Broadband forum: IP Cameras and Internet Bandwidth when not being viewed

by: Jim3222 March 17, 2013 4:59 PM PDT

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IP Cameras and Internet Bandwidth when not being viewed

by Jim3222 - 3/17/13 4:59 PM

My mother is getting up in age and has fallen a few times. She has a medical alert button she wears. BUT my brother and I are still concerned. The ideas of mounting some IP cameras in her house so we can check on her.

Question though comes to mind about broadband usuage. She has internet service for when we or my brother's family visits. But were talking about 300 GB/month limit. Now it's true we can cut the view screen to minimal size and have it should like 1 frame per second. That takes up about 6 GB per month per camera. But that is the bare minimum. Ideally we would like to get pan and tilt cameras to minimize blind areas.

Her internet service assigns dynamic IP addresses so we would need to set up a DDNS service.

The question is ... when the camera is not being viewed actively (as in my brother or I aren't watching her from our homes) are these cameras using up the capacity of her ISP limit.

Thank you.

Have a Great Day,
Jim

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