The above devices are convenient and easy to set up, but you may not want to store recordings on a service’s remote servers when you could keep them for yourself.
If you want to do this yourself, you’re looking for an “IP camera.” This just means it’s a digital video camera that can send data through the Internet protocol on a network.
Whether you’ll be away from home while travelling or just during the workday, you may want to keep an eye on it.
Solutions like Nest’s Nest Cam (formerly Dropcam) try to make this easy, but there’s more than one way to do this.
Plug it in, link it to an account, and then you can access it from the web or a smartphone as well as setting up automatic recording.
Keeping those recordings will cost you at least $10 a month, though.
Storing the recordings “in the cloud” on the service’s own server does have one advantage — if someone breaks in and steals your equipment, you’ll still have access to the footage.