I’m an old Webcam XP user, and up till now I’ve done OK just connecting Logitech USB cameras to a system located in the middle of the house, mainly so we can watch our cats when we’re traveling. But despite my surprising success with 20 foot and longer USB extension cables, its starting to look pretty ugly, and I’d really like to have a wireless solution. I understand a wireless camera will still need power, but if it can at least connect and share video data via the house wi-fi network, that will be awesome.
BUT… I’m trying to shop ebay where prices are low, but info and specs are hard to come by, and I realize I don’t know how these Wi/Fi IP cameras really work. I’d like to think they all adhere to some standard, and that once I configure them, they will simply join my network, and WebcamXP will be able to find them. But maybe its not that easy? I’m starting to think a lot of Wi Fi cameras only work with the proprietary surveillance software of one manufacturer or another. If this is the case, what do I need to look for to make sure I’m likely buying cameras with a a standard interface and connectivity setup?