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using video cam with dial up

by percyhiggins / November 4, 2009 6:18 AM PST

in our area we can only get dial up at this time. We have been trying to get broadband, ANYTHING, that is faster, but nothing but dial up right now. Can we use a video cam on our computer if we only have dial up? we are willing to try anything. Not sure to set up wireless. We have a dell laptop that is about four years old.

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A flat no.
by Coryphaeus / November 4, 2009 9:04 PM PST

Dial-up speed will not handle streaming video. Question to you. How long does it take to download one picture on dial-up?

Sorry, it just won't work.

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Maybe Yes, kinda
by seeme123 / November 10, 2009 8:22 PM PST

Yes, you can use a cam, but it will be slooooooooooow. But you can try it by setting the cam for black and white and lowest resolution.
This may work well enough for one on one cam chat with a friend or family. You'll just have to try it and see.

The only "flat no" situations with dial up are such as interactive gaming and voice over ip telephones.

People who have access to broad bandwidth connections, especially the younger crowd, tend to think they invented the internet, and that dial up can't be used for anything, and that broadband is available everywhere. Just try it out for yourself, and good luck.

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Yes you can
by retrodata / November 11, 2009 5:31 AM PST

The "client pull" method is what you will need to use and there is an excellent tutorial on

The motion will be less than fluid but viewable non the less and since dialup is your only option then you can complain too much about quality =)

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by retrodata / November 11, 2009 5:34 AM PST
In reply to: Yes you can

make that "can't complain too much". where is the dern edit button
? lol

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