I' wanting to get a feel for how much interaction is required for keeping a live feed up and online 24/7. My feed would originate from a building that has no one there at times. Will this be problematic?
Brandon's suggestions are right on the money, with the key being remote access software (more than 1 method is preferred). One of my feeds is located in a house in another state, and I use the following 3 remote access tools to control & maintain the scanner/feed:
1. LogMeIn (free)
2. UltraVNC (free)
3. Windows RDP (free)
As long as I have power and/or internet at the remote location, there is no human involvement needed on the other end.
Be careful with Windows RDP as it will try to move the audio to the client PC and will disrupt the entire feed (and at times make it hard to connect) - for managing the feed (or the computer for that matter), I'll stick to LogMeIn (as I use that) or UltraVNC. Windows RDP is best client for other scenarios!