Cloud Cameras: Nest, Arlo, and Wyze cameras work. Other cloud cameras do not.

IP Cameras: Cameras that support Onvif or RTSP will work. There are hundreds of compatible models.

Video Recorders: Cameras plugged into the back of a recorder require either manual configuration or use of a PoE switch.

Click on a camera brand for specific advice:

Arlo

All Arlo cameras will work with Camect at the same resolution as Arlo supplies for live viewing on my.arlo.com.

Notes:

  • Camect streams video and records continuously, and will quickly drain the battery on battery-operated models.
  • Camect does not support Arlo 2-factor authentication yet, but support is planned. Until then, you can share your cameras with a another account that doesn’t have two-factor auth and doesn’t have permission to do anything other than view, and use that second account to connect from Camect.
  • Arlo allows each viewer account to be signed in to view from the web once, and Camect counts as a viewer. If you wish to view your cameras on the web using other apps while also using them with Camect, you’ll be best off creating a separate arlo account, sharing the cameras with that account, and using that account with Camect.
  • Arlo also has a limit of 5 live streams per base station. Bear this in mind if you have several cameras that share a base station that you’d like to use with Camect.

Amcrest

All regular Amcrest IP cameras (i.e. most of their products) work well with Camect. However the “Amcrest SmartHome” line of cameras will not work.

If your cameras are plugged into the back of a video recorder, please read the video recorder advice above too.

Axis

Almost all Axis IP cameras will work. The exception is the “Axis Companion” line of cameras that do not support RTSP or third party integration.

You may need to disable zipstream on your Axis cameras in order to use them with Camect.

Blink

Blink does not work with Camect. Blink only works with the manufacturer’s cloud, and does not provide any way for a third-party to get the video.

Dahua

All Dahua IP cameras should work well with Camect. If your cameras are plugged into the back of a video recorder, please read the video recorder advice above too.

Ezviz

Ezviz cameras may work, and we have tested a few that do. Ezviz does not officially support RTSP (which Camect needs), but many models happen to support RTSP access using credentials printed on the bottom of the camera. Some have reported that you must also turn off the “encrypted video” option using the Ezviz app. Because RTSP is not officially supported by EzViz, be aware that Ezviz may remove the RTSP capability some day.

Some Ezviz cameras only have a “verification code” printed on the sticker. If your camera is detected by Camect, try username “admin” with the verification code as the password.

Foscam

Foscam IP cameras work with Camect.

Hikvision

All Hikvision IP cameras should work well with Camect.

If your cameras are plugged into the back of a video recorder, please read the video recorder advice above too.

Kuna

Kuna cameras do not work with Camect. Kuna only works with the manufacturer’s cloud, and does not provide any way for a third-party to get the video.

Laview

Laview IP cameras usually support Onvif and RTSP and will work with Camect. If your cameras are plugged into the back of a video recorder, please read the video recorder advice above too.

Logitech

Logitech Circle cameras only work with the manufacturer’s cloud, and will not work with Camect. Some other Logitech IP cameras do support RTSP, and should work with Camect, but will require manual configuraton of the correct RTSP url for the camera in Camect.

Lorex

Lorex IP cameras are usually relabelled Hikvision or Dahua units, and should work.  If your cameras are plugged into the back of a video recorder, please read the video recorder advice above too.

Nest

All Nest cameras work, including new ones that “sign in with Google” as well as older ones that “sign in with Nest”.

We do not recommend converting older cameras from “sign in with Nest” to “sign in with Google” yet. (Camect will work, but many other integrations break, and you cannot switch back.)

If your cameras use “sign in with Google” we recommend using a new Google account that only has access to your cameras (and not your email, etc) for access from Camect:

  1. Create a new google account. Set a long secure password on this account that you do not use with any other account. We recommend not enabling two-factor authentication on this new google account.
  2. Share your cameras with the new account.
    • Use the Google Home app to accept the invitation. (Unfortunately it currently can’t be done via the web.)
    • Sign in with the new account on home.nest.com, and verify that the new account can view your cameras.
  3. Use this new account only when Camect asks you to sign in to add your nest cameras to Camect.
  4. Everywhere else that signing in with Google is needed (e.g. to sign in to access your Camect hub) you can continue to use your main Google account.

Two-factor authentication will work if you enable it, but you may have to sign in once a month or so to re-authorize access.

Q-See

Some Q-See models will work. Unfortunately, Q-See specs often do not mention whether or not a product supports RTSP, but customers have reported that at some Q-See products do support it. Models that support RTSP will work with Camect, and you will have to manually configure the correct RTSP url in Camect to get the stream from your camera.

Reolink

Reolink IP cameras (i.e. almost all Reolink cameras) will work with Camect. However, Reolink Argus cameras will not work, as those are designed to be used only with Reolink’s cloud. A few other models will also not work as they don’t support RTSP: B800, B400, D400, E1.

Ring

Ring cameras will not work with Camect. Ring only works with the manufacturer’s cloud. We would love to do a cloud integration with them, but got no response when we reached out to them. We will add Ring support if it ever becomes feasible to do so.

Samsung

Samsung cameras that support RTSP (e.g. some of the Smartcam models) will work. Wisenet cameras from Samsung support Onvif, and as such should be detected automatically, but we have not tested them.

Samsung Smartcams that we tested worked well in our tests. However, we have also encountered one user with Smartcams that crashed after less than an hour of continuously streaming video from them.

If your Smartcams have not previously been used for continuous streaming or recording, please test them to ensure they work properly. One way to test them is to use the VLC app (available on all platforms) to stream video from them for a few hours.

Simplisafe

Simplisafe cameras will not work with Camect. Simplisafe does not provide a way for a third party product to get the video stream from their cameras.

Swann

Swann cameras are usually relabelled Hikvision or Dahua units, and should work with Camect. If your cameras are plugged into the back of a video recorder, please read the video recorder advice above too.

Some recent consumer-oriented Swann models, such as the SWWHD-OUTCAM and the SWWHD-INTCAM do not officially support RTSP, but do in fact offer RTSP support on a nonstandard port (8282). Cameras running RSTP on a nonstandard port will need to be added to Camect manually, using a stream url like rtsp://admin:12345@IP:8282/12

Ubiquiti (UBNT)

Ubiquiti cameras will work if you have a model that supports RTSP, and you configure it to enable RTSP. You will also have to enter the corresponding RTSP url into Camect to get each camera working.

Uniview (UNV)

Univew IP cameras support Onvif, and, as such, should work. We have not tested any Uniview cameras yet, but we will be testing some soon.

Vivint

Vivint cameras will not work with Camect. Vivint does not provide a way for a third party to get the video stream from their cameras.

Wyze

Wyze cams will work with Camect, with or without the optional RTSP firmware that Wyze provides. Note that Wyze cam Pan cannot be moved from the Camect UI, as Wyze does not provide a way for a third party to do this.

Yi

Yi cameras do not work with Camect at present, but we are actively investigating the possibility of adding support for them. We are currently NOT confident that they will work by the time the product is delivered, and if Yi support is critical to you, you should hold off on ordering Camect.

Please watch this spot for updates on Yi cameras.

Zmodo

Most Zmodo cameras will not work with Camect. Older Zmodo cameras used to support RTSP and those should work with Camect, but in newer models, Zmodo has made their cameras usable only with their own cloud.

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