|Update: In the time since this article was first written, My Webcam Broadcaster has become very buggy with little or no updates. We have found iCam by SKJM to be a better fit. Instructions are available via their website. You can find the iPad app here. If you would still prefer to try My Webcam Broadcaster, we have included some helpful tips below.|
Have you ever wanted to check on your pets while you were at work? EyeSpyFX makes it easy with My Webcam Broadcaster. You no longer have to wonder what is going on at your home when you’re not there. Now you can simply turn on your computer camera with the My Webcam Broadcaster software, then view it either through the EyeSpyFX website or with an app on your Android, Blackberry or iPhone (iPad, too).
What is My Webcam Broadcaster?
According to their website, “My Webcam is a service that lets you view your webcam anywhere in the world, via both the Internet and on your mobile phone.”
The software supports all USB and built-in webcams, control of some pan and tilt USB webcams, multiple cameras on one single account, snapshots taken every 5 to 35 minutes (archive is limited to 288 images), and the option to share the camera with everyone or keep it private. Windows users can also add most IP or Network cams.
Check out this video from EyeSpyFX to see it in action:
How to Set Up My Webcam
You won’t find easier instructions for setting up your webcam as a security camera. Go to EyeSpyFX.com to download My Webcam Broadcaster, then install the software. Open the program and register the camera on your computer or laptop. That simple and you are up and running. Point the camera in the direction where you want it, and you’re done.
If you would like to set up multiple cameras on one computer, click the arrow next to the name of your first camera (on the main screen of My Webcam) and select “Click to add another camera.”
If you would like to set up multiple cameras on different computers, download the software to each computer, laptop or netbook, then sign in using the same account information.
Keep Your Camera Private
Because some people may not be aware of certain things with My Webcam Broadcaster, we wanted to add a couple of tips concerning privacy issues.
On the main screen of My Webcam, you will see an asterisk * next to your camera name. Click that button to view options for the Broadcaster, Archive, and to view All Cams on that individual computer.
On the Broadcaster tab, beneath Broadcast Name and Category, there are 4 boxes that you can check or uncheck. The two most important options are “Show in Live List” and “Password Protect.”
- Show in Live List: If you will be using the EyeSpyFX website to view your camera(s), this will need to be checked in order to find it with the Broadcast Name you typed. If you will be using an app on your phone or tablet computer, however, you can uncheck the box to be completely anonymous and not be listed on the Live List, which is public.
- Password Protect: Everyone should add a password, but especially those who will be using the website. With a password, if you are listed on the Live List, your camera will be locked to others. You can leave it unlocked without a password if you are wanting to share your camera with the world (audio isn’t included); otherwise, protect your privacy by adding a hard-to-guess password.
As a side note, if you notice a frozen picture when you view your webcam online, make sure Display Thumbnail on this same screen is unchecked.
View Your Webcam Away from Home
Now that you have everything set up, you have an option to view your camera through the EyeSpyFX website or through an app on your mobile device.
- If you will be using a mobile device, do an app search for My Webcam and install it on your phone or tablet. Sign in using the same username and password that you used for the program.
- If you will be logging in through an Internet browser, you can go directly to their website and search through the Live List for your camera. It will be listed as the name you typed for your Broadcast Name.
Buy a Webcam
Most computers today come with a camera installed, but if you don’t have one, many have a fairly low price. Nicer ones, such as Logitech HD cams, can run anywhere from $50 to $100. You can purchase a webcam from Amazon or at your nearest electronics store. Wal-mart, Target or K-mart should have them as well.
If you have ever wanted to keep an eye on things at home while you are away, using a webcam is the easiest and cheapest solution. My Webcam Broadcaster makes it even easier.