04-26-2011 10:28 AM
I tried Blue Iris' free trial, it works but each person accessing would need an account (so each would have to buy the software and open an account) OR share the account (and thus, same problem!)
That's not true. You need one copy of Blue Iris, preferably running on a dedicated box on the same LAN as the camera(s). Then you set up Blue Iris' built-in web server with however many accounts you need, configure the LAN router to forward to the dedicated computer whatever port you have Blue Iris listening on, and you're done. You can configure video size and quality, and even do just stills every few seconds or so, depending on your available upstream bandwidth at the camera site. It's awesome. I use a Sony Dash as an alarm clock. It's like a Chumby, and it runs most Chumby apps. I use the ImageURL app to hit my Blue Iris web server for stills. If I hear a noise, or just want to take a look, I touch one little icon and get stills at 5 second intervals from my bedside. You can do the same with a smart phone, stills or video, but I love having my alarm clock do it with one touch instead of messing with a phone in the middle of the night.