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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.

Cameras:
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.

Update:
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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