Sending E-Mail Notification
The E-mail Notification alert is an effective way to monitor remotely. Whenever an alert is triggered on Motion or Noise detection, WebCam Monitor immediately sends out an email to you. You can also choose to receive an photo of the activity that triggered the alert attached with the email. This is the easiest way of staying informed.
- Under Run Alerts on the QuickSettings pane, make sure that When motion noise is detected option is selected. Select this option if not already selected.
- Under Which Alerts do you want to run? check the E-mail Notification option.
- Click Configure to open up the settings window.
- If you also want to include a photo with the e-mail, check the IncludeJPEGPhotos with email option.
- Click OK.
After this alert is selected and configured, you can start monitoring. Depending on the configuration, when motion or noise is detected, WebCam Monitor will send an e-mail notification.
NOTE: To send e-mails you must have an internet connection. If your computer is connected via a proxy then you must first configure proxy in WebCam Monitor. For more details, refer to Configuring the Proxy Server.
Configuring the Alert
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 attach a JPEG image of the last photo taken, check the option Include JPEG photos with email. Click OK when done.
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, under the Message tab, 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.
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 under the Settings tab.
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 server.
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 Port 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 ServerPort box.
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 E-mail option after specifying valid email addresses in the From and To fields under the Message tab. 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.