Do Kasa Cameras Support Blue Iris or iSpy?

When considering video surveillance services,­ there are quite a few options to choose from. Two popular choices are Blue Iris and iSpy.

While many people use these smart home security tools to control their security cameras, the question of whether Kasa Cameras support these tools remains. 

While Blue Iris and iSpy are reliable control systems, Kasa Cameras do not support them and are not compatible with them.

There is, however, a wealth of information you should know about this topic,­ so let’s dive right in!­

Do Kasa Cameras Support Blue Iris or iSpy?

Do Kasa Cameras Support Blue Iris or iSpy?

Unfortunately, no. Kasa cameras do not support ONVIF or RTSP protocols and, therefore, cannot connect with Blue Iris or iSpy. Another reason why Kasa cameras do not work with Blue Iris or iSpy is because they are not IP-based.

You can only control a Kasa camera on devices that support the Kasa Smart App. In other words, connect Kasa cameras to devices like tablets, smartphones, and devices that do not require an IP address to function.

What Exactly Is Blue Iris and iSpy Software?

Blue Iris and iSpy are video surveillance software that lets users access and control their security cameras. These tools are compatible with a variety of different brand models and hardware.

Blue Iris effortlessly connects with a wide range of cameras,­ including WiFi cameras,­ IP cameras,­ USB cameras,­ PoE,­ and 360-­degree fisheye.­ Similarly,­ iSpy is compatible with camera options such as IP cameras,­ USB cameras,­ webcams,­ mobile phones,­ NVRs,­ and DVRs.­

The Blue Iris and iSpy software come equipped with extra features, such as PTZ control, audio recording, playback, remote live view, and email alerts.

What Cameras Work With Blue Iris or iSpy?

While the Kasa camera may not work with Blue Iris or iSpy, this doesn’t mean there are no other alternatives. In fact, there is a wide range of cameras that work really well with Blue Iris and iSpy. Network IP cameras, analog corded cameras, and webcams are compatible with these software.

  1. Hikvision DarkFighter

DS-2CD2386G2-IU 4K 8MP DarkFighter Turret Dome IP Camera 2.8mm PoE IP67 H.265+, Compatible with Hikvision NVR

This dome camera features an impressive 8MP sensor,­ allowing it to capture stunning footage in 4K resolution.­ Although the maximum frame rate for all 4K streams is limited to just 20 FPS due to the high resolution,­ this camera offers support for various video encoding methods,­ including H.­264,­ H.­264+­,­ H.­265,­ and H.­265+­.­

It also has a 120dB true WDR technology. This enables clear images even when recording under strong backlights. Moreover, Hikvision DarkFighter supports 3D DNR that reduces the noise in dark situations.

  1. REOLINK Camera

REOLINK Security IP Camera , 5MP Surveillance Outdoor Indoor PoE Camera, Human/Vehicle Detection, 100Ft IR Night Vision, Work with Smart Home, Up to 256GB Micro SD Card, RLC-510A

Reolink has the latest features in the list of cameras supported by Blue Iris and iSpy. The camera shoots 4K footage and has a 5X optical zoom ability that enhances its shooting range.

Though the specifications of the camera do not clearly state its resolution, pictures taken have a 7680 × 4320 resolution, indicating a 33MP shot. During the night, it can shoot 8 MP shots with full color-night vision support due to the dual spotlight color night vision system.

  1. Amcrest 4K Camera

Amcrest UltraHD 4K (8MP) IP PoE AI Camera, 49ft Nightcolor, Security Outdoor Turret Camera, Built-in Microphone, Human Detection, Active Deterrent, 129° FOV, 4K@15fps IP8M-2779EW-AI (White)

This is one of the best Smart Home devices that connects to the Blue Iris and iSpy software. It supports up to 4K recording due to its 8 MP 1/2.8” camera sensor, though the footage has a maximum frame rate of 15 FPS.

The camera’s IR is substantially better than most domes at 5-30 yards. This, coupled with its color night vision adjusted to detect ranges of up to 49 ft, allows for more complete night pictures. Its lens has a great wide-angle FOV of 129 degrees, enough for any security camera.

  1. Wyze

WYZE Cam v3 with Color Night Vision, Wired 1080p HD Indoor/Outdoor Video Camera, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT

Wyze camera is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Wyze protection system, and home gadgets, making it an excellent smart security camera. The Wyze Cam v3 model is both an indoor and outdoor camera with greater mounting freedom than other interior models like the Wyze Cam Pan and Wyze Cam v2.

  1. EmpireTech Dahua Starlight

EmpireTech IPC-Color4K-T 4K Full-Color Ultra Low Light 8MP Smart AI Starlight Turret IP Camera 1/1.2" CMOS,Build-in Warm LED, Built-in Mic,SMD 3.0,PoE and ePoE,IPC-Color4K-T 3.6mm

Dahua cameras are among the most popular IP camera brands, with EmpireTech as one of their most reputable models. The camera has a 4 MP camera that records 1080p videos at 60 fps, typical with most IP security cameras. It also has a new upgraded model, the IPC-T5842T-ZE, that features an 8 MP sensor.

EmpireTech uses AI to accurately detect humans and motions. It also has several other features for accurate detection, including intrusion, fast moving vehicles and human subjects, loitering detection, tripwire support, parking detection, face detection, heat maps, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Storage Do I Need for Blue Iris?

If you plan to use Blue Iris, at least 8 GB of RAM is recommended. However, for a large number of cameras or Blue Iris’s AI integrations, get a minimum of 16 GB of memory.

Does Blue Iris Work With WiFi Cameras?

Blue Iris is compatible with a wide range of network IP cameras, including WiFi cameras,­ USB IP cameras,­ PoE cameras,­ and virtually all cameras that support the ONVIF protocol.­ To seamlessly integrate your WiFi camera with Blue Iris,­ you’ll need to first set it up using the manufacturer’s software.­

What Does the Iris Do on a Camera?

The iris,­ also known as the aperture,­ regulates the amount of light entering the lens.­ Additionally,­ it plays a crucial role in determining image sharpness and depth of field.­ This ensures proper exposure for image and video capture.­

How Many Cameras Can Blue Iris Support?

There are two Blue Iris license versions: With the Full version, you can simultaneously view and control multiple security cameras (up to 64 cameras) from a single computer. There is also an LE version that supports only a single camera.

Bottom Line

If you have Kasa security cameras, you may want to control them with smart control devices. But you should know this isn’t possible as these cameras do not support Blue Iris or iSpy.

So, to help you find alternative systems for your security needs, we’ve suggested a list of compatible Blue Iris and iSpy cameras. We hope it proves helpful.

About Tristan Perry

Tristan Perry is a software developer who is passionate about tech gadgets, DIY and housing. He has therefore loved seeing smart homes hit the mainstream. Tristan also has an academic background (in Math & Computer Science), and so he enjoys digging into the technical ways that smart home devices work.

Tristan owns close to a dozen Amazon Echo devices, way too many Philips Hue bulbs and lightstrips, a boat-load of Ring Cameras and Doorbells... and a bunch of other smart home devices too (from Reolink, Google Nest, GLEDOPTO and others).

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