spy cam for a nanny

I have a pc box that I need to make copies and keep track of my babysitter. I have been searching for a solution for this. for quite sometime. From what I can tell all I need is a small spy camera and a pc card of some kind. Has someone built something like this before and if so can you lend a hand on a recommended card and Camera to use. I am using Linux for this process or would like to.

I would also like to be able to logon remotely (i CAN SETUP the port forwarding) to be able to logon from remote location and watch footage as well as record for archive purposes.
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tdodd72Author Commented:
Sorry I mean to also add this needs to be wireless. I would like to be able to hang a hidden camera and allow it to communicate over a wireless connection.
Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
Have you tried doing a search on:  "Linux nanny cam"? There are lots of options already available.

http://www.all-freeware.com/results/pc/nanny/cam
http://www.zoneminder.com/

for just a couple.
greg wardSystems EngineerCommented:
http://www.level1.tw/level1/datasheet/WCS-2060.pdf

I have one of those and its pretty good.

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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
Here is a big collection of nanny cams including wireless:   http://www.knowyournanny.com/
tdodd72Author Commented:
Thanks deepdraw for this camera that you used. It gives me a better option of someone using something rather than posting something from a site they never used but just exist.

What did you use for your PC card and what operating system did you use? Have you ever tried to remote in from outside of your network and how was the performance when you remoted into your network from outside when trying to view the video. What software did you use to record the video and did watching the video live have any issues while it was being recorded.
greg wardSystems EngineerCommented:
To access the camera you can open internet explorer and put in the IP of the camera.
You can also use VLC, this is a free media player which has many useful extras but not all are user friendly...
I have used windows xp, and this would work on any version of windows (active X based).
Also you can tell it to save to ftp server at a certain time or when there is movement.
Picture attached.
You can access the camera by setting up port forwarding, easy to do just Google your router model.
The camera does need a username and password so is protected from the internet.
The picture is pretty good over the internet, the sound is not so good, however it does depend on bandwidth and I was using less then 512k which is your average dsl.
The camera does not work with an iphone (as far as I know)

Hope that helps

Greg



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