Iris V1 Camera

Okay. This is some very short-term information as I don't know if this first site will continue operating after today.
Iris Web Portal | Cameras

Sercomm API


This one is not necessarily useful as is as Lowe's made changes that make some of the information not helpful. As a general guide, it is still okay:
RC8221 User Manual

Hopefully, this will help get these cameras working with Hubitat. If not, at least it may make them useful as IP cameras if someone wants to use an app like Motion or Zoneminder to run them.

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There is no native support for any cameras in hubitat currently.

Yes, but if the V1 cameras can be used for at least the motion and/or temperature detector functions, then one might be able to use them to trigger recording with another application.

That is true of a lot of cameras. And what I'm telling you is that there is no native support for any cameras currently. The cameras are wifi, so they would have to be interfaced completely differently than the other Iris devices.

The cameras communicate over WiFi, but they were linked to the Iris Hub somehow. Perhaps when the code is released some information will be in it that would facilitate connecting the camera to the Hubitat hub also, even if it is only to report motion and/or temperature.

They were "paired" with the Iris hub via Wifi and reported over that same channel.

Technically speaking, someone in the community could write a driver that would listen for those events over a WiFi connection as there is an API available.

Before iris shuts down tonight, go to your cameras in the iris devices page, click on the settings icon and scroll down to "local viewing" and take a screen shot of that info. It could help in connecting to other IP camera services. The password field may be needed!

I haven't tried to port the cameras to any other service, but thought that info would be helpful.

The only way to get to the camera API is to reset them to default settings (pre-paired to a hub). Once the camera has been paired, it is supposedly only accessible from the hub it is paired to.

The links I posted will give the default login and passwords for the cameras when they are reset to default.

The login for a camera that has been reset is:
username: alertme
Password: nFQTEm*s67uxuF**a2vAth7RoJ

Enter this url in your web browser:

When prompted for username and password, use the information above. The links I gave will help with other commands for setting up the camera. As for linking it to the Hubitat hub, I have no idea how to go about doing that.

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Then you would just have to write a driver to interface to the camera using that information. What I'm telling you is that there is no cameras that currently interface to HE with a native driver. So, I wouldn't expect the hubitat team to work on the Iris cams first, since there are so many other cams out there that are a lot more popular. But you can write your own driver to interface to them.

To do that, one would need to understand how to write drivers. That is not part of my current skill set. I am providing the information in case there is someone with the skill and inclination to do so to have some information related to these cameras. I'm not saying they have to be prioritized over any other camera.

Well, they wouldn't have a camera to test with, odds are pretty low. But i guess you can keep your fingers crossed.

Wouldn't the information needed to write a driver for the Iris V1 IP camera would apply to any IP camera?

Since I'm brand new to Hubitat and have half a dozen Iris Cameras (they stunk for me) does Hubitat integrate with any other camera control programs such as Blue Iris or Wyze via IFTTT?

Hubitat integrates with IFTTT, but no camera setups "natively" with their own drivers, some people have wrote their own drivers and have them going, but they're not currently "supported by" Hubitat since they aren't natively created by Hubitat.

I had not heard of anyone writing drivers for them. I'll have to do more searching.

Here is one thread about them. [RELEASE] BI Control - Local Blue Iris control

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That looks like it is a way to integrate Blue Iris control, not to control IP cameras directly. BI is a Windows program and I run Linux. BI is out.

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Take a look at Motioneye or motion. Basically the same thing except for Linux and Free.

I have two Iris V1 indoor cameras (Sercomm RC8221). With Iris, I used them as motion sensors as much as anything else. Finally under Hubitat, I was able to get them to control lights based on their motion detection. I'll describe it here. It is a bit.... well lets just say Rube Goldberg would be proud.
So for starters, go here: How to Take Total Control of your Iris Cameras with the API - Questions/Help - Living withOUT Iris Forum

and follow the instructions to get the camera into a factory reset state. This will allow you to talk to the camera and get and set its configuration.

If you were able to change the settings such as the username/password, and get the camera on wifi, the rest is relatively easy.

Lets move to the Hubitat side. You will need to create a virtual motion detector. So install this Driver Code:

and make a Virtual Device:
Name: Camera Motion Sensor
Label: The-Room-It's-In Camera
Type: Virtual Motion with Switch

Use the Rule Maker to make a trigger such as "Camera Motion Detected" Use a Motion type trigger event for your The-Room-It's-In Camera with the value of active. Set it to turn on a light, or something simple that you can easily test.

Go to the device page for your The-Room-It's-In Camera, and click the "on" panel. This should turn on the light.

Install the MakerAPI App Built-In App. In the MakerAPI, you probably only need Local IP address access if the camera is on the same network as the hub. Scroll down and select your The-Room-It's-In Camera. Click the " Get All Devices with Full Details" link and you should see a page of JSON code with info all about your new device. The important parts are the ID and the Commands.

Back on the MakerAPI page, you can scroll down to the last piece of info on how to Send Device Command:
http://[your-hub-ip-address]/apps/api/[MakerAPI-id]/devices/[Device ID]/[Command]/[Secondary value]?access_token=asdf-...

You will fill in the blanks to look something like this:

Paste this into a browser, and it should turn your light on just like clicking the "on" panel on the device page. In fact, if you watch the camera's device page you can see the motion state change from inactive to active.

Finally back to the camera. We need to tell the camera to make that http GET when it sees motion. So run this:
you should see:

We will turn on the notifications and tell it where:


We need to tell the camera to make the call on motion. So looking at the EVENT info:

We want to change some values to:
event_interval=0 (this sets continuous detection. set to 1 for detections 1 minute apart minimum)

On the MOTION page:
be sure:

On the SYSTEM page, I have:

but not entirely clear about that.
The camera has a log here:

That you can look at (you need to refresh it yourself). If you put your hand in front of the camera you should see:
Alert: PIR & Motion Detection (bundle) triggered.
Alert: Detected motion.

depending if you have pir_mode=1 or pir_mode=0 under SYSTEM.And if your HTTP_NOTIFY is set correctly you will see:

HTTP-NOTIFY:Send notification successfully.

So with all that, you should be able to turn on the lights by waving your arms! Progress!
See comment 23 from Ryan780 below about changes to the driver you might want to make regarding on and off timing.

Apparently, the camera will make a video and email it to you if you are nice to it, but I'm not there yet. I think I need an SD card, for starters. I'll let you know if I get that working.

If you have an easier way to do this, please do tell.


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