A surveillance camera is a good addition to a home surveillance system. IP-based security cameras can be expensive and may not offer functionality like remote viewing from a iPhone or a computer outside your network. By using an inexpensive USB camera and IP-based security software, you can use an existing computer to broadcast video to a variety of clients or off-site to an FTP server.
Things You’ll Need : USB Camera, IP-based video or still image broadcast software
- Select an IP video surveillance package. Although some USB cameras may come with this, most don’t. There are many good packages available as freeware and even more available commercially. Select the package based on your needs. Some surveillance packages will upload still images and video to an FTP server. Others offer remote clients for computers and devices like the iPhone.