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    CCTV on a PC

    I thought I might try setting CCTV up in my house. The software I can do, but I am having problems with the hardware. I thought it might be quite cheap until I researched a bit, and I am now not so sure.

    I have a PC set up which I use as a file server. Just a PC connected to my network tucked away and always on, so my plan was to connect a few cameras to this PC and use some software to monitor things.

    I know the length of cable when using USB is very limited, so I thought ethernet might be preferable (limited but not as much), and thats where i've run into trouble.
    I can pick a USB webcam up from ebay for about

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    Re: CCTV on a PC

    What's your budget? i.e. how cheap is cheap?

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    Re: CCTV on a PC

    My initial thought was to buy 4 cameras at webcam prices (about

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    Re: CCTV on a PC

    Would this be worth getting?
    http://tekgems.com/Products/et-15531-net-b...100a-plus-n.htm

    By using one of these, I think I should be able to use cameras with an RCA lead and cameras with a BNC socket (using a BNC to RCA converter), giving me much more scope in the cameras I can buy.
    Having no experience with these hardware items, i'm not entirely sure!

    Any tips would be great thanks.

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    Re: CCTV on a PC

    You might like to look at this website and change from webcams to normal for about the same price as your budget 4 x camers and a 4 way pc card. http://www.y3kcctv.com/ Cheers gws.

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    Re: CCTV on a PC

    Thanks for the link gws. Those cameras look quite good, and not extortionate prices too!

    I decided to buy the camera server I mentioned in my post above and the seller tells me that cameras with BNC cables can be used using a convertor, so that gives me the scope to get the ones on that site.

    I haven't tested it fully, but a brief attempt to see if I could get the basic setup going worked great. It plugs in to my hub and gets an IP address. The software then picks up the camera feeds (up to 4) and displays them in a web page. When I get a while i'll look into picking them up with the software I have, but initial impressions were great.

    The advantage of the camera server is that I can plug it in to a hub, so I have the distance between my pc and my hub, the hub and the camera server, and the camera server and the cameras making it much easier to place the cameras. I'm moving house in 28 days max, so when i'm settled and have it up and running i'll post an explanation in case someone wants to do it themselves.

    Regards,
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    Re: CCTV on a PC

    I've now moved in, and have the IP Video 9100A Plus Network Video Server and a camera from y3kcctv. I need to run some cables under the floor, but once thats done i'm almost good to go.

    Essentially, Camera server, cam, cable & power adaptor for 4 cameras (for future expansion) has come to

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