DIY Home Security Part 2 – Configuring Motion Alerts
The heart of my home security system is motion detection and alerts. As I mentioned in the first post, I selected Blue Iris software as a desktop controller. It more than compensates for the shortcomings of the surveillance alert features that are missing from the D-Link camera and for the poor D-Link (free) Windows software supplied with the cameras (D-Cam View). For reasons I don’t understand, the more expensive DCS-942L camera does not have an email motion alert function. The less expensive DCS-932L does, but it is pretty limited.
The image above show the D-Link email setup.
In contrast, Blue Iris has plenty of choices for alerts. Obviously a computer has to be on 24/7 to use the Blue Iris controller (or the D-Link Windows software).
Here’s an email alert I received when I opened my front door: