How to Set Up a Web Camera

By Techwalla Computers Editor

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

Step 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.

Step 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.")

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

Connect your Web camera to the computer.

Step 6

Install the Web cam software.

Step 7

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

Step 8

Connect to your Internet service provider (ISP).

Step 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.