Introduction: Cheap Free Internet IP Web Cam

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This is a way to turn a desktop or laptop webcam into a secure IP web security Camera. Simple, Easy, hey if my grandma can do it.. am very certain you can too.

Step 1: What You Need:

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TO begin:
This software used here only (Currently) works with Windows OS, But There are Linux, Unix, and Mac OS alternatives.

What you need.:

-A computer/netbook/laptop with an internet connection (That will stay on..ALWAYS! )
-a webcam (either built-in or USB-external)
-YawCam from http://www.yawcam.com/
-(USB cable extension) - Note* like all things.. you can only lengthen the cable so long before the signal is irritated or lost completely.


Step 2: Set Up Your Webcam(if Not Already Done)

Plug your Webcam in, install the necessary drivers and software.

Step 3: Installing YawCam

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Go to :
http://www.yawcam.com/

Click downloads. download and install. Simple. just follow the onscreen instructions.

Step 4: Secrets...

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Remember the whole purpose of this is security. So remember to place/position/mount your camera somewhere where you can see everything and the camera cannot be seen. I placed mine underneath the monitor hidden in the cables. Pictured below(I pulled it forward so you can see)

Step 5: Setting It All Up...

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In YawCam you have the option of:
-HTTP://
-Streaming/
-FTP

Motion detection

Scheduling when everything turns on and off
(compete automation)

And the ability to place text, time,and date information on your feed.

FOR this example, I am showing you how to stream.

Enable streaming. for added security change the port number .
(remember the more ports to the interent are like open doors with faulty locks. ... More ways for hacker to gain access to your computer. so use a random port not like 8081 which is the most commonly used.
 

Next add username and passwords for one more level of security.

Also pictured are a Filezilla to represet the ability to forward images to an FTP server for you to access later.
And then the External Harddrive representing the ability to save it to your computer...

Simple. done.

Comments

dchall8 (author)2012-08-26

A few years ago, back when I lived in a hotel, I set one of these up in my room. I set it so it would email me pictures when motion was detected. I got tons of pictures of my empty room. Turns out Yawcam is so sensitive that when clouds went by, it sensed it. When my air conditioner came on and blew the curtains a little, it sensed it. Of course it also sensed the house keeper, but sometimes there are unintended consequences. Sounds like there have been big improvements in Yawcam since then. I should pull out my old camera (not free, by the way), and try it again at my new home.

D2jcv (author)dchall82012-08-27

I believe they have upgraded the software so you can adjust the sensitivity.

rimar2000 (author)2012-08-24

This is a very useful info, thanks for sharing.

Maybe you could add a step showing the use and results.

D2jcv (author)rimar20002012-08-24

Will do in a few mins...

amandaghassaei (author)2012-08-24

cool what did you use your feed for?

D2jcv (author)amandaghassaei2012-08-24

Mine is a live feed of my front door and part of my living room. But I have two mounts set up and just connect to my dual camera which faces where my safe is hidden and all my other "projects". I am currently waiting for parts so I can create an additional peep-hole in my door so I can also see who is at the door without having to run over. My plan is to either put a casing on it so it is "finished looking" or I am going to cut into the door so all the electronics are hidden...