was going on without having to log into MSN (which doesn't do conference webcam in any case).

I found some open source stuff here but it suggests opening port 8080. Is this safe? Once logged in to a local broadband connection I assume the IP address doesn't change so all I need to do it point people to say a link on my website where I can amend the local IP as needed.

Would it be better to FTP the images to my own webspace every minute or so instead?

Any tips appreciated.

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Colin, port 8080 is a commonly used port for web based applications like these and Java based application servers like Tomcat and a lot of corporations have this open. Just port forward this to your PC, or if the web application uses a HTTP server plugin, use the free Apache web server and redirect requests for this to port 8080 internally instead.

maybe a suggestion is to use a service like dyndns.org (I know your router supports this) in case your IP address does change.

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your IP wont change if your logged in via a router as its always on.

But if you have a power cut, or more commonly get booted off, then when your router reconnects , it will be to a different IP address.

This assusmes that you have a dynamic IP not a static one which is usually an extra cost these days.

I was quite impressed with Satan's set up when he was here.

Linky

seems to be what you want.

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I use WebcamXP as my server. My webcam points out my front window most of the time, and came in useful last week when some pikeys drove up in a van and stole the plants/plantpots from outside my house! The police were impressed with the quality, got the van reg as well. So a £15 cam worthwhile I think!

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have you looked at the Axis range of cameras? They cost a bit more, but they have a webserver built in. Quality is good too.

Your IP with broadband and a router probably won't change, I've had the same one for about 3 years. However, if it sdoes, and your webcam goes off air, you might think you've been burgled and they've nicked all your kit!

Static IP is a couple of quid a month usually and worth having for this type of app.

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