Home security cameras suggestions

I have a lorex home security camera with an iphone app that’s useless with linux.
Looking for linux compatible home security cameras that I can download and or view files with leap 15.2.
I’m using wifi ones now with a dvr. Looking for something similar.

I recommend you start with determining what software you want to run, and that will typically tell you what protocols are used.

Zoneminder is probably the most recommended open source surveillance solution, and is often the underlying software used by some other systems. Of course, it supports an entire ecosystem, here is where you’d start considering cameras and other hardware


If you use some other software, you’d probably want to again start with its technical documentation and then use those specs to search for compatible cameras.


Thanks I’ll check it out. I have lorex wifi cameras now that aren’t on the list.

Could be tricky – for example the QNAP NAS compatibility with Lorex devices – <https://www.qnap.com/en-us/compatibility-surveillance/?brand=Lorex>

  • An issue with many of these security devices is, that they tend to use a Cloud located at the manufacturer which can then be accessed with a typical mobile device from anywhere on this planet.
  • The NAS solution means that everything the security device notices is stored on your
    NAS but, then the issue is, “How to access the NAS when you’re not at home?” – usually via a Cloud provided via the NAS manufacturer …

I couldn’t find zoneminder for leap 15.2?

But, the source code is offered, complete with CMake support – <https://github.com/ZoneMinder/ZoneMinder/blob/master/README.md>.

Just out of interest: Have you ever tried to access the camera via your browser? I have bought two cameras in Taiwan several years ago. They are using port 81.
Works quite well. It might be worth a try?

Not on my pc.
I looked into it and I have to set up some special account with lorex, change my router settings and more. I’m probably better off buying a better camera. I looked today and the waterproof camera is full of water lol

Hm. Nice to see zoneminder have a openSUSE repos.


Just tried it but I stopped. I currently just don’t bother to set up mysql and apache on the laptop. After all, you have to open a web UI, too. It might be a good idea to make sure the camera has got it’s own web interface.

I can’t recommend mine. They work without issue since >7 years but I just can’t find the brand and the website isn’t too helpful about it.:rolleyes:

Run nmap against the device to see what ports are open, or just look at the rtsp stream (101 for HD 102 for SD) should be port 554 via the likes of vlc;

nmap <ip_address>
Starting Nmap 7.80 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2021-01-02 17:37 CST
Nmap scan report for <ip_address>
Host is up (0.00079s latency).
Not shown: 994 closed ports
80/tcp    open  http
81/tcp    open  hosts2-ns
85/tcp    open  mit-ml-dev
554/tcp   open  rtsp
5060/tcp  open  sip
49152/tcp open  unknown

vlc rtsp://user:pass@ipaddress:554

Well, that was something…

The thread made me think about the open telnet port of my cam and the related security issues. So I cared to make a firmware update via the app. As a consequence, not only port 23 but also port 81 is closed. Now all that’s left is open is port 8600 getting my rid of the nice web UI as I can’t establish the https connection on that port.
Now I am left with the app just like 1chip. Maybe web UI’s are abandoned for sake of security.

Hi guys! thank you for useful tips and answers in this thread