Wireless Reolink camera, RTSP, motionEye, Blue iris, Node-RED and Home Assistant.
Or in other words in todays article I will play with a Reolink wireless camera and I will add it to one of the most popular Software NVRs, namely: MotionEye and Blue Iris.
After that I will show you how to integrate the camera with Node-RED and Home Assistant all of that using the RTSP protocol.
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What you will see in this article?
I always wanted to install good cameras in my Home and to continuously record everything using a software NVR. I also wanted to have the possibility to include the cameras in my Smart Home hubs, namely: Home Assistant and Node-RED in order to make some useful automations.
And thanks to the guys from Reolink who sent me their wireless RLC-410w camera I can now test and see if I can do all that I wanted.
So you can expect to see in this article a quick unboxing and setup and then step by step tutorials for Reolink RLC-410W camera integration with MotionEye, BlueIris, Node-RED and Home Assistant.
Benefit for you!
The benefit for you will be that you can get and easily adapt the configs that I’m about to show you and directly use them for your cameras. That includes any recent Reolink or other RTSP enabled cameras.
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Unboxing & Specifications
These are the camera specs:
1/2.7″ CMOS Sensor
2560×1440 (4.0 Megapixels)
|Angle of View|
Horizontal: 80°, Vertical: 42°
0 Lux (With IR Illuminator)
30 Meters (LED: 18pcs/14mil/850nm)
Micro SD socket, support motion detect record
Main Stream: 2560×1440, 2048×1536, 2304×1296; Sub Stream: 640×480
Main Stream: 1024Kbps ~ 8192Kbps, Sub Stream: 64Kbps ~ 512Kbps
|Maximal Frame Rate |
HTTPS, SSL, TCP/IP, UDP, UPNP, RTSP, SMTP, NTP, DHCP, DNS, DDNS, FTP, P2P
One 10M/100Mbps RJ45
|Max. User Access|
20 Users (1 admin account & 19 user accounts); Support up to 12 simultaneous video streams (10 substreams & 2 mainstreams)
Φ67 x 186mm
The Reolink guys have put a LAN cable inside the box of a wireless camera. And you’ll eventually need the cable only once during the initial setup after that you can throw it away.
Also they put not 1, but 5 stickers like you bought 5 cameras. That is what I’m talking about in my UniFi Dream Machine article.
When I see something like this that means to me a lot, there is attention to the details and small things like this immediately makes me trust the brand more. Good job Reolink I really like that now let’s continue.
Question for You!
What is the most important feature for you when you are choosing a security camera?
Is it the megapixels, the night vision, wireless connectivity, the Brand or the price or maybe something else?
Let me know in the comments below.
Camera setup instructions
We saw what’s in the box.
To setup the camera just connect it to your router with the LAN cable, download the Reolink app from your phone store and scan the Barcode on your camera from within the reolink app.
Initial setup is as easy as walk in the park.
Reolink App User management
One of the most important part besides smashing the Subscribe button for the YouTube algorithm is to get the username and password for the camera, so we can use it for the RTSP link.
I will show you where to find these credentials If you like forget your camera password.
Click on the Gear Wheel button in the upper right corner
Then go to Advanced > User Management.
In this menu you can add or remove Administrators and normal Users.
RTSP Links for Reolink RLC-410W
The Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a network control protocol designed for streaming. Every camera that support RTSP can be eventually added to the Systems described below.
For the RLC-410W camera the RTSP links are:
Sub stream (small window)
Main stream (big window)
Of course you have to replace YOUR_CAMERA_IP, YOUR_USERNAME & YOUR_PASSWORD with yours in the links above.
To test if everything is working before you continue further you can try to open the RTSP links in VLC player.
Reolink with MotionEye over RTSP
We have all that we need from the Reolink app let’s now add the camera to motionEye
Just log in to your motionEye with admin user and add a new network camera. If you need additional instructions for that check this article of mine about motionEye.
For the URL you can use this link:
Don’t forget to enter your Username & Password in the fields below the URL.
If everything is right you will see the camera stream from within the motionEye interface.
As I said above if you need more info about the available options go read/watch my motionEye article.
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Reolink with Blue Iris over RTSP
Before we continue further I just want to let you know that Blue Iris is a paid product and it is considered as one of the best in class.
The current Blue Iris version is 5 and it cost around $70. I’m using the legacy version 4 of the product, but the described approach below should be similar if not the same.
The good thing is that you can try the product before you buy as they offer a 15-day demo period.
Let’s now test the Blue Iris.
Just click on the little + button in the upper right part of the Blue Iris interface.
And exactly as with motionEye add the following link as Address.
As well as your Username & Password in the respective fields.
Then you have to click the OK button and you should see the camera stream inside the Blue Iris.
Reolink with Node-RED over RTSP
No issues with Blue Iris and Reolink RLC-410w, that means we can try the Node-RED.
You will need two things to test this in Node-RED.
- FFMPEG package installed
- The Node-RED add-on node-red-contrib-image-tools – available from the Manage Palette menu in Node-RED.
If your Node-RED is installed as add-on in Home Assistant you can add ffmpeg by adding the following lines in you Node-RED configuration inside the Supervisor menu.
When you meet the above mentioned requirements (ffmpeg, and contrib-image-tools) you just have to import the following Node-RED flow in your Node-RED and to edit the exec node inside.
The things that you have to change again are Username, Password and IP.
Then you can click on the “Start stream” inject button and you will see the camera stream.
You can of course do many things after that like streaming your camera image to a Chromecast device like I’m showing in this article.
Reolink with Home Assistant over RTSP
Node-RED and the RTSP enabled Reolink cam are working fine let’s see how to add the RTSP enabled Reolink RLC-410W camera in Home Assistant.
You only have to add the following lines in your configuration.yaml file.
# add this to your configuration.yaml file camera: - platform: ffmpeg name: Reolink410W_1_sub input: -rtsp_transport tcp -i rtsp://YOUR_USER:YOUR_PASSWORD@YOUR_CAMERA_IP:554/h264Preview_01_sub #small window - platform: ffmpeg name: Reolink410W_1_main input: -rtsp_transport tcp -i rtsp://YOUR_USER:YOUR_PASSWORD@YOUR_CAMERA_IP:554/h264Preview_01_main #big window
Then check your configuration for errors and if there aren’t any restart your Home Assistant.
The only thing left for you is to add a new Picture Glance Card from the three dots menu in the upper right corner of the Home Assistant Interface.
Inside the Picture Glance Card you should select your camera entities like so.
Click on “SAVE” button and your Reolink camera stream should be visible in Home Assistant.
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