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You can get wireless home security cameras from D-Link and Linksys. They're about $100. They connect to your home network and you can set up a web interface that you can access remotely to keep an eye on things. Plus, they will automatically start recording if any motion is detected. You can run up to 16 cameras and view them all at once in the web interface I mentioned. It might be a little more expensive than Razor's answer, but this is what they're designed for and they do a good job a it.
answered Jun 28 '10 at 14:59
If you want a really good camera, you can get a high end point and shoot digital camera then use it as a webcam then use a program like orb 2.0 to monitor it. This will offer good quality compared to many security cams.
If you heat to a store that has many security cams on display, you will notice one problem in common, the resolution is generally low (in pretty much all cases 480P image) so if a person is more than a few feet away, you wont be able to make out detail on their face. (you will also see this just about every week on the news, of blurry low quality footage from normal security cams.
A good solution is to get a cheaper but higher quality cam (a point and shoot cam has much better quality than a overpriced security cam. The security cam is just overpriced because of the name, kinda like how all items become 40 times more expensive if you add the word Medical in front of it)
answered Jun 28 '10 at 14:17
I just use a bunch of old machines that I have installed Linux on. Then I attach a cheap webcam and have that broadcast an IP camera. I can setup motion recording and that kind of stuff with software.
answered Jun 28 '10 at 18:30