You'll need a few things to set up a webcam: a computer, an Internet connection, a webcam, webcam software, and a Web server. Fortunately, webcam technology does not discriminate between PC users and Mac users—the required hardware and software are available for both operating systems. However, there are a few differences. Table 22.1 overviews the hardware, and Table 22.2 overviews the software.
When selecting a webcam, pay attention to cost, quality, and ease of installation. You should expect to pay between $49 and $150 for a webcam, but the simplest webcams have dropped to below $100. However, as you would expect, higher-quality cameras cost more. Depending on how much use you'll get out of the camera, you should buy ...