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Old 01-28-2005, 02:08 PM   #1
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Aquarium Webcam

Not sure what topic this should fall under, but I want to put a webcam on my 125 SW aquarium and stream video to my website. It would also be cool to monitor temperature, pH, salinity, sump levels etc and post them to the internet - but first things first.

How would I do this?
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Old 01-28-2005, 02:45 PM   #2
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Wow Monarch...great idea! You would definitely need a high quality cam. The majority of webcams are pretty limited in picture quality, especially for streaming video. Once a decent cam is found, it's just a matter of mounting it in an area to capture the view you want.

Do you have an existing video program on your computer now?

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This link can provide some helpful info

http://www.vitalstream.com/
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I have absolutely nothing right now except for webspace. I'm just trying to wrap my arms around what would be involved (costs, equipment, programs, webspace).

I don't want to wrap up a bunch of money only to find the best I can do is update the picture every 5 minutes or something. I want it to actually be LIVE action footage with a decent, clear picture.
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Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
Maroon Clown/White tip LT anemone, Powder Blue Tang, Female Swallow Angel, SixLine Wrasse, Solar Fairy Wrasse, Firefish, Fathead Anthias, Blue Mandarin, 3 Chromis, 3 Green Gobies
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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actual LIVE feed, meaning full motion video, will be costly. You'll need a computer with a full time internet connection at your home with the camera and software hooked up and always running. You would then need the ability with your web hosting company, to allow you to feed full time datastreams through them as web traffic. I think most hosting companies will have fairly high prices for this. But look around, theres a LOT of stuff out there, there could quite possibly be a way to do it without streaming, may just be delayed
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You would then need the ability with your web hosting company, to allow you to feed full time datastreams through them as web traffic. I think most hosting companies will have fairly high prices for this.
****, I knew there was a catch. Maybe I'll check into a refresh rate of every 10-15 seconds or something. It's not the same, though.
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Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
Maroon Clown/White tip LT anemone, Powder Blue Tang, Female Swallow Angel, SixLine Wrasse, Solar Fairy Wrasse, Firefish, Fathead Anthias, Blue Mandarin, 3 Chromis, 3 Green Gobies
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Usually the refresh rate is one picture every 5 seconds, I tried to do it before but I didn't have the patience.
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Maybe I'll check into a refresh rate of every 10-15 seconds or something. It's not the same, though.
It's certainly not, but it is MUCH more feasible. There are a few free-ware programs out there that will do exactly what you're looking for. You put their software on your computer at home (the one the cam is connected to) and it drives your camera and maintains an "open" ftp style connection to your web server and upload an upaded pic every X seconds. Your webpage then just shows that image with a lill javascript to update the image every X seconds. Thats all there is to it really.
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Cool, maybe I'll give it a shot. My connection at home is cable - lightning fast.
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Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
Maroon Clown/White tip LT anemone, Powder Blue Tang, Female Swallow Angel, SixLine Wrasse, Solar Fairy Wrasse, Firefish, Fathead Anthias, Blue Mandarin, 3 Chromis, 3 Green Gobies
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then you should be able to accomplish fairly easily.

One question... can people "hit" your home computer from the web? If so, you may still be able to do the streaming thing. Not all cable ISP's allow this, is why I ask.
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I don't know enough about it to know if they can "hit" my machine directly or not. Are you asking if I have a server?

I'm challenged when it comes to computer hardware.
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Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
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