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Old Mar 4, 2016, 4:51 AM   #1
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Hi Steve,

I have read your knowledge base: http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowl...-yourself.html

I find steps missing, I have 2 routers with USB, but somehow I feel one or more steps missing from the how-to.
Can I please have further information?

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Old Mar 4, 2016, 10:19 AM   #2
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Welcome to Steve's.

What type of routers and camera do you have now? It appears that the article was giving some basic steps on using one router as an access point to allow a device like a web cam to be accessed by a computer connected to another router on your LAN.

In other words, that would be one way to use a web cam in the same way you'd use a wireless security camera, since the remote router you're connecting the web cam to would be acting as a wireless access point/adapter, provided the router firmware supports attaching a USB Web cam for use as an IP Camera.

But , there are other ways to approach it that may be easier and more practical, especially since wireless cameras are very inexpensive now. I just bought some wireless cameras myself recently during a sale.

For that matter, you can even use an old smart phone as a wireless security camera, since you can still access a wireless network even if the phone is not activated with most phones using operating systems like Android; and then you would not need to use a second router as a wireless access point.

I'd give more details on what you want to accomplish, along with details on what you have now (router brands/models, camera brand/model) for better responses.
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Old Mar 7, 2016, 4:59 AM   #3
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Dear JimC,
thank you for your really quick reply.

I know about the cheap, relyable WiFi cameras out there, have one installed at home too, with pan/tilt function.

Unfortunately for me, this case requires me to turn one special USB camera into a wireless camera, to fit a job requiremnet. I am searching for weeks now for any means to resolve this issue, but your solution seams to be the only way so far.

From the compatibility side, Im using a regular generic USB webcam, that installs to any Win/Mac system automatically.
For the router, I have chosen a self powered router with USB function, since it has a built in, 1800mA rechargable battey, that can broadcast for hours.
http://www.overmax.eu/en/product/area/

What is unclear for me, is,:
Wich router do I connect where? The one with the camera attached to the wifi, or to the computer? I have wireless on my computer too, so maybe one router connected to the camera, and the same router connected via wifi to my PC is maybe enoug?

What cam software should I use? I have downloaded 2 different types, but none seems to be working.

Looking fwd for your kind answer.
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Old Mar 9, 2016, 10:13 AM   #4
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I can't find a manual for that router (the link on the support page on that site does not appear to work).

Using a web cam via a router's usb port is going to require router firmware that supports that feature, with modules available to stream the video from it so it can be accessed via an IP address/port from other machines on your LAN.

If you look around, you'll find a number of articles on setting up a webcam as an IP camera on routers using OpenWRT Firmware (and a number of inexpensive routers can use OpenWRT), by loading the appropriate modules and installing a streaming package like mpeg-streamer. Here's one of many articles on the subject:

http://wp.yellowkazoo.com/?p=57

Here's another:

http://ediy.com.my/index.php/blog/it...wrt-%20-webcam

Here's a wiki page on the subject that also has few links to other articles on it:

https://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/webcam

Here is the current OpenWRT supported hardware page:

https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/start

Note that Tomato and DD-WRT can also support USB attached web cams in the same way. But, you'll want to look for instructions for the specific firmware you're using with a router.

DD-WRT supported devices:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

Tomato supported devices:

http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

I don't see any routers by Overmax listed on those pages. But, if it uses a chipset that is supported by one of the popular third party router firmware packages, then it may be possible to get it working with a USB Attached Web Cam acting as an IP camera.

I'd dig around for more info about the router (what chipset it uses, is it known by another brand/model number, if it is using proprietary firmware, if it is compatible with any of the popular third party router firmware), and see if it may already support USB attached web cameras using the firmware that came with it.

Again, I have not been able to find any docs for that router model.

But, it would be a lot easier just to use an inexpensive wireless IP camera, versus trying to convert a web cam for that purpose.
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Old Mar 9, 2016, 10:15 AM   #5
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Thank you for your time. I shall check the quoted links for solution, have a great day!
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