More people are turning to computer security cameras today as a more cost
effective way of maintaining some form of security coverage over their homes.
Sure, there are some more expensive and efficient systems you could utilise
however, budget constraints are usually the major bug bear for many home owners
and a simple system is often preferred.
Web Cam Systems
For less intensive monitoring, a computer security camera system such as a
web cam will often suffice. Bear in mind if using this particular model, there
will be drawbacks such as lower quality image and less effectiveness in low
light but for the budget conscious, cost is almost minimal. For well under a
hundred dollars, this type of computer security camera will perform a more than
Advantages Of Web Cam
- No need to be a computer expert. It's usually just a simple matter of
connecting your USB drive and then configuring and installing the software. The
whole process will generally take just a few minutes.
- There is an email alert service that can be activated incorporating images
which can be easily forwarded to police.
- They are unobtrusive and intruders can easily miss them. In fact, if you
are away from home there is the ability to check in and do a scan of your
- If you already own a web cam, then all you require is to install the
IP Security Camera Systems
For those looking for a computer security camera system with better image
quality, then an IP system may be what you are looking for. Like web cam, they
are easy to install and operate and depending on the level of coverage and
quality you require, can be bought for as low as $100.
Image quality is quite good and because they can be connected to a standard
network, you can usually access them from a web browser. Depending on the level
of security system, extra IP cameras can be added but you'll need to check
storage space levels if using a standard computer.
IP security cameras advantage over standard web cam is their range and their
usability. The simple fact that they can be connected to a network and then
virtually accessible from any computer or over the internet makes them a
superior unit. However, as we mentioned earlier, a person's budget and
requirement levels will come into play.
More Sophisticated Computer Security Cameras
For those looking to step up their security coverage a notch or two, there
are computer security camera systems that incorporate more than just a "seeing
eye dog" role. For business, systems that count the number of visitors or
shoppers that walk in the door or register, or devices with the capability to
take snap shots after motion detection at a rapid rate are available to home and
A computer security camera system is within the reach of most consumers. The
beauty of this type of system is the range on offer to consumers. From as low as
$10-$20 for web cam to the more elaborate and expensive systems, you would be
hard-pressed not to find a system to suit your requirements.