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#1 BlueGalaxy

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:00 AM

How can I use my computer as a security camera for my apartment? Preferably, the computer would be on while I'm not at home and take some photos when it detects motion in the room. When the motion would be detected the computer should save the photo into a file, or send me an email, or run a shell script. I would accept either Windows or Linux software. Is it possible to make the computer sleep, with the camera on, and then wake up when motion is detected?

 

I have another question. It seems that for the above solution to work, the computer must be physically present in the room, making it a target for possible theft. How can I instead use a Raspberry Pi or Arduino to control the cameral? I am willing and able to learn a new technology. I know a bit about programming.

 

For my purpose, I would like the camera to only take pictures when motion is detected in the room. I don't want the camera to take pictures all the time, or record a video stream. Would any of you guys recommend a camera that is precise enough? Thank you.



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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:25 AM

How can I use my computer as a security camera for my apartment? Preferably, the computer would be on while I'm not at home and take some photos when it detects motion in the room. When the motion would be detected the computer should save the photo into a file, or send me an email, or run a shell script. I would accept either Windows or Linux software. Is it possible to make the computer sleep, with the camera on, and then wake up when motion is detected?

 

I have another question. It seems that for the above solution to work, the computer must be physically present in the room, making it a target for possible theft. How can I instead use a Raspberry Pi or Arduino to control the cameral? I am willing and able to learn a new technology. I know a bit about programming.

 

For my purpose, I would like the camera to only take pictures when motion is detected in the room. I don't want the camera to take pictures all the time, or record a video stream. Would any of you guys recommend a camera that is precise enough? Thank you.

 

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Edited by CyberSec_ET, 06 August 2017 - 02:33 AM.


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:09 AM

I got a Dlink DCS-5020 IP camera that does everything you mentioned BlueGalaxy.

no need for a PC at all, connects wirelessly to the router, takes 6 shots when motion is detected, 1 per second, 3 seconds prior and 3 seconds after the trigger event.

but that's all completely customisable.  and can do emails and I can log on remotely from any where.  very cool.

almost all IP cameras can do this however.

 

as for making a target, that will be the some issue with whatever solution you go for; the camera itself, a PC, the router.


Edited by dropbear, 06 August 2017 - 03:10 AM.

Instead of reading this, why not do a backup of your PC.

You won't regret it.





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