Hardware Requirements

IPCams Hub requires an Apple TV or Mac running on your local network to run and monitor your cameras. By running locally, IPCams can detect motion immediately and provides a level of security unavailable by cloud offerings.

Option 1: Apple TV

The most power efficient and cost effective option is to run IPCams on a Apple TV. IPCams does need to be running in the foreground for motion detection and recording to work though, so the best solution is to use a dedicated Apple TV to run IPCams 24/7. You could use any Apple TV and switch back and forth between apps, but there is no way to automatically relaunch IPCams after exiting. If you don't already have an Apple TV, it's the cheapest hardware option available.

Option 2: Mac

IPCams Hub can run on any Mac in the background while you are using other apps. The Mac needs to stay awake though, so it's best to disable sleep to allow IPCams to run 24/7. When IPCams Hub is running, IPCams will stay awake in the background but can be quit by using the quit option from the status bar icon.

Network Connectivity

IPCams Hub can work over WiFi but for the best performance, IPCams Hub works better when your Apple TV or Mac is hardwired via ethernet to your network.

Camera Limits

IPCams Hub doesn't currently have a have a camera limit per device, but it's good to note that some hardware can handle more cameras than others. For example, a more powerful and modern Mac, can handle more cameras than an older Apple TV. If you run into issues with running too many cameras on one Hub device (app crashing, running out of memory or space), you can always add an extra and spread the monitoring load between multiple Hubs.