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Hello all:
I need some advice on a remote surveillance system we're building.  I'm an IT consultant for a small construction company.  We have currently have a DVR and about 10 cameras in and around the shop.  We are now setting up remote cameras at each job site.  We would like to have a dedicated workstation that will drive two monitors with four camera screens displayed on each monitor.  These are IP cameras, and I realize my bottleneck is going to be the Internet bandwidth.  Still, what should I spec-out for the workstation?  Will the video signals coming in be processor or memory intensive - or both??  If I were to manipulate the video, that would be true, but since I'm essentially getting these over a web page, I'm not sure how much I'll need.  Any suggestions???  
Also, if there are any better ways to transmit the video signal other than an IP camera transmitting over an EVDO (cell phone) router, I'd be open that those as well.

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A lot would depend on the quality of the video that the cameras are set to transmist.  In gereral, would only 1 camera be viewed remotely at a time, or are you wanting all cameras to display at once?

One question I have is do the cameras have their own built in webservers or are you setting it up to view video captured on the computer itself over the itnernet?  If the cameras are serving up their own webpages, then the PC becomes completely irrelevant for the remote viewing as it is not going thrugh the PC at all.  

I configured a system at a local Dairy Queen restaurant and there are 3 IP cameras that the owner likes to access from his home, while travelling, etc.  The PC is nothing special, the biggest consideration is to get a reasonably large hard drive for video capture and recording.  A Pentium 4 with 512MB of RAM or more will handle what you are tying to accomplish.  The serving of webpages in itself doesn't require a very powerful PC for a small number of viewers.
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Yes, each camera will be serving its own web page.  However, the owner would like to have all cameras viewable and live at the same time.  That was my main question - if I'm just serving up web pages, even though they are video, what hardware should I get.  Sounds like a basic workstaion should do.

Would it be better/faster/more efficient to capture the video directly onto the PC?  If it's better to do it that way, I can spec the workstation out to what it needs to be.  I'm just not sure how to transmit the video feed from the camera, over the Internet and into the PC without going through a web server...
Thanks.
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Sorry, I need a litttle clarification.  At the remote job site, are you just going to have the cameras and router?  Where is the proposed monitoring PC to be placed, back at the office or on the remote site?  I need to get that straight in my mind before I can help you with your question.
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