How Can I Surveillance My House From My Computer?

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In today's society, people are on the move all the time, and there is a concern for the safety of the home they leave behind every day. With the advances made in Internet and surveillance technology, people can now keep a watchful eye on their home, and their family from anywhere there is an Internet connection. With the Internet now reaching to every corner of the globe, full-time surveillance of your home is possible.

Planning It Out

  • The easiest way to do home surveillance from your own home computer is through a wireless network. If you do not currently have a wireless network, then all you need to do is add a wireless router to your current network setup to create one. Make sure you use the wireless router's security features to keep others from hacking into your network.

    Determine which areas of the house you will want to keep an eye on, and then purchase a wireless surveillance camera for each of those areas. You will have to keep each camera within a 300-foot radius of the router in order for the signal to reach. Many of the newer models of wireless surveillance cameras come with a motion detection option, which will allow them to start recording to your PC as soon as they detect movement. Map out where you want cameras to be and do not worry about how many you can have; a wireless router can usually handle up to 250 devices.

How Does It Work?

  • Each wireless surveillance camera has its own unique IP address. An IP address is the kind of address that networking platforms like the Internet use to determine a device's location. Once you have set up your wireless cameras, all you would need to do is type their unique IP address into your Internet browser, and you will see the images the camera is capturing.

    Your cameras will come with software that will offer options such as motion detection and the ability to scan the room by moving the camera. Install this software and then designate a folder on your computer to store the video images the cameras capture. A 500 GB hard drive should be enough, and you can always burn your surveillance video to DVD for permanent storage.

Maintenance

  • People sometimes forget that surveillance cameras need maintenance. They run on batteries so try to replace the batteries at least once a month. It will be cheaper if you use rechargeable batteries as opposed to constantly buying new ones. If you are installing cameras outside, check on the foliage around the cameras to make sure it is not growing into the view of the camera. Make sure any outside cameras you install are rated to be used outside.

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