watching home via Internet

Luigi Rizzo rizzo at
Thu Dec 29 17:22:07 UTC 2011

On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 04:02:08PM +0100, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> Hello,
> I'd like to watch via Internet what is going on in my house, for example
> when I go out with my wife for dinner to be sure that the two little children 
> are safe and sleeping, i.e. nobody plays with matches in the living
> room :-)
> I have some FreeBSD laptops at home, with a cam I could direct to
> monitor the area; I could do SSH from my netbook (runs FreeBSD 10)
> with X11 forwarding and launch pwcview(1); but what about audio?
> the cam has a micro too, which captures very good the audio in the room;

too much bandwidth, the video would travel uncompressed.
you are better off running skype or
a videophone app on the remote system (ignore the display)
and receive the compressed stream with another skype/vidphone.

there is a nice phone app called 'baresip' which also
does video and has a command line interface, see


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