Wh What we liked: Iviivideon uses a server and client system. You install the server software on a PC that either already has a camera connected or is able to access one over your home network. This PC has to be switched on for the surveillance software to operate. You then install client software on the other computers (there are apps for mobile devices) to access the live streams and any footage saved by your server.
The system works really well if you already have a webcam built into a laptop that you’re planning to use as the server. Install the software on it, leave the laptop switched on and the webcam will monitor all movement that goes on around it. It’s very easy to connect another camera, whether it’s a webcam attached to another device or a more sophisticated standalone network security camera, as long as it hasn’t been locked to a particular service by its manufacturer.
The software is free for up to two cameras, accessible from two other devices, and includes the option to store camera footage on Ivideon’s cloud service for 24 hours. If you don’t need remote access, you can install more cameras for free – otherwise it costs $4 per month (around £3) per camera to add more.
The server uploads data from your PC to Ivideon’s website, so it’s very straightforward to set up because you don’t need to get embroiled in port forwarding to bypass your router’s security. This means there’s a slight delay on live video streams, but it’s only a second or two.
How it can be improved: The limits on the number of cameras you can use and the amount of footage you can store online – as well as the length of time it’s available for – are too restrictive. Monthly and annual prices are charged on a per-camera basis so the costs will ramp up if you want to expand your system.