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June 15, 2005

Setting up a Barn WebCam - Part 1

Have you seen all the neat webcams we have listed under the webcams menu here on Longears Mall? How would you like to have your own webcam like that?

I've had requests from some of you to share the process I used to set up my webcam in Internet. There are a lot of different choices of equipment and products that you can choose from when setting up your barn camera or web camera. How do you choose what do use? Well, I'll explore with you what I learned while setting up my camera, and some of the pros and cons between different options, and a few ways to save money when buying your equipment.

But first lets go over the basic pieces you will need. Then I'll go into more detail about each one.

First, you will obviously need a camera. Typically these are either web cameras (like those sold at a computer store) or CCTV security cameras. Although either one will work under appropriate conditions, your particular environment and system configuration may work better with one than other. I personally prefer the CCTV cameras for my barn camera arrangement.

You will also need power available to your camera, and a way to get the camera picture signal back to your computer (either wireless or by appropriate cable). I'll go into more detail about these options later.

If your camera will be outside, you will need an outdoor housing to keep it out of the weather. If it is in the barn you probably won't need to worry about this.

You may want additional lenses to adjust the field of vision of your camera or how it responds to different lighting conditions.

You will need a connection to Internet so that your camera images can be viewed from elsewhere over Internet.

If you use a CCTV camera, you will also need webcam software, a computer with a connection to internet, and a special adapter to hook your camera to your computer. Depending on how you set it up, you may also want to have a website hosting location (most likely where your website is hosted) where you can put a webpage with your webcam picture loading in the middle for other people to view.

These are all the basics. Next time I'll start going into more detail about each of these pieces and how to select the ones you need.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at June 15, 2005 10:49 PM