Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:59 PM
I was all psyched up, I have a, sort of, home-theater-computer: it's just a PC running XP on my local network connected to our television in the living room by means of the S. video port.
I assumed if I connected a WebCam to that PC, then I could access its data in real time over the network here in our house. I'm simply using Microsoft's network supporting features. This allows me to "farm out" a large hard drive I have here in the office, as well as our printer, to this network. That way, I can play movies stored on this hard drive using the living room computer. I realize this sounds a little complicated. I was thinking I would connect a WebCam to the living room computer, facing out to our front yard. That way, I could see folks pulling in the yard from the office, as soon as all the dogs start barking.
Installing the WebCam on the living room computer was easy. I clicked properties and was dismayed to discover I can't offer this device up on the network. Obviously, there is software I could use -- create a website on the living room computer suppose. But is there no way I can access this WebCam from a different computer connected to the network?
Any pointers offered will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.