Internet Security Cameras

Category: Gadgets , Security

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?

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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.

  • Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless G Internet Video Camera 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.

  • TRENDnet TV-IP422 Internet Security Camera 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...

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Robert Chen
29 Oct 2008

I have a four-camera system at my retail shop hooked-up to a DVR that has both a USB port & an Ethernet RJ-45 port.

I've tweaked the settings & setup a host to be able to access the DVR from my house. But just can't get the darn thing to work. Unfortunately, the manual that came with the DVR is more like a 4-page leaflet. Can you offer some tips, thank you!!

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Dave in Indy
13 Nov 2008

Bob - Do you remember those awful pop-up / pop-under ads from like 10 years ago? X10 is still around and they sell cameras that can be connected to the 'net. I'd love to see a review on them (but i don't have the appx $250 - which isn't bad for a 4 cam system).

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07 Jul 2009

I don't think I'd want to work for someone who has a "spy cam" on me. If a person is "trusting" enough to be hired, WHY would they need to be "watched"? If that ever happened to me, they might as well let the "camera" babysit & do the cleaning from that day on. If you can't trust me in your house with your babies, I can't be your housekeeper nor your babysitter.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm old enough to remember Ronald Reagan's famous quote about dealing with the Russians -- "Trust, but verify!" Makes a lot of sense to me.

Posted by:

tilak ahuja
30 Nov 2010

I think four camera systems are minimum requirement to cover security for a small home and for big home it needs more. security camera systems are great helpful to maintain proper protection to a home. I am agree it works as spy cam. because seeking all activities vigilently.

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Peter Beyer
07 Jan 2011

A very fruitful thanks to the owner of this post. It's a very informative post. I've enjoyed reading it. It would also be nice to know where to install the camera, glad I've known it at Sources like yours is a big help for us readers!!!

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08 Feb 2011

I'm in the process of building a home out of state. I would like to view the progress remotely. What would be required to achieve this?

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22 Feb 2011

This is a very useful article. You have lots of useful articles on this website. I wish my husband read this articles before purchase a security system for our home.

It is really important to read more review articles about these systems before you decide to buy them. It is sometimes hard to find these good useful articles, but you have to make the effort to find them.

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10 Mar 2011

Here is some info about how to share your IP cams over the internet:

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07 Jul 2012

Recent numbers show that 63% of US households own a pet - that's 71.1 million homes and families with dogs, cats, iguanas, parakeets, fish, ferrets, potbellied pigs, etc, etc., Taking care of a pet is tougher than taking care of an infant, since our pets can't speak. Hence, making sure your pet is safe and happy when you leave it alone at home should be a priority for all pet owners. One of the simplest ways of watching over a pet remotely is by using some sort of webcam software like GotoCamera that is easily available online these days. Thanks to technology and some very smart people who are working on making things easier for us, you can now use your basic webcam to monitor your pets while you're away from them.

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18 Nov 2013

Ive been reading so many information pages on cameras, but theres one thing no one seems to tell me. I don't have internet connection at my business. Do I need an internet connection and a router at the business to stream video to my home computer or android phone? Or will it use my router and internet connection from home?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, of course you'll need internet access where the camera is installed.

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