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    Quote Originally Posted by SYS
    Thanks, Mtnmedic, for your helpful response. If I decide to go with a multiple set of cams to work with Live Cam HD, do you have any recommendation for something cheap but decent?
    Airlink 101 cams are. I use them. The price I paid was a few years ago. But really, cams are commodity items now so if you look through the net, you should find all kinds of decent stuff for cheap. Wireless is great because you don't have to worry about positioning the cam with respect to the router and a long cable. If you are near a Fry's Electronics, go in there and check out some cams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnmedic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SYS
    Thanks, Mtnmedic, for your helpful response. If I decide to go with a multiple set of cams to work with Live Cam HD, do you have any recommendation for something cheap but decent?
    Airlink 101 cams are. I use them. The price I paid was a few years ago. But really, cams are commodity items now so if you look through the net, you should find all kinds of decent stuff for cheap. Wireless is great because you don't have to worry about positioning the cam with respect to the router and a long cable. If you are near a Fry's Electronics, go in there and check out some cams.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
    Thanks! I think I'll take a look at my local Sam's Club. Should be cheaper there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYS

    Thanks! I think I'll take a look at my local Sam's Club. Should be cheaper there.
    Not really, no. I have a Sam's nearby too. I've found Fry's is often cheaper and has a much larger selection when it comes to specialty items like IP cams, though Sam's may have good deals on home video monitoring system kits. But you may not have a Fry's nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnmedic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SYS

    Thanks! I think I'll take a look at my local Sam's Club. Should be cheaper there.
    Not really, no. I have a Sam's nearby too. I've found Fry's is often cheaper and has a much larger selection when it comes to specialty items like IP cams, though Sam's may have good deals on home video monitoring system kits. But you may not have a Fry's nearby.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
    Yep, I just found that out. Guess I'll just have to go online shopping.

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    [QUOTE=Mtnmedic;167094The cams are wireless, so they can be set up anywhere. $70 each. [/QUOTE]
    What kind of camera are you using? Where did you buy them for $70. Thanks for this and the other info you provided.

    Frank

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    I might get this one at Amazon.com. It's the only wireless cam that's reasonably priced and with good overall reviews:

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-CXS-2200-wireless-installation/dp/B004GWQBWY/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1301677131&s r=1-21]Amazon.com: Genuine LOFTEK Brand CXS 2200 pan(270)/tilt(120)wireless/wired Dual Audio Alarm Ip camera with day/night version,easy installation: Electronics[/ame]


    I'm assuming that you can start out with one and then add more to different locations around the house at a later time? Would they all then appear on my iPad screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYS
    I might get this one at Amazon.com. It's the only wireless cam that's reasonably priced and with good overall reviews:

    Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-CXS-2200-wireless-installation/dp/B004GWQBWY/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1301677131&s r=1-21

    I'm assuming that you can start out with one and then add more to different locations around the house at a later time? Would they all then appear on my iPad screen?
    Yep on both counts. For the latter, depends on the app you use. That's why I recommend Live Cams HD. They constantly update it with specific suitability for new cams all the time (there's quite a list). Just a great app. On it, I view all five of my cams (four are the same, one is different than the others), the neighbour's weather cam across the street and two more web-based cam views of my nearest town, down the hill from me.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF

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    How do those cams actually link into the WiFi? I thought things had to be within WiFi range of the router to work. Is your neighbour's house quite close, or does the cam ship with some kind of repeater unit that receives its signal and is wired into your system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DM51
    How do those cams actually link into the WiFi? I thought things had to be within WiFi range of the router to work. Is your neighbour's house quite close, or does the cam ship with some kind of repeater unit that receives its signal and is wired into your system?
    You are correct that Wi-Fi devices need to be within range of a Wi-Fi router to work properly (that is, to be accessed). However, my neighbor's IP cam isn't close enough to my router to be accessible by me. As a Wi-Fi device, it COULD be "seen" by my wireless network and I COULD view through it directly IF it were close enough AND if it was open (unsecured/unlocked, not password-protected, etc.) for viewing. But it's not. In fact, his cam is WIRED directly to his own router: it's not even a Wi-Fi device. And it doesn't come with some kind of repeater that somehow transmits or receives a signal. Nothing of my neighbor's is connected to my system nor vice-versa, wireless or otherwise. Neither of us have access to each other's secured Wi-Fi network, even though one can "see" the other's network.

    An IP cam is its own video server that is generally accessible using Internet Protocol (hence, "IP cam"), in that it can be pointed to and accessed via a URL or direct IP address from a web browser (or app). This is how people, like my neighbor, who are weather freaks with cams, can share with the world what weather is like in their neck of the woods on a web site (like Weatherbug, etc.). Ever see a web page with a cam in it? That view of a tree full of parrots in some guy's back yard in Florida is set up the same way as my neighbor's: a direct feed (still image refreshed every so often or active video) accessed by a URL link pointing to the camera view that is embedded into the web site you're visiting. That's all. You can right-click that cam image, select "properties" and get the URL address. Then you can copy and paste that address into a cam-viewing app on your iPad, which will then allow you to see the image from the cam without having to go back to that website to view it (perfectly legal provided the image is meant to be publicly accessed and you access it only for your own personal enjoyment and not for profit or re-broadcast to other people). That is, of course, if there is no secure linking or password protection in place for that camera access.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnmedic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SYS
    I might get this one at Amazon.com. It's the only wireless cam that's reasonably priced and with good overall reviews:

    Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-CXS-2200-wireless-installation/dp/B004GWQBWY/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1301677131&s r=1-21

    I'm assuming that you can start out with one and then add more to different locations around the house at a later time? Would they all then appear on my iPad screen?
    Yep on both counts. For the latter, depends on the app you use. That's why I recommend Live Cams HD. They constantly update it with specific suitability for new cams all the time (there's quite a list). Just a great app. On it, I view all five of my cams (four are the same, one is different than the others), the neighbour's weather cam across the street and two more web-based cam views of my nearest town, down the hill from me.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
    Thanks, Michael. Just placed an order for the IP cam. When it gets here I'll order the Live Cam HD, as well.


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