Do-It-Yourself Home Security
Guard your castle with networked cameras. We review four systems that let you do the installation on your own.Its the do-it-yourself approach to home security: Why pay a company when you can install cameras yourself? The ones reviewed here let you view your home while youre away, to check in and get a little peace of mind. Networked home-security cameras arent new, but with more families running wireless networks, adding a camera or two has suddenly become easy enough for even nontechnical folks to handle. What was once a complex operation is now often as simple as plugging a camera into your wireless router.
D-Link and Panasonic both deliver excellent cameras but stop short of creating full-scale home-monitoring packages. All but the Panasonic offering can be set to give you e-mail alerts when they detect motion.