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How to have another set of monitors upstairs

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I have two computers running WinXP SP2 (DVRs) each with a monitor.  These computers have camera cables connected to them so we can monitor traffic in and around the business from different angles.  Each room of the business is hard wired to be able to network computers but these computers are not a part of that at this time.  What would I need to do if we wanted to have a duplicate set of monitors put upstairs in order to monitor from both places?  Just long enough cable?  Would computers need to have a dual display capability and then run a long cable?  Would two other computers need to be installed and then connect and network all?  I'm not sure of the camera monitoring software, if that matters.   Thanks for any help you can give me.  Barb
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Running a long SVGA monitor cable, will diminish the signal.  What you could get is a converter box that will take your SVGA signal from the computer and output to a Standard NTSC video signal (like that of TV), then you can run an RCA cable OR a F-TYPE cable (like that of your cable company).

Radio shack carries signal repeaters, where you can have one system broadcast (within your home/office, limited range), and have it received on a standard TV.
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Why not put the cameras on their own server and broadcast the images across the LAN?  There are lots of IP-based camera viewing packages out there.
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@mingano...I was thinking that....

Visit http://www.axis.com

They have a slew of economical security based cameras.and higher end solutions.
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How long would the cable runs be?  It could be that it is less expensive to make the computers part of the network now.
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Just get some splitters, and amplifiers. Depending how long of run you need, the signals will need to be regenerated to make it all the way.

You may also want to get a switcher... perhaps in the future you may want to determine which images go where?
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Sorry I had to leave last night, but thanks for so many responses.  giltjr, if I made the computers part of the network now, how could I just hook the monitors into the hard-wire connection upstairs?  Is there anything wireless, I could use?  Thanks!
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Remote control the computer from a computer that is "upstairs."

If you don't want to network the computers, but there is a network connection you could use a IP based KVM.  Connect the KVM to the computer, and then put the KVM on the network.  Use a computer that is "upstairs" to control the down stairs computers.

Or you could also use a VGA over CAT5 device like: http://www.svideo.com/vgacat5.html or http://www.opentip.com/products/Gefen_VGA_over_Cat_ft-549948.html.
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cool. thank you!
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