5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 2, 2008 6:42 AM by Donna09
Donna09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I want to install a camera in my backyard so I can make sure my dog isn't digging up my 30 foot tree while I'm inside. Is there a way to hook the cameras up to my iMac. What would I need?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (44,385 points)
    Donna09 wrote:
    What would I need?


    Probably not an Apple TV. You might want to repost this question in the iMac forum.

    Best of luck.
  • Zack P. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi there!

    I have 4 security cameras around house and I am watching them on my MACs (4). We have Airport Extreme for router/switch and cameras are Axis 207w wireless cameras so they are feeding video using WiFi. I can open multiple cameras (windows) and watch driveway and backyard and entrance at the same time. Safari is viewer. Quite simple to setup, just assign fixed IP addresses to each of the cameras and even after power outage they will come on-line at the same place where they were before.
    Zack
  • Donna09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Zack,

    Thank you so much for this info. I am a newbie to all the wireless/security/router stuff so if I may ask you a couple other things. I have the iMac 10.5.2 so if I am reading correctly I don't need to purchase the Extreme enabler (in network utilities, my wireless network adapter is 802.11 a/b/g/n but may have to upgrade software?? So basically all I have to purchase are the cameras and que the new cameras with my computer IP? Where in Safari do you go to view? I know this may be a stupid question but I'm trying to learn. Also do you know of any cheaper cameras that would work. My whole intent is to just keep an eye on the dog and her destructions! Maybe I'm making it harder than it really is?

    Donna
  • Zack P. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Donna,

    If you have any wireless router/switch you can do it. Advantage is to use WiFi camera so you don't have to run wiring across the house. You are right Axis cameras are expensive but D-Link ones are not so get that one. After you turn it on for the first time you run initial setup and in that setup (regardless is it wired or wireless network camera) give each camera fixed IP address in the range that you have available. Example 192.168.1.180, next one 192.168.1.181 or whatever. make record of that and save.
    Now all you do in MAC is open Safari write that IP in address bar, press ENTER and voila!, there is your dog chasing cat in the backyard.

    Zack
  • Donna09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Zack, you explained it wonderfully!!

    It's not the cat I'm worried about, it's the 30 foot tree she is uprooting!

    Have a great day