How to Set Up “NannyCam” Surveillance with Skype

By Loren Abdulezer, Susan Abdulezer, Howard Dammond, Niklas Zennstrom

1Create a special Skype Name for your NannyCam.

2If you are already logged in to Skype, you can change these settings by choosing Skype→Sign Out from the Skype menu.

3After you sign in with your NannyCam Skype Name, add your regular Skype Name to your Contacts list.

4In your NannyCam’s privacy options (Tools→Privacy), be sure to set the Only allow people in my Contact list to contact me option.

5Click onTools→Options→Calls. Click the Show advanced options button. Check Answer incoming calls automatically and Start my video automatically when I am in a call. Click Save.

6Test your NannyCam by connecting to it over Skype from one of the other computers in your home, or even from work. Log in under your regular Skype name and call your Skype NannyCam name.

Be sure to adjust your webcam to point to the specific area of the room you’re watching, and make sure that the lighting level is adequate. Remember, most webcams give some visual signal that they are transmitting, such as an LED that lights up. You can adjust the audio volume levels for the computer speakers next to the NannyCam so that you have a little PA system, or you can turn off sound altogether.

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