|Re: Router needed for solo network camera?
Group: rec.video.desktop · Group Profile
Author: Paul Date: Dec 20, 2006 04:10
Ed Warner wrote:
> Paul wrote:
>> If everything is set up in advance, it ought to work, Have you talked to
>> tech support at the webcam manufacturer?
>> I assume you know the external IP address if your adsl modem, and that
>> it won't change while you're gone.
> I figured I might get a better/faster answer here than from phone
> support. The camera model hasn't been decided yet, but I am leaning
> toward the Panasonic BL-XX or BB-XX models (< $200). I mainly want to
> know if a router has special properties other than dividing up a LAN
> connection. I've never had a need to use one yet. I assume there could
> be trouble setting up the software if you don't have the PC and camera
> on the same connection at once.
I think you'll need to have the PC "talking" to the camera to get it set
up, which would need a router/switch, though maybe you could do it with
a crossover cable directly between the camera and PC. If you have access
to someone with a network you can connect to, you might be able to use
that to set it up.
However, unless you're quite expert at setting things up, it might be
simpler to go buy an inexpensive router.