Reolink Argus 2 Camera Integrated to HA

I havn’t seen anyone integrate these with HA yet, I think one of the issues is that the cameras don’t support Onvif.

Might be easier to integrate reolink cloud https://cloud.reolink.com/ (with Argus 2 cameras recording to this) instead.

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Hi,

Check out this information

At the top this link tells us:

Applies to: All Reolink cameras except battery-powered camera

Argus 2 is a battery powered device, so I think still no luck.

Apparently someone figured out a kludge for smartthings using the email notifications. Something similar should be doable in HA.

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How does wifi-batt cams work? Can you somehow wake them up from your lan and grab the stream from them?

Hi, I can see now Argus 2 is integrated with Google Assistant can stream to TV via chromecast. So it could be possible to redirect the stream to HA.

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Did you ever find out of this is possible?

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Very interested in this.
I add that reolink argus 2 can stream to amazon echo show… so in some way it’s possible :wink:

Any updates regarding Reolink battery powered integration?

anybody? reolink argus 3 waiting to be connected to home assistant :slight_smile:

same! lol oh well, its better and Arlo so far

I found a solution that works with the Reolink Argus Eco model, I don’t see why it can’t work with other similar models, but I only own that one.

I am certainly no expert, but thanks to the “neolink” project and a bit of trial and error, I finally have home assistant integration that works like “normal cameras” that are not battery powered.

neolink

I basically downloaded and enabled neolink on the debian machine that hosts my home assistant installation. Neolink takes care of “comunication” with the camera via reolink’s udp protocol and returns an rtsp stream that is compatible with home assistant.

There are of course limitations.
I do not have access to camera information such as remaining battery or events triggered by motion or loud noises, but I can see the camera via home assistant without uploading anything to the reolink cloud.

I configured cron to start neolink after the system reboot.
Once everything works just configure the integration like this:

In my case of course, home assistant instance is on ip 192.168.42.42, while the camera was configured via neolink on 192.168.42.45 with the name “gioco”.
Remember (but it is clearly written in the noelink configuration file) that instead of the camera address you must specify the camera ID for battery-powered cameras.

I have no idea how “efficient” this utilization is, how long the battery can last when the solar panel is not producing, but as far as the server is concerned, I see the utilization of a single core at 2.5\2.8 percent top for neolink.

I hope this will be helpful to others in my same situation.

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Very interesting. Seems to be the only way (certain detour but hey, if it’s working…) to integrate those battery powered Reolink cameras.

Only (first) question is: how to run Neolink on a machine (Raspberry Pi) running Home Assistant OS (HA OS)?

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I’m not following the question @e-raser. The instructions on installation and configuration are apart of the readme file on the neolink’s github repo.

You probably won’t be able to run neolink on the same machine that Home Assistant is running. You’ll have to run it on a different machine with Linux or Windows as the OS OR use docker to setup it up.

Realized that shortly after posting. Taking into account a second machine is needed unfortunately was a red line (next to the basic enormous workaround). In the end I simply switched to powered Reolink cameras.

Running Neolink unfortunately simply is “a bit to complicated”. The root cause for this is Reolinks bad design decision for their battery powered devices. So it’s great to have Neolink as an option, but I would really love to see it as an addon for HA OS. That would for sure massively increase the amount of (interested or actual) users of Neolink. /two cents over :slight_smile:

@e-raser What issues did you face when trying to run neolink on a battery-powered Reolink? I have the battery-powered Argus 2 and want to find a way to get a motion trigger from the Reolink to HA. Please share the “complications” you faced?

Thank you

They simply can not be integrated as they don’t offer the needed technical stuff as the powered ones do.

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Thanks for the tutorial. I am close to the goal. But how exactly does the Neonlink configuration look like with you? Stream seems to be stable with me, but can not connect.
Greetings

I finally found the configuration after a long time of testing:

bind = "Home Assistans IP
bind_port = 8555
name = “ArgusPT4MP”
username = “admin”
password = “password”
uid = “UID from Reolink”

And in the Home Assistant under the integrations the following:
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But what must be the command on the Raspberry (cron) so that it restarts after a reboot?