07-08-2011 15:26 - edited 07-08-2011 15:31
First, i'm unsure where to put this question so i've put it here.
Since a few weeks i've become a proud father, but maybe also a bit over protective
In some baby stores i've seen many sollutions for video surveillance for the baby.
These are all rather expensive and since i have some hardware lying around i've set up my own monitoring set up using:
- logitech camera
- her own account
I have set up the account to accept only calls from accounts in the account list.
When called, skype automatically answers and starts the video.
For my usage this is ok, but i also want to be able to grant the grand partents access.
Here's the issue, the microfone is on by default because i want to hear her.
The thing is that i don't want to have the microphone on when the grandparents phone in, since we don't hear the incoming call and they can hear us without us knowing it. I don't expect that they'll phone in without us knowing, but it's the idea that they can . My question, are there any plugins for skype that allow me to turn on/off the microphone or other settings on the remote skype?
Other suggestions to solve this "problem" are welcome as well
07-08-2011 16:12 - edited 07-08-2011 16:12
Congratulations from Skype on becoming a parent.
I've moved your post to "Windows".
Your header is the solution.
1. Turn off the micro by default for calls from the grandparents.
2. Use a program for remote desktop sharing, like
to activate the micro each time your are going to connect yourself.
yeah, i know i can turn off the mic but then i have to log in via vnc each time i want to hear. which seems a lot of work if i just quickly want to check in + most of the time i'll log in with my iphone which is not the most conventient device to use for vnc. but thanks for the suggestion
07-08-2011 19:59 - edited 07-08-2011 20:01
Run 2 instances of Skype at the same time. Start each separately with the command line switch skype.exe /secondary.
Login one of them into your personal account as usual.
Login the other into a different account whose only contact are the grandparents. Select a fake microphone in Tools - Options - Audio, e.g. a usb sound card where no headset is plugged in.
Use the same webcam in both of them by a polygamous intermediate driver, e.g. manycam or dvdriver
you need an additional pan-tilt-zoom device. For many years I am using eagletron trackerpods with built-in webserver and remote control user interface.
Does a Foscam FI8918 has the capability to be used remotely through skype?
It has the required motor pod, and its software should allow remote control by an interface of its own. You just need to configure IP, ports and user accounts.
In a separate, additional use, its video stream should be able to be used as input to skype. You'll need a "bridging" software, that captures your IP cam and offers a webcam driver for input to skype. E.g. the freeware manycam should do that for you.