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Old 04-22-2005, 05:53 AM   #1
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Dial Up Webcam


I would like to set up a remote webcam to monitor a go-kart track which has a phone line installed. I want to set up a system that will automatically make images available for upload onto the Kart Club website.

So what I want is a system that will take an image every 30minutes. This would then be saved in a specific directory and made available via a point to point dial-up connection. I want to limit access to just the website and the administrator. I have an old Pentium II with USB ports, an external modem and a webcam.

The plan is for the website to initiate the connection and pull the latest image file, so I need a simple way to identify the latest image.

I can set up the webcam to dump into a directory OK.

I think I need a lite secure file server but I don't know a suitable choice.
I don't know how to set up a dial-up connection that will limit access to the website and the administrator.

I am just hoping for some ideas on what packages to use to set up the webcam PC. Ideally, someone out there has already done this (I know there are plenty of web cams but I don't know of any that up load to a website over a phone line).

Any help would be much appreciated.
Old 04-22-2005, 06:35 AM   #2
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You can use wget. Create a special account, and wget can log in as this special user and get the new file for you. You can have ftpd or a lightweight http server running, like webfs. You can limit dial-in access to admin and this special user.

Last edited by Emerson; 04-22-2005 at 06:54 AM.
Old 04-23-2005, 04:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. That's just the sort of guidance I was hoping for.


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