How to Use a Webcam as a Security Camera


Many laptops come with built-in webcams these days, and the prices of stand-alone webcams are continually dropping as their quality improves. This paves the way for a high-end security camera setup for a fraction of the cost. Using your webcam as a home security camera is quite simple, and this guide will show you to accomplish that feat for nothing more than the cost of the webcam itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Webcam
  • Windows computer
  • Dorgem webcam utility
  • Install your webcam. Instructions should have come with the camera or should be available on the manufacturer's website. Point the camera toward the area to be monitored.

  • Download and install Dorgem. See Resources for direct link.

  • Run the application. Select your webcam from the drop-down menu.

  • Select "Preview." Adjust the camera's settings if needed. Select "Source" if you need to adjust contract or brightness.

  • Select "Options." Check the box marked "Use Motion Detection" and hit "Ok."

  • Select "Store Settings," "File," "Ok."

  • Enter a name that refers to the area you are monitoring. "Enable" should be checked off. The Interval should be set to 2 seconds. Set the save folder by selecting "..." and select "Save." Select "Ok," "Close."

  • Test the application by moving in front of the camera. Do this for at least 2 minutes. Check the folder you selected previously; the image captures should be stored.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Help menu of the Dorgem application has an exhaustive amount of resources for your troubleshooting needs.
  • Keep in mind the desired area to monitor when purchasing a webcam. You may need a USB extension cord to safely monitor an area without having your computer on display for thieves.

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