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February 18, 2014, 11:56:33 pm
I'm going to bore ya and hope not to piss you off.
I don't know anything about ip cams.
I am looking into a camera for shits and giggles.
the first two that brands i heard of where Foscam and Wanscam.
I probably should select wirless but not determined yet.
I run Centos 6.3 installed on two identical asterisk servers
from free pbx distro 3.8 a linux OS.
I believe the linux kernal is 2.8 or 2.9
I tried to upgrade to kernal 3.1 or 3.2 and had issues with the wlan support
so i went back to kernnal 2.8 or 2.9
I am vary new to linux. It took me almost 5 months to get my PBX working on
these to pc's, , as i was brand new to linux firewall iptables and knew nothing
about porting, ports,asterisk or ip phones.
Much of this time was wasted because i did not have full access to then router.
I later made a switch to my own isp and was successful;

The 2 systems are identical with the acceptation one has the ability to load kernal 3.1 and more hd space.
I would consider to dedicate one to surveillance.

My question; what brands should i stay away from?
I have
2 routers but my pbx does not like my D-link 550
other router is a linksys and the PBX works fine
I have a 24 port netgear hub also works with asterisk, PBX but has a loud fan and is over kill on ports plus dinosaures in size

As a newby to ipcams can you give me a heads up of what not to do or what to expect?
Also i believe you can turn the camera from a remote pc or web platform is this possible ?

one last thing.
I bought my polycom 321 IP phone used from Michigan state and works great!
But i noticed these cams can require firmware.
Is there a chance of buying a cam that you have no control over
because there is outstanding bill holding registration or etc?
what firmware should i look for password etc...
Thank you for your interest