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.
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