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I Spy With My Little Wi-Fi

Wireless video cams can mean more security.

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This story appears in the January 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The cost of video surveillance for your home, office or home/office environs is going down, and the technology is going wireless. A spate of new Wi-Fi cams, like the $200 (all prices street) Linksys Wireless-B Internet Video Camera (WVC11B) and the $130 D-Link DCS-900 Video Monitoring Internet Camera, are sinking prices and eliminating wiring chores.

These devices still need a wall plug, since 24/7 battery operation would be impractical. But they're considerably more convenient than the wired cams that have gained popularity with small and midsize businesses. Wi-Fi cams broadcast to a Net connection like any Wi-Fi access point, their video streams viewed with a Web browser. Mike Wolf, In-Stat/MDR principal analyst in Scottsdale, Arizona, expects more than 15 million security cams to be sold in 2004.

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