SET IT UP

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First, get an app that can tap into the video record­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of your smart­phone. For iOS devices (the An­droid ver­sion is still in beta), we like the Many­thing app. This lit­tle app al­lows you to re­motely con­trol the cam­era of your smart­phone via their web­site as long as the app is run­ning and your smart­phone is con­nected to a net­work.

You have op­tions to start/stop video record­ing, change to stills mode, mute au­dio and switch be­tween front or rear cam­era; all from a pri­vate log-in area on the site. Set the mo­tion sen­si­tiv­ity lev­els and de­tec­tion zones on the app, and it will au­to­mat­i­cally send you alerts when your smart­phone’s cam­era de­tects any move­ment in its field of view.

Oth­er­wise, just set the app and use it to turn on the cam­era in video mode to get a real-time vis­ual feed of what’s go­ing on. You’ll prob­a­bly want to find a way to also run a ca­ble to the near­est work­sta­tion so it doesn’t run out of juice.

Pres­ence (Free, iOS and An­droid)

Just like Many­thing, Pres­ence al­lows you to turn your smart­phone or tablet into a se­cu­rity cam­era and mo­tion de­tec­tor us­ing the cam­era. You can also sign in from an­other mo­bile de­vice or the web to re­motely mon­i­tor an area, but Pres­ence adds the op­tion of al­low­ing mul­ti­ple users to con­nect to a sin­gle cam­era.

IP We­b­cam (Free, An­droid only)

An An­droid-only op­tion, IP We­b­cam lets you view your cam­era from a web browser or via VLC, one of the most com­monly used video play­ers across plat­forms. What’s in­ter­est­ing is that IP We­b­cam sup­ports di­rect stream­ing over WiFi with­out the need for In­ter­net ac­cess, and there’s the op­tion for two-way au­dio via the tinyCam Mon­i­tor func­tion.

Al­fred (Free, An­droid only for now; iOS ver­sion still in de­vel­op­ment)

Al­fred bills it­self as be­ing 'easy to use' and 'al­ways ready', al­low­ing you to get your video within 1-3 sec­onds even if you’re us­ing a mo­bile con­nec­tion. It sup­ports mul­ti­ple view­ers and mul­ti­ple we­b­cams, and even ad­justs the qual­ity of your video feed to match your net­work speed for clearer im­ages and lag-free stream­ing.

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