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D-Link's Wireless WebCam

Boot Camp feature for Monday, January 13, 2003

A wireless camera for home networks. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. A variety of cameras are being sold today that can be used for home monitoring and security taking advantage of computers that may already be in the household. The most heavily advertised cameras on the Internet are sold by X10.com. It sells a wireless XCam2 kit for under 80 dollars. It transmits to a TV or VCR in the house or to a computer with additional hardware. But if you have a wireless home network in place....D-Link Systems sells an add on camera that can allow you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world through a Web browser. The DCS 1000 W. D-Link's Michael Scott...

"It's a pretty handy device. The camera has a motion sensor built into it so that if somebody was to come in your door the camera would turn on and start a recording. It can also be set to take a snap shot and email it to a remote location. Say if you had a handheld that had wireless Internet access, you could get that image and see who is coming into your house, whether it's a friend or a foe."

D-Link sells the camera with a built in Web server for 329 dollars. Where the camera falls short is in the ease of set-up. If you aren't a tech wizard, familiar with working with IP addresses and such, setting up the camera will more than likely require help. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.