I currently have Amcrest cameras installed around the house. Since they don’t integrate with SmartThings (and Amcrest is probably one of the least forward-thinking, least innovative companies in the world), I’d like to replace my Amcrests. I’ve looked at Arlo and Blink (Arlo is a possible contender) but would prefer a PoE solution that doesn’t rely on batteries. The Amcrests replaced a bunch of Foscams (another company that’s stuck in the past and obviously believes a 1980’s UI and software riddled with bugs is okay), so I don’t want to go with Foscam.
Can anyone recommend a camera manufacturer that makes a solid outdoor camera that works with a ST DH? I’ll be mounting them under soffits and running cat5 into a closet with a PoE switch. Or can Blue Iris turn “dumb cameras” into devices that can integrate with ST? I’m specifically interested in using each camera’s motion detection to fire WebCoRE pistons.
I feel like I’ve wasted a ton of money on cameras from manufacturers that don’t see the big picture, don’t understand IoT, and have absolutely no interest in keeping up with the amazing things happening in the IoT/HA/web services integration space. Hopefully someone here has experienced the same challenges and can offer possible solutions.