TP-Link Tapo C310 Outdoor Security Wi-Fi Camera $99 + Shipping / $0 CC @ JB Hi-Fi

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I have been looking for a camera to use with Frigate, the open source NVR built around real-time AI object detection. I have it set up with Home Assistant.

https://frigate.video/

Frigate runs best with two video streams, one for the AI detector that identifies people etc, and a second hi resolution stream to capture video of the object.

The TP-Link Tapo series do this.

I set it up last night using Wifi and it is running smoothly with Frigate.

Pros (for me)

  • Accessible streaming: Both RTSP and HTTP streams at two resolutions
  • Good price. PB Tech price matched, their advertised price was $141.171
  • Waterproof. Has a waterproof cable gland for the ethernet connection, and the power lead also has some silicon and looks tidy
  • Wifi and ethernet: Gives you options
  • Possibility of POE: Not set up as POE but as it breaks out ethernet and power, I am sure I can set up a POE injector for the required 9 volts
  • Easy set up using Android app and app doesn't suck.

Here are the rest of the specifications

  • 2304 x 1296 resolution video at 15 fps.
  • IR LED provides up to 98' of night vision.
  • 3.89mm fixed lens
  • Two-way audio thanks to a built-in speaker and microphone
  • A siren
  • Memory card slot supports microSD cards up to 128GB
  • Tapo app for iOS and Android for setup and remote management. Provides remote notifications
  • Motion detection
  • Siren triggers a sound and light alarm
  • Voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • IP66-rated enclosure that is suitable for outdoor use

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Comments

  • +1

    Nice! I have camera envy ;-)

  • +1

    Any tips on getting a Coral usb at a reasonable price?

  • To get a coral keep a close eye on RS when they get stock it sells fast.

    • What is RS?

      • +1

        I think hamez referring this store: https://nz.rs-online.com/web/

        • Seems to be a good price compared to PBTech. The web site says "Available for back order. Estimated for despatch 20/04/2023". $131.50 (inc. GST)

  • So this has chargeable battery?
    Also do you need a coral for motion detection?

    • +1

      No it is powered. Doesn't even have POE which is a bit of a turn off.

      Adapter Input 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 0.3A
      Adapter Output 9.0V/0.6A (DC Power)

      It depends what NVR software you are using and requirements around Coral. I believe the Frigate product linked by OP requires it. Whereas a product like BlueIris uses things like Deepstack or CodeProjectAI through whatever hardware you decide to run the BI NVR on.

      /edit…. For Frigate.. Use of a Google Coral Accelerator is optional, but strongly recommended. CPU detection should only be used for testing purposes. The Coral will outperform even the best CPUs and can process 100+ FPS with very little overhead.

      • The Lack of POE is a turn off, the Ethernet plug is 2cm in diameter, the power plug 1cm.
        i was using ubiquity then switched to tp-link and realised the hassle having a too short power cable and running extension cords for the routers.
        Now im doing the same with this, i didnt want to have the cables hanging outside as suggested so i drilled a hole through my weatherboard, they should of had an adapter to just have one cable.
        But the camera is really good, i wanted it out of reach but that means the mic to too far to have a conversation.

  • +1
    1. I have Frigate running on Proxmox on a i5 desktop (an old HP) and the object detection works well without any special hardware to accelerate the detection process.
    2. The latest version of Frigate has a software alternative to Coral which is reputably very good. This is in the latest beta…

    https://deploy-preview-4055--frigate-docs.netlify.app/config...

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14ZxAn6YoCEUi4kXDlSJH...

    Overall frigate works well (particularly with Home Assistant) and is particularly well documented (which is uncommon in the open source community).

  • I like wired but I can't get a wire to where I want it. (╯°□°)╯

  • Oh frigate. This sounds interesting. I'm kinda keen to experiment with a roll your own security camera set up. How does this compare to blue iris? I haven't heard of frigate before.

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