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Lowband with Video Chat, webcams

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I work for a non-profit agency that does home energy audits.  We work in rural areas but would like internet access from our clients homes.  Because we are in rural areas 3g is out of the question.

However, dial up internet works and because there is no cell phone reception our clients have land lines.

One of the main reasons we want to do this is so our crews can show our field supervisor anomalies found on the job via the internet (video chat) as opposed to him driving 3 hours there and back.

We are going to use netbooks and external webcams.  

Is there a low-ish bandwidth video chat application that would work well for this?  We don't need 30fps but a higher resolution with lower frame rate may work better.  

I have never used a video chat program so I am not sure of the bandwidth requirements.  I am thinking of using a .33MP webcam for lower-res picture (if necessary) to conserve bandwidth.  

Would a 1.3MP webcam chew up bandwidth?
What video chat application will allow us to modify settings to accommodate low bandwidth connection?

JOe K.
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