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Peripherals IP Cameras

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by da-dude, 1 Apr 2013.

  1. da-dude

    da-dude What's a Dremel?

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    Hi all

    I'm considering buying an ip camera; I live in a large shared house and I think the house manager does a little snooping when we're all at work! Has anyone had any experience of a sub £50 webcam that you can access remotely and has motion detection?

    Was thinking something like this but not too sure about picture quality!
     
  2. Sentinel-R1

    Sentinel-R1 Chaircrew

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    I used to have a logitech webcam that you could set to record when it detected motion via the supplied software. I used it for the same reasons you are inquiring for. I left the PC running with the screen locked and came home to a collection of stills about 5 seconds apart showing our culprit rifling through personal belongings.

    No need to spend out on an IP camera to catch someone out. A modern webcam will capture stills in HD too.
     
  3. timmehtimmeh

    timmehtimmeh Minimodder

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    I have one you can have for £15? Its one I got off amazon just like the one you posted. I played around with it for my synology NAS but after setting it up, I realised I didnt really have any need for it.

    Infact, it is the one you linked on amazon but in white!



    Interested?
     
  4. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    I have one of these which, using the software you can download from their website, does exactly what you want it to - I know because I just tried it out and it's really good! (720p too so the picture quality is awesome :D)
     
  5. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    I've had a play with the Foscam gear which is pretty good - we've got a few set up to keep an eye on the workshop at home and they're around the £50 mark for a P/T (but not Z) version
     
  6. MonkeyTurnip

    MonkeyTurnip What's a Dremel?

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    i have 2 of what you posted, works really well.
     
  7. TaRkA DaHl

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    I have the same camera at home, works surprisingly well. When I am home I could take a screenshot for you so you can get an idea what its quality is like.
     
  8. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    D'oh, on re-reading everything, that top one you've posted actually looks like a Foscam cam! :)
     
  9. da-dude

    da-dude What's a Dremel?

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    Haha yeah it doesn't say foscam in the description but it is one!

    Tarka Dahl - could you post a screenie please? Would be interested to see the quality first hand as a couple of youtube videos suggest mixed results. My concern is that buying something like this would result in grainy/useless pictures!

    Would also be a bonus to use it for the occasional drunken chat roulette of course :p

    Forgot to mention - another requirement of mine is to have the camera switched on and connected to the router whilst the PC is turned off as I regularly go away for 5 days at a time.

    timmehtimmeh - may be interested - if you could pm me details I'd appreciate it ;)
     
  10. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    In that case my webcam suggestion wouldn't work...

    What would you have it record to if your PC is off?
     
  11. marlowdrummer

    marlowdrummer Minimodder

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    Most IP cams have a built in system to e-mail stills to a pre defined account.
    I record to a NAS but get sent stills to my GMAIL account, so, if my NAS is misbehaving or gets nicked I'll still have decent stills to use.

    Just be careful with the make you get, do your research. My Tenvis one I have will send a set of 6 stills, but my better quality TP-Link only sends the one. Depending on lighting the TP-Link will sometimes miss the motion activation or it is a bit pre and you only get a shadow.

    S.
     
  12. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    The Foscam ones we have will do a run of stills (although I think this must be configured). I didn't set them up, so I'm not sure - I can ask though! :thumb:
     

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