Build Your Own Four-Camera Home Security System

We've shown you how to turn a webcam into a security camera, but that can only take you so far. If you want a DIY option that gives you four cameras viewable from any web browser, MAKE has a project for you.This undertaking is not for the faint of heart. You won't have to build the cameras yourself or anything crazy like that, but you will need to create an entire system yourself from various parts and components. That said, you'll end up with a four-camera security system that will cost you less than a professional solution and offer up better quality. It will also be more flexible, and you'll have control over what it does should you want to upgrade it in the future or make any changes. If this sounds up your alley, check out the full how-to on MAKE.

Homemade Home Security [MAKE Projects]


    Be aware that externally viewable CCTV cameras attract a lot of attention from police and criminal home invaders who think you must be a drug dealer.

    So you have to build your own video switcher (which are quite cheap to purchase) and then program it, and it requires constant access to a PC to record.
    Or you could just buy an off the shelf DVR that does all this and more for around $500.
    The image quality is only ever as good as your cameras are anyway.

    Wireless ip cameras $45 each off flea bay.
    Router and cameras on ups I already had.
    Set up to email photos on motion to an account that I can retrieve from anywhere therefore no on site storage to steal.
    Free viewer for my smart phone viewable world wide.
    Sure they can steal the cameras but where they are set up I'll have their mugs on email and a clear picture for the police.

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