A comparison among 6 remote surveillance applications.

YawCam is simple to use and free, you can take pictures of your webcam or it can take pictures of your webcam when motion is detected but it does not record video and it supports one webcam only. YawCam can create a video from a sequence of images but that is how far it goes regarding recording video. As additional features YawCam can stream your webcam without audio to a page on the Internet, and it can upload images to your web server via FTP. YawCam does not publish a website for the user to review captured content via browser. My overall impression is that it is a good stable program, easy-to-use, but lacking video recording and remote access to captured content. YawCam is free.

WebCam Monitor is dedicated to remote surveillance and it can work with multiple cameras. WebCam Monitor starts costing at $69.95. WebCam Monitor broadcasts live video from the camera or cameras and when motion or audio noise is detected the program can record, send e-mails, run a program, and/or play a sound alarm. With WebCam Monitor you can have access to the live feed of your camera or cameras but you don’t have access to captured material like videos and photos. The program has a good looking interface and it also showed itself to be easy-to-use with a near zero learning curve.

WebCam WatchDog is very similar to WebCam Monitor except for the fact that it only supports one camera. WebCam WatchDog costs $49.95. When it detects movement it can send you an e-mail, play a sound alert, record, take pictures, or run an external program. WebCam WatchDog also publishes the webcam video live onto the Internet with audio or not. It comes with the option to batch delete files from one date to another to help you keeping more space on the hard disk. Again in this program there is no access to captured images and recorded videos, remotely all you can do is connect to a live feed.

WebcamXP Lite has a free version which allows only one camera, and it has a trial license that allows multiple cameras. The full version costs $119.95.The user interface is easy-to-use and you can easily add or remove cameras. WebcamXP publishes a secure website where you can review captured images, video, and you can access live video footage as well. The same webserver allows you to view all sources live feed at once, and you can have different settings for monitoring each device. When motion is detected WebcamXP can record, capture images, sound an alarm, send SMS messages, and send e-mail. WebcamXP Lite has a well thought out user interface and it does the work very well with support to multiple cameras.

Watcher has a minimalistic approach regarding the user interface and that reduces its learning curve to near zero. You can broadcast and record content from one camera only, it does not support multiple cameras, but it does publish a secure website where you can have remote access to captured video and images. Watcher costs $39.95 and it is definitely the easiest and simplest one of this here list compiled.

1AVMonitor supports one video device, it does not support multiple devices, but it does support the desktop screen activity so you can use 1AVMonitor to spy on the people that use your computer when you are not around. 1AVMonitor will also serve you in case you want to do remote surveillance on it. So far nothing new, but 1AVMonitor publishes a secure website where the user can review video and audio files captured, the user can review all captured images on a slide show format, and you can watch live video from the source you are monitoring, For spying on the PC users 1AVMonitor also comes equipped with a key logger that can also be accessed on your personal web site. Then you might ask: People will know that they are being monitored if they see the program, well, they can’t, not even on the task manager, 1AVMonitor hides itself completely so it is perfect for remote desktop surveillance. And it runs on all user accounts including the ones with limited rights. 1AVMonitor costs $59.95.

In conclusion if you are looking for free remote surveillance software go for Yawcam. If you are looking to monitor multiple cameras I would choose WebcamXP. If you are looking to do remote surveillance of one camera or of the desktop then 1AVMonitor is your best bet for sure.

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