FreeBSD for home security cameras?
 

My house was burgled just before Christmas.  Next time this happens,
it would be satisfying to present the police with pictures of the
villains in the act of carting off our TV in our wheelbarrow, or
ransacking our CD collection.  I'm thinking a few cheapo cameras,
inside and out, hooked up to a server in an inaccessible spot
(e.g. the attic) or off-site, after I get a cable modem.  I would
prefer FreeBSD on the server.  What's the economic way of building a
system like this?
Nick Barnes
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>My house was burgled just before Christmas.  Next time this happens,
>it would be satisfying to present the police with pictures of the
>villains in the act of carting off our TV in our wheelbarrow, or
>ransacking our CD collection.  I'm thinking a few cheapo cameras,
>inside and out, hooked up to a server in an inaccessible spot
>(e.g. the attic) or off-site, after I get a cable modem.  I would
>prefer FreeBSD on the server.  What's the economic way of building a
>system like this?

   You know, I've been thinking about doing something very similar. I haven't
really looked into this much yet, but it seems like one could use a video
capture card like the Hauppauge WinTV along with the ports/graphics/fxtv
software. It looks like fxtv could use some modifications, however, such as
a way to reduce the framerate, to make it more suitable for surveillance
applications. I'm not sure how well this would work with multiple WinTV cards
and cameras, nor do I know how much disk space this is going to eat...but
even having the last few hours of video would be useful.
-DG
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kstewart   Dec 28 2001, 1:25 pm     Newsgroups: sol.lists.freebsd.questions kstew...@owt.com - 28 Dec 2001 21:25:50 +0000 Local: Fri,Dec 28 2001 1:25 pm Subject: Re: FreeBSD for home security cameras? Reply to Author Forward Print sol.lists.freebsd.questions33f15215a29b4ce4" Individual Message Show original - -David Greenman wrote:
>>My house was burgled just before Christmas.  Next time this happens,
>>it would be satisfying to present the police with pictures of the
>>villains in the act of carting off our TV in our wheelbarrow, or
>>ransacking our CD collection.  I'm thinking a few cheapo cameras,
>>inside and out, hooked up to a server in an inaccessible spot
>>(e.g. the attic) or off-site, after I get a cable modem.  I would
>>prefer FreeBSD on the server.  What's the economic way of building a
>>system like this?
>    You know, I've been thinking about doing something very similar. I haven't
> really looked into this much yet, but it seems like one could use a video
> capture card like the Hauppauge WinTV along with the ports/graphics/fxtv
> software. It looks like fxtv could use some modifications, however, such as
> a way to reduce the framerate, to make it more suitable for surveillance
> applications. I'm not sure how well this would work with multiple WinTV cards
> and cameras, nor do I know how much disk space this is going to eat...but
> even having the last few hours of video would be useful.

Half of the time when I browse somewhere this little X-10 cam pops up. I
thought it looked pretty interesting for just that purpose.
Kent
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barbish   Dec 28 2001, 2:52 pm     Newsgroups: sol.lists.freebsd.questions barb...@a1poweruser.com - 28 Dec 2001 22:52:12 +0000 Local: Fri,Dec 28 2001 2:52 pm Subject: RE: FreeBSD for home security cameras? Reply to Author Forward Print sol.lists.freebsd.questionsa04a821da7750419" Individual Message Show original I had a 4 cameras set of those x-10's and tried to do just
like you are talking about. They are engineered for hookup
to vcr's and need a human operator to switch between cameras.
They also have a USB control plug in unit for PC access and
control, but the pc software was very very poor and had no
way to sense motion and switch to camera to rd action.
Pc control was still human control, substitute a pc for
hardware control unit. That was 15 months ago, maybe they
put some development into the software by now. The nice thing
was the cameras did not need cabling, they transmitted using
radio waves and control was controlled over the electric house
circuit the camera got it's power from. Could not put a camera
where it would freeze. The picture quality was just barely
acceptable. Returned equipment for refund which took 5 months.
Buyer be ware
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David Greenman wrote:
>>My house was burgled just before Christmas.  Next time this happens,
>>it would be satisfying to present the police with pictures of the
>>villains in the act of carting off our TV in our wheelbarrow, or
>>ransacking our CD collection.  I'm thinking a few cheapo cameras,
>>inside and out, hooked up to a server in an inaccessible spot
>>(e.g. the attic) or off-site, after I get a cable modem.  I would
>>prefer FreeBSD on the server.  What's the economic way of building a
>>system like this?
>    You know, I've been thinking about doing something very similar. I
haven't
> really looked into this much yet, but it seems like one could use a video
> capture card like the Hauppauge WinTV along with the ports/graphics/fxtv
> software. It looks like fxtv could use some modifications, however, such
as
> a way to reduce the framerate, to make it more suitable for surveillance
> applications. I'm not sure how well this would work with multiple WinTV
cards
> and cameras, nor do I know how much disk space this is going to eat...but
> even having the last few hours of video would be useful.
Half of the time when I browse somewhere this little X-10 cam pops up. I
thought it looked pretty interesting for just that purpose.
Kent
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grog   Dec 28 2001, 7:59 pm     Newsgroups: sol.lists.freebsd.questions g...@FreeBSD.ORG - 29 Dec 2001 03:59:08 +0000 Local: Fri,Dec 28 2001 7:59 pm Subject: Re: FreeBSD for home security cameras? Reply to Author Forward Print sol.lists.freebsd.questions2af8798bcbc12e1d" Individual Message Show original On Friday, 28 December 2001 at 20:26:46 +0000, Nick Barnes wrote:
> My house was burgled just before Christmas.  Next time this happens,
> it would be satisfying to present the police with pictures of the
> villains in the act of carting off our TV in our wheelbarrow, or
> ransacking our CD collection.  I'm thinking a few cheapo cameras,
> inside and out, hooked up to a server in an inaccessible spot
> (e.g. the attic) or off-site, after I get a cable modem.  I would
> prefer FreeBSD on the server.  What's the economic way of building a
> system like this?

Hmm.  I don't have an answer for you, but I do have an interest.  I
have a rather similar project: I want to install an electric gate at
the end of my driveway.  Mechanically that's not a problem, but the
gate is 150 yards from the front door, and I would have to connect a
cable to the house since (really!) the longest range wireless remote
controls they can supply will do about 60 yards.  So I went down there
with my laptop and wireless card and established that I still had
connection.  I'm planning to install some kind of old laptop there, a
bit of custom electronics, and a TV camera, and have the gate control
connected to the network.  If anybody's interested in progress,
contact me, and I'll keep you updated; it won't be fast.
Greg
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dah   Dec 29 2001, 9:53 am     Newsgroups: sol.lists.freebsd.questions d...@hauan.org - 29 Dec 2001 17:53:37 +0000 Local: Sat,Dec 29 2001 9:53 am Subject: Re: FreeBSD for home security cameras? Reply to Author Forward Print sol.lists.freebsd.questions90633b4bc9f832b3" Individual Message Show original > Hmm.  I don't have an answer for you, but I do have an interest.  I
> have a rather similar project: I want to install an electric gate at
> the end of my driveway.  Mechanically that's not a problem, but the
> gate is 150 yards from the front door, and I would have to connect a
> cable to the house since (really!) the longest range wireless remote
> controls they can supply will do about 60 yards.  So I went down there
> with my laptop and wireless card and established that I still had
> connection.  I'm planning to install some kind of old laptop there, a
> bit of custom electronics, and a TV camera, and have the gate control
> connected to the network.  If anybody's interested in progress,
> contact me, and I'll keep you updated; it won't be fast.
> Greg

I too have an intrest in this, which leads
to the question.. What motion capture
cameras work with FreeBSD?  I have an old
B/W conectix Quick Cam I want to start with
Although I haven't gotten it to work yet.
Are there others that work?
I like the gate idea especailly using old
otherwise unsed hardware.
dave
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steve   Dec 29 2001, 2:02 pm     Newsgroups: sol.lists.freebsd.questions s...@velosystems.net - 29 Dec 2001 22:02:41 +0000 Local: Sat,Dec 29 2001 2:02 pm Subject: Re: FreeBSD for home security cameras? Reply to Author Forward Print sol.lists.freebsd.questions727bcf68387f7038" Individual Message Show original On Fri, 28 Dec 2001 20:26:46 +0000
"Nick Barnes" <Nick.Bar...@pobox.com> wrote:
> My house was burgled just before Christmas.  Next time this happens,
> it would be satisfying to present the police with pictures of the
> villains in the act of carting off our TV in our wheelbarrow, or
> ransacking our CD collection.  I'm thinking a few cheapo cameras,
> inside and out, hooked up to a server in an inaccessible spot
> (e.g. the attic) or off-site, after I get a cable modem.  I would
> prefer FreeBSD on the server.  What's the economic way of building a
> system like this?

Webcams are one of the few things I miss about Windows. Although it's hardly an economical choice the Axis Neteye 2100 camera may be what you want. It's a webcam with a webserver built into it based on Linux & Boa. The camera has both a modem and Ethernet port in the back; you give it an IP address and you can view the cam in a web browser. They're around $450 but maybe you can find a used one.
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tinguely   Dec 30 2001, 10:23 am     Newsgroups: sol.lists.freebsd.questions tingu...@web.cs.ndsu.nodak.edu - 30 Dec 2001 18:23:21 +0000 Local: Sun,Dec 30 2001 10:23 am Subject: Re: FreeBSD for home security cameras? Reply to Author Forward Print sol.lists.freebsd.questions05ce81014c759a1f" Individual Message Show original in the thread of using FreeBSD as a security environment --
on  Sat, 29 Dec 2001 09:58:54 +0000,> Dave <d...@hauan.org> asks:
>  I too have an intrest in this, which leads
>  to the question.. What motion capture
>  cameras work with FreeBSD?

there was a thread on video motion detection ideas for FreeBSD on the
freebsd-multimedia mailing list in the Dec 8-13, 2001 timeframe
under the Subject of "Motion detection software?". This thread
should be available on the archives.
The multimedia mailing list may be a better place to talk specifics.
BTW, the old Matrox meteor board allowed software switchable video inputs.
--mark tinguely
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katinka   Jan 1 2002, 10:24 pm     Newsgroups: sol.lists.freebsd.questions kati...@magestower.com - 02 Jan 2002 06:24:57 +0000 Local: Tues,Jan 1 2002 10:24 pm Subject: Re: FreeBSD for home security cameras? Reply to Author Forward Print sol.lists.freebsd.questionseb072cb0862b7806" Individual Message Show original Greg, I had to send this to the list as your freebsd,org addy bounced it :o(
Greg, I can dig up some US URL's of long range cheap link units, have the
laptop in the house, and hang one off the serial port, the other one hangs
off a Uc like an AVR / 8051 / pic etc :o)
if you are interested, let me know :o)
Regards,
Kat.
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