Every home needs a router. Why not to turn your router into a webcam and data server, for example, to monitor a baby.
Linksys router WRT160NL can be reprogrammed to use OpenWRT (that is a kind of Linux), to connect a hub, flash stick, webcam, sound card, one wire interface and arduino for relay control, one-wire temperature sensors. The router still preserves its function as a rooter. Power consumption is 5W with webcam. WRT160NL costs ca 60 EUR+ 30 EUR webcam. Here are links to example router webservers:
Below are the notes with code that will help you to set up such webcam data server.
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