AI-HomeGuard - an AI based home surveillance software




Question:  Do I need an Nvidia GPU to run AiHomeGuard?

Answer:  You don't have to.  The latest AiHomeGuard can run AI inference on different backends based on the number of cameras you need to support and what your hardware platform is:

  • PC with Nvidia GPU (cuDNN); this mode offers the best  performance with an Nvidia GPU (e.g. GT 1030, a $80 card) on a 2nd or newer generation  Intel/AMD CPUs (e.g. 2-core, 4-thread i3-2100). This platform can  support 12 cameras. If you need to support more than 12 cameras, you  must use a higher end Nvidia GPU, e.g. GTX 1050 and a CPU with 4 or more  cores
  • Intel or AMD Integrated HD Graphics (e.g. Intel HD 530 within  i3-6100 CPU); a 6th generation CPU with its HD Graphics can support 8  cameras. No Nvidia GPU is needed for this option.
  •  Nvidia Jetson Nano single board computer can support 5 IP cameras. The cost: Jetson Nano single board ($99), 128 GB Micro SDXC card ($22), an iUniker Jetson Nano case (with a external power supply and a cooling fan $10). 
  • CPU mode (e.g. Intel i3-2100); this platform can support 3  cameras and should be used only if you don't have an Nvidia GPU and your  PC has a poor integrated graphics.

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. AiHomeGuard (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.  You can setup a reference to this URL for the email alerts so that you can reach the AiHomeGuard web server over the Internet to view full images or watch video recordings associated with the alerts. 

Question: Which brands/models of cameras are compatible with AiHomeGuard?

Answer: Any IP cameras supporting RTSP or MJPEG protocols are compatible with AiHomeGuard. Here are some popular, low cost, high quality brands: Foscam, Amcrest, Reolink,  Microseven,  Lorex,  SV3C. Zmode (most models).  If you already have IP cameras, you can check the brands/models on 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: 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 yield higher resolution for alert images and recordings.

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 PC with a higher end CPU to support 15 or higher 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 or Ubuntu 18.04) from 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.