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Webcam with minimal hardware?

By fort-hill ·
My ailing grandma lives in another state by herself with an aide for assistance.
She has an extremely old, unreliable computer.

I'd like to be able to set up a web cam (or similar) for her and us so that she can see our faces when we call on the phone and we, in turn, can see her face. Being able to see my wife and I while on the phone with us will be so beneficial for her.

What is the bare minimum hardware I need for her to at least be able to see me while talking on the phone? I don't want to purchase a big computer system just to be able to use a webcam.

She has digital cable now (Adelphia is the company I believe). I know I'd need to establish an account with them in order to have net access.

Any thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated. If there might be a better, more appropriate newsgoup to ask this question please let me know.


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