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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.