Security Camera that hooks up to PC ?

I'm having some problems with neighborhood hooligans and would like to set up a resonably priced, wireless outdoor security system that logs activity real time to a home PC.
Anybody have any suggestions?
I've googled it and checked in with the security group, but the information is overwhelming and seems geared toward the professional tradesperson.
If this is the wrong group, does anyone have a more appropriate place to ask?
TIA.. Rich
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Check out www.x10.com. The only limit is your imagination (and your budget).

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On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 19:08:59 +0000, Doug Kanter wrote:

I'm heading over there now! Thanks for the quick reply!
Rich
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Doug Kanter wrote:

And their pathetic quality.

Define (for yourself, if not us) "logs activity real time"
You can get a "slow record' VCR that can record 16 hrs on a tape.
A difficulty with outside is that motion sensors are often all but useless, depending on what "outside" is.
Trees, animals, stuff blowing all cause false alarms.
So cameras are abundant. I'd look at a wired low-light camera going into about any video card with "video in".
http://motion.sourceforge.net / is a project for linux/bsd that might give you some ideas to voice more specifically what you want.

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http://www.grandtec.com/eguard.htm
That looks like an interesting product
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Rich wrote:

Avoid X.10 products - they are the cheapest stuff out there.
Try Axis or D-Links' internet cameras. Check their web sites.
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Rich wrote:

If you find anything of interest would you mind reporting back here.
I'm building a house out at the lake. Probably be looking for something similar by the end of the year.
I'd like to go as far as having a monitor mounted where the clowns could see themselves.
No doubt there are some stupid enough to watch themselves on TV while they are breaking in.
Lorence
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I just bought one of the Gran tec E guard cards
http://www.grandtec.com/eguard.htm
They just cut the price to $30
I will know in a week or so how it works. You are supposed to be able to hook up to 4 cameras. The bundled software does motion detection and recording.
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On 25 Jul 2004 23:29:07 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Greg) wrote:

These only work under windows 98. I emailed the guy. There's a reason why they are cheap.
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So what? They run on a 350mz machine and they are dirt cheap on Ebay. Just make a dedicated server, that could also do other stuff.
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On 27 Jul 2004 02:12:22 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Greg) wrote:

A win98 server.. nice and stable.. not. Don't forget to reboot it once a day. Remove NO-SPAM from email address when replying
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If you don't load a lot of crap on these things they work OK on OSR2. I have a print/file/MP3 server that has been running fine.
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(Greg) wrote:

Greg, check out uviewit.com, they have a 4-cam system. I am using it with my dv cam and a usb cam simultaneously and the motion detection is great. jon
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there are a bunch of wireless Ethernet cameras that would work fine for you
remember that B&W will work better under low light conditions
check your local computer store or security camera store about 150.00/camera should do it!
You can even put the camera on the internet and watch it from work!
Wayne

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most (at least the ones I found) of the internet camera's /wireless camera's do not work very well with low light.
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