By BUILDER Magazine Staff.
Photo: Courtesy Home on the Cam

Home on the Cam will place a Linux-based server on site in its own little house. The server can stream video from up to six wireless cameras. Some big builders have been putting Web cams on site so that customers can log onto the Internet to see their homes being built. Now smaller builders willing to invest in some equipment can get a turnkey video system they can move from job to job. For $10,400, the Topeka, Kan., Home on the Cam (, sells a Linux-based server (the all-firmware box has no moving parts, making it theoretically crash-proof), a 2-foot-by-3-foot-by-3-foot enclosure, and three wireless cameras. (Three additional cameras can be added for an extra cost.) The enclosure can be placed anywhere on the jobsite, as can the cameras. The server is connected to the Internet, preferably via a broadband connection.

For builders who balk at the price, Eric Bechtold, the company's vice president of marketing, says that the system's advantages go beyond the marketing value of letting customers watch their home being built. It can also provide security: The cameras can be set up with motion detectors to record any after-hours visitors. The server sends the video via the Internet to the builder's office computer (which must be left on and connected to a broadband connection). Suspicious builders can even use it to spy on their subs.