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Tech Culture: Network camera basics

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Tech Culture: Network camera basics

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Brian Cooley shows you how to keep an eye on children, pets, or things with an Internet-connected camera.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >> Brian Cooley: You probably know about Webcams, but even more fun are their big brother, the Network Camera. A Network Camera is a lot like a Webcam except it has a built in Internet connection, and it can work on any computer on the Internet, even on your Smartphone. Some of them will let you zoom in and out and even listen in to what's going on where the camera's placed--great for keeping an eye on your kids when they come home from school or if they've got a babysitter. Great for keeping an eye on your pets as well, and many of these cameras have motion detection technology. They can send you a text or an email and tell you, "Hey you might want to log on and see what's going on because something's changing." A good Network Camera is in the range of $200 to $300 with the features I've been talking about. Couple of tips on using them: make sure you turn on the security when you install it on your network through your router so that just anybody can't log on and watch it. For CBS news, I'm Brian Cooley, cnet.com in San Francisco.

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