Like most households these days, yours probably has one or more old smartphones and tablets that have been retired to a junk drawer after upgrading, but a simple downloaded app can turn them all into wireless security cameras!
Just download and install the app, mount the device where it can “see” the area you wish to monitor, then view everything that happens there via the browser on any computer or active smart phone.
EpocCam is a fantastic free app that use your unused device’s camera to capture and send streaming video directly to any web browser in the world.
Android users can install EpocCam from the Google Play Store for free.
If you’ll be using an old iPhone or iPad you can install it from iTunes.
This app is easy to install, set up and use. Simply download, install and run the app that matches your device, then place the device with the camera facing the area you wish to monitor.
You’ll need to enter your Wi-Fi connection’s password and jot down the IP address the app gives you for monitoring the video/photos. Then visit that IP address with the browser on any connected computer, smart phone or tablet to view the action (if there is any).
A home-brew security camera is great for use as a baby monitor or for checking to see who is knocking at your door. Just be sure you have a decent Wi-Fi signal and an outlet available for plugging in a charger wherever you wish to install your “security camera”.
Bonus tip #1: If you don’t need to use your old phone or tablet as a webcam you can always use is an emergency radio scanner.
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