Software NVR with PoE/WiFi cameras (100% local) and AI

This is something I get asked about a lot. How can I roll a custom Network Video Recorder (NVR) that will accept any camera and not be cloud dependent. Well, any camera that adheres to standards such as RTSP and ONVIF. I will be discussing BlueIris here but there are other options. This is in no way an endorsement. Same thing for the hard drives and cameras. This is all simply gear I use.

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Z-Wave vs ZigBee vs WiFi

This is another one of those questions that gets asked all the time.  What are the pros and cons of these various technologies and which is best?  Well first of all there isn’t a “best” for everyone nor is there a reason you have to ONLY stick with one throughout your house.  Many times a mixing of protocols is best.  In this post I’m going to attempt to break down the pros/cons of each one to help better educate your buying decisions.

These are going to be generic, it’s possible a specific product may not quite slot into this list.  My hope is that you can use it as a starting point though.  Alright so let’s break things down and take a look at the good and bad of each protocol!

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Do you need a hub?

This question comes up a lot, do you need a hub?  What about just sticking a bunch of WiFi plugs/switches in and calling it a day?  Or what about Hue with their motion sensors, that automates my lighting right?

The truth of the matter is, no you don’t NEED a hub but it can greatly improve your automations and allow dissimilar devices to be pulled into a central platform.  There are also some security and performance considerations vs just using WiFi devices.

Let’s explore some of these!

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New Home Best Practices!

This comes up time and time again on the Home Automation subreddit.  How do I lay out wiring and all to make automation as simple as possible in the future?  This post will try to address these items and give suggestions for easy, inexpensive things you can do while building for maximum flexibility!

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