You have to leave home for some time, the idea of not being able to keep the situation under control destroys and so, after reading my buying guide, you have well thought of buying cameras through which you can always be sure, even at a distance, of the fact that there are no problems in your home. However, if you are now here and you are reading these lines, it seems clear to me that there is one thing that is still not very clear to you: what are the software to use in conjunction with your video surveillance system? Well, if you give me a few minutes of your precious time, I can point them out.
In fact, with this article of mine today I want to show you all those who in my humble opinion are the best programs to view cameras remotely and that you can therefore use precisely in a situation of this type. There are a bit for all tastes: free and paid, for Windows and Mac, easy to use and configure and with more advanced settings and so on and so forth. In short, in the end you will see, you will certainly be able to find a solution that will satisfy you. Ah, I almost forgot, for completeness of information at the end of the article it will be my concern to show you some apps for smartphones and tablets that are useful for this purpose and that I think can be useful for you.
Then? What would you say to finally put the chatter aside and immediately get to the heart of the matter? Yes? Fantastic! So place yourself nice and comfortable in front of your trusty computer, take a few moments all for yourself and concentrate on reading this tutorial of mine all focused on the subject in question. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied and that, in case of need, you will be ready to provide useful advice to all your friends eager to receive some similar advice.
AtHome Camera (Windows)
Let's start this excursus among the programs to see cameras remotely talking about AtHome Camera. From the name it is understood quite quickly: it is a software for Windows specifically conceived for home video surveillance. It is compatible with almost all IP cameras on the market and can possibly also be used in conjunction with a webcam connected to the computer. It also offers the opportunity to schedule the execution of various operations. It's free.
You ask me how to use it? I'll explain it to you right away! To begin with, connected to the program's website, click on the item Download which is at the top and then presses the button Download che trovi in corrispondenza della dicitura Windows in the section AtHome Camera. Then extract the ZIP file that has been downloaded to your PC in any Windows location, then start the file inside and click first on Run, Then Next five times in a row, then on install and to conclude on Finish.
Please note: If you see a warning appear asking if you want to add the software to the firewall exceptions, you agree. If you don't, AtHome Camera won't work properly.
Then wait for the AtHome Camera window to be visible on the desktop and create a free account by filling in the registration section with your email address and the password you intend to use to use the service, after which you will finally find yourself in front of the main program screen.
On the left you will find the complete list of the list of connected cameras, while on the right there are the various tabs to view live what is happening on each connected device (live Video), to view alerts (Allert Video), to schedule the recordings (Scheduled Recording), to view local videos (Local Video) and those in the cloud (Cloud Video).
To add a camera to be viewed remotely, click on the button Add camera at the top left and provide the requested info (CID room, username and password). If you want to change the settings of AtHome Camera, you have to click on the button Settings, always present at the top.
If you are interested in this, I would like to point out that a version of AtHome Camera is also available that transforms the computer into a device for surveillance using the webcam attached to it. It is free and besides being available for Windows it can also be used on Mac. It is always downloaded from the download page of the program's website, from the section AtHome Video Streamer. A special app is also available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets (for more info on this, read the final step of this guide).
Periscope Pro (Mac)
Do you use a Mac and are you looking for programs to remotely view cameras designed specifically for Apple-branded computers? Then you can try Periscope Pro. In fact, this is an application that allows you to monitor the house by connecting to IP cameras, if necessary, installed as well as using the Mac webcam. It also allows you to save recordings, both locally and on Dropbox, and allows you to customize various parameters (eg. the framerate and resolution of the videos to be recorded). It is a paid solution (it costs just under 20 euros) but can be used for free for a trial period.
To use it, purchase (or download the trial version) from the application's website by clicking on the relevant buttons. Once the purchase and / or download is complete, open the file in .dmg format that was downloaded to your Mac and drag the Periscope Pro Inca into the folder Applcations through the new window appeared on the desk. Then start the app by recalling it from the folder Applications (or from Spotlight, through Siri or through the Launchpad).
Once the main screen of Periscope Pro is displayed, click on the button with the video camera to add the IP cameras you want to monitor and to configure their use. By clicking on the button with the microphone you can adjust the use of the microphone, while the other button on the left allows you to intervene on the motion sensor. You can then view your videos in the central part of the window by clicking on the appropriate button at the bottom.
By pressing the button with thegear which is at the bottom left you can access the advanced settings of the application, while clicking on the button at the bottom right of the main screen of Periscope Pro you can view all the recordings that have been made.
AirBeam Pro (Mac)
As an alternative to the above program, if you are using a Mac you can also consider using AirBeam Pro. It is a paid resource (costs € 4,49) which, however, unlike the resources already reported, does not support IP cameras but only works coupled with other Apple devices, transforming the latter into surveillance devices by exploiting the camera. The beauty is that in order to be used the application does not require any type of configuration.
To use it, you just need to buy and download the application from the Mac App Store, start it from the folder Applications (or via Spotlight, Siri o Launchpad) and wait for Airbeam Pro to automatically identify the other Macs, iPhones and iPads with the application installed and connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Once located, the video in the section will start broadcasting Monitor. Clearly, nothing prevents you from being able to manually add your devices by clicking on the button "+" bottom right.
By accessing the section instead Camera you can take snapshots of what is captured by the camera of the various devices connected to the network, while the section Recordings allows you to make recordings.
If you are interested in this, I would like to point out that it is also possible to transform the Mac into a surveillance device, and control everything from the iPhone or iPad using the companion app AirBeam which is totally free and you can always download from the Mac App Store. There is also a specific app for iOS (you can find more details about it in the next step) that allows you to do the same from mobile.
App to View Cameras Remotely
As anticipated at the beginning, in addition to pointing out what I believe to be the most interesting programs to view cameras remotely, I also want to show you some apps for smartphones and tablets useful for the purpose that you can download and use on your devices in conjunction with your video surveillance system. Here they are.
- AtHome Camera: home security (Android / iOS) - It is the variant for smartphones and tablets of the AtHome Camera software that I told you about at the beginning of the post. It allows you to turn your Android and iOS devices into a center for monitoring remote cameras and offers numerous options. It is free to download.
- Sorveglianza (Android / iOS) - Excellent app capable of transforming Android smartphones and tablets as well as iOS devices into a system for remotely monitoring your home spaces. It also includes a noise detection and acoustic signaling system. It is free to download (but offers purchases in order to add some features).
- Spy camera video surveillance (Android / iOS) - Another good app from the category that can be used in conjunction with IP cameras of various brands. It can also turn your smartphone, tablet or computer into a sophisticated video surveillance system with attached location detection. It is free to download.
- tinyCam Monitor (Android) - Application used for remote control of homes and offices and which offers the possibility of digital video recording both on IP network and on video encoder and DVR. For the correct functioning of tinyCam Monitor, a 3 or 4 Giga FLAT connection or a Wi-Fi type is required. You download for free (but eventually it is available in a Pro variant, for a fee, with extra functions).
- AtHome Video Streamer (Android) - It is the companion app of the program to view cameras remotely that I told you about at the beginning of the article. Turn your Android smartphone or tablet into a monitoring camera. It is free to download.
- AirBeam Video Surveillance (iOS) - It is the companion app for Apple's mobile device of AirBeam Pro, the program I told you about a few lines above. It allows you to access the camera of the other Apple devices on which the application has been installed and to remotely monitor various environments as well as to configure iPhone and iPad as devices for video surveillance. It costs 4,49 euros.