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Who is running Ubiquiti Cameras and/or NVR? Any better suggestions?

(Jeff) #21

OK, I know this is an older post, but I just ordered the new Ubiquiti/Unifi Cloud Key PLUS Gen 2.Comes with a 1TB drive and is upgradable to 5TB. This runs on a new software that replaces the Unifi Video software. I have not tied any of my existing camera in to Smartthings so far. I have 4 Zmodo cameras on their own setup and also am running 2 WyzeCam V2’s and 2 WyzeCam Pan and Tilts. BTW - I also am using Ubiquiti’s AmpliFi HD Wifi mesh.
After doing some research on the Cloud Key PLUS I was impressed. It should arrive tomorrow so I should have it up and running with their camera and PoE switch this weekend. I do believe that someone has tied it in with ST from reading on the Ubiquiti forum. I will try, in the not to distant future as time permits to also. End goal is one APP and tear out the Zmodo setup.
They also make a 2’ x 2’ 2300 lumen LED panel that is only powered and controlled via PoE. Can you imagine that? 48 volt lighting in your house through only your network?

(Kevin) #22

I have Arlos currently, but would prefer to have a 24/7 wired POE local+cloud solution like this (except for the installation). WyzeCams are hard to beat for the money/features though.

I like the Ubiquiti gear (have USG and 2 AP lites). The G3 Flex camera is down to $79 on Amazon, & Prime now… but the new CloudKey/NVR is $300, plus need more POE ports :frowning:

The POE LED light panels seem odd to me, some engineer’s science project gone too far :wink:

(Allan) #23

The new Cloud Key Gen 2 Plus which is the UniFi controller with NVR software All in One controller is 199 direct from Ubiquiti. if it cost more than that or it’s anything else it might be there old model which you do not want.

(Cris D) #24

Sorry for the late reply. If you are still interested in getting this to work in ActionTiles:
If you are running Unifi Video or Unifi Protect, you need to enable the RTSP stream. That is what you will be picking up with AT. Then in AT add Media, use the “This Media is a still image or GIF” option, and type in your camera’s URL, ending with snap.jpeg. For example: http://192.168.XX.XX/snap.jpeg. It won’t stream, but with a refresh rate of 1 second, it is not bad. You need both ST and Unifi to be on the same network, and you won’t be able to view the images if you are not connected to your home network (you can’t see it at work, etc.)

Now, I switched to the new CloudKey G2+, and to Hubitat Elevation. HE does not let me stream or do the refresh trick either, so I use the SharpTools dashboard with HE, which does let me refresh in 1 second intervals.

I really like the CKG2+. I sold my 3 outdoor Nest cams. I still need to sell 2 indoor Dropcams, and my 5 Arlos.

(Kevin) #25

does the ubiquiti NVR work with any IP cam or only there’s ?

(Allan) #26

Just theirs.

(Brian Spranger) #27

Ultimately I will be using HE. I have both HE and ST but still heavily using ST. That will change as HE is gaining ground fast.


I tried what you suggested (enable RTSP), and using the URL of my app, but it’s not working. When testing the direct link (http://192.168.###.###/snap.jpeg), it’s kicking back a 401 error… all three of my cameras. Is there something you need to do to let any image show on the camera? I can’t find anything about permissions / access in the settings in Protect.

I’m using UniFi Protect from my Cloud Key Gen2+. Note the link for the RTSP protocol for the different cameras changes to the IP not of the camera, but of the USG with an extra path, but that doesn’t appear to be what we’re looking for…

Any tips?

(Bob Romero) #30

Worked great for me… with a couple tweaks. My setup is authenticated so I added a base64 auth to the request. I’m encoding Username:Password as an auth token. You can set a user in Unifi Protect and Auth to that user.


Below is the tool I use for generating the base64 token:

(Bob Romero) #31

Ok so I got the Cameras working in AT and it works really well but I am having an issue trying to figure out how you get the alerts to show up on ST. Can you provide any more details?

PS: I need to sell some Hikvision Cameras as I am also going all Unifi


Cool solution, but it won’t work if you have MFA enabled right? Looks like I need to create another user who won’t have MFA enabled…

BTW, how did you figure this out. Was it in docs somewhere?

(Cris D) #33

Sorry I can’t help anymore. I switched from Unifi video to Protect, and from ST to Hubitat. I sold my ST hub to a friend.

The alerts came in as motion detected events, that’s what I remember, but it has been months since I used it.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

(Brian Spranger) #34

Are you using something similar on hubitat? I also have a hubitat hub but haven’t fully transitioned yet.

(Bob Romero) #35

that’s a funny coincidence funny you I switched to Unifi Protect as well and almost bought a Hubitat yesterday, I set up Home Assistant instead. its going to take some time to move over but I think HA has a lot of promise.

Thanks for the reply either way.

PS: the head dev at Home Assistant actually is on the UBNT payroll full time to work on HA… Hmmm…

(Bob Romero) #36

I needed to make it work with HikVision cameras and went through a ton of hoops until I understood basing auth pretty well. BTW, I used the same URL + Auth string in Home assistant and it worked like a charm!

(Cris D) #37

Yes, I saw that about the HA head working for UBNT. I hope something cool comes of it.

I actually tried HA before Hubitat, on a Raspberry pi. I was about to buy the Nortek control for zwave/zigbee, when I read about the difficulty of using zigbee effectively on that platform. I went with Hubitat instead, and have had few issues.

I am still interested in HA. I would really love a lovelace dashboard.