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:
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
Go to :
Click downloads. download and install. Simple. just follow the onscreen instructions.
Step 4: Secrets...
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...
In YawCam you have the option of:
Scheduling when everything turns on and off
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...