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Blue Iris

Blue Iris is a high end security monitoring system that lets you view and control the feeds from all the cameras at your home or place of business.

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    Terrible Experience

    I have tried this software and it was the worst experience I have had. First, I had so much trouble connecting up my IP Cameras. I would error messages multiple times and the application kept crashing. Once I finally got everything up and running, I would periodically loose connection to my cameras. I had contacted customer support regarding my issues and they would never respond. There are many other better products than Blue Iris.

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  • Which Security Cameras?
    I use Annke (rebranded HikVision, and firewalled off from the Internet) and Eufy cameras in non-cloud (RTSP) mode. I use Blue Iris[1] as an NVR. I also run Skrypted[2] container on my Synology that concurrently makes me able to use HomeKit Secure Video. I've been using this setup for years. I kinda miss the ease of the cloud, but love the configurability and modularity. 1. . Blue Iris... - Source: Hacker News / about 1 month ago
  • Security cams
    Frigate and ZoneMinder come to mind. Blue Iris is not open source but is what I prefer to use for my PoE systems ($80/yr). Source: 8 months ago
  • unable to activate-- down?
    I've had BI running for years-- something went haywire with my setup this morning and now I need to re-activate my license. However, I'm unable to do so within BI, and it appears that is down. Anyone else having issues or know what's going on? Source: about 1 year ago
  • Trying to get a Blue Iris license - no response from IPcam-central
    Blue Iris' official site is and the company is Perspective Software. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Looking for an alternative
    Could look into a diy solution like See what cameras are compatible. Might be some Ethernet based or wifi based cameras out there that would do what you need. Keeps it all local no clouds. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Alternative "Reolink cameras" clients
    Blue Iris is said to work well. Source: over 1 year ago
  • What desktop software or server to use for p2p CCTV camera.
    On the Windows OS Blue Iris seems to be the go to software. Source: over 1 year ago
  • security cameras on tivimate
    I could never get rtsp to work. What I did was purchase Blue Iris for $60, then I ran my cameras through that so I could have an http address to use in an m3u. I created an m3u and added that to TiviMate. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Security Camera Recommendations
    BACKGROUND I've been testing cameras at home: Wyzecam v3 and Reolink E1 Pro, $25 and $30, respectively, on eBay. I'm going to test Frigate NVR, but I'm not opposed to buying Blue Iris either. Source: over 1 year ago
  • I bought cctv cameras (connected via Ethernet) thinking they were safe from hackers. How do hackers get into Ethernet connected devices?
    Next, I use for my software, but if you're not exactly technically inclined and up to the challenge of setting that up, I use for friends and family that need more of a user friendly experience. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Further evidence why you should avoid companies like Ring
    I haven't looked into Blue Iris much, but if you're technically inclined then perhaps that'd be the move: Source: over 1 year ago
  • Arlo End-of-Life Policy
    Full-custom build run on Blue Iris. You can mix and match your choice of compatible manufacturers' IP cameras, build/buy a PC (with the right specs for your needs), install Blue Iris, and customize it as needed. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Most used selfhosted services in 2022?
    BlueIris/Deepstack - Lots of security cam software exists but BlueIris gave me the best performance for my situation. I use Unraid moistly and I was getting terrible performance on just about every other docker. I spun up a Windows VM and it's been rock solid. Deepstack is a self-hosted object detection "AI". I use it with BlueIris. All my cameras record 24/7 at a low resolution then when an object (that I... Source: over 1 year ago
  • PoE Camera Recommendations
    I use Vivotek cameras and Blue Iris vms. All local, nothing phones home. Source: over 1 year ago
  • DVR recommendation?
    Putting that together requires skilled labor and time, though. It might be that you can solve the problem with less total costs by just buying a new system. There are software-based, domestically-sourced options like Blue Iris. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Survellance monitor
    Blue iris tends to be popular in that area. You can setup your PC to load it on startup. Source: over 1 year ago
  • system design help
    Oh, and also I will wave Blue Iris at you. Source: over 1 year ago
  • OS & Hardware Suggestions
    Running Blue Iris surveillance software (must be run within Windows) with at least 4 4k cameras hooked up. Source: over 1 year ago
  • BlueIris software updates “Error establishing a database connection”.
    The entire website is down... Yet again... Source: almost 2 years ago
  • My home lab: development server, media server, VM server, and game server, cctv server, all in one rack. What do you think?)
    Windows: Blue Iris ~$70 one time, then ~$35.00 annual. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • blue iris and true nas vm
    Has anyone put on a true nas server if so did it work well? Source: almost 2 years ago

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10 Best ZoneMinder Alternatives: Free and Paid Video Surveillance
Blue Iris is a commercial option that charges a yearly license, starting at $39.95 for one camera. The full version supports up to 64 cameras and goes for $79.95 per year. If you want to try the software there is a 15-day demo available. This company also offers support plans costing up to $99.95, which gets you phone and remote desktop support.
15 Best Blue Iris Alternatives 2024
However, it is not the only software in the category that gives excellent performance. Among the more popular Blue Iris alternatives are ZoneMinder, Shinobi, YawCam, and others. However, iSpy is the best Blue Iris alternative thanks to its affordability and feature-packed design.

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