Choosing Cameras

Choosing Cameras and Microphones

We use and recommend Foscam web cameras for small business and home users. These cameras are relatively cheap (under $100 each). They support both wired and wireless networks and they have PTZ controls that iSpy can access out of the box. These cameras also have built-in microphones that iSpy can access via the VLC plugin. Axis also make very good cameras although they do cost a lot more. Note that there are a lot of clones of Foscam cameras out there that will turn into door stops if you try to update their firmware - don't buy a foscam clone!

Buy Foscam Cameras from Amazon
Buy Axis Cameras from Amazon

You probably have some old USB webcams lying around or even pre-installed into laptops. iSpy can make good use of these existing cameras saving you some outlay on new hardware. Bear in mind though that due to driver limitations it is usually impossible to use multiple USB cameras from the same manufacturer on one PC. If you want to access multiple USB cameras on one computer make sure that they're all built by different companies. This is not an iSpy limitation - this applies to any software that accesses USB cameras. A workaround is to install your duplicate USB cameras on different computers around your home/ office and broadcast them to iSpy using iSpyServer (more on that later!).