FIRST, THE TECHNICAL STUFF Of course, the first thing you’ll need is a Webcam.Most modern laptops come equipped with Webcams from the get-go; desktops often do not. Higher-end Webcams offer better low-light sensitivity, noise-canceling microphones, autofocus lenses, and the like, though you don’t actually any of these features to have good cam sex.If you choose to use it only for Internet chat sessions and don’t need it to work like a telephone, it’s free.
I’ve found the most popular free Webcam chat services that work with both Macs and PCs, in order of ease of setup, to be Yahoo IM, Skype, and AOL IM. Skype requires you to download the Skype program onto your computer.
The disadvantage is that if you have a home router, it can require some tinkering with your router’s settings to make video work.
THIRD, THE LOCATION Assuming you’ve got the technical end licked and you and your partner can video chat to your heart’s content, the next big thing is location, location, location.
Well, location and also lighting, but mostly location. You want to choose a comfortable place free of distracting clutter and with good, even lighting.
You can find cheap USB cameras for as little as in computer stores, with the more popular models typically weighing in at around 0 or so. What you will want is a good frame rate (look for 30 frames per second) and a camera that says it’s USB 2.0 (older USB 1 cameras typically offer highly compressed, pixelated images and poor motion).
SECOND, THE SOFTWARE AND IM SERVICE Once you have a Webcam, you need software.