Configuring E-mail Notification
The E-mail Notifications Alert enables you to receive e-mails in your mailbox when
motion or noise is detected. The e-mail can contain text specified by you
and an image attachment of a snap taken when this alert is triggered.
NOTE: To send e-mails you must have an internet connection. If your
PC is connected via a proxy, then you must first configure proxy in WebCam Monitor.
For more details, refer to Configuring the Proxy
To configure the E-mail Notification Alert:
- On the Tools menu, click Options
- Select the Alerts tab
- Under E-mail Notification Alert, click Configure
You can also open the configuration window by clicking the Configure hyperlink
present under the Quick Settings pane.
Under the Message tab, specify valid e-mail addresses in ‘From’ and
‘To’ fields. ‘From’ will be your e-mail address and ‘To’ will be the
e-mail address to whom the e-mail notification will be sent. Enter the Subject
and the Message of the e-mail. Every e-mail will automatically include
date and time. To include a JPEG image of the last snap taken, check the option
Include JPEG Snaps with email. Click OK when done.
Sending E-mail Directly
WebCam Monitor can send e-mails even when you do not configure an Outgoing Mail
(SMTP) Server. To do so, select the Send E-mail directly to the mail-box of
the recipient option.
When you use this option then WebCam Monitor tries to find out the address of the
outgoing mail server from the domain name of recipient's e-mail address. Some
mail-boxes, notably AOL, will first find out the IP address of the sender and match
it to the one present in the e-mail. These mail-boxes will accept the e-mail
only when the two IP addresses match. If your PC is not able to provide reverse-DNS
information while sending the e-mail then this option will not work. To enable
reverse-DNS for your computer, you must contact your ISP.
In addition, this option is not available when you try to send e-mails to multiple
e-mail addresses. In both these cases, you must configure an outgoing mail
To resolve the IP address of the SMTP server, WebCam Monitor uses the DNS servers
used by your machine for the Internet connection. For more details, refer
to Configuring the DNS Server.
Sending E-mail using an outgoing mail server
All ISPs provide you with an e-mail address. Thus, they will also provide
you with instructions about setting up the e-mail address for sending and receiving
e-mails using an e-mail client like Microsoft Outlook. The instructions will
also contain the address of the outgoing (SMTP) mail server.
To send e-mails using an outgoing mail server, select the Send e-mail using an Outgoing
Mail Server option. In the Outgoing Mail Server box, specify
the name or address of the outgoing mail server. Most outgoing mail servers
use Port 25 for communication. If your ISP's outgoing mail server uses a different
port then specify it in the Outgoing Mail Server port.
If the outgoing mail server requires to you to login before sending e-mails then
check the My Outgoing Mail Server requires login option. Specify login
information in the Account Name and Password boxes.
Testing E-mail Settings
To test the email alert, you can use the 'Send Test Email' option after specifying
valid email addresses in the 'From' and 'To' fields. To view
the log generated when sending a test e-mail, click View E-mail Log.
You can use the e-mail log to diagnose e-mail related problems.
Using E-mail Notification Alert to Send SMS
The E-mail Notification alert is also capable of sending SMS to your mobile phones.
Most service providers have a domain. To configure SMS, specify the mobile
number with its domain in the 'To' field (Format: <your number>@<domain>.com).
Type in a short message and click OK. You may also choose to skip the
Mail Server configuration completely. SMS is a good way of receiving instant
messages when motion or noise is detected.