It started with the revelation that we ALWAYS had an ethernet line in the barn from conduit to the house. Imagine how steamed I was to learn that I could have had a computer/wifi in the barn over 10 years ago So I was able to hook up a $50 wireless router this fall that got me back on the camera kick. A techie friend suggested I look at video baby monitors, but I found them to be too expensive with not enough features for what I wanted.
Here are the features I needed:
- no battery - must plug into an outlet because I won't remember to charge them.
- internet streaming and mobile viewing (iphone/ipod/ipad)
- no dedicated computer to run it
- wifi capable, but able to run ethernet to a router
- color (okay I don't need this, but I want it)
- pan/tilt/zoom (another want)
I was able to find something suitable on Amazon for $47 per camera. Toss in a free one-month trial of Amazon Prime and I get them overnight shipped for $3.99. This means I hope to be up & running when they arrive this Friday I will post some pics and further review when I get them working. It is supposed to record video, so maybe we will get to see some of Teena's antics when she's alone in her stall. (if you don't know little Teena, you can meet her starting on page 20 here: Navajo's Baby-Mommas)
Sorry though, I don't think I will be able to give out live-stream video feed. From what I have read it eats bandwidth, has a limited number of logins (5-10 viewers), and could open my router to hackers (which might not matter if there aren't any computers hooked in.) I will do some more research and get a definite decision though.