Internet Security Cameras
I have someone in my home during the day to clean and do childcare. Can I install a wireless security camera that can be monitored over the internet? I'd like to be able to look in during the day from my office computer. If so, how expensive are internet security cameras, and what features do you recommend?
Install an Internet Security Camera
Yes, the technology to remotely monitor a real-time video feed from a security camera is available. Wireless security cameras are quickly replacing traditional hardwired security cameras that are monitored from an on-site monitoring station. Internet security cameras allow you to control, manipulate and access your security videos from nearly any place in the world, if you have access to a computer (or a mobile phone) and the Internet. With prices ranging from about $100 to well over $1000, you have a lot of options when it comes to the complexity of the video security system that you choose.
Uses for Internet Security Cameras
Internet security cameras can be used for a number of different purposes. They're great for the purpose you mentioned, which is sometimes called a Nanny-cam. Is your cleaning lady snooping around in the jewelry cabinet? Is your childcare provider kicking the dog or letting little Johnny cry for hours? Now you can find out.
You can set up your Internet security cameras to both monitor the care your children are getting at home, as well as to see what your kids or pets are doing throughout the day. Some Internet security cameras also provide you with two way communication options so your kids and the nanny can talk with you via your Internet connection. Or you can remotely tell Rover to stop chewing on the leg of the dining room table.
Another common use for Internet security cameras is to monitor homes or businesses from a remote location. For home security you can set up wireless security cameras so that you can quickly check the perimeter of your home, check points of entry and make sure your home is safe and secure. Since you can access your security videos from any computer that has Internet access you can check on your home while on vacation, at work, or in the bedroom. A similar set up can be done for a business, needing to monitor valuable pieces of merchandise, points of entry and areas where theft is likely to occur.
Setting Up Internet Security Cameras
There are two basic types of Internet security cameras, wired and wireless. Both types of cameras are relatively easy to set up. However, if you are technically challenged or if you just don't want to mess with cables, then select a wireless security camera.
The first step in setting up your camera is to install the software that came with it. Then you will need to configure your software and computer so that they can interface with your camera. To do this you will connect your camera to your computer using a USB cable or an Ethernet network cable. After your system has been configured you can disconnect the cameras and set them up where you want them. The locations you can set up your cameras are going to be limited by the length of the cable or the transmission range for your wireless system.
To access your security videos all you have to do is access the web page that is created by the software to monitor your internet security camera. For security, you'll log into your account and select the camera that you want to monitor. From the web browser on your computer or mobile phone you will be able to tilt, pan and zoom your camera. Some cameras will also allow you to communicate by voice with people in your home or business.
Selecting an Internet Security Camera
Here are three internet cameras for you to consider. As you read the reviews of each model, you'll see the differences in features, capability and price. There are many others on the market, but these will give you a good idea of what you can get at various price points.
- If you are looking for an inexpensive Internet Security Camera then the Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless G Internet Video Camera is a good option. It retails for under $100 and it offers multiple filming resolutions including 640X480, 320X240 and 160X128. The WVC54GCA can automatically send email alerts with video clips when motion is detected by the camera.
The advantages of this model are the low price tag, and you don't need to connect it to a computer for it to work, as it has its own web server built into the unit. The downside: this camera doesn't have pan/tilt/zoom or two-way audio capabilities.
- Another option is the TRENDnet TV-IP422 Internet Security Camera, midline camera that retails for about $250. Its dimensions are 4.5 inches by 4.1 inches by 4.3 inches and it weighs in at 11.6 ounces. The camera is capable of filming 30 frames per second, has an image resolution of 640 X 480, and two-way audio.
This camera can be tilted 105 degrees up or down, and will pan side to side 330 degrees. The included software has a motion detection feature and email alerts. The TV-IP422 camera offers infrared options for filming in low light situations.
To select the best internet security camera for your home or office, I suggest you browse through the models that are within your price range. Then look for a setup that's going to provide you with the features that you want. Is two-way audio a must-have? Do you need motion detection? What about high-def optical zoom? You can also find security cameras that hide inside a teddy bear, an alarm clock or other devices that don't tip people off. Keep in mind that technology for remote security cameras is constantly improving so your options are going to change from year to year.
Do you have questions about internet security cameras, or a system installed in your home? Post your thoughts in a comment below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 15 Oct 2008
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