I think I’m about to buy a Ubiquiti NVR and 4 cameras (maybe the 5 pack…). I’ve been looking for something to replace my hodge podge of current cameras (1 ring pro, 1 foscam, and 1 d-link and I need at least one more). Long story short my wife likes having one interface for our HA stuff so they need to work through SmartThings if at all possible and it seems there are community created devices/apps for both the NVR and for the cameras directly. I’ve also just converted my home network over to all Ubiquiti gear and so far its been great.
I either have the Ethernet wiring or can run it in all the locations I want. The specs say they are good outdoors from -22*F to 100+ which works where I’m at. I also have the PoE switch in place. Does anyone here have their cameras (G3’s) and/or the NVR? Any issues? Comments?
i have a friend who is going ubiquiti NVR and cameras, and unifi wifi in his new house. i’m going w/ unifi wifi and Reolink NVR/poe cameras. i’ve also used amcrest poe nvr and cameras. i like the reolink higher res cameras and have gotten used to the NVR software and quirks. i’ve not seen how ST interfaces w the cameras and am not sure it should. that said i would like to have my ST based multisensors trigger NVR recording and have yet to find a way to do that. if you have that desire check to see if the ubiquiti nvr has that.
but again i’m not sure the interface needs to be related.
I have been running UniFi gear in my house for about 5 years now. About two years ago I completed the network piece with PoE switches and whatnot but other projects got in the way of moving forward with the Camera setup. I will be using their NVR software on a custom built server and also their cameras. From my understanding, I believe someone did get a half baked ST integration working? I just can’t remember if I saw it on these boards or the UBNT forums. If I recall, it was mainly viewing the camera stream. I don’t know if it did anything more advances (re: motion detection, alerting, etc).
I am in the process of doing an install at a relatives house who bought two G3 Pros. I got as far as the NVR setup complete and tested/adopted the cameras. However, they are still working on purchasing the cabling and other infrastructure pieces in order to complete the job. From what I saw though, it seems super easy to use (their NVR) and the basic setup was done within…10-15 minutes?
Got the NVR and cameras, haven’t tried to integrate them into ST yet. Did setup the NVR and one camera as a test and have to say it went just like their UniFi network gear…pretty great. Hoping to get some of them permanently mounted this weekend and then I’ll work on getting them into ST.
Long story short we have a new baby on the way and that took slight precedence. I just got 2 of my 5 cameras mounted and working last week and with Ubiquiti’s free “cloud” connection to the NVR from anywhere I’m having trouble seeing a need to connect it to Smarthings knowing it will just introduce lag and possible problems. My wife likes the one interface but after seeing the UniFi Video app she said she can live with two interfaces, one for the cameras and one for home automation, since the Ubiquiti stuff works so well.
I have enabled RSTP streaming in the NVR but haven’t tried using a stream yet. I was thinking of doing it more for my ActionTiles setup then for SmartThings but I haven’t researched that yet (I think it’s possible).
$90 at Amazon, but shipping is $10 for me from Unifi. These just came out in the past couple months. Not for outdoor/rain areas. I have one under an eave, and they are allowed there. For direct rain exposure, stick to the G3.