NOT WebCams, but IP cameras.
WebCams need to be connected to a PC to work the last time I checked (it was probably 10 years ago, so things could have changed), but I use IP cameras, D-Link DCS-9xx series. These allow you to view your camera over the web.
I have had these for many, many years, the one I watch my front yard is REALLY OLD!
. . . and it faces the West so in August the sun is BEATING down on it at 5pm. It has so-so resolution, but it has the best light range of all my cameras. My newer ones do have night vision, and in my basement you can see great in pitch dark, but the one for my front yard shines through a window so the infrared? light it uses reflects off the window so you can’t see anything. I haven’t messed with outside cameras, those are usually $300+ a piece.
Before I get much farther . . .
Since a lot of you are downloading the iPhone app, I take it a lot of you have iPhone’s. If you have a old one not being used or an iPad there is an app called Manythings.
IT IS THE GREATEST THING EVER!
I have it running on an iPad 2 and also views my front yard, it’s free (for one ‘camera’), it works on iPhone 4’s on up, it has motion detection set up by default, it saves video to the cloud for free (for a couple hour time window then you have to upgrade to see anything older), it will e-mail you when motion is detected, you can turn on the flash remotely, it’s free, it’s free, it’s free.
They now also have a Android version.
So if you have yet another phone or tablet laying around you could also use this to monitor your garage.
. . . But if you don’t have extra phone’s laying around (the picture quality is also awesome
with manythings) but phone’s for cameras get’s a little expensive.
So D-Link cameras have motion detection (not set up by default), they can e-mail you, they also can pan a tilt, none of mine do, again that was a $300 option when I started buying mine.
I just started buying one at a time as I could afford them, it was also before the cloud, but d-link does have a free app that allows you to monitor multiple cameras from a PC. So what I do is remote into my home PC from my phone and view my cameras that way. I now use Google Chrome Remote Desktop (free) to remote into my PC. Before Google Chrome Remote Desktop existed I used LogMeIn, there are several other services, use what you want.
But most cameras also come with free cloud service now so you don’t even need a PC.
I really like the ability to see everything in the blink of an eye, I don’t know if I will ever get a pan and tilt camera, there are just so many options available these days.
Other cameras I use:
HD – Night Vision(DCS-935L) (Again night vision doesn’t go through windows)
Again, wireless has really rubbed me the wrong way, so I try to use wired as much as possible, and these may be the reason my wireless routers go out so often, because I have these cameras alway running. The 930’s have ethernet connections, the 935’s do not. I had the 935 in my front window for a while (night vision disabled) because the HD picture quality is great, but it was just a bit too far from my router (50 feet?) and would drop connection, so that’s one of the reasons I built my first Smart Power Strip so I could remotely reset the camera (so if you have the skills I have given you the way).
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