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6. Security > 82. Monitor Your Home with a Network Camera

Monitor Your Home with a Network Camera

If you have broadband network access at home, a standalone network camera is a great way to keep an eye on things. Your home automation system can manage the camera and save an occasional snapshot for later review.

Network cameras are, in my opinion, one of the best examples of embedded computing. No larger than a video camera, they connect directly to the network and include a built-in web server for viewing the image and configuring the camera. The D-Link DCS-1000 network camera (http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=143; $125) I use to keep an eye on my dog, Scooter, is a vital part of my smart home. Scooter stays in the kitchen while we’re gone, and the camera is positioned for the best view of the area where he lounges out most of the time. We have an Ethernet jack nearby, so I use the wired version of the camera, but WiFi cameras are also available for the ultimate in portability and placement flexibility.


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