Recently a friend of mine asked me about the cheapest cctv hardware equipment to monitor her home when she is away. I thought for a while and eventually suggested a poor man approach to using the home computer or a notebook webcam to do the viewing/monitoring.
WebCamXP will be used for this monitoring purpose. The free version does not allow you to control who can access the webcam so it is effectively open to public if they know about your public IP address. So I thought rather than leave your webcam on 24 hours while you are away, why not use another free for personal use software Teamviewer to turn WebCamXP on and off when you are trying to view it remotely using another computer or iPad or iPhone. Follow the steps below to setup your home computer/notebook to be the cctv monitoring equipment when you are away from home.
1. Download WebCamXP and run the installation.
2. Run WebCamXP 5 from your Windows Start Menu.
3. At the Source 1 , right-click and choose your webcam accordingly, in my case the webcam is called Lenova EasyCamera since my notebook is a Lenova laptop.
Once you have done that, you webcam will start broadcasting at your computer IP address on http port 8080. You can see that as it is indicated on the captured screen shot.
Viewing WebCamXP in Firefox
4. In order to view your WebCamXP, you need to find out your IP address of your computer, issue , ipconfig and you should look for your IP address at the command line, in my case, I am using wired connection, your could be a wireless connection, so look for the correct IP address. If your computer or notebook is directly connected to the Internet, then just use this IP address and key in at the web browser URL http://IP-address:8080 to view your WebCamXP from the Internet using iPad, iPhone or any computer. In my case since my computer is connected via a router , the router has the actual public IP address. Follow the next step to configure your router to route the request to your computer that is broadcasting the webcam video.
5. Login into your router to find out the actual public IP from the Internet. So you should access your WebCamXP from Internet by keying in http://222.xxx.xxx.xxx:8080 from the web browser.
6. Make sure you route the request to the above public IP address at port 8080 to your local private IP address for your computer which in my case is 192.168.1.100. Your router should have a setting similar to the following which I have configured with an entry WebCamHttp, IP: 192.168.1.100 (this is the IP from Step 4), port : 8080, Enabled set to true.
7. Stop WebCamXP to broadcast the video, just exit the WebCamXP program. Take note, clicking close icon only minimize the program to the tray icon and the video will still be broadcast to the Internet, so remember to choose Exit from the tray icon as shown below:
To turn the broadcast on again, just run WebCamXP.
8. Download Teamviewer and install it. Choose Install and Personal Use option and at the final Screen, make sure you choose Installation Type as Yes so that you can connect to your computer/notebook when it’s started and connected to the Internet. For this option ,the setup program basically creates a service that will automatically startup when your computer is started. In addition, it will ask you to create a pre-defined password so that you can access your computer/notebook from any place from the Internet.
Complete the unattended access. Write down the ID from the last Completing the Wizard screen. That will be the ID to allow you to connect to this computer using the Teamviewer software anywhere from the Internet.
9. To access your computer/notebook from the Internet, start your Teamviewer program on your computer or iPad etc… Key in the ID/password that from Step 8. You can then start WebCamXP remotely from Teamviewer remote session. Obviously, you can also just view directly from your Teamviewer session.