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DundeeWeather:

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--- Quote from: "DundeeWeather" ---...  I have a Toshiba IK-WB11A network camera and was going to see if I could get it to work somehow.
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Are you saying that you can't use your IK-WB11A?  That is one of the cams I use on my site.  I use it with Image Salsa.  Let me know if you need help setting it up, I have a lot of undocumented http codes.
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Rick,

Not saying that at all.  I am just pretty green in the cam area here.  If I don't want to use ImageSalsa are there other ways to get a feed to my site?  As you know this is a pure network camera which you connect to via IP and can control.  I honestly didn't know if it could be used or not or if it would have good enough quality to stick on the web.

I'd be grateful for any push/shove/kick to get me started.  I promise not to email constantly for help.

greg@dundeeweather.com

THANK YOU Rick!

Greg

up10ad:
Greg,

Here are a few lines of HTML to use with your Toshiba cam.

To get  live stream:
--- Code: ---http://[IPaddress:port#]/user_view_S.htm
--- End code ---

To get a single snapshot image:
--- Code: ---http://[IPaddress:port#]/__live.jpg?&&&
--- End code ---
(note that this line has two underscores before the word live)

The above needs to have your IP address and port put in them to replace the brackets & text, and if your camera IP address is a non-routable IP address that it gets from your dsl modem or router you will need to do some port forwarding in the router to make it work for people outside of your network.

For example, if you set up your cam inside your network and your router gives out IP addresses to your PCs in the 192.168.1.x subnet, you should program your cam with a static IP of 192.168.1.200 (200 is not a magic number, just one that isn't used elsewhere on your network).  Also set your cam up to use a port such as 8080 so it won't interfere with port 80 web use.  After you change the port used by the cam, you will have to use that port every time to get to it, even for configuration.  Then test your can internally by browsing to the admin screen http://192.168.1.200:8080/adm_login.htm

Once you get it working so you can see it on port 8080 and you can view images using http://192.168.1.200:80/__live.jpg?&&& you then have to make some changes in your router so visitors can come to your cam and get through your router.  First you need to find out the external routable IP address of your router or modem.  You can find this out by going in to the configuration screen for your modem or router, usually by entering the internal IP of the router in a browser.  In this example that would be something like 192.168.1.1.  Consult your manual.  You can also find out your routable IP by going to http://whatismyip.com and it will tell you your routable IP address.  Let's assume it is 38.116.129.242.  This is the address that the world can use to get to your DSL modem or router.  We now need to configure the router to send them to your camera when they get there.  Remember that we put your camera on port 8080?  So, any traffic that comes into your router looking for port 8080, we want to send it to your camera.  To do so we set up a port forward rule in your router.  Every router is a little different, but most will ask for the external port to forward and the internal IP address and port to forward to.  You may need to read the manual a bit.  If you have trouble you can send me an email and we'll go over it on the phone.  

The Toshiba is a great low-light cam, and I'd love to see you get it active on your site.  This may be way too much information or maybe not enough, either way, let me know what you do need and let's get this thing working.

ncpilot:
The only thing I would add is that unless you have a fixed "external" WAN IP address, it may change over time (normally you pay your ISP extra to have a fixed IP address).

But this is easy to get around... there are a few services that offer free mapping to your IP address. I use DYNDNS http://www.dyndns.com , sign up for the free service.

If you have a Dlink router, you most likely will have to run a little utility program on your computer that will update dyndns, other modems (and possibly the new Dlinks) have a dynamic IP notification service that dyndns will accept. Apparenly the Dlink router function for  dynamic IP doesn't work properly, and Dlink doesn't care... anyway...

So for example, if your WAN IP was something like 38.116.129.242, and you would access your camera with 38.116.129.242:8080, using DYNDNS it would become something like:

dundee.dyndns.org:8080 (where DYNDNS would convert it to your actual physical WAN IP address).

DundeeWeather:
Rick & NCPilot

This is great info!  I did a bit of playing last night and was able to see my cam from the world.  I am using a 10 dot internally and know my external IP.  What I did was instead of port forwarding I put the cam out on the DMZ totally exposed.  Not sure if it's the smartest idea, but hey if someone wants to hack my camera go for it.  

So now that it's able to be seen I think all I have to do is add it to my site with the tags you provided Rick.  I am using the wireless function on the camera which may not be the wisest since it's only a 54mbps WAP.  However, I don't want to run cat 5/6 to the final destination.  Unless of course you recommend this.

Now my only other question about this camera is if it can be an outdoor camera.  It looks pretty non-insulated or weather proof.  I am assuming I'll need to buy or build an enclosure box for it.

Lastly, I turned off the cam so you won't be able to see it until I turn it back on and configure.  I might do some type of dynamic DNS for the cam as well.  All new uncharted territory for me.  I can do the networking, but the cam stuff is different.  Though I think I've got it.

Thanks guys!

Greg

capeweather:

--- Quote from: "DundeeWeather" ---Now my only other question about this camera is if it can be an outdoor camera.  It looks pretty non-insulated or weather proof.  I am assuming I'll need to buy or build an enclosure box for it.
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You could always build one of these.  :D

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