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Some Computer Security Camera Tips - Where To Start Looking

By Dean Caporella

More people are turning to computer security cameras today as a more cost effective way of maintaining some form of security coverage over their homes. Sure, there are some more expensive and efficient systems you could utilise however, budget constraints are usually the major bug bear for many home owners and a simple system is often preferred.

Web Cam Systems

For less intensive monitoring, a computer security camera system such as a web cam will often suffice. Bear in mind if using this particular model, there will be drawbacks such as lower quality image and less effectiveness in low light but for the budget conscious, cost is almost minimal. For well under a hundred dollars, this type of computer security camera will perform a more than reasonable job.

Advantages Of Web Cam

- No need to be a computer expert. It's usually just a simple matter of connecting your USB drive and then configuring and installing the software. The whole process will generally take just a few minutes.
- There is an email alert service that can be activated incorporating images which can be easily forwarded to police.
- They are unobtrusive and intruders can easily miss them. In fact, if you are away from home there is the ability to check in and do a scan of your home.
- If you already own a web cam, then all you require is to install the software.

IP Security Camera Systems

For those looking for a computer security camera system with better image quality, then an IP system may be what you are looking for. Like web cam, they are easy to install and operate and depending on the level of coverage and quality you require, can be bought for as low as $100.

Image quality is quite good and because they can be connected to a standard network, you can usually access them from a web browser. Depending on the level of security system, extra IP cameras can be added but you'll need to check storage space levels if using a standard computer.

IP security cameras advantage over standard web cam is their range and their usability. The simple fact that they can be connected to a network and then virtually accessible from any computer or over the internet makes them a superior unit. However, as we mentioned earlier, a person's budget and requirement levels will come into play.

More Sophisticated Computer Security Cameras

For those looking to step up their security coverage a notch or two, there are computer security camera systems that incorporate more than just a "seeing eye dog" role. For business, systems that count the number of visitors or shoppers that walk in the door or register, or devices with the capability to take snap shots after motion detection at a rapid rate are available to home and business owners.

A computer security camera system is within the reach of most consumers. The beauty of this type of system is the range on offer to consumers. From as low as $10-$20 for web cam to the more elaborate and expensive systems, you would be hard-pressed not to find a system to suit your requirements.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. How to keep intruders at bay with a computer security camera plus get the latest security camera news and reviews at:

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