questionswhat is the most affordable way to add an outdoor…

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At my work, I setup 3 Axis IP Cameras to run on their website. We have it setup with the feed embedded in a web page, allowing open viewing (but no Pan/Tilt/Zoom control, although that is an option).

The link above is targeted towards analog cameras, but an IP camera is the way to go. With a little bit of networking knowledge, you should be able to setup port forwarding on your router to allow external access to the cameras. We are a small business, so we don't have a static IP address - we use a Dynamic DNS service (dyndns.com or others).

I really like our Axis cameras, but once you get into outdoor-ready cameras with the weatherproof housings, they get expensive quick. You are looking at $500+ for the camera...

http://www.axis.com/products/video/camera/outdoor/index.htm

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Not sure I am much help either. I personally do not have camera experience but I do have other X10 products for home security and would not hesitate to buy this based on my past experiences.

Snoop around the site. Everything is always on sale so no need to quickly pick something out.
http://www.x10.com/minisites/security_camera/outdoor_security_camera.html#up2

Call them they have excellent support!

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To add on to my previous post, the Axis cameras have a built-in webserver. Your existing hosting wouldn't have to do much other than display a page with an iframe (or similar idea) that points to the stream of your camera. There are other ways to do it, of course, including uploading a still-image JPEG to your host via FTP every x seconds or minutes and displaying that. The camera's built-in server can support somewhere around 20 simultaneous streams - anything above that and you would have to set up some sort of media-streaming server or do a still-image display.

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So how would I set up one of these (say, the Axis) to automatically upload a still image via FTP at a set interval?