Webcams free without any payment
The cheapest IP cameras (around £60) may not have HD resolutions, and it’s well worth spending extra for better image quality, rather than opting for a cheap PTZ camera with poor image quality.
Don’t assume that IP cameras can record audio – check before you buy.
Depending on the software, there might be options to send an email (along with a jpg image) or a text message when motion is detected, upload the clip to You Tube or an FTP server, or even play a recorded message, such as you telling your dog to stop barking (i Spy can be configured to respond to audio triggers as well as motion).
It’s worth trialling a webcam for security or home monitoring before investing in an IP camera since it needn’t cost you a penny if you already have a webcam.
There are good free applications, such as i Spy Connect, as well as paid-for software such as Sight Hound (formerly Vitamin D) When you install the software, it should provide a list of connected webcams, and may support multiple cameras.
You can then configure ‘zones’ which are rectangular areas within the webcam’s view which will be used for detecting motion.
The advantage of using an IP camera instead of a webcam is that you won’t need to leave a computer running.
We will update this story with further developments.] The Nest Cam Outdoor is a sleek, conical device with a white weatherproof shell and a black face.
It's fairly large (11 ounces and 2.8 x 3.5 inches) and heavy (11 ounces) compared with some other recent Wi-Fi security cameras, and it attaches to a small round magnetic base that can be screwed into any flat surface.
Eschewing the battery power of other outdoor cameras (such as the Netgear Arlo), the Nest Cam Outdoor has a generous 25-foot power cord that plugs into a USB port at the bottom of the unit.
You might select your baby’s cot, a cat flap or door, or the space where you park your car.
You want to avoid including objects that move, such as trees swaying in the wind or passing traffic.
Unfortunately, most of the Nest Cam Outdoor's best features won't work unless you pay for the pricey Nest Aware cloud-storage plan (starting at $10 per month).