How to Set Up a Web Camera

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.

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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.

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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.")

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

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

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Connect your Web camera to the computer.

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Install the Web cam software.

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

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Connect to your Internet service provider (ISP).

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