If you are worried about somebody breaking into home, or just want to check room in which PC is placed, you can rapidly and cheaply set up a home security PC. This can be completed on either a Mac or Windows machine, and with few hours work, you can have a motion-triggered PC that will capture images of intruders and email them to you, or upload them by FTP to an exterior web server.
Materials and Software Required
1. To establish home security PC, you want a Mac or Windows machine, with webcam. This webcam will be set up with software that will check the room for any movements, take pictures or video when it detects motion and send them to you distantly. If you are on a Mac, you can try out EvoCam software suite with a 15-day free trial. You want to buy a webcam if Mac does not have one integral, with install webcam drivers. If you are on Windows PC, you want to buy webcam if you do not have one integral, install its drivers and utilize software called TinCam which, like EvoCam for Mac, has free trial period.
Set Up the Security Monitor
2. Whether you utilize EvoCam or TinCam, common setup process will be similar. You must download software, and then run installation program. After it installed, it must detect webcam. If not, attempt reinstalling webcam drivers and restarting PC. After webcam has been detected by software, you can go to software setup.
When establishing safety software, you have choice to have it utilize motion detection to trigger actions, which is what you want to do. You want to organize motion detection to either email images or video or to upload images and video to a web server through the FTP protocol. Which technique you utilize is should be decided by you, but email option can overload mailbox if there are many images or video is long, because of big file sizes.
Remember that variable motion detection adjustment settings are obtainable for both Mac and Windows editions of security software. When establishing motion detection sensitivity, select choice that will not be triggered by natural lighting modifications, or any movements caused by things like fans or air conditioners. You can check motion detection sensitivity by setting it, beginning monitoring application, and then crossing path which it is checking to see if it works properly.
Places to Monitor
3. Consider what positions you want to check when you set up software and webcam. Do you want to observe for people coming in through particular door or window? Set up webcam to point at that place, and attempt to hide its place so it can't simply be seen by an interloper.