[SLE] IP network camera recommendations please

From: Stephen Carter (stephen_at_retnet.co.uk)
Date: 08/16/05

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    I'm looking for an good value (read: it can be a moderately expensive up to about 400 but must provide good 'bang for my buck') network wireless ip camera that I can set up and use with SuSE Linux 9.3/FireFox.

    There are a couple of cameras I've found that appeal to my needs, including:
    - D-Link DCS-5300G
    - Panasonic BL-C30
    - Intellinet Wireless IP Network Camera

    but all apart from the last one only seem to support Internet Explorer only web management.

    The biggest worry is support for web browser management under Linux.

    Most of these cameras require IE as they use ActiveX controls, but the intellinet one can utilise JAVA, and says it specifically supports Linux based browsers. OTher features I'm looking for are e-mail notification, ftp upload of images/video and motion detection to trigger recording. Pan/tilt/zoom would be a good bonus.

    I need ftp upload because I'll be using this to monitor the inside of my flat, specifically the front door and hallway, and I figure if someone does break in they're going to take my computer kit and rip the camera off the ceiling (and probably take that too) which would make saving the images to itself or similar useless (I can upload to a friends ftp site).

    Has anyone purchased any of this type of camera, and have an opinion?

    Reviews and forums are sparse, especially regarding Linux support.

    Cheers,

    SteveC

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