June 29, 2022



How to turn your laptop into a home security system

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With one of a half-dozen free programs, you can use your laptop to monitor your living space through its built-in camera. Most programs are free but simplistic. For advanced functionality, you can pay for additional features from the likes of Yawcam (what we’re using today), iSpy, SecuritySpy, and others.

I chose Yawcam because it seemed to offer quite a bit of functionality for free. But, if you’re looking for more, such as FTP-upload, you can always fork over a few bucks for the premium version.

How to turn your laptop into a home security system

Before we begin, there’s some set-up we’ll have to do to our laptop’s power saver settings. This keeps the laptop webcam from shutting off, and provides an always-on interface to monitor our home environment. We’re going to save power still by dimming our screen until it goes dark, and only waking the webcam with motion — one of Yawcam’s settings.

1. Click the battery icon in the bottom right corner of your screen to bring up the power saver menu.

2. Click Power & sleep settings.

3. Choose Never from the dropdown that controls power while plugged in.


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