How to Set Up a Web Camera

Web cams are hardware/software combinations that stream live video or transmit frequently changing still images to a Web page. These instructions assume you already have a Web site up and running.

Things You'll Need

  • Modems
  • Web Cameras
  • Computers


    • 1

      Evaluate the speed of your current computer and modem - sending video images takes a lot of bandwidth and processing power. Get a server computer and a digital modem if you plan to stream live video.

    • 2

      Get a videoconferencing camera, digital still camera or digital camcorder to use as your Web cam. (See the Related eHow "How to Choose a Web Camera.")

    • 3

      Buy a video digitizing card if you plan to use a camcorder.

    • 4

      Select an inexpensive Web cam program or download a shareware program; various Web sites recommend WebCam32, I-Spy, WebCamToo and SpyCam.

    • 5

      Connect your Web camera to the computer.

    • 6

      Install the Web cam software.

    • 7

      Install server software if you plan to transmit images in real time.

    • 8

      Connect to your Internet service provider (ISP).

    • 9

      Follow the instructions in the Web cam software to begin transmitting images.

Tips & Warnings

  • For convenience, use a camera that does not require a connection to the computer's serial port if possible.
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