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Blue Iris 5, NVR software for Windows $49.49 ($20 off)

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Amcrest has the popular home security Blue Iris 5 NVR software on sale for $49.49 = $54.99 - 10% [amcrest.com] ($20 off the original $69.99 price if buying direct from BlueIrisSoftware). Digital license delivery.

Use code HOLIDAY10 for the 10% off (thanks mrgino)

If you have a spare PC or will build one, drop Windows onto it, and run this software.
  • It will be compatible with major brands' IP PoE cameras (via ONVIF compatability, which major brands all support, aka Amcrest, Dahua, Hikvision, Axis, Reolink, etc)
  • Connect all cameras' Cat5e/6 cables to a PoE Switch, and connect that switch to your local network via one cable.
  • And your Blue Iris software detects them on the network.

Product information here [blueirissoftware.com], including the direct BI 5 download link (then you apply the license).

Is this for me, you might ask?
This is for DIY folks.

Alternately, you would buy a bundle deal with a specific brand's NVR (recorder) and cameras. But you are locked into that brand's cameras if you upgrade, you're forced into their UI, and you don't get the same feature-rich set that Blue Iris provides for more customizable motion detection and avoiding false alerts.


Last year's sale was cheaper by $5. Inflation. Smilie
edited to add mrgino's code.
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Been this price for weeks. Used code HOLIDAY10 a few days ago for an extra 10% off too
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Been this price for weeks. Used code HOLIDAY10 a few days ago for an extra 10% off too
Thanks, I wasn't aware, and it wasn't posted. Appreciate it.
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Worth every penny at this price. I have a mix of different cameras and BI handles them all.
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Worth every penny at this price. I have a mix of different cameras and BI handles them all.
Have you gotten a Reolink to work with BI? RLC-522A or RLC-811A? It used to be an issue, and I see that even reolink has added instructions [reolink.com], but I am looking to confirm it will work with these 5MP or 4K cameras w/ optical zoom.
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how is this Amcrest version different from the one being sold from the vendor?

Also does it come with the mobile App or do we need to buy this separate?
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how is this Amcrest version different from the one being sold from the vendor?

Also does it come with the mobile App or do we need to buy this separate?
There's no difference. You can use the Amcrest code to activate any Blue Iris 5 installation.

The app is a separate purchase.
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sucks update expires in 1 year. You no longer get updates unless you buy it again.
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sucks update expires in 1 year. You no longer get updates unless you buy it again.
It was $30 dollars for the renewal. I don't have a problem with that for feature rich software that is always being updated with email support.
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FYI for those who are considering. This is absolutely in the "ProSumer" category. It's an incredibly powerful software for the price, but it is definitely not as plug-n-play as throwing up some solar cams and using an app to see motion clips.

I ran this software for 3 years with 6x 4K POE cams. I was very happy with the performance. But, ultimately, it took a long long time to configure just-so and when one of my cables failed (thanks squirrels), I ended up replacing with a consumer (Eufy 2 Pro) cam.
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Have you gotten a Reolink to work with BI? RLC-522A or RLC-811A? It used to be an issue, and I see that even reolink has added instructions [reolink.com], but I am looking to confirm it will work with these 5MP or 4K cameras w/ optical zoom.
I am using RLC-520 with audio and works fine. Checked pull down of supported cameras and RLC-810A is there, but I am also not on the latest version at this time. Release 5.5 broke my VPN setup so had to roll back and have not upgraded in a couple months. Need to give another try sometime.

Edit: I just updated to the latest version and VPN is working fine now. Version 5.5.3.4. I did not notice any new Reolink cameras added to config.
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I am using RLC-520 with audio and works fine. Checked pull down of supported cameras and RLC-810A is there, but I am also not on the latest version at this time. Release 5.5 broke my VPN setup so had to roll back and have not upgraded in a couple months. Need to give another try sometime.

Edit: I just updated to the latest version and VPN is working fine now. Version 5.5.3.4. I did not notice any new Reolink cameras added to config.
Thanks for all these notes. I'm glad that 5.5.3.4 is working well for you.

I've seen people using reolinks, like yours, but the optical zoom variants have given them issues. I saw one person say the 811a works as long as they used Generic / ONVIF or RTSP in the config (iirc). To buy and play with it (and possibly use Amazon's return policy) or to just stick with a non-zoom Amcrest like the rest... hmm... Smilie
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FYI for those who are considering. This is absolutely in the "ProSumer" category. It's an incredibly powerful software for the price, but it is definitely not as plug-n-play as throwing up some solar cams and using an app to see motion clips.

I ran this software for 3 years with 6x 4K POE cams. I was very happy with the performance. But, ultimately, it took a long long time to configure just-so and when one of my cables failed (thanks squirrels), I ended up replacing with a consumer (Eufy 2 Pro) cam.
Did you use BI to control Eufy? If not, how's the Eufy's software?
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Did you use BI to control Eufy? If not, how's the Eufy's software?
You can setup BI to be an RTSP endpoint of the Eufy camera.

However, I opted to use Eufy's app and move away from BI. It's good aside from the ads. That said, I find the Ring cameras, although much worse camera quality, much better at detecting and filtering out false positives in motion. The Eufy gets many events just from wind, for example. Eufy seems to have the best wireless camera on the market though for camera quality/resolution and battery life, but lags behind in the motion detection space.

As noted above, for BI - after a year, you have to pay another $60 to access support/upgrades, which, if I'm providing the hardware and infrastructure and equipment, was a bit rich for what I was getting given I just wanted motion alerts essentially. Others find it an extreme value compared to other powerful NVR software on the market - which I can see and agree with. But only if it's your hardcore hobby.
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You can setup BI to be an RTSP endpoint of the Eufy camera.

However, I opted to use Eufy's app and move away from BI. It's good aside from the ads. That said, I find the Ring cameras, although much worse camera quality, much better at detecting and filtering out false positives in motion. The Eufy gets many events just from wind, for example. Eufy seems to have the best wireless camera on the market though for camera quality/resolution and battery life, but lags behind in the motion detection space.

As noted above, for BI - after a year, you have to pay another $60 to access support/upgrades, which, if I'm providing the hardware and infrastructure and equipment, was a bit rich for what I was getting given I just wanted motion alerts essentially. Others find it an extreme value compared to other powerful NVR software on the market - which I can see and agree with. But only if it's your hardcore hobby.
Support/upgrades are $29.95 for a year after you have the license. If it were $60 it would make sense to purchase a new license on sales like this.
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