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Message 2087507 - Posted: 5 Nov 2021, 14:17:48 UTC

Within the house I have my Win 10 Desk top computer next to my router. Out back I have a garden room with a wifi extender that has a Network socket. What I need is a webcam that will plug into the extender, and there are mains sockets avaiable. I borrowed an IP baby monitor but my network couldn't see it and it wanted to download an iphone or ipad app.

There is no pc out in there that I could attach the camera to via a USB cable. only this extender ethernet socket.

What type of camera do I need for my Win 10 desktop to see it.
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Message 2087511 - Posted: 5 Nov 2021, 16:20:40 UTC - in response to Message 2087507.  
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... an IP baby monitor but my network couldn't see it and it wanted to download an iphone or ipad app...

Yep...

That camera is programmed to 'phone home' to the manufacturer's cloud out on the big bad internet. (Security? What security?) The phone app similarly 'phones home' to that cloud. The manufacturer's cloud then connects the two devices together. You may or may not need to pay to maintain that service...


To keep things internal to your own network, you need an IP webcam that supports it's own local web page or local stream that you can connect to directly. They do exist. Look at (wired/cabled) IP security camera systems.

Alternatively, more flexible and fun, is to use a Raspberry Pi and camera module. There are loads of kits that you can buy also. Some patience is needed to work though setting up the software. Also, when testing, test first directly plugged into you hub/router. Then when working, then test via the extender.


Good luck. Have fun!
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Message 2087559 - Posted: 6 Nov 2021, 7:03:21 UTC - in response to Message 2087511.  

Many thanks Martin. I will have a look for a wired IP security camera.
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Message 2087571 - Posted: 6 Nov 2021, 16:47:14 UTC

Wi-Fi cameras can be a challenge to setup but are worth the effort. I have 7 Amcrest that are wired and one, my critter cam, that I kept Wi-Fi. I can use my iPhone's Amcrest View App, Microsoft's IE11 or BlueIris to control them.

What I found that is not included or explained properly in the Wi-Fi setup:

WiFi cameras like Amcrest are inexpensive "made-in-china" like most, and use 2.4ghz

The Apple iPhone cannot be forced to 2.4ghz. If the router uses 5 and 2.4 even with same password the iPhone will always use 5.
I had to disable the 5ghz signal at the router before the iPhone connected to the camera. If you don't select static IP then you got to go through the same setup the next time the power fails.

If you do not have a smartphone then use IE11 to control the camera. Neither Edge, Firefox nor Chrome work AFAICT. If interested PM me for details.

from iPhone's "Amcrest View App" live stream selection



Actual live stream from my Wi-Fi critter cam on the right, left is wired camera. Software is BlueIris
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