DIY Home Security Using a Webcam

One of the best ways to look after your home and your family is by getting a CCTV system fitted. This is now easier and cheaper to do than ever before.

However, if you want to use a cheaper form of home security until you do this then a webcam based system is possible. This is clearly far more limited in its nature than a professional CCTV solution but it might give you peace of mind until you can get the top quality camera network you really want.

What You Need

A PC, a webcam, an internet connection and some form of software is all you really need to get started. The software choice is more extensive than you might imagine, so you might need to spend some choosing the one which best suits you. The choices ranges from free programs you can find on the internet to packages which you need to pay for. Obviously you want to use a decent quality webcam to capture the images as clearly and accurately as possible.

How It Works  

You need to add the program which you have chosen to your PC and then set up both the webcam and the method in which you want the system to advise you when some form of movement is detected. In some cases this is more time consuming than you might expect, so be prepared to put a bit of effort into it. The most important step of the whole set up process is that of choosing the location and angle of the webcam. This is where you also start to see the limitations of this sort of DIY home security. You need to choose the positioning of the camera carefully and the front door is a popular choice with many people who go for this sort of protection.

The Advantages

It is cheap and it does a relatively effective job of protecting your home. You probably already own most of the equipment you need and if you like messing around with your PC then you might even enjoy the process of getting it set up.

The Disadvantages

This is a long way from being a reliable, professional CCTV system. Many people who use it complain that the signal isn’t always great, there can be lots of false alarms and the software can be hard to set up and calibrate. However, perhaps the biggest drawback is the limited range and coverage possibilities it offers you when compared to a professional set up.

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