Design A Power Home Security System from Unused Laptops
Home Security System setups using cameras are becoming much more commonplace these days and rightly so because they are a really good way of securing your home.
However, when you start to add more than one camera, it can really add up in cost especially as some companies charge a monthly fee to get full functionality.
But did you know that it’s possible to make a multi-camera setup for hardly any money at all well you can and that’s what we are going to be doing in this DIY project – Home Security System.
So, what we’re going to be doing is using old laptop webcams.
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Now, these are extremely tiny as you can see.
So they’re really easy to make discreet, so they aren’t noticeable, and they’re also very cheap to buy you can buy them either separately.
On the other hand, you could retrieve them from old dead or smashed up laptops like this one, so I’m just going to be going through the different ways.
You can acquire these first and then I’ll be showing you how to wire them up to get full functionality.
So as I mentioned earlier one of the ways you can acquire these webcams is to remove them from old dead laptops. This is fairly simple to do and design your own Home Security System.
As it usually only requires the screen bezel to be removed by undoing several screws around it exposing the webcam itself. This can be carefully lifted out and the cable it’s plugged into is something.
We’ll need to sew to remove it without disassembling the laptop further. We can just cut it off with enough wiring left to solder to later. So, removing these from dead laptops is a great way to get them for free.
As often, they would just be thrown away but another super way to get your hands on them. It is to simply buy them online You see plenty of laptop recycling centers strip laptops down to their bare components.
Then they sell them as spare parts on eBay. There are literally thousands of listings for laptop webcams and it’s possible to get them for as little as 150 posted which is excellent value.
Although make sure that you buy them with the connecting cable wire, as it will make connecting them much easier. So, once you have a few of them.
It’s time to wire them up which is thankfully quite easy as they use the USB protocol.
So, it can be wired up to any old USB cable depending on where you want to mount the final cameras. You may need to solder them to some fairly long ones with five meters.
Parts Connection – Home Security System
This is the maximum length coming straight from the webcam. You can extend things further though using a cheap USB repeater which should allow you to get runs of up to 30 meters.