Convert USB Webcam to IP Camera

If you find yourself having a spare laptop/desktop lying around and a old USB webcam, then why not create your own home surveillance system?

True it isn’t going to no high quality kit but, better than nothing right? So let’s get started!


  • Laptop/Desktop/Spare machine
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
  • USB Webcam

Step 1 – Install YAWCAM

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Download the latest version of YAWCAM (Yet Another Webcam Software from:

Step 2 – Setup YAWCAM







Once installed, in the control panel clicking on the mode you would like to activate or deactivate by clicking enable or disable.

In Settings > Stream you can set your port and the way that the page will look in the browser.

I recommend using the Stream module as a password can be set when
viewing the output. Though it might be a bit more resource intensive
due to capturing and publishing images but at least is secure!

The login details for accessing the stream can be configured in Settings > Password where a username and password can be added to login and access the stream.

Once setup and running looking in the Console window for the IP address and port number where YAWCAM is running on, it can then be access from a browser were you will be asked to login with the username and password which were earlier created.

The final result!!


  1. hi i want new information about usb camera to ip cam therefore will u help me by some information.

  2. Can this be done the other way around? Like, converting an IP camera to USB webcam?

  3. My IP Surveillance Camera is working fine on my web browser but i want to use as a web cam that can integrate with my Skype and MSN Messenger. So kindly assist me how can I utilize this camera as a web cam or is there any application exist which integrate it to my messenger.

    Taqi Abrar
    SKYPE ID = stajafri

  4. sir please if you could make portable version of your software then i will be very thankful to you………. as in many companies laptops the installation of software is prohibited and thus they cant use any other video chatting software too……. so in those situation your ip camera viewer software will be most useful……………

    please makes its portable version too……….

  5. THanks Friend I think it will help me alot..

  6. Thanks a lot. This such things what I’m looking for a long time. I’ve one more question the “YAWCAM” is full version? also it’s working on windows 8 or not?

  7. I want to use this cam as a network camera for another software that also records movies ,what url should i give to it to fetch this video from the server ?

    • Forgive me for interjecting. I happened to stumble upon this post and, figured I would toss my 2cents into the mix.

      I am not familiar with THIS particular software. However, I am using Webcam7(WebcamXP) It is full of features such as Multiple sources (USB camera, IP(RTSP, JPEG/MJPEG, WMV, AVI, FLV), scheduler, customizable overlays, motion and audio detection with recording, HTTP/FTP uploading, email alerts, integrated chat.

      They have a free, single source version of the program. It does everything the registered version does. But, will only allow 1 source (ie, camera, file, etc.).

      Good luck with whatever you choose.

  8. thanks it will help me in my project

  9. Yawcam support only 1 camera
    or more?

  10. respected sir, i installed YAWcam in my computer and its working well ….. it has given the ip address but it is not working out in my xperia P.. either the server is timed out or else a screen remains loading but their wont be any communication with my webcam.. please suggest me a solution sir,..