Thursday, October 25, 2007

set up webcam for home security under CentOS 4


1. yum install *sdl*
this will install DSL and devel-DSL and a lot of xorg-x11 rpm packages if you don't have X11 installed

2. modprobe video

3. install kernel devel rpm packages for compiling spca5xx

4. download spca5xx driver and spcaview package from
then do 'make; make install ' for them

5. modprobe spca5xx

6. ssh -X
spcaview (default device is /dev/video0)

7. install libjpeg-devel* using yum

8. download motion tar file from
then compile it

9. cd /usr/local/share/doc/motion-3.2.8/examples
cp /usr/local/share/doc/motion-3.2.8/examples/motion.init-RH to /etc/init.d/motion
chkconfig motion on

cd /usr/local/etc/
cp /usr/local/etc/motion-dist.conf to /usr/local/etc/motion.conf
vi /usr/local/etc/motion.conf to change
webcam_quality 300
webcam_localhost off
control_localhost off

10. service motion restart

11. point your firefox to

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