How to Use Your IPhone as a Video Baby Monitor

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Every good parent wants to keep an eye on their newborn. However, few parents realize that most of what they need to assemble their own video monitoring system is probably already lying around their home. With a cheap app for the iPhone, a computer and a webcam, parents can monitor their baby not just from the other room, but anywhere. The simple iPhone application, JumiCam, makes it all possible. The same system can be used to monitor any other area of the home by simply moving the webcam and computer to another room.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone
  • JumiCam application
  • Computer
  • Webcam
  • On the computer to be used to run the webcam, visit the JumiTech technologies website at www.jumitech.com. Download the Jumi application and install it on the computer.

  • Attach the webcam to the computer. Most webcams connect through a USB port. Depending on the webcam model, it may be necessary to install software provided by the manufacturer to get the camera to work with your computer.

  • Position the webcam in the baby's room. Find a viewpoint that will allow you to see all of the area required. Get a USB extender cable if you wish to install the camera farther away so that you can get a better overall view.

  • On your iPhone, head to the App Store. Use the Search function to search for the JumiCam app. Download the app and run it so it will install.

  • On the computer, run the Jumi client. Set up the Internet stream by entering a username and password. The application will create IP addresses for the stream. In the lower left corner, look for your webcam to be selected as the input device. Use the dropdown menu to select your camera if it is not already selected.

  • Run the JumiCam app on the iPhone. Do this while still in range of the same Wi-Fi network the computer is on. The app will automatically discover the stream. Allow it to connect and name it whatever you like.

  • Monitor the baby's room with the JumiCam app from anywhere with your iPhone by simply running the application. The app automatically connects to the stream upon activation.

Tips & Warnings

  • A laptop is a great choice for the streaming computer because it is easy to move. If you need to monitor another area, simply grab the laptop and move it.
  • Make sure the webcam is secured, especially if leaving for a long time. Nothing is more aggravating than an unintended shift in the camera's position.

References

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