Video monitoring over the Internet for your home

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Your Internet connection can be an always-on link between you and your home. Just as you can connect from your home to the Internet, with the appropriate security precautions you can connect from the outside world into your home. And that connection can be used to connect and control devices in your home including security cameras.

The superfast National Broadband Network (NBN) is on the way and will likely open up a world of opportunities for householders. However, the broadband speed connections already common in Australian homes make it possible to do many things right now. For example, you can access your home computer remotely or even control home appliances from your smart phone.

Video monitoring is another capability available right now. Network-enabled video cameras around your home can be used for live monitoring both while you are at home and from a remote location. And those cameras can be used to capture video footage to a home PC, home file server, dedicated video server or even across the Internet to a cloud-based storage solution. So as well as home insurance you can add an extra layer of protection to your home security with Internet video surveillance.

Add an extra layer of protection to your home security with video monitoring.

Latest devices and services

Companies such as Logitech offer smart cameras that are able to detect motion, stream videos, send alerts and record images. Cameras can connect across your home network to software located on your PC. The Logitech system enables the management of up to six cameras and the configuration of up to sixteen motion detection zones so as to reduce the number of false alarms. Recordings from cameras can be viewed in real time, or recorded onto your computer's hard drive to allow you to watch the footage at a later time. And you can even enable access from the Internet to watch in real time.

Another option is a wireless camera that connects to your local network, such as those available from Dlink or Axis Communications. Signing up to a free dynamic DNS service (essentially a service that remembers a complicated Internet address for you) such as DLink's service, allows you to view the camera feed from wherever you are, so long as there's an Internet connection available. Cameras that are motion-sensitive are available, and some can even send an email alert if they detect activity.

QNAP NAS system: network attached file servers which also include video surveillance capabilities.

Cameras working in conjunction with a home file server, or network attached storage (NAS) device, can provide both live monitoring and recording. One option, from QNAP, connects cameras to a QNAP NAS server. Once cameras are connected to the home network, video can be recorded. Another company offering a similar product is Iomega via its Integrated Video Management System (IVMS) that allows video to be recorded to its StorCenter NAS device from suitable cameras. Users can then connect over the Internet from remote locations to view files on these devices.

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