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I made arrangements to have the door repaired -- this time with a large metal plate to make it a little tougher to kick in -- and thought about what else might be added to make her home more secure. I finally decided that there wasn't really any way to keep someone out if they wanted in badly enough.
So I started thinking in terms of security cameras. If only there had been one in place and aimed at the front door when they came in, it would be a big aid in finding the bad guys. Or one aimed at the driveway, to get pictures of the car and the license plate. If the bad guys saw the camera and realized they were being recorded on video, they would just rip out the cameras and whatever they were attached to -- VCR, computer, whatever. Unless, of course, the video was being streamed over the Internet and recorded elsewhere. That's the approach I decided to take.
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Because I needed to run ZoneMinder at a remote location across the Internet, I had a little extra configuration work to do. If you're knowledgeable about home LANs, firewalls, NAT, and port mapping, you can skip ahead. If not, I'll walk you through the basics and explain how I set up the LAN at Susan's house.
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