How to switch from 4 live Wireless IP Cameras ?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Mister_Paul, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Mister_Paul

    Mister_Paul Network Guru Member

    I'd like to use up to 4 IP Wireless Cameras like the WVC200

    And I need to switch live from the 4 video streams (exactly like with a live video mixer) to output only one stream.

    With what hardwares combination would it be possible ?
    4 WVC200
    4 WAP200
    1 SLM 2005, a 5-Port ethernet Smart Switch (I don't even know it works and if that would fit my needs)

    Thank you for your enlightment !
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Well Paul, those cameras are IP cameras, so each have its own IP address.

    When you want to see Cam1, you tell your software to look at the IP address of Cam1. When you want Cam3, software connects to IP of Cam3, etc. You can of course look at all video streams at the same time should you want to. What your PC does with the selected video stream further is up to the software.

    The hardware switches or access points (AP) you use is irrelevant - the videa streams are travelling across the IP network just like your web browsing or e-mail - we don't have a clue what hardware it's coming through most of the time.

    As the WVC200 can be wired or wireless, your most stable solution would be if you can connect each camera by cable (to one switch or 10 different switches - it does not matter, as long as all cables eventually lead to your PC with the video software).

    If you want to go wireless, you'll probably be able to serve all 4 cameras with one wireless AP (where the AP in turn is wired to you PC with the software). Your best AP to do that - and a bit more if you require - would be a WRT54GL with Tomato firmware.

    The major thing to consider is the software you use for this video monitoring. There's a little utility that comes with the cameras that allows you to monitor up to (I think) 9 cameras simultaneously. However, depending on what you want to do with the video streams, you may need fancier software.

    So, bottom line: If you don't have any switch gear at current, and assuming you have one PC and all cameras and PC are not going to be further than 100m (ca. 300ft) from a cenral point, I'd suggest you get WRT54GL which gives you 4/5 ethernet ports plus wireless. Then run ethernet cables to all cameras and the PC. If you want to make some cameras wireless, you have that option.
  3. Mister_Paul

    Mister_Paul Network Guru Member

    Thank you HennieM for your help. It's more clear now.

    Well I have 2 more questions please :
    - what could be unstable with a wireless connexion ?
    - I can see a way to choose from different sourcesinside the utility. But I can't see how to export the choosen stream outside of the utility...
    Do you know how to manage that ? Or where I can find more info (as it is a GPL source) ?
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Wireless is "unstable" relative to wired by nature. Interference from the environment, weak signal at some places, etc. all play a role.

    The utility that comes with the camera is not GPL. It's something written by Linksys for Windows.
    You don't have to acces the stream via the utility. If you look at the stream with Internet Explorer (which will show the video), or any other browser (Mozilla browsers do not show the video as it's an ActiveX component), you could find the URL that's accessed on the camera.

    I have viewed the stream with VLC, but there's probably many more packages out there that will show - and let you manipulate - the video stream(s).
  5. Mister_Paul

    Mister_Paul Network Guru Member

    Unfortunatly I have no idea of any software which could receive the different streams, permits to switch live one from them and export the mixed stream...

    It's why I posted on this forum...
    Where should I post to get more information ?
  6. Mister_Paul

    Mister_Paul Network Guru Member

  7. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

  8. Mister_Paul

    Mister_Paul Network Guru Member

    OK I'll try VLC. Thank you.

    But do you know something simple to switch from my 4 IP cameras ?
    I even think about something as simple as an hardware switcher to choose from the 4 streams.
    Something like this :
    but of course dedicated for Ethernet inputs.
    Do you have any advises for this ?
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