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Connecting IP Webcam to PC's for video conferencing

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Hi,

I have serveral Netcomm My Lan Cam's which are IP based webcams.

I am looking to setup a video conferencing solution but most of the software I look at for webconferencing only works with usb or webcams that are builtin to PC's nothing seems to like IP webcams.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can use IP webcams to video conference ?
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Probably not 'ideal' but it would be pretty simle to just use the IP camera along side a purely audio collaboration tool.  I assume that these IP camera's are capable of serving pictures up to a few different locations at once.

So as an example you could run the camera utility software linked to multiple camera's and then run a program like TeamSpeak to do the audio and other features.

http://www.goteamspeak.com/?page=home

You can get a commercial server version for about $30.00 that will host up to 25 users at once.

Depending on how well the camera's can handle multiple users you may need to setup a intermediate web server to serve the pictures.  It is likely that these camera's can be set to upload frames to a FTP server which then can be the source for a webserver to pass it out to all the clients.

Here's a more telephone oriented solution to do call conferencing,

http://www.nch.com.au/conference/index.html

Similar technology to TeamSpeak but based on a IP PBX system.  So voip phones , landline phones and PC based softphnes could be conferenced together.
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