Question: Do I need an Nvidia GPU to run AiHomeGuardPro?
Answer: You don't have to. The latest AiHomeGuardPro version 6 can run AI inference on three types of backends based on the number of cameras you need to support and how new your PC is:
Question: Do I need to install an app on my iPhone or Android phone to access the videos or images on the PC?
Answer: No. AiHomeGuardPro (since version 6.2.0) has a built-in web server so that you can use the web browser on your device to view the images and play (stream) videos on AiHomeGuard server. There is an URL link in the email alerts, and you simply click that link to invoke the default browser to access the contents.
Question: Can I access the images and videos on AiHomeGuard Server outside my home network without a cloud base service?
Answer: You can set up your ISP router (modem) with IP port forwarding so that you can access the contents outside your home network. There is a URL in the email alert which contains your router's public IP address, simply click it to reach the web server on AiHomeGuard server if the IP port forward has been set.
Question: Which brands/models of cameras are compatible with AiHomeGuard?
Answer: Any standard based IP cameras (those supporting RTSP or MJPEG) are compatible with AiHomeGuard. For instance, Foscam 1080P($50) and Amcrest ProHD 1080P ($70) are high quality standard based cameras. If you already have IP cameras, you can check the brands/models on https://www.ispyconnect.com/sources.aspx and find out whether they support RTSP or MJPEG. Note that some popular camera bands don't support RTSP (not compatible with AiHomeGuard), such as NestCam(Goggle), YI (XiaoMi), Arlo Pro, Blink XT, and Ring (Amazon).
Question: Can I run the software on a PC with an AMD CPU with integrated graphics?
Answer: Yes. It can run under AMD CPU with AI running on the integrated graphics. Please check whether the integrated graphics has the same or higher capacity than Intel HD 520 (most 4 years or newer AMD CPU should work).
Question: Can I install the system by myself?
Answer: Once you have installed the cameras (as instructed by the camera manufacture), installing AI-HomeGuard Windows is straightforward as you install any other Windows apps. The camera auto search feature can fill the cameras RTSP URL(s) during setup. Installing the Linux version of AI-HomeGuard requires you to change the PC's BIOS booting options.
Question: Should I use a HD (e.g. 8 MP) camera?
Answer: AiHomeGuard works well for 720P or 1080P cameras, higher resolution will not improve the AI object detection accuracy, but may make alert images and recording with higher resolution.
Question: The user document suggests setting camera frame rate (FPS) to 4. What if I set the cameras FPS to 15 or 20?
Answer: The number cameras AiHomeGuard can handle is based on 4 FPS; the higher FPS will proportionally reduce the number of cameras can be supported. Higher FPS will not consume more GPU power, but the CPU capacity on decoding video streams, and encoding video during alert recording. You may have to use a higher end of CPU to support 15 or 20 FPS. Additionally, the network bandwidth may not support higher FPS for all cameras combined, or if the Wi-Fi signal is weak (e.g. the camera is too far from the router). The benefit using higher FPS than 4 is that the alert recordings look smoother.
Question: Is there an evaluation copy of the software?
Answer: You can download AiHomeGuardPro (Windows 10) from http://aihomeguard.com without purchasing an activation key. The free download can support 1 camera only. There is no tech support for the free download – you should be able to use the online documentations to resolve the installation issues.