Fri 21 Sep, 2012 05:53 am
How do you convert a home security camera to a webcam?

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Thu 11 Oct, 2012 03:46 am
Hello Community,

Many laptops today come with built-in cameras designed to take pictures of the computer user and transmit them over the Internet. These cameras, also called webcams, can also be a useful tool for you to do surveillance of a fixed location such as a room in your home or office. To convert your laptop into a security camera, you simply have to install a webcam surveillance software program. Here are some steps for connecting webcam to your laptop.

1. Choose a webcam surveillance software. Important features to look for include: automatic recording (if you want the computer to start recording at a preset time), motion detection (if you only want the camera to record when it detects movement), real time streaming (if you want to be able to watch what's being recorded right now), Internet accessibility (if you want to be able to access footage over the Internet) and PC/Mac compatibility.

2. Install the software. Most webcam surveillance software can be downloaded directly onto your computer; simply choose the "download" option on the software website and follow the instructions that appear on the screen. If you purchase a CD-based program, insert the CD into your computer and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

3. Place the laptop in a stable position from which the built-in camera will have a clear view of the space you wish to monitor.

4. Run the surveillance program. You may wish to set up the program for automatic recording or motion detection before you place it in position. To do so, follow the instructions provided by the program manufacturer.

Best Regards,
Matin John
Fri 11 Jan, 2013 04:07 am
Hello Friends,

WebCam Monitor detects motion and noise. The program notifies you instantly via email along with a snapshot. It can also be configured to send messages to your mobile phone or record a video of the activity. If you simply want to monitor things as they happen, you can do it from any location with a web browser and an Internet connection. To setting up a camera one should go through following steps.

1. The first step is to carry out a threat analysis of your assets and identify the ones which are most vulnerable or valuable. Then take a quick tour of the premises and spot the entry or exit points.
2. Connect a webcam to your PC, and place it at so that it can view the points you had identified. If you intend to monitor your children or pets live over the Internet, then it is a good idea to mount the webcam at a height that gives you a panoramic view of the room.
3. You need to carry out a few dry test runs to be sure that the webcam is placed perfectly. You can do this by using the WebCam monitor Preview window.
4. Start WebCam monitor. Select your WebCam in the Add Camera Wizard option from under the File menu. Click on Start Preview and adjust your Webcam's position till you get the perfect feed.

Thanks and Regards,
Baron Davis
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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 06:36 am
Consult with your network expert....
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Thu 14 Feb, 2013 09:10 am
Cool! Laptop turned surveillance camera. That's a very useful alternative.
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Amanda Dawson
Sat 16 Mar, 2013 04:37 am
It's very easy to design and make a wireless home security camera yourself. You might already have many of the components required lying around to assemble and make your camera.
Step 1: Finding a Camera

The main component required is a camera. You need to find a web cam which is normally connected by a USB or Ethernet cable. The easiest type to use would be a network cable, but USB cameras will also suffice. The length of the cable isn't that important since you are converting it into a wireless security camera.
Step 2: Using Wireless Routers

You now need to convert the web cam or IP camera into a wireless security camera. To do this, you will need to purchase two wireless routers, both of these need to have USB ports available.
Step 3: Setting up the Network

Connect the wireless router to your Internet connection, and then connect the other one to your security camera. This makes it very easy to wirelessly access the video stream.

Now, connect your routers to a power outlet. Normally, most webcams will draw the power they need from the USB port, however, it's also possible to find some cameras which require an additional power source.
Step 4: Installing the Camera

Fix the camera wherever you want to film. Remember that you will need to position the wireless router nearby. If you are using the camera outside, then you will need to use a housing which will keep your camera protected from the weather.
Step 5: Installing Software

Install the webcam software on your computer, and set it up to use the remote camera. You might also like to purchase specialist security software. This is designed to automatically start recording as soon as movement is detected. The videos are recorded straight to your computers hard drive.
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