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Ultimate Geek

#268217 5-Mar-2020 19:51
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I have a pretty simple set of requirements for a replacement 'office reception monitoring' camera:


  • Powered from a wall outlet
  • Wifi network connectivity (not WPS, but I don't think anything relies on this anymore)
  • The ability to load a browser window (or VLC) on a dedicated Windows 10 PC on the same LAN, and stream the camera feed 24/7, full screen

I don't need any of the following:


  • Cloud functionality
  • 4K resolution (I'd be happy with SD)
  • Any storage or recording functionality
  • Push notifications
  • A mobile app (but I'm happy to use an app to set it up initially)
  • PoE
  • Watching the stream off-site
  • PTZ
  • Night vision
  • Two-way talk functionality

We have an old D-Link or TP-Link (can't remember) camera that does exactly what we want, but this has died.


It seems like most of the models available are entirely focused on mobile apps and remote streaming.


I'm sure that some of these IP cameras have a directly accessible RTSP or similar stream that I can get to via a browser, or VLC, but I don't want to have to try my luck and buy without knowing I get browser/VLC streaming working.


Does anyone have a recommendation for a simple single camera that does what I need?


I'm happy to pay up to $200 but feel that I should be able to get something for less than $100.



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  #2433397 5-Mar-2020 21:34
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You could actually just build something:


What you'll need - Raspberry Pi of some type (Pi Zero will work fine also - these are available on Trademe).
- SD Card
- Webcam - If you're using a Raspberry Pi Zero you'll need a MicroUSB to USB cable.


Operating system:


This can also manage multiple webcams connected to the same Pi.

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Ultimate Geek

  #2433466 6-Mar-2020 05:40
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Thanks. Yeah I could build something, and if it was for home use I probably would. But this is a work thing, so I really just want to buy a product, plug it in, and get on with it.


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  #2433476 6-Mar-2020 07:27
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It's only "home" cameras that are focussed on apps & streaming.


Any mainstream brand IP camera (and I'll use Dahua as an example) would meet the requirements of viewing on the PC via browser or via RTMP/RTSP but the problem is most serious manufacturers don't makes WiFI cameras (or if they do it'll typically be some crappy models) because you'd never use WiFi for security cameras in any sort of production environment due to all the obvious limitations.


If you could run data cable a Dahua camera would come in at half your budget, or you could still meet budget with a Dahua camera and Ethernet over power adapters.


If you are set on having a WiFi camera I'd probably opt for a dirt cheap Wyze and hack it with the RTSP firmware or 3rd party firmware.





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  #2433480 6-Mar-2020 07:44
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OK, I could flex on the wifi requirement, any recommendations on a specific Dahua model and vendor?


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