How to Install a Spy Camera

Written by palmer owyoung
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With today's digital technology and the Internet, installing a camera and monitoring it from anywhere in the world can be done in minutes. So if you ever wanted to spy on your wife, husband, son, daughter, or babysitter, here is a simple method to installing spy cameras.

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Things you need

  • A spy camera
  • A laptop
  • Internet connection

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    Choose a camera

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    Decide what you're interested in spying on. Where and who you will be spying on will determine what type of camera you will buy and how you go about setting it up. Some places that you might want to consider are the baby's room, the living room or your spouse's or girlfriend/boyfriend's car.

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    Choose the camera. There are a variety of cameras available today that are disguised as everyday objects such as pens, wall clocks, air purifiers, and books, among other things. These are self-contained and have built in SD memory cards which will record the activities. You just take the card and plug it into your computer to play them back. Then there are also Wi-Fi cams that need to be plugged into a VCR or a laptop.

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    Install the cameras. The complexity of installing a camera will depend on the camera itself. Most of the smaller units that are disguised as every day things run on batteries and all they require is to be positioned in the proper place and switched on. The wall mounted security cams require a bit more work. Simply attach them to a wall using the mounting screws and then plug them into a power source. Most of these are weather resistant so you can get them wet and install them outside.

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    Connect your TV or computer to the wireless camera. If your camera is wireless then all you need to do is connect the wireless video receiver to a power supply then run the cable that comes with it to your television or VCR. The cables will be colour coded yellow and red and you simply plug the right corresponding colour into the correct hole. You can also plug the receiver into the USB port in your laptop and use it as a digital video recording device.

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    Monitor your cameras on the Internet. Some of the wireless cameras that can be hooked up to a computer using a wireless receiver can also be connected to the Internet by using Simply sign up for a free account download the software and install it on your computer. Once installed you will need to keep your computer that is attached to the video receiver on and connected to the Internet. You'll be able to access your cameras from any laptop, PDA, or web enbabled mobile phone.

Tips and warnings

  • Bear in mind that recording someone on your property is not illegal, but recording someone without their knowledge outside of your property can be. Make sure that you are acting within the constraints of the law before you use a spy cam.

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