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I need surveillence--anyone have any suggestions?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by metalan1, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. metalan1

    metalan1 BANNED BANNED

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    Ok,

    I need to monitor some rooms. Not anything big, I just need to see what's going on.

    Now, what I am asking is, is there a way where I can put a camera(webcam) on a computer and then access what the camera sees via internet connection?


    That would be ideal and extremely simple. I can install any remote pc programs I want, since they are my pcs, but I would just like to know if I can see what is on the webcam...

    Also, if anyone has any good remote pc programs they can recommend..

    Thanks.
     
  2. caretaker2007

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    Yes, you can access the web cams that way. Look around at sourceforge.net and find some nice open source (free) software to use, a light web server (lighttp?).
     
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  3. SmallStorm

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    If you are looking for something paid, you might give Cyber Patrol or Video Patrol a look. You might be able to find Cyber Patrol in the torrents or newsgroups. :)

    Cyber Patrol:
    Code:
    http://www.cyberpatrol.com/Default.aspx?id=85&mnuid=2
    Video Patrol:
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    http://www.honestech.com/main/video_patrol_50.asp?path=Surveillance
    The software I use on my children's computer is a program called Spector Pro made by SpectorSoft. I don't think it has webcam monitoring though, but it's good for recording activity on a computer.

    Chris
     
  4. SmallStorm

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    Here's a free webcam monitoring software:

    WebCam Monitor 3.27

    Code:
    http://www.securitysoftwarezone.com/webcam-monitor-prod2652-25.html
    Chris
     
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  5. DAMINK

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    Yea its easy to do.
    I normally run my security cam in my driveway to my server.
    I use active webcam on my windblows machine (free version gives you a water mark) and ftp it to my server.
    The quality is pretty good, but i normally only push maby 2 frames a second.
    The software gives you all you need to setup your servers page etc also so its really simple to install. You can run it directly as a server from the pc you are using to monitor it but i choose not to as i have a server at home also.
    Thats why i ftp to it.
    Hope that helps a little.
     
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  6. metalan1

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    Thanks guys, im gonna look at all these options and hopefully you can help me out if you have any other questions. ill try to rep all of you..
     
  7. portillo

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    I have a better solution, and it is cost effective. Im not an affiliate of theirs but check out x10.com, they have some pretty sweet options
     
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  8. SmallStorm

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    Hi portillo,

    Thanks for the link to x10.com. I believe it will be useful. I keep an eye on retired couple that i've adopted as family. They had their house broken into awhile back and had looked into a security system. Unfortunately, they are on a fixed income and couldn't afford installation and service contract for a security system. I ended up buying them a pay as you go/prepaid cell phone to keep in touch with me. I'm thinking one of those non-contract/30-minute install products on x10 will be perfect for them.

    Again, thanks for the link.

    Chris
     
  9. Essential Clix

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    You should go to eBay and pick up a security system sign (ADT) and some of their stickers for the windows. Plant the sign out front where it can easily be seen. You could even get fancy and buy a fake keypad to mount near the front door to make it look legit. That, along with your security system and some motion-activated security lights should do the trick. Have you talked to them about maybe buying a small dog? Even the small ones act as good (barking) security alarms lol.
     
  10. SmallStorm

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    Hi essential_clix,

    That's a good idea about the stickers and sign. Sounds like a cheap and effective deterrent. I might try that first.

    About the dog, I have 3 dogs and a chain-link fence all the way around my house. Keeps people away. I spoke to them about a dog. They weren't up for that idea. I wish they would agree to having a dog for two reasons. One is they also have a cat problem. Tearing their screens off the windows. Spraying everything in the yard and making it smell. They like to plant flowers. You can probably imagine what it would be like when they are digging in the dirt to plant bulbs and finds some cat bulbs left behind after they use it as a litter box. Reason two is of course security.

    I will look at ebay. Seems like a good alternative.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  11. Essential Clix

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    Yeah, the fake alarm stuff works well. If you can afford it, pick up the keypad and some extra window stickers to go along with it.
     
  12. MaestroDelWeb

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    Some of the Panasonic network and remote web cameras come with a website where you can view everything from remotely. You don't even have to host the videos yourself and you have access to everything 24/7. It's cheaper than a lot of other solutions and it's very stable and reliable. The company I work for has been using these things for the last three years with no issues. They shoot great color video in real time.