Turning an IP Camera Into an Intercom

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jul 19, 2012, 08:00pm EDT (Info+)

Several integrators have recently sent help requests looking for guidelines on using IP cameras as part of a single station intercom system. In this note, we examine one of those requests and provide our answer:

Problem Statement

**** ** * ******* ** ********:

"* ** ******* *** **** ****** to *** ** **** #*****-** ****** with * ****** #***-**-** (**-*********** **** Station). * ** ****** ** *** around ****** ** *** ** * separate ******* **** ******** ******. **** is ****** * ********** ******* *** receptionist (*** ********) *** *** **** gate ** * ******. * ** missing *** ******** *********. * ***** be ***** *** * ***'* ***** the **** ******** ** *** ***** software *** ** *** **** ***** needed ** ****** * ***** **** intercom ******. *** ***********? "

*** ***** ********** **** *** ****** involved, *** ********** ***** ** *** an **** **** ****** ** **** two-way ***** **** * ****** ******** station. *** ******* **** **** ** able ** '****', '**** **', *** 'see' ******** ** *** **** **** via * *** ******* ****** ** Live **** ****.

**** ******** *** *** ***** ******** to ******:

  • **** *** ******** ********* ******** ********?
  • **** *** *** ******** ******* ******** function?

**** ******** **** **** ******** ** order *** ********** *********. ** *** section *****, ** ******* **** *******:

******* ********

**** *** ******** ********* ******** ********?: ** *** **** ** *** above *********, *** ****** ***-**-** [**** no ****** *********] ** **** ** be ******** ********* ** ***, ***, or ** ****** ***** ******. **** intercom ******* ******** * ********** ******* loudspeaker *** **********, ********* ********** ********* and ******** ******* ** *** **** gate.

*******, ** ***** ** ******* '*** way' *************, *** ****** **** **** both '***** **' *** '***** ***' ports *********. *** **** ******, ******-********** **** ** ***** *****.

*** ***** ******** ********* *** ****** must ******* ** ** */* ****, so **** *** ******** ****'* '**** button' *** ** **** ** ******* intercom ********. *****, *** *****-** ******** I/O *****.

*** ****** *** ******* ********* ** the ******** *****, *** ********* ** consider, ** *** *** '******* ****' will **** ***** ************* **** *** intercom. ** **** *****, ** *** be ******** ** ****/***** ** *** intercom *** ********* ********** *** **** to *** ******* ***********. *******, **** may *** ****** ** ******** *** to ***********, ***, ** ***** ***********. A ***** ******** '*******' *******/********** *** be ********. ** **** ****, ****** sells ******* ************ ******,*** ***-** *********, **** ******* ******** *********/******** ******* to ** ********* ** *** ******** station.

** *** **** *****, *** ********** clarified **** ** ********** ********* *** necessary, *** **** *** ***-**** ***** be **** ***** ******** *********** ********* speaker/microphone. ** **** ****, ****** ********* an ******* ****** ******* ********* *** best ** ******* **** *********:

connecting

****** *** ******* ************* ***** ******** 3.5mm ******** ********** ** ** ******** to *** '****** ***'. ***** **** this, *** ***** *********** *** **** in *********** ***** ******** ***** ** punchdown **********.

**** *** ******** ** ****, *********, and *******, *** ****** *** ** be ********** ** ********* *** ***** input/outputs, *** *** ***** ********** ** the **********. ** *** **** ** the **** ****** *****, ****** ******** the *********** '***** *******' ********** ** the '*****' **** ****** ***** ******* to **** ******.

VMS ******* *** ********

*** *********** ** *** **** ****** is * ****** **** *******, ***** an '*****' **** **** ** ******* that, **** **** ****** ****** ****, it ******* *** ***** *******. *********, sending ** ***** ******** **** **** of ************ ** *** ***-****, *** begins *********. *** ***** **** ** this ********* *** ** ********** ** several ****, *** ** ********** ** how ******** *** ****** ********** ***** can ** **********. *** *** ******* are ***** ** **** ***********.

** *** **** ** **** ********** request, ******* ***** *** **** ****** Station ******* ***-*** ***** *********. ** both *****, ***** *** ** '*****' from *** ****** *** ******* ** storage, ******* ** ********* *** '***** out' ****** ******* *** *** *********. Exacq *********,

"**** **** **** ** *** ****** web **** ** *****, *** *** that ********* *** *** *** *** audio. *** ********** ** **** ** would *** ****** ** **** ****** half *** ************."

**** ***** ************ *** ********** ** checking ********* ******** ** * ******** platform. *****'* ******** ******** * ****** 'workaround' ********, ***** *** ***** ** be ********** ** *** ***-****, *** otherwise ********* '***** ***' ********* ** events.

**** ******* ** *** ******** *******, the ********* ********** ******** ** ********. It ******** *********** *** *** ******** to ** *******, ** *** ** camera, **** *** **** ****** ** pushed *** ** **** * '**** View' ******* ** *** ****** ******** to *** *** ********. **** **** point, *** ****** ********* ** ********** to **** *** ***** ******** ** that ************* *** **** *****. *** operation *** ******** **** * ******* to ***** *** '**** ****' ******* after * ****** ** ********** *** revert **** ** ***-**** ****** *******.

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