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By LabRaT ·
I have a client who wants to install 4 cameras for security in the company parking lot. They want to send a live feed thru the company TCP\IP network to a monitor (single monitor if possible but he'll accept 4 monitors if needed). Has anyone worked a project like this? Do they make TCP\IP "web cam" security cameras? What software should I look into? Should I look into setting up a server for streaming video? Any suggestions on where to start would be greatly appreciated!

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by jereg In reply to Network Security Cameras

I'm suprised you didn't think of it, but we all get the X10 popups. Go to www.x10.com
They do nothing but security cameras. They is probably a solution there for you, or they may be able to help you design one.
On another note, I have a friend that setup a web cam on his PC. He has that networked to a CItrix server. He can then login to his Citrix server a home and access his web cam. Then, he can monitor his daughter when she comes home from school.
Something like that may work for you.
Good Luck.

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by LabRaT In reply to Network Security Cameras

Thank you.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Network Security Cameras

There are quite a few commercial products that can do what you want, the industry is called CCTV (Closed Circuit Television). Although WEB cameras could be used, a major drawback is running ethernet to the parking lot poles. Most people use RG59 coax to connect the camera runs to a CCTV video switcher or a video card with multiple inputs. The video is usually stepped through or displayed in realtime in quadrants on the screen so you can observe all cameras at once. Try a WEB search on CCTV and you will have hundreds of vendors trying to sell you this type equipment.

Lightning is always a problem with cameras located outdoors and piping lightning into your ethernet hub or switch is certainly no a good situation. We have several hundred cameras and lightning, even nearby, is a severe problem. The best system is to covert the outputs from the cameras to fiber video transmission at the pole top to protect the cable run both to the pole and to the interior switcher. Use lightning isolators at the pole end as well as the inside end if you run coax for your connections. Aditionally, cold weather, rainy and hot weather usually require a small heater and fan to be in the camera housing
to reduce the condensation and fogging of the lens.

Many alarm distributors sell this equipment to anyone for business purposes. MCM electronics sells CCTV gear via the WEB too so anyone can buy it.

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by LabRaT In reply to Network Security Cameras

Thank you very much!

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