watching home via Internet

Robert Kopp iconoklastic at
Thu Dec 29 18:18:23 UTC 2011

I use an IP Webcam with a built-in server (usually Linux) for this purpose. Some may find this an adequate solution, and not have to resolve driver problems, etc.

Robert "Tim" Kopp

> From: Luigi Rizzo <rizzo at>
>To: Matthias Apitz <guru at> 
>Cc: freebsd-multimedia at 
>Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2011 9:22 AM
>Subject: Re: watching home via Internet
>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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