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Security Camera DIY

By   WirelessPhreak      Wednesday, December 03, 2014      Labels: , , ,  

Home surveillance systems can get really expensive, and many times don't provide everything your looking for.  My goal was to set up a functional reliable home surveillance system, that I could view on my mobile device, provided motion detection image capture, and the ability to support multiple cameras.

iPhone Software:
I found icam in the apple app store.  This app caught my eye because of its simplicity. It also does not require a subscription, in app purchase, or ads.

Server Software:
The server software (icam source) works with the app and is free on the company website.  For free software it is very stable, and can also push notifications during a motion event. I set mine up to archive the image captures to external hard drive, so those images are backed up to the cloud.

These cameras have worked flawlessly for me.  They don't have a ton of bells and whistles, but perform great in low light and have been super reliable.

If you are getting public proxy busy or the app is trying to get you to pay for proxy access take a look at your local home router. You will probably have to forward a range of ports to allow your iPhone app to connect to your home server when you on another network. 

IMPORTANT NOTE #1 - If your router only allows you to forward a single port at a time, change the port range from 12000-12100 to 12000-12005 in the iCamSource and add 6 port forwarding rules in your router, one for each port.

IMPORTANT NOTE #2 - If you are running iCamSource(s) on more than one computer on the same network then you will need to use (and forward) a separate port range for each computer. (We recommend using 12000-12100, 12200-12300, 12400-12500, etc.)

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