How to Re-use Your Old Computer and Setup a Home Security System

If you have an old computer, what would you do? Normally, I hear people say that they will give it away or thrash it away. Some might even sell it away for a super low price. Is that the best you can do?

If I say that you can setup a home security system with your old computer, will you believe me? You don’t need to spend bit money to do it simply because you can get cheap IP CCTV out there, so no point in setting up something more expensive than an IP CCTV.

What you need here are things that are either free or super duper cheap such as below:

  • Skype – Free Software
  • LogMeIn – Free Remote Software
  • WebCam

Installation Guide for a Budget Home Security

1. Format your old computer to ensure no rubbish in it.

2. Install an Operating System. You can use cheapskate Windows XP or even free Linux OS such as Ubuntu.

3. Buy cheap webcam.

4. Install the webcam into your old computer.

5. Install Skype into your old computer and your client computer that is going to use to monitor your home.

6. You will need two different Skype account here because one will be use to call another Skype account.

7. Install LogMeIn.

8. Set your Skype to Auto-Start and Auto-Login so that you don’t have to do all these unnecessary stuff.


How to Monitor Your Home

Setup is done for now so the question now is how do you monitor your home from there?

1. Use LogMeIn to remote your old computer desktop.

2. From your client computer, make a video call to your old computer.

3. Using LogMeIn, accept the Skype call and start monitoring your home.

4. If you see anything suspicious, make a call to the police.


This piece of useful guide is obtained from SecurityNewsDaily. For more information, refer to their post.


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  1. Peter Lee

    What a genius idea Alan! A great way to setup up a home security system without splashing much cash and the best thing is we get to re-use the old PC. Thumbs up!
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    • Alan Tay says:


      Not really my idea but I read it from the link attached. The world is about Go-Green now, so let’s start re-using 😉

  2. Andrew says:

    Now that is a great idea! I guess I should try to do that with my old PC back from university days.

  3. Tan

    Good idea, I am going to try this since I have an old computer that sitting collecting dust. But, this is for 1 webcam only? So, the first step is to research which cheap but with reasonable quality webcam to buy.
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    • Alan Tay says:

      It depends, Tan. You might need a lot if you are looking for a very close and detailed monitoring.

  4. Jen says:

    This is great info! I already have an old computer laying around. We’ll be setting this up this weekend.

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