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Broadcasting Settings

Under broadcasting settings, you can choose to broadcast images to either local web server or remote FTP server, but not both. (What is broadcasting?)

To Remote FTP Server

To broadcast to remote server, we need to save the camera images into jpeg files and ftp to the remote server.

In the above dialog box, you can choose to upload the jpeg files continuously or at an interval. For modem users, if you choose to dial-up and then hang-up immediately after each FTP session (to save money),  it is recommended that the interval to be set at least 5 minutes, as modem dialing up and hanging up could be a slow process.

To upload the jpeg file to a remote ftp server, you need to configure the ftp server settings as follows:

Since the broadcasting needs an html page to view the broadcasted jpg file, we have a sample html file (broadcast.html) where you can customize as follows:

After you are done with the editing and clicked "OK", please test the FTP server by clicking on the "Test FTP Upload" button. Please note that this will only upload the broadcast.html file to your ftp server. Essentially, the test will only test that the ftp settings are OK.


To Local Web Server

Watcher comes with a simple built in web server. The broadcasting process will continuously save jpg image file into your local hard disk. (The newly saved image will overwrite the old one, so as to create the semi-video broadcasting effect). You can then use Internet Explorer from anywhere in the world to access the web server at Watcher PC and view the video. 

Note that if you have XP default firewall on, it might ask you to whether block or unblock Watcher software, please click on unblock, because Watcher needs to listen on TCP/IP port for incoming Internet Browser connection to retrieve live image of Watcher.

The html file is the same as the one used for remote server broadcasting. To access the broadcasted video, you can use the following URL address in the browser: 


Please note xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is Watcher PC's IP address or host name. If you have set Watcher's local web server to listen on a different port (for example, you have set the port to 81, in Watcher's General Settings -> Internal Web Server), the address should look like: http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:81/Broadcasting/broadcast.html

For users whose PC dials up to internet, the "Dialup to internet..." option in the Broadcast setting page enables automatic dial up to internet when Broadcast is started.

Users whose PCs are assigned dynamic ip address, can make use of the option "Run an application when broadcasting to local web server starts", to run an application that could possibly update the new IP address to the permanent host name of the Watcher PC. Please refer to our faq page for more detail. As a result, the remote users who wish to view the broadcasting on your local web server don't have to type in the changing numeric ip address in their internet browser. They only need to remember or bookmark one address, eg. yourname.dnydsl.com

For modem users, please note that this application will only start to run after modem has dialed up to internet.

If you encounter problems when using broadcasting-to-local-web-server, please refer to this page.


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Last updated 16-May-2009.

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