Generally speaking, Americans enjoy one some of the safest communities in the world. Nevertheless, there are always a few lawless individuals who prefer to take from other srather than get an honest job. Therefore, you should always make securing and protecting your home a top priority. Using some special software, along with your webcam and broadband Internet connection, you can create a mini-surveillance system in your home and monitor it from anywhere you have Web access.
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Navigate to a free dynamic DNS service website that allows you to create a host name to use when accessing your computer and webcam remotely. Dynamic DNS services such as DynDNS, FreeDNS and No-IP allow you to create easy-to-remember host names you can enter in the address bar of a Web browser and access your home computer. Create a free account and hostname. Record your hostname, username and password.
Navigate to the admin login page for your broadband router. In most cases, you must enter "192.168.0.1," "192.168.1.1" or a similar IP address in the address bar of your Web browser to access the admin login page. If you are not sure of the IP address used to access the router, refer to the user guide or manual for the device. Log in to the router admin or configuration page with your username and password.
Click the "Preferences" or "Settings" link on the router configuration page. Click the "Dynamic DNS" or similarly named menu option. Enter the username, password and hostname provided to you by the dynamic DNS service. Save the configuration settings and click "Reboot" or "Restart" when prompted. The router restarts and applies the new configuration settings.
Configure Router for Remote Access
Download an application that allows you to monitor your webcam remotely. Programs such as DeskShare, Dorgem and YawCam allow you to view your webcam remotely using a Web browser. Save the set-up file to your computer.
Click "Start," then "Computer." Navigate to the folder on your computer in which you saved the webcam monitoring application file. Double-click the file, then follow the on-screen prompts to install the program on your PC. Reboot your computer if prompted.
Connect the webcam to the computer, then wait for Windows to detect and initialise it. Install the device driver for the webcam from the installation disc if Windows does not recognise the camera automatically.
Launch the webcam monitoring application. Click the "Settings," "Preferences" or "Options" link on the menu bar. Click the "Camera Settings," "Video Settings," "Webcam Settings" or other similar preference link. Select the name of you installed webcam in the list of device. Click "Save" or "OK" to save the settings.
Click the "Remote Monitoring," "Remote Viewing" or "Streaming" link in the preferences or settings section. Enable the "Surveillance Mode," or "Enable Monitoring" option, then click "OK." In the "Streaming Port," "Access Port," or "TCP/IP Access Port" field, enter a random number between 1000 and 65,535. Note -- Windows uses ports under the number 1000 for various connection tasks. Therefore, it is best to use a higher port number when accessing the webcam remotely.
Save the settings in the webcam monitoring program. Minimise the program, but do not close it.
Position the webcam and point it at the area you want to monitor.
Install and Configure webcam Monitoring Software
Open a Web browser at a computer from the remote location.
Open a new tab or window in the browser.
Enter the hostname you received from the dynamic DNS provider, followed by the port number assigned in the webcam monitoring program. For instance, if you created the hostname "myhousecomputer.dnsservicename.com" and assigned port number "1999" in the webcam monitor program, you would enter the following URL address in the Web browser:
Press the "Enter" key and wait a few seconds. The video stream from the webcam appears in your Web browser screen. To close the connection, simply close the Web browser.
Access the webcam Remotely
Tips and warnings
- With some monitoring applications, you can create a username or password that you must enter before you view the webcam from a remote location. This provides more security and prevents those you do not authorise from using your webcam to peer inside your home.
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