Minding the Zone

For several months now, I've been building small Intel Atom based PC's that I have bee using for Kerio Firewalls. I've been looking at other uses for these little low-cost wonders. At the same time, I've also been looking at ways to monitor and automate my home. Recently I've stumbled upon a program called ZoneMinder. This is a Linux Based CCTV camera monitoring application that, so far, has been pretty easy to setup. It runs on many different flavors of Linux. I have it running on CentOS v5.7, after a failed attempt to run it on CentOS v6.0, but that's another story. What has made this software so easy to set up is that the ZoneMinder user community has stepped up and provided some really good tutorials on how to set up the program on various distros. They have also given suggestions on what hardware to use. So far I have the software installed and configured. Right now, I'm at a stand still while I wait for a PCI capture card that I can plug BNC camera connectors into. Several users have reported that the capture cards from Blue Cherry are compatible. I should have the card in about a week. More about the configuration then....