In this article we will see how to make use of our Windows Netbooks & Laptops, as a security Camera for keeping an eye. For that matter, one can make use of your Desktop PC also if a webcam is attached to it. Generally all Netbooks, laptops available today, do come with built-in webcams.
Use Windows Laptop as Security Camera
Your Netbook will take pictures in a set interval or whenever there’s motion using motion detection option and save the snapshots locally to your PC or upload to a ftp server and you can view this from some other location; for example, if you want to keep an eye on your pet at home while you are away.
There are many software available for this but we will check up with few free ones. The idea of this article is to make you aware of using your Netbooks, laptops as a security camera, though you can’t compare this with the regular professional Security, surveillance cams. So instead of going into software details or their many options, I have just provided an idea so that you can play around with various options and set them accordingly.
1] Webcam Timershot
First is the Microsoft PowerToys for Windows and WebcamTimershot is one of the PowerToys provided.
But this doesn’t have motion detection option. And it works only with Windows XP.
For users of Windows Vista and Windows 7, there are many such free software, we will check a couple of them below.
One of them is Yawcam – Yawcam is short for Yet Another WebCAM software.
It has many features including Motion detection support.
- Video streaming
- Image snapshots
- Built-in webserver
- Motion detection
- Ftp-upload and many more.
For more detailed option please check the site.
So you can set your Netbooks with Motion detection so, as soon it senses some motion, it will capture the image. As a result, it will take fewer pictures whenever required as against timed shots which will keep on taking pictures at set interval.
Another such free app is Avacam which also has lots of options including motion detection. For normal use the Free edition is enough, though a paid ver is also there of Avacam.
Also remember to Set your Monitors off whenever you want, and set hard disk, System to Never off from or set them accordingly from your Power Options in the control panel. Also, check your Sleep/hibernate options and disable them.
So now it’s up to you to put this into imaginative use! How you position your netbook, whether you use it to catch some intruder or want to keep an eye on your pet, etc.
You might want to also check out iSpy.
Can I use webcam as IP camera?
Yes, you can certainly use the webcam as an IP camera. It is pretty straightforward if you have a Windows 11/10 laptop. There are multiple IP camera apps for Windows PC. For example, you can download DroidCam, IP Webcam, Iruin 4K Webcam, etc. All of them are free and very easy to use.
How can I use my webcam as a WIFI camera?
To use your laptop webcam as a Wi-Fi camera in Windows 11/10, you must use third-party software. There are so many apps available in the market if you use an Android mobile to broadcast the streaming. For example, you can download the IP Webcam app from the Google Play Store. On the other hand, DroidCam is another handy option you can opt for.