The webcam is such a small piece of equipment that you would hardly notice if you didn’t know how valuable it is to people like us staying far away from home. Leaving family and going far is not as bad as it used to be because you know the moment you walk into your apartment and turn on the computer, you’re just a click of the button away from seeing your family and siblings. Not having to pay a cent when calling from one computer to the other has also greatly contributed to the popularity of programs such as SKYPE, not to mention the unbelievable pleasure it gives you when the connection is made and you hear a familiar voice.
When investing in a webcam its wiser to pay extra and buy a superior model that will ensure a clear picture and connectivity without you having to strain your eyes to look at grainy pictures that keep breaking up making it a extremely frustrating when you want to discuss something important. There are webcams and Webcams with some being sold around $15-$20 where the performance matches the price. But if you go for a Logitech model you will have a clear screen and pleasant interaction but this will be necessary only if you’re using a desktop PC because modern laptops and Notebooks have the webcam built in to them.
They’re very useful not only for us to chat with family and friends but also in offices when it’s necessary to talk to people in branches spread across the country or overseas. Just think how much you can save on telephone calls merely by being connected to the computer on a webcam? What’s even better is that you can talk limitlessly because services like SKYPE are completely free if you’re talking from computer to computer. It is however possible to call from a computer to a landline or mobile for which you’re expected to deposit money in your SKYPE account.
Our bosses too are making good use of programs like SKYPE and the webcam to hold meetings with their foreign counterparts and business associates and the fact that everything is free of charge makes it possible for them to hold even lengthy conferences and long drawn discussions that can never happen if they had to pay for it. Similarly using such a program with a webcam means you get to see the people you wish to talk to face to face and thrash out any problems there are without having to buy an air ticket and fly half way across the globe.
A network camera provides a similar service but for a different reason. A network camera is what you would call a video surveillance device that is fixed to observe and record everything that happens in the vicinity. With so many unsavory things happening these days, many residents and business owners not to mention government establishments have started fixing network cameras for security reasons.
The better and more advanced cameras have a web server inbuilt and come with its own IP address so that you don’t even have to connect it to your computer or network. But this is not really necessary if you’re simply monitoring your home and is only required for high security institutions that must have round the clock surveillance to filter suspicious characters and activities.