In order to keep an eye on my aging dog during the day, and indirectly as an added level of 'security' I've been thinking about getting a camera I can check from my smartphone. I was thinking about how the Netbox 3 PVR in my living room, and the HD Cable box in my bedroom are already wired to the Internet and positioned where I'd be looking in on her so how great would that be if it were possible to install a camera? I know nothing about the back end technical side to the stuff we use. I once knew how to access the 'secret menu's' the technicians open when they are here as I was tyring to figure this out on my own first, but can't remember how to open them any more. I'm great at the front end user stuff, but if this is something that can be done, does anyone know where, how much $, and if that would impact the warranty and/or functionality in a negative way? I own both my boxes, they are not rented. I've already got too many things plugged in for electricity, too many devices, too many cables going everywhere, it would be so nice if it is possible to just plug a new attachment in, instead of having to add yet another piece of electronics to the TV stands. If the answer is no, Rogers should really think about it, because I am willing to bet if it were an option, an awful lot of people who are not interested in a home monitoring system, would opt for something like this; I'd be upgrading 2 boxes right away instead of going and buying someting.
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I agree with everything said above, and wanted to chime in with this suggestion - check out "Splashtop CamCam" available on the Apple iOS app store.
When coupled with Splashtop Streamer software (free download for Windows PCs), it enables you to turn any camera-equipped laptop into an always-on camera that you can access with your iPad or iPhone (even from outside the home).
This is true, but CamCam allows you to use existing hardware (an old laptop) and is very useful for temporary needs.
For permanent use longer than a few months, I would recommend a wi-fi enabled camera.
I am responding to @GregoryScott611's post:
>> Since posting that I came up with another idea, I am now currently trying to figure out how to watch my MacBook Pro camera from my iPhone regardless of where I go, and ideally for no cost other than what doing so would use up my data usage from my internet provider. I'm not asking you to answer that one, but if you know about that and any good Apps I'd welcome the suggestions there too.
In this case, the OP has expressly stated that he has an iPhone, and implied that he does not mind leaving the laptop plugged in and laptop online.
I do not discount your suggestion, and agree that using a wireless-enabled camera for long term use is the way to go.