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    Ideas to get signal sent to web cam

    I have the luxury of having 2 days off and Mrs J has allowed me to have them as my time with no constraints for chores...that is for the weekend <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    I am looking out of the study window and note that the bluetits and sparrows are arriving and a few have had a quick snoop into the bird box. We normally get a nest in there but cannot always see them going in and out.....ssssooooo I was thinking of setting up the webcam to capture the comings and goings.

    This is fraught with difficulties as the tree is about 45 feet(ish) from the log cabin back door, the web cam is your basic "on desk" set up and USB 2. Now obviously there are issues with power and signal.

    Anybody got any ideas how I could set this up without having laptops and other gubbins in the garden. This is the makings of a kitchen table science project I think...are we talking USB cable extensions (signal degradation springs to mind) or WiFi or lenses...

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    Re: Ideas to get signal sent to web cam

    Heh, heh, heh. It's been two years, and I can't resist: You could always contact Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for some advice... As I remember it, their "bird watching" web cam worked in excellent fashion and they were very email friendly on several occasions ...

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    Re: Ideas to get signal sent to web cam

    I don't think you are going to have much joy with USB at that distance, and I can't think of an easier option than getting a network camera, such as this D-Link DCS-900 Fixed IP Camera. Apart from making a longish network cable, you would just need to extend the power cable (5V I think).

    I did start a project with one of these some time ago to set up a webcam. I bought a very cheap wall-mounted 'lantern', stripped out the bulb holder and fitted the camera inside. The power supply was beefed up so it could also drive a few power resistors to add heating (and de-misting) via a frost-stat.
    Never quite finished that little job...

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