What is the easiest, cheapest, most effective way for me to set up a single motion-triggered surveillance camera at home to verify whether I have a creepy situation going on while I'm gone? If triggered, I want it to alert me remotely, stream video for remote live viewing, and ideally record to the cloud rather than locally for later viewing. I'd like an easy web/desktop interface to control it all. Have you tried one of those kits from X10 for this and did it work well for you?
I would like to set up a surveillance camera system to prove or disprove that I have a creepy situation happening at my home while I'm gone. I have read all the threads here, many of which are old enough to probably be obsolete, and have scouted around on the web. I'm somewhat bewildered by my options. Based on what you know about IP camera setups, what solution would you recommend to satisfy the following requirements as cheaply and effectively as possible?
- A single motion-triggered camera to watch the inside of my front door from an unobtrusive spot about 12 feet away (outside is no go)
- Gets triggered if someone comes through the door
- Alerts me of that immediately via email/text/etc
- Streams that video so I can watch it online, live
- Simultaneously records that footage in case I can't watch right away, preferably to the cloud but otherwise to removable storage or lastly to a local computer (I'd rather not have to leave a laptop running at home or buy a new wireless drive just for this if I can avoid it)
- Ideally works with a web/desktop interface that would let me easily clear out the event I trigger each night when I come home, or else regularly auto-deletes those incidents after a set period each time unless I tell it not to.
- Any required software is for PC, not Mac or Linux
- Doesn't require me to buy my own website for the monitoring or online storage, i.e. there is some kind of turn-key solution or I dial right into a server on the camera somehow
- I'd like to be able to remotely trigger it and watch online if I choose, as opposed to waiting for it to be triggered at the house.
- The video doesn't have to be stellar, but just can't be 1995 webcam crappy. I need to be able to identify any faces that may show up.
- Don't need pan, tilt, or other fancy camera tricks - just need to point it at one spot
- I have a wireless router running all the time and I see mentions of interference with wireless cam signals. I was assuming they'd want to work together somehow, not compete, as in the camera would connect to the internet via the wireless router.
This $100 all-in-one system by X10
appears to do most of the above except a few things like record to the cloud or have an incident dashboard. But man does that website look scammy, and I've read some bad reviews about getting their stuff to all work together or to get any help from customer service.
I have seen various threads here and elsewhere that talk about what sound like manually-assembled systems using standalone IP cams like this D-Link
or this Axis
, with motion detectors built in or separate, all hooked into shareware like webcamXP, or somehow going directly to the cloud, etc. etc. It's hard to figure out whether those add up to a simple system for a low-mid-tech person to set up easily or whether they will do all or most of what I want.
Have you used this X10 kit or another system like it? Does it work? Is the video so crappy that you couldn't identify a person across the room?
Have you used any system like this that will record to the cloud so you don't have to leave a computer running at home to capture video? I've seen some three and four year old recommendations here but wonder what the latest and greatest is.
Do you know of an inexpensive way for low-mid-tech me to assemble a system like this as opposed to buying a kit like the X10 one?
Overall, what's your best recommendation for how to set up something like this?