Athome Cam­era

Web User - - Home-surveillance Software -

Wh What we liked: If you’ve got a lot of old we­b­cams, network cam­eras or cam­er­ae­quipped mo­bile de­vices ki­kick­ing around, Athome Ca­cam­era pro­vides an ef­fi­cient way to turn them into a home-se­cu­rity sys­tem. As with Ivideon, you down­load ei­ther the server soft­ware to stream the footage to the in­ter­net; or the cam­era soft­ware to view the footage on another de­vice.

The stand­out bonus is that the cam­era soft­ware can man­age lots of cam­eras at the same time, so your only limit on the num­ber of lo­ca­tions you can mon­i­tor is the num­ber of cam­eras that you have avail­able. This only ap­plies to live streams, though.

Sav­ing footage on­line so you can view it later costs $4.99 per month (around £3.69), though you can buy time in bulk and pay slightly less (around £ 2.84 per month for 12 months).

How it could be im­proved: The soft­ware fo­cuses on live stream­ing, though you can set de­vices to record at a par­tic­u­lar time – if you want to catch your kids com­ing home from school, for ex­am­ple. Also, the option to have so many de­vices means it’s tricky to fig­ure out how ev­ery­thing works – a sit­u­a­tion that isn’t helped by the min­i­mal doc­u­men­ta­tion.

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