home monitoring systems
Look for the night vision range of each camera and consider how much area you want
to cover. And beware of using an indoor camera to look outside; they can’t usually capture images through a window or after dark. You cannot use cameras alone for home security. That needs a different approach of boots on the ground, regular patrols and guard dogs, proper perimeter fencing, security floodlights, sirens, physical access barriers, electronic barrier breach detection with security cameras being one of the devices used. Considering just the camera part, a security audit is needed to identify weak points, and how to address them one by one with the optimal number and placement of cameras. Apart from physical security, one issue with wireless cameras, and in particular IP cameras is whether they can be accessed from an external network, how frequently vulnerabilities are patched so the window of available exploits remaining viable is short, and how to secure the vast amount of data generated, all to ensure that someone isn’t using it to monitor a range of targets over time to learn patterns/routines. One often sees comments about unexplained “voices” over the camera two way speaker speaking to the kid when the parents are away, and the suspicion that if that’s the case, someone is also watching. This focus on security is missing from this write up. Eyespyfx features free software called MyWebcam broadcaster, which will let you use any USB or built in webcam as a security camera. The software allows users to broadcast a private or public
feed, watch it remotely via a web browser or mobile device, and take time lapse photos at set intervals. If you already have a form of home security set up with other cameras, the software is compatible with USB and built in webcams, IP or network cameras, and it can enable control of the Logitech and Creative pan and tilt USB webcams.