Ubiquiti Open IP Cameras Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Apr 04, 2016

Back in 2011, Ubiquiti broke ground, offering IP cameras for the then shocking amount of ~$100.

And, for a while, Ubiquiti included 3rd party support but a few years ago they shut it down completely.

Now, in a new firmware version (3.2.0), they have re-opened support.

Inside, we test this to see how it works, what drawbacks it may have, and how it impacts Ubiquiti's market positioning.

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Comments (5)

No configuration from VMS: Unlike ONVIF or direct integrations, RTSP does not allow any configuration of the stream from the VMS. All configuration must be done in the camera.

Would Ubiquiti allow a direct integration to be written by a VMS now?

That's a good question- do they even offer an API or SDK kit?

We have the rtsp stream working in Exacvision with no issues. We are pulling the stream from the Ubiquiti Video server installed on a windows 7 desktop

Ethan is talking about the pulling stream from the camera directly.

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