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I'm currently investigating a setup to start in home automation and security. Since this question touch a lot of topic, don't hesitate to let me know where I can ask them as I'm not sure myself.

My current plan is to use a Raspberry Pi 3 B Plus with a Z-Wave USB device and Home Assistant for the OS.

I would like to have a night cam indoor to help me monitor my pets (cats, aquariums) while I'm away in case something happens (peace of mind is my main goal, second is future-proofing). My ultimate goal is to have a kind of all-in-one security/home automation solution.

I found the Arlo cameras which require a hub. It would require more upfront cost; Also, linking a camera by wifi and monitoring a rtps stream from Home Assistant on the Pi would require a lot of CPU I suppose.

  • Do I need a hub just for the cameras?
  • Is the Raspberry powerful enough to read multiple camera streams and send the streams to a nas when movement is detected for example? 720p or 1080p...

Future need may require some sort of face detection for in home presence or object detection, etc... still looking for a lib and a way to achieve this, the little berry wouldn't support it.

For those having a similar setup, what is your indoor current camera? If you could reply in comments (as the answer is subjective and doesn't have a "good" answer)

Thanks for your help in my adventure as I discover the beauty and complexity of this world.

  • Do I need a hub just for the cameras? can the cameras work without a Hub ... "cameras" is very vague ... even Arlo cameras isn't good enough, since there's multiple models - and surely you can read what is required for each model, if it only talks to the hub, then a hub you'll most likely need – Jaromanda X Mar 24 at 5:36
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    Seems you already have taken the Tour. But to elaborate it a bit, this site isn't made for brainstorming and discuss general issues. It is made to do one specific question that can be answered detailed. – Ingo Mar 24 at 15:38
  • Ok thanks @Ingo :) Any good site where I can discuss this? – HypeWolf Mar 24 at 18:11
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    I would suggest to use raspberrypi.org/forums – Ingo Mar 24 at 18:23

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