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OldGuy

I have a Lorex WiFi security camera.
It is on a UPS.
It can send motion detected images to:
eMail address
FTP
on-board SD

eMail does work but it is not reliable.
SD does work but is not downloadable (crappy software only allows
viewing one at a time) and the SD has to be removed to copy all files.
the camera is high up and a ladder is needed.

FTP is another choice I do not know much about other than the basic
camera FTP setup.

The most stable situation is to directly connect the camera via
ethernet to a laptop. Both on UPS.

How can I set up the laptop to act as an FTP server?
I need detailed instructions.

Would this be different if the laptop and camera were connected via the
home router WiFi.

I will be asking similar in the W7 group but I have several spare up to
date XP laptops I want to make use of it I can.
TIA
 
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Paul

OldGuy said:
I have a Lorex WiFi security camera.
It is on a UPS.
It can send motion detected images to:
eMail address
FTP
on-board SD

eMail does work but it is not reliable.
SD does work but is not downloadable (crappy software only allows
viewing one at a time) and the SD has to be removed to copy all files.
the camera is high up and a ladder is needed.

FTP is another choice I do not know much about other than the basic
camera FTP setup.

The most stable situation is to directly connect the camera via ethernet
to a laptop. Both on UPS.

How can I set up the laptop to act as an FTP server?
I need detailed instructions.

Would this be different if the laptop and camera were connected via the
home router WiFi.

I will be asking similar in the W7 group but I have several spare up to
date XP laptops I want to make use of it I can.
TIA

WinXP Pro has an option you can turn on in Add/Remove Programs.
It's a "Windows Feature" you turn on with a tick box, and
it then installs itself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Information_Services

"IIS 5.1 was shipped with Windows XP Professional"

So I take it that means the Windows XP Home on the laptop doesn't
have it. You'll have to check which Windows XP version you've got.

The tick box part is the easy part. You interact with the thing
via an MMC plugin, which allows you to administer the HTTP and FTP
servers. On FTP, your main chores are defining a folder to serve
as a file storage area and define the password scheme.

I've set it up once, and it almost killed me :) A PITA. And
that's generally true of all FTP with authentication. Plus
you have the added "benefit" of giving hackers more things
to hack on your running systems. I've turned off everything
IIS here, as I really don't need it.

My Mac had the best setup, in that there was a tick box for
FTP and Telnet access, and in a split second, you could
disable the interface when you didn't need it.

Eons ago, I've used FTP products without authentication,
which is pure luxury (in a naive age). With no passwords
to set up, things were "rather open" but just a bit
easier to set up.

The MMC plugin will annoy, that's for sure. But I'm sure
you'll survive.

"How to: Create and Configure FTP Web Site Projects in IIS 6.0"

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/6ws081sa(v=vs.140).aspx

On the camera end, the FTP client used in there, may be
configurable to send a username and password. I don't know
if SFTP is supported by any of this stuff or not. Without
a secure socket layer, the original FTP transmits
username and password in the clear, and it's not all
that obvious to me, that Wifi today is secure enough not
to have such an easy target left exposed. If someone
can decrypt your always-running WPA2 or whatever, then
the FTP protocol would be a sitting target. That's where
the CAT5 cable, removes one level of annoyance, short
of physically interfering with the cabling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSH_File_Transfer_Protocol

Paul
 
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OldGuy

The camera does have a configurable username and password for the FTP
option. I will have to go back into the camera tonight and see what
other options it has related to FTP.
Thanks for the leg up and hopefully not a kick in the pants.
 

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