[MLB-WIRELESS] OT: network webcam?

Joe Hovel joe.hovel at med.monash.edu.au
Wed Aug 25 23:31:05 EST 2004

This is slightly off-topic, but if read in connection with an AP, could just
as easily be suitable as wireless webcam :)

I wish to set up a webcam to monitor a nesting box on my property. For
various reasons I would prefer to run a CAT5 cable there with POE, but may
consider a wireless solution (given that I already have a wireless LAN here)
sometime in the future (solar power etc issues to be solved...).
Nonetheless, can someone give me some ideas where to start? I have several
USB and parallel port web cams already and want to run their output into an
Ethernet cable. What's required to do that? are there any older hardware
options that might be suitable? Some kind of embedded processor board that
could be pushed into this service?
I've considered an older laptop, but getting power to it is not feasible
over Ethernet - some lower power solution is needed....
I have a very small parallel port print server here (which has a web
interface and DHCP in it and has suitably low power requirements) - I
wondered if I could somehow use it for the purpose. It transmits back into
the LAN when the printer is out of paper, so it must be somehow

Anyone have any ideas or other suggestions? or links to someone who has set
this up?


Joe Hovel

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