We're quite isolated and my partner sometimes gets concerned about opening the door to callers when on her own. She spends a lot of time on the PC and I was vaguely considering setting up a webcam to monitor the door so she can see on the PC what's happening if the bell goes.
Does anyone know if this is possible (please forgive my ignorance)and easy to achieve? One thing I thought of was that it'd be necessary to extend the camera cable - would that cause any problems?
This ignoramus would welcome anything anyone could suggest - thank you very much.
you can use your webcam to monitor the door,most webcams come with software that lets you just have an area that you want to monitor highlighted.i use mine to monitor our road as we have lorries comming up before 0630 (thats when they should start).it monitors whilst i keep the duvet warm.
Lengthening the lead WILL degrade the picture but it depends on how far. It's a case of "suck-it-and-see", try adding a length and see what the picture is like.The quality of webcams is not briliant to begin with so good luck.
What a good idea.. I've got a diddy little freebie camera that I once set up as a webcam (to take some pics of me at my pc - I was fair tickled to watch myself on my pc!) I am now going dig it out again and set it up to watch the door as I don't always hear the bell and I'm expecting a parcel delivery.
I've now got a 2 inch square live pic of myself sat in the corner of my pc monitor. I can wave to it and it waves back.... (little things amuse...) I altered the frame rate to 60.00 fps and it's quite good.
I need a longer cable for watching door. Found out the limit is 5 mtr extension for USB but you can get a powered lead extension that will allow longer so if I get one of those I'll be able to do it okay.
(I just went on Amazon.co.uk and put USB extension cable in the search box. (A male to A female) [not the B - that's for printers]
Just thought I'd mention, if anyone's still around, got the cheapo webcam and an active lead working a treat. Now herself can see what's going on outside before going to the door (at least when she's on the PC). Quality's not outstanding, but surprisingly good considering the camera being used - I've seen a lot worse on pukka CCTV systems!