How to Stream a CCTV to the Internet From a Camera Receiver

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Closed Circuit Television Systems (CCTV) are now networked. That means the camera, the controls and the displays are all connected using computer network technology. No longer do you have to run dedicated coaxial cables. You are also no longer restricted to viewing the images on a dedicated monitor. Any computer with a monitor attached will work, and because you are already on the network, any monitor in the world will work if you stream the signal out and onto the Internet.

  • Purchase and install a solution. Take a look at some of the networked turnkey security systems (see Resources.) They can combine indoor and outdoor cameras, home-wiring-based networking and software to view and record the images.

  • Install the software on your home PC.

  • Create a user account at the solution's website. The user account will allow you to use a web browser to access the video on your home computer installation from anywhere in the world. It creates a kind of map for the remote computer to find your home computer that has the video on it. It manages online storage of the video and organizes streaming of the remote playback

  • Upgrade the account. This allows you to set up remote alerts. They alert you via e-mail when there's motion on one of your cameras and no-show alerts to alert you if there's no activity when you expect activity. Upgraded accounts are called Platinum or VIP accounts or something similar, and they cost more. They also allow you to remotely pan and tilt the camera and to share video with other parties---like law enforcement---even when you're in a different hemisphere. Follow the prompts to configure it.

  • Open your browser on a remote computer anywhere you have a reasonably good Internet connection. This can be a hotel room on the other side of the world or down the street at your work place.

  • Log on to your account using the User ID and password you chose. Select a playback option.

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