I am a recovering Dropcam user that got fed up with Nest/Google and bought a few Foscam 9831P network cameras so please cut me a little slack and don’t tear my head off for noob questions I am trying to have my cake and eat it too, so I have stumbled through Zoneminder, Blueiris, and now am looking at Netcam Studio.
I am both Winders and *nix literate and have my own Compaq DL380 server running Vmware ESXi with 2 physical procs with quad cores, Hyperthreaded, and 24GB of memory. I also have a Synology DS 1511 NAS array. I also have two Panasonic BB-HCM381A netcams along with (3) Foscam 9831P cams.
I would LIKE to set up a Network Video Recorder/system using the Foscam’s (all indoors) and the Panasonic cams (1 outdoor, 1 indoor), with audio and motion alerts to my cell phone (either email or txt, with pic or links to video). I would also like to be able to view video streams (live and recorded) on my desktop, tablet, and cell phone. I would also like to leverage either my external hosted site (godaddy), or maybe something like Google Drive or Dropsync, to have my videos uploaded and away from my home computers in case of bad things (or people). I am not averse to using the native Foscam or Panasonic software to directly connect to the cameras for live viewing, and use the NVR software for looking back in time.
The Foscams looked easy enough to set up with Netcam Server but I’m curious about the benefits of RTSP and ONVIF, if there are any, vs. the default of JPEG. Can one of you more informed members give me a little schooling on why I should use one or the other (or even IF I can), and maybe enlighten me as to whether or not I can accomplish all the things I’m looking for with this product? Thanks very much for your time and patience.