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ispy www.ispy­con­nect.com ispy is open-source soft­ware that’s free to use and in­stall. Sim­i­lar to Ivideon, it mon­i­tors cam­eras over a home network for free, but if you want to view footage re­motely and ben­e­fit from any ex­tra fea­tures such as email and text mes­sage alerts, you’ll need to sub­scribe. Plans start at $7.95 per month (around £5.89), which is a bit more ex­pen­sive than its ri­vals. Its in­ter­face isn’t as good look­ing, ei­ther. Yaw­cam www.yaw­cam.com Yaw­cam is gen­eral we­b­cam soft­ware, so it’s not a match for the other pro­grams we’ve fea­tured, though you can set it to live-stream footage to the web and it in­cludes mo­tion de­tec­tion, so it could be used for a sin­gle-cam­era setup. How­ever, it’s start­ing to look dated and re­quires Java to run, which a lot of peo­ple are re­luc­tant to in­stall be­cause of pre­vi­ous se­cu­rity prob­lems.

IP Cam­era Viewer bit.ly/desk433 If you’re happy to sit and watch stream­ing footage on one or more se­cu­rity cam­eras (we­b­cams and IP cam­eras are its spe­cial­ity), then this is ideal. It can sup­port up to four cam­eras and will hap­pily let you fo­cus on a sin­gle cam­era or di­vide your screen into quar­ters to show them all. What you can’t do with the free ver­sion is record any­thing, so this is only use­ful if you want to mon­i­tor what’s go­ing on right now.

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