I recently made a chicken coop in my shed
I have a bunch of x10 equipment that we have not been able to
use. Specifically I have their wireless cameras and the receiver.
What I would like to do is to install the camera in the shed, the
receiver in the basement, connect it to my linux box, and make a live
webpage about those chicken with the webcam.
I own a website for kids www.algebra.com, and a live chicken cam would
be quite complementary.
My main questions are:
1) The camera will be about 15 yards away from the receiver, separated
by the shed walls, house wall, and basement wall. Is that too far for
their camera to transmit images?
With a USB cable extender, I may be able to place the receiver to a
more advantageous location if necessary.
2) Is there linux software that can grap images off x10 camera.
I can write perl scripts and such if necessary.
Ignoramus2016 (ignoramus2016@NOSPAM.2016.invalid) wrote:
: 1) The camera will be about 15 yards away from the receiver, separated
: by the shed walls, house wall, and basement wall. Is that too far for
: their camera to transmit images?
: With a USB cable extender, I may be able to place the receiver to a
: more advantageous location if necessary.
: 2) Is there linux software that can grap images off x10 camera.
I must have a different version than you do. My cameras transmit to a
receiver that outputs through both coax and RCA jacks. I did have it
on a LINUX system about 2 1/2 years ago, I just used a generic capture
card and drivers. I wish I could remember what I used but it wasn't
difficult to get working at all. I vaguely remember going to
tucows (www.tucows.com) or www.icepick.com to get some pointers. The
software I used would do it on demand, I believe, at the time anyhow,
icepick.com had it rigged to a doorbell and upon seeing the button
pressed he would take a snapshot with the cam above the door. I just
scripted it and had it grab a snapshot, ran it through mogrify
to add timestamps to it and move it to my web area.
As for the distance, I am doing it at about 10 yards without much of
a problem, however, my phone and linksys box sometimes cause ghosting
of the images.
: I can write perl scripts and such if necessary.
Unless you have a different model than any I have seen, that isn't a
webcam, it's a video camera with composite out... You'll need linux
drivers for something like a "Dazzle" analog/digital AV converter.
The low light usability on the one I have is lousy, and the range is
nothing to write home about unless you like bad news.
If you're not confused, you're not trying hard enough.
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