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.
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!
Getting useful data into your home automation platform is always a challenge. Weather, snow emergencies, school closings, etc are vital pieces of information as your automations mature.
Unfortunately there isn’t one nationwide, definitive source, for much of this information. In this post I will outline ONE way to scrape and parse this data for use in automations or alerting.
I figured I would start off with something relatively simple. How can you toggle WiFi networks on a schedule. Now Ubiquiti offers this scheduling function natively, however that doesn’t tie into the rest of your automations and means you have to manually change things up as schedules change.
I imagine you are asking yourself, why would I do this? Kids are the obvious answer, shut down the WiFi at night and turn it back on in the morning. This only works if you have a separate SSID that the kids devices connect to. Though you can get creative with other options too which I will detail in a second post.