Linux Weekly News Feature: The Axis 2100 – a Linux-powered network camera

“A while back, Axis Communications announced the availability of
the Axis Network Camera 2100, billed as the “Linux-powered camera.”
We’re not normally inclined to turn down chances to play with fun
new toys that run Linux, so when the folks at Axis asked if we
would like to borrow a 2100 to review, we didn’t have to think to
long before answering in the affirmative. Not much real work got
done the day the UPS truck dropped off the demo unit…”

The Axis 2100 is exactly what it claims to be – a network
camera. It’s shaped like a flat tube, with a lens on one end, and a
twisted-pair ethernet connector on the other. It runs its own web
server internally – you can point a web browser directly at the
camera and see what it’s looking at.
You can get either still
images, or streaming video at a rate of 3-10 frames/second,
depending on the image resolution and compression that you use. It
can take pictures at either 640×480 or 320×240 pixels.”

“If you don’t want to direct viewers to the camera directly, the
2100 can also be configured to automatically upload images via FTP
to a remote server every so often.”


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