[clug] webcam

Michael Carden crash at michaelcarden.net
Tue Apr 5 11:26:25 GMT 2005

On Monday, April 4, 2005, at 01:19 PM, Ben and Trisha Wyss wrote:

> I would like to purchase a webcam around the <$50 mark. I have seen a 
> dicksmith special with a built in mic.
> All suggestions welcome.

I bought one for work with a web server built in, multiple protocol 
support and Pan / Tilt from a remote web interface. Okay, at ~$780 it's 
not *quite* the cam you're after, but your question prompts me to ask 

The D-Link camera I bought looks a bit like this: 
http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=295  I have it set up in my 
server room so I can watch Tom Cruise crawling in through an air duct. 
Or something.

It's nice. RJ45 in its backside and it networks to my management 
desktop... which now needs to be a Windows machine because the cam 
wants to use an ActiveX control in IE6 to display images. I had been 
hoping to use a Linux desktop machine as the remote management station, 
but this throws a spanner in the works. Had they used Java or 
$language_of_choice, the thing might have been cross-platform, but it 
looks not to be.

Still, I'm hoping that you with greater wisdom might point a 
grasshopper like me in the direction of a way to make the darn thing 
work under Linux.

Oh, and my apologies for hijacking the thread.


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