posted on Aug, 16 2006 @ 02:26 AM
I will try not to go in too much details about hardware brand names and models on a public forum, because I wouldn't want to help burglars defeating
my system, that would be foolish. I will only talk about the overall concept of my camera system to give you guys some ideas in building your own.
All my cameras are wired in closed circuit. Avoid wireless cams at all cost, unless you like being watched in your intimacy by broadcasting footage of
yourself all over the neighborhood, and in the process showing in advance to home invaders where your cams are located.
Video is inputed through a PCI card with multiple BNC plugs, on a Linux computer. I pretty much pieced together a bunch of drivers and video apps that
I googled over time.
Video is recorded only when motion is detected to avoid filling the hard drive too quickly. If the cams located in my "red zone" starts recording,
files are immediately uploaded to an offsite server in case the local computer get stolen, you know, losing the precious mugshots. Files uploaded
through an IPSEC tunnel to prevent sniffers intercepting my videos.
All hardware plugged in an UPS in case the power line is cut off. If the internet line drop, then a backup wifi router kicks in to upload the files
wirelessly to a secret location hidden somewhere near my house. Through an IPSEC tunnel again to prevent wardrivers intercepting the videos.
When I'm not home and a break in is detected, a SMS message is sent, making my cell phone ring so I can react in real time instead of finding later
that all hell broke loose while I was away. I can watch videos remotely by connecting to a secured HTTPS web server.
The funny part about all this stuff is that I don't even have anything much of value to steal, sometimes I just like to set foot on the overkill
side. If you're smart enough to defeat my system, then you might as well try to break into a bank for the better payoff.