Is there an economical way to set up a few webcams so I can remotely monitor my house (for disasters) while on vacation?
I'm going away for a couple weeks in the dead of winter, and want to monitor my house (which is old, and prone to things going wrong).
I've been recommended the Sensaphone 400
with optional water and temperature sensors. About $500.
Problem is, it's really for weekend homes, requiring long term monitoring. It's overkill; I'm willing to put up with some inconvenience, since it's just for a couple weeks.
So I'm thinking of using webcams. One in front of the thermostat (which can also catch front door in background, so I can see if there's been a break-in). Another watching back door. One in basement, showing the floor (to see if there's flooding). And one with a sound-activated microphone upstairs, in case a tree falls on the house, or a window shatters, or an animal gets in (I probably wouldn't see anything, but could replay the audio to try to figure it out).
It wouldn't be perfect, but might reassure me nothing awful's gone down. I'd have to leave a few lights on, but they could be low wattage.
But..I have zero webcam experience. How do I get the feeds onto the 'Net? I guess the cams would need to be wifi enabled....ideally patched directly to whatever sites they feed to.