Originally Posted by ajthegreat
I volunteer some space on my Linux Cpanel webserver for a local orphanage in Thailand. They are interested in setting up a webcam so people can see the kids playing via the internet. They have a 1024/256 internet connection and are using Windows computers.
Can anybody point me in the right direction as to what kind of setup would be needed to have a webcam setup and integrated into the webpage.
I have first hand experiance here. I put up live streaming webcam on my blog for fun. Now some live streaming software (the cheap stuff) will connect directly to the webcam and watch that way, using your clients 256k upstream. More than one user at a time and that stream gets very choppy. I believe this is called "server push".
I use WebcamSat by Surveyor Corp. and it Rocks! It uses "server pull" to do the live stream. Watcha do is setup the webcam at the orphanage, it will send it's live stream to your server, and then when people go to the web page to see the kids, they will be using the servers bandwidth to feed thier browser java applet, and it looks great, if thier 256k upstream is stable.
If you want to see my ugly mug on my webcam goto: http://ricsworld.net
and scroll down all the way to the bottom. I type with a mouthstick, because I'm a C 3-4 Quadriplegic paralysed from the lower neck down (you'll see the stick in my mouth). I have a 3000/384 aDSL feeding my picture to my server at 30 fps.
I have a two licence version, and I'm only using one camera, so since it's for a good cause, I'll help you out by letting you use the second port if you want. Contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
if your interested.
Anyways, here is WebcamSat's website: http://www.surveyor.com/