Rhombus Local Streaming
Because our cameras primarily communicate to an online console, there are a couple different ways to approach using a monitor as a visual deterrent.
These are our two best methods:
- If you are on a hardline, this method is the easiest. You would simply need to purchase an Apple TV and connect it to the same LAN as the cameras.
- If you are using a hotspot (Optconnect, Avanti Cradlepoint, etc), you can still use an Apple TV to view the cameras through the LAN. This should be doable via connecting the Apple TV to the PoE switch, router or network.
Both methods require purchasing an Apple TV and downloading the Rhombus Systems app. Once you have done this, you would need an active internet connection to enable the Apple TV from the online Rhombus Console.
- (Log in to your Rhombus Account > go to Settings > Apple TV > Activate Apple TV App)
Once this is done, you can create your Video Wall on the Rhombus Console. This will allow the Apple TV to have access to the same Video Wall. These Video Walls are customizable, and you can display as many of your cameras streams as you would like.
Make sure to go to your chosen video wall on the Apple TV Rhombus App, and choose the "LAN" option (as opposed to the "LAN & WAN" option). This way no bandwidth will be used when streaming to your monitor locally.
As long as the Apple TV device is not turned off, it will continue to stream through the LAN even if there is no connection to the internet. This same principle also applies to the Rhombus App and Rhombus Console. As long as they are connected to the LAN, and not shut off or refreshed, they will remain connected to the camera even in the event of an internet outage.
Concerning Hotspot Bandwidth
For security and maintenance reasons Rhombus cameras will attempt to maintain a connection with the Rhombus video streaming server. Thus, as long as there is an active internet connection, the lowest amount of bandwidth used per day averages in at about 20MB per day (~140MB per week, ~ 560MB per Month). So, this would be the minimum amount of data allocated to simply have a camera online (only storing media locally, with no cloud storage).
A solution to maintain live streaming to a monitor and subsequent local stream recording, would be to simply disconnect the camera from your hotspot (Optconnect, Avanti Cradlepoint, etc.). This will allow you to still use your camera without incurring bandwidth usage. So long as the camera, Apple TV, and network adhere to the scenario described in the first section, the camera will still record to its own internal storage and stream locally to the Apple TV and monitor.
Please contact our support team: (313) 425-5765 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like a more in-depth explanation or information of how to set up your network.