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Use your old smart phone as a wireless security camera

Like most households these days, yours probably has one or more old smart phones that have been retired to a junk drawer after upgrading, but a simple downloaded app can turn them all into wireless security cameras!

Just download and install the app, mount the phone where it can “see” the area you wish to monitor, then view everything that happens there via the browser on any computer or active smart phone. 

IP Webcam is a great app that uses your old phone’s camera to capture and send streaming video directly to any web browser in the world. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store for free. If you have an old iPhone laying around you can download it from iTunes.

The app is easy to install, set up and use. Simply download, install and run the app, then place the phone with the camera facing the area you wish to monitor. You’ll need to enter your Wi-Fi connection’s password and jot down the IP address the app gives you for monitoring the video/photos. Then visit that IP address with the browser on any connected computer or smart phone to view the action (if there is any).

A home-brew security camera is great for use as a baby monitor or for checking to see who is knocking at your door. Just be sure you have a decent Wi-Fi signal and an outlet available for plugging in a charger wherever you wish to install your smart phone “security camera”.

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