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Standard User gdavid
(committed) Mon 10-Dec-12 17:57:53
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Connecting a weather camera


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I am playing around with installing a weather camera. The main problem is that it is the opposite side of the house to my computer. I have tried a cheap IPCamera but was not too successful - a bit new to market and needs some sorting.

I was thinking of an alternative using a USB web cam and connecting to a router with a USB socket which would then connect wi-fi to the main router.

Is this a practical proposition or just not a runner?

Thanks

David

Regards


David
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 10-Dec-12 18:13:22
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USB sockets on routers are usually storage based, i.e. not for operating USB based cameras.

The IP camera you tried was that using wireless? If so, if it has Ethernet consider using HomePlug units to link it to your ethernet network.

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Standard User gdavid
(committed) Mon 10-Dec-12 19:37:43
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Thanks

Yes I do realise they are for storage but would it work in principle - it is still moving data around.

It was wireless. From what I have read, the homeplugs do not work that well with them

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David


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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Mon 10-Dec-12 21:48:32
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the USB port gives you a connection to the router's board and operating system - if that doesn't know what to do with the device it sees then nothing will happen.

Chances are the router is running Linux and makes a plugged in hard disk available as a shared file store, or a printer as a shared printer. No idea what it would do with a camera, best to RTFM for a router with a USB socket and see what services it offers.

I don't believe a USB webcam has a TCP/IP connectivity, it needs a driver in the OS to work with it and provide connectivity and services.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 11-Dec-12 00:09:57
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Router won't see the camera thats the simplest version.

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Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 11-Dec-12 00:15:20
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http://meteo.milliflora.com/MET_Page_CamTypes.aspx


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Standard User gdavid
(committed) Tue 11-Dec-12 10:17:04
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Thanks Guys.

Makes sense - that idea can be binned.

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David
Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 11-Dec-12 12:33:22
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What's your budget?


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Standard User gdavid
(committed) Tue 11-Dec-12 13:06:46
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In reply to a post by BatBoy:
What's your budget?


It is around £70. I have just returned the camera I had as it had faults. It is new to market and has some bugs in the software and hardware. The company is refunding without question. It will need some months to get it right and proven.

This is very much the budget end of the market but does not warrant spending more on it (even if I had the money). This is why I was looking at the webcam approach but has drawbacks on the distance (USB cable) and having the computer running. The latter is not really a problem since it is not necessary at night.

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David
Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 11-Dec-12 13:53:16
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Sorry, forgot to ask - is it going to be outdoors or indoors?
That may be an obvious answer..


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Standard User gdavid
(committed) Tue 11-Dec-12 14:18:24
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In reply to a post by BatBoy:
Sorry, forgot to ask - is it going to be outdoors or indoors?
That may be an obvious answer..


Not as obvious as you may think smile. The plan was to go behind a window. Going outdoors involves more money with a purpose made, or making an enclosure with a power supply, stopping condensation, working in possible low temperature etc etc.

Most of the outdoor ones have a lower resolution. The one I had had a 1.3meg CMOS chip which gives a reasonable resolution

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David
Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 11-Dec-12 14:50:07
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Well, there're loads available, I wonder how you choose? Even outdoor cameras appear to be in budget.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nexus-543-surveillance-70%C2...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/FOSCAM-Silver-FI8904W-Outdoo...


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Standard User hawai50
(newbie) Mon 14-Jan-13 19:08:18
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Hi, sorry I'm a little bit late to all this. I spent ages researching into this. The trouble is it's really difficult to get a decent camera which doubles as a webcam for cheap.

I've opted for what I think is a good compromise, although some could argue the setup is a little over the top. The results however speak for themselves.

I have a similar issue with the webcam needing to be in the window at the opposite end of the house. I looked into numerous solutions - IP cams, even an IP inline server for webcams.

In the end to get the quality of image, I ended up using an old netbook (£40 eBay) connected to a Canon A40 camera (old but great sensor £8 eBay) and using a piece of software called PSremote (needs to be a compatible camera). This software allows full control of my camera and has a timelapse function so I can set intervals that the camera will operate.

The camera provides a better solution than any sub £100 webcam could've (non IP) and the netbook provides the platform to connect to the internet and upload photo's. The only downside is the running costs are around £3-4 a month.

I then have a piece of software called Fling FTP which uploads the images from the destination folder.

If in doubt, take a look for yourselves:

bovicam.com

Some of the other photo's can be found on the twitter feed here: twitter.com/bovicam
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