I'm trying to set up an outdoor ip camera. I'd like to embed this camera on a website and allow anyone to view the stream.
There are several solutions that I can think of.
1 - Unicast the stream and embed it on a website. Downside is the limited upload speed of the internet connection will be quickly overwhelmed by multiple clients.
2 - Unicast to a server then allow the server to distribute the stream to multiple clients. I could still run into bandwidth issues, though, but it's not as bad. I can implement stream timeouts to prevent people from leaving the stream running forever and reduce bandwidth.
3 - Get an IP camera with multicast capability then embed a multicast stream.
So the only thing I can say that I absolutely know how to do start to finish is #4. My ideal solution is #3, as you have static bandwidth requirements and can crank up the quality without any real downsides.
Can someone give me some direction here?
An amazing example of an ideal setup are the webcams at http://surfchex.com/. It doesn't need to be that amazing, but if I knew how all the technology is strung together it'd give me an idea of how to proceed.