A streaming webcam allows you to view a constant video feed over a network. You can use it to show off your new puppies, check on your babies or just show your boss you are actually sitting at your desk. In order to access the feed, the computer the webcam is attached to must have a static IP address. You must also disable power-saving mode so the computer stays on. WebCam XP/7 and TinCam are two software products that will send the video feed to the network.
Set Up The Server
Install the driver software provided with the webcam.
Plug the webcam into the computer's USB or FireWire port.
Open "Control Panel."
Click "Power Options."
Set the "System Standby" option to "Never."
Click "Network Connections" in the "Control Panel" window.
Click the "General" tab.
Click the radio button next to "Use the following IP address:" option.
Type an IP address in the "IP address" text box. The IP address should look similar to "192.168.0.2." If you encounter an error, try a higher number in the last ("2") spot.
Type your network's subnet mask into the "Subnet mask" text box. The subnet mask for a home network is typically "255.255.255.0."
Type the IP address for the default gateway -- typically, your router -- in the "Default Gateway" text box. This number is usually "192.168.0.1" for home networks.
Close all open Control Panel windows.
Open port 8080 on your router and firewall.
Download and install the "WebCam XP" or "WebCam 7" software.
Double-click on the "WebCam XP/7 [Windows Media]" icon placed on the computer's desktop during installation.
Click the "Web/Broadcast" icon on the left side of the screen.
Click the "Broadcast HTTP" tab.
Type the IP address of the computer the webcam is attached to in the "IP Address/Host Name" text box.
Select the "Dynamically generated" option from the "Default Document" drop-down box.
Test the webcam by typing the IP address and port number in the form "http://ipaddress:port" in a Web browser address bar. If you are testing on the same machine the software is running on, type "http://127.0.0.1:8080" in the browser address bar.
Download and install the "TinCam" software.
Open the "TinCam" program.
Close the "Configuration Wizard" window that appears.
Click the "Setup" menu at the top of the "TinCam" screen.
Click the "Video Devices" option on the left side of the screen.
Choose the streaming resolution you prefer.
Click "Video Streaming" on the left side of the screen.
Choose the options you prefer from the "Webpage" section.
Place the following code on your Web page:
<a href="http://IPaddress/webcam.wvx">Name of Webcam </a>
Replace "IPaddress" with the IP address or URL of your computer. Replace "Name of Webcam" with whatever text you would like to appear on the page.
Test your streaming webcam by clicking the link from any Web browser.
- You may need to install a dynamic DNS service, such as DynDNS, if your Internet service provider does not provide you with a static IP address.
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