Wireless IP Camera System Questions

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    Mike Haldas
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    We were recently contacted by a customer with the following questions:

    My name is Danny and I am part of the student government at Indiana University. We are working on implementing a system that would allow any student to go onto the internet and be able to get a live feed of the work-out facilities that we have. We feel this would be extremely useful for our students because often the basketball courts and weight-training areas fill up around peak hours, creating a backlog of people waiting to use machines or to get on courts. By having a camera

    system, students would be able to check how busy the facilities are before they decide to go, saving students time and freeing up the facilities.

    Ive been doing some research on potential solutions. Based on what Ive seen, it seems to me that purchasing multiple wireless IP network cameras would fit our needs. We have a secure wireless network that covers the campus, so it would be much easier to utilize the Wi-Fi than to run Ethernet cables along the walls. However, there are a few things that I dont understand:

    1. How do you connect these cameras to the wireless network?
    2. Does each camera have its own IP address that we could set up a link for online? How would we go about doing so?
    3. Can multiple users view the same camera feed simultaneously?
    4. How difficult are the cameras to install? Are there any special steps that we would need to be aware of?
    5. What do you think about the feasibility of our project?
    6. Do you have a ballpark price estimate for everything we would need?
    7. Is this even the best way to go about implementing such a system, or are there other setups that you feel would be better?

    Please let us know what you think!

    Best Regards,

    Danny

    #31826

    Mike Haldas
    Keymaster

    Danny,

    Please see answers below:

    1) How do you connect these cameras to the wireless network? You can use add on wireless receivers like these:

    http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/Wireless-Security-Camera-System-p/wifi-en95610.htm

    These are actually sets consisting of both transmitters & receivers. With each of these you can configure both of the antennas to be receivers to connect to an existing wireless network.

    2) Does each camera have its own IP address that we could set up a link for online?

    Yes.

    3) How would we go about doing so?

    You can access the cameras directly from Internet Explorer web browser.

    4) Can multiple users view the same camera feed simultaneously?

    Yes, but keep in mind that you are limited by how much bandwidth your network can support. The more users that log on, the slower the response time will be.

    5) How difficult are the cameras to install? Are there any special steps that we would need to be aware of?

    As long as you can run the cables between the cameras and wireless add-on, and you can supply power to the cameras, the rest is easy.

    6) What do you think about the feasibility of our project?

    It is feasable. You just need to make sure it is realistic for you as far as how much bandwidth you have available on your network.

    7) Do you have a ballpark price estimate for everything we would need?

    The link above will show you the pricing for the wireless antennas. That price would be per 2 cameras if you have an existing wireless mess network already in place on your campus. Here are some links to IP cameras that we recommend with pricing:

    http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/IP-Network-Camera-p/zavio-f210a.htm

    http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/Dome-IP-Camera-p/zavio-d510e.htm

    http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/Outdoor-IP-Camera-p/zavio-f731e.htm

    8) Is this even the best way to go about implementing such a system, or are there other setups that you feel would be better?

    A wired system is always more reliable than wireless. If you can tap in to the network using wiring, you are better off.

    Please reply if you have further questions.

    Sincerely.

    -Mike

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