DIY Remote Zoom Security Camera

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DIY Remote Zoom Security Camera
Zoom cameras can be easily installed for home use. (security camera image by Dubravko Grakalic from

Increased technology and the wide availability of security equipment has made setting up a system yourself at home very easy. For many users, the added feature of being able to zoom your cameras may be worth the extra price you will pay for the equipment. The majority of zoom cameras also have features such as panning and tilting; these are known as Pan, Tilt, Zoom cameras, or PTZs. The majority of PTZ cameras are wireless and require a PC and Internet connection for set-up.

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Things you need

  • PTZ camera
  • Wireless router

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    Install the PTZ camera system in your home. Since the majority of PTZ cameras are wireless, the possibilities for setting these up are infinite. PTZ camera systems come in numerous sizes and configurations. Each system is different, and each system manufacturer provides detailed instructions on how to install and configure its equipment.

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    Acquire a static IP (Internet Protocol) address from your Internet Service Provider. This is a permanent IP address that is assigned to your PTZ camera on your home network. You will enter the IP address into a Web browser just like any other Web address in order to access the camera's video feed. An example of an IP address is (

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    Enter the username and password for your camera system. After your Web browser connects to your PTZ camera system, it will prompt you for a username and password. These would have been set up on the system during your initial installation and are for security purposes. After logging in, the cameras in and around your home will be available for viewing and remote control.

Tips and warnings

  • Many PTZ camera systems can be controlled from any Internet connection, which includes PDA and smartphone devices.

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