Today's SmartPhones are even more powerful than a Swiss army knife. With the right app, you can transform your Android cellphone into quite a few things. But in this article, we will turn your Android SmartPhone into a IP WebCam.
A IP WebCam is a webcam that is connected to a network. You may even connect it to the Internet. Once it is on a network, you can access and watch its video feed from a remote location. It is a very useful tool for surveillance. Maybe you are going on a vacation and you just want to see you home in condition your'd expect. With each Android SmartPhone having the capability to use WiFi without a paid data plan, your old Android SmartPhones can be a great asset when it comes to home security.
To get started, you will need to download and install an app that can perform this task. Luckily, Google Play (formally Android Market) makes the process easy. Search for "ip webcam" yields numerous results. But in this article, we will focus on the free "IP WebCam" app that shows up first in the result.
Our Android phone typically runs on battery power after a good charge. Unfortunately, that is not a great way to power a IP WebCam. Your Android phone will probably last only a few hours with the IP WebCam running with the display on continuously. Therefore, if you want the IP WebCam to run for day or weeks, you will have to use an external power source.
Your typically method of charging your Android phone is sufficient as the external power source. That usually consist of a USB cable and a USB AC adapter. Simply plug the AC adapter into the wall, the USB cable into the AC adapter, and the phone to the cable.
One note is that most Android phones requires the battery to be installed while running on external power. That means the battery will charge. If the battery is not full when IP WebCam has started, the the battery full message may interrupt the webcam process. Therefore, it is worthwhile to fully charge the battery before putting the IP WebCam so into service.