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.