Build A Web-Based Video Security System

Remote Viewing

The beauty of WiLife is that live videos can be securely sent to a remote computer. Go to the Online tab of the Setup section, click on Create a WiLife Online Account, and type in your info. It’s all free.

Start by making sure your router’s UPnP section is enabled. It will allow the video signals to be sent out and received without compromising your network’s security. You’ll need to dig into the router’s software settings to do this. On my Linksys router, this option is at the bottom of the Administration page.

Next, click on the Online tab’s Connect button to start sending video. The Online Status area below should change from Disconnected to Connected. 

Using another computer, either from within your home network or at a remote location, access this link with any recent Web browser, and log in. Click on any of the cams in the My Cameras area at the top. In about 20 seconds you’ll see the camera’s video stream.

At any time, you can pick another camera, display all the cams, or (as I prefer) click on Cycle to have the software display each camera for half a minute. Watching live video remotely works, but there is a slight delay due to the processing that occurs at the host PC site.

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  • Anonymous
    Zonemider FTW
  • Spanky Deluxe
    While all this is certainly useful and true, there are other ways in which you can do it on more of a budget. You might also want to factor in the cost of a dedicated PC for this too since that software will probably use up a fair chunk of CPU cycles.

    My security system is far more budget but nevertheless gets the job done. I've got a cheap old 17" Intel iMac with a broken screen hidden away in the garage. I then have a 10m USB extension cable (with a signal booster) going across the garage to a Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro that's beet waterproofed and has been installed in my front porch. I then run Periscope ( on the iMac and have set it set up to take a camera shot every time movement is detected and save it to disk. You can set it to email you if movement is detected if you like or to ftp the shots up to a server but an outside camera detects soooo much movement that you'd quickly fill your inbox.

    As an added security measure, when I go away, I run Periscope on my desktop machine as well although this time its set up to email me if movement is detected (which is fine, since its indoors).

    This set up cost me $25 for the Periscope software per machine and about $100 for the outside webcam (although they're much cheaper in the states). The usb extension cable was about $15. My desktop machine already had a webcam so I didn't need anything there and the garage machine cost me $170.

    So all in all, my setup cost a little over $300. I plan on adding an extra webcam to the back of the house via another USB extension cable or via a USB over CAT5 adapter, connected to the garage machine, which would cost me roughly an added $140.

    I can also stream/record the video from the webcams by splitting the signals with CamTwist and by using QuickTime Broadcaster / YouStream. The novelty of that wore off pretty fast though and I choose to save the CPU time for other more useful things.

    Of course, I'm sure there are similar camera motion monitoring software packages out there for Windows and Linux so you could easily build a cheap dual core garage computer for what I paid for my one and then the other components would cost roughly the same.
  • Anonymous
    This is all too much effort for the results - check out the lowest price security DVRs, I saw a four camera input for $160 - spend the money on better cameras -
  • ukcctvsystems
    There is some really great software here and could be very useful, need to keep our eyes out!