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Master Geek

#272047 7-Jun-2020 11:52
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Recently bought a UniFi dream machine - my first foray into the ubiquity world - knew nothing about networking but loving learning a little bit about it now and can see myself getting a little bit addicted and wanting more Ubiquity kit....




...Specifically cameras and the 4k G4 Pro as a first step - But as I think I understand it, that camera needs a) POE which the DM cannot provide and b) a different cloud key to what is used in the Dream Machine (??)




Can anyone tell me if there is a way I can use the G4 Pro Camera with the UDM or do I have to by a Dream Machine Pro (??)





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Master Geek

  #2500026 7-Jun-2020 12:40
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UDMP provides the Unifi Protect capability, which is the camera side of things & the space to install a hard drive for recordings.


If you stay with the UDM, you'd need to use a Cloud Key Gen 2 Plus in order to use Unifi Protect. I'm unsure whether the UDMs built-in controller could clash with the controller within the Cloud Key, or if there's an option to disable the Controller from running on the cloud key, in order to only provide Unifi Protect.


Both Dream Machines don't provide PoE capabilities with the built-in switch. So you'd need to either use PoE injectors, or use a separate PoE switch to power the camera(s).


While I haven't had any personal experience with the G4 cameras, the general consensus is that they are very overpriced for what they are. For ~$1000 each, they'd better be a sweet camera!


I'm holding out to see whether the Protect software will be released separately, so that I can re-purpose some spare hardware and turn into an NVR, just like you could with Unifi Video, which is somewhat EOL now.

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Master Geek

  #2500159 7-Jun-2020 19:18
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Thanks, yeah they are pricey thats for sure! But nice to have your data not in the cloud and be paying subscriptions like I am with the Arlos I currently have.




ok, so a POE Switch will get me my POE to power the cameras but yeah I think you're right, I'll have issues with the controller so might have to accept limitations for now.





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