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What are your recommended specifications for webcams?
We've tested several different cameras, listed below, but in general, webcams that meet our recommended specifications should be satisfactory for your use. Most webcams on the market today are in the $30-$60 price range and meet these specifications:
We always recommend investing in a newer webcam rather than pulling out your old webcam from that box of unused computer junk in your closet. Webcam prices are very reasonable, and technology advances in image clarity, lighting, noise cancellation, and frame rates are constantly being added to webcams.
What are the minimum specifications for webcams?
Any webcam used with our VRI service should meet at least the following minimum specifications:
What specific webcams have you tested?
We've tested many webcams over the years. Below are some that are known to work. If you've successfully used webcams not on this list, please let us know.
Laptop and desktop PCs:
The following webcams should not be used due to various incompatibility issues:
Can I use the integrated webcam that came with my PC/Mac laptop or desktop?
We always prefer external webcams rated at 720p or better. However, we do support integrated webcams.
Can I use the webcam drivers that came with my computer?
If you use an external webcam, please install the proper software drivers that came with your webcam. Using generic webcam drivers found on most computers could result in reduced video and audio quality.
If you use an integrated webcam, or if your external webcam came pre-installed with your computer, then the webcam drivers already on your computer are probably suitable for your webcam.
How do I prevent my webcam from being stolen?
While this won't completely foil someone, a simple trick to deter theft is to find a flat metal washer with a 1/2"-diameter hole along with a standard computer security cable and then follow the procedure found in this article: http://dltj.org/article/flat-washer-protects-cables/
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