Hardware Compatibility List

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The ZoneMinder Wiki is community based. That means the list below is only as good as those who chose to maintain it. Did you find something outdated? Did you get a camera working, which is not shown in the list below? Please consider adding or improving this list.


  • IP Network Cameras

This is the place to start, if you are new to surveillance. These are cameras that plug into an ethernet cable, mostly. Although some will have wifi.

  • IP Video Encoders

These are for legacy coax & analog cameras mostly. Although if you have legacy coax, it is possible to run ethernet over it, via an ethernet to coax adapter. There are a number of options for these, such as the Moca adapters or the Altronix ebridge series.

  • Capture Cards

Somewhat legacy equipment these days. Used for PAL or NTSC video signals, mostly. This includes the bt8x8 series.

  • Analog Cameras

These typically work with an IP Video encoder or a capture card.

  • USB Cameras

Webcams, or any device that Linux supports will likely work.


IP Cameras

Most modern IP cameras are ONVIF compliant, which means they should work with ZoneMinder because ONVIF is a standard that is widely supported. However, not all cameras are compliant. Cameras which only work with "cloud" services or proprietary apps may not work with any third party recording software. Some "cloud" cameras fit into this category. Examples would be most of the consumer (wifi especially) cameras you will find at the big box retail stores. Such as Arlo, Ring, Blink, etc... Also beware, even if a camera supports ONVIF, you may not get as good a stream, due to incompatibility with Zoneminder / FFMPEG. The Reolink cameras work better now, but when they were first released, there were some headaches (reported on Forum). Old Foscams had MJPEG support that only went up to 2-3 FPS (though the RTSP support works well). Some cameras require settings to get RTSP enabled (Wyze) or even alternate firmware. Cameras are all different, and your choice of make, and even model can determine your success with ZM. Caveat emptor.

You should verify you can adjust camera parameters such as frame rate, resolution, contrast, etc. from within the camera's web portal. This, in itself, is not a show-stopper, but it will make your experience easier. Often you want to adjust the FPS or resolution to fit your needs. You do not need 4K to watch a hallway, and 320x240 is no good for reading license plates.

The following list of IP cameras is not exhaustive. If your camera is not listed, it does not mean that it won't work with ZoneMinder. Rather, it is likely that no one has taken the time to add it to the list. Please consider adding your camera to this list once you get it working. More details on obtaining stream paths can be found on Finding Camera Stream Paths.

Full Compatibility

  • Apexis most if not all (only tested some)
  • BesDERSEC A6 PTZ - ONVIF - Used Netcat ONVIF for control
  • Dahua (IPC-HDB3200C, probably others)
  • DBPower (H.264 Model, possibly others)
  • Digoo At least M1Q, probably more.
  • EasyN (Mini Speed Dome 1BF)
  • Foscam (FI8908W, FI8904W, possibly others)
  • GBF One reportedly (doorbell camera)
  • Grandstream Grandstream (GXV-3672-FHD & GXV-3672-FHD-36 & GXV3611_HD tested)
  • Instar (IN-2905, IN-5907HD, possibly others)
  • Jennov (only tested model JE-A73WG20-E)
  • Keekoon KK002 (KK001 and 3 are probably the same)
  • Linksys WVC-210 / WVC2300 / PVC2300 / WVC54GC
  • Maygion (IP-603, IP-604, possibly others)
  • Messoa (NCR870, probably others)
  • MPIX (40-IRBF-K28, probably others)
  • Openwrt Webcam, or custom firmware on commercial cameras.
  • Xiongmai They sell modules used in multiple Chinese cameras like Misecu IPC-DM07-20SC (with module IPG-50HV20PES-S)
  • ZoneMinder can also be accessed as if it were another camera, using a Remote Path such as:
 /cgi-bin/nph-zms?mode=single&monitor=<monitor id>&scale=100&maxfps=5&buffer=1000

Where the <monitor id> is the correct camera id on the remote system. More details: Example Camera View HTML

Single JPEG Frames Only

MPEG (v1.24.0+)

Compatible (with modifications)

Compatible (with problems)

  • Compro IP70. MPEG4 only, some reliability issues and general poor firmware quality.
  • Grandtec WLAN Camera WiFi or III - acceptable indoor quality, no infrared-filter (better nightvision) cheap!
  • OvisLink AirLive WL-5400CAM

Useful Links


IP Video Encoder

Like Network Cameras, these devices produce a video stream over tcp/ip - but they do so with input from an analog video camera or other video source. An easy way to find these are to search for video encoders or video servers, e.g. 8 channel video encoder, or 2 channel video server. Newer video encoders may also support HD Analog either in addition, or instead of analog streams (how they implement HD analog, depends upon the brand. There are currently competing standards such as AHD, EX-SDI, HD-SDI, HD-CVI, HD-TVI, etc...).

IP Video Encoders are generally easier to use and maintain than PCI / Capture cards.

  • The Aviosys IP9100, Models A, B and Plus has four analog video inputs. It produces a ZM compatible video stream from one of the inputs, which is selectable via an HTTP GET command. There might even be a control script for ZM that lets you select the active video input using ZM's Camera Control Presets!

With the yoics Aviosys 9100 firmware at http://www.yoics.com/?p=28, ZoneMinder can directly access all four ports via /usr/yoicsX.jpg as the remote host path, where X is 0 - 3.

  • GXV3504 Grandstream 4 channel video encoder.
  • Samsung uses AHD cameras, and possibly NTSC/PAL cameras.

Capture Cards



Camsecure PCI Express video capture


Geovision GV250 - bt878a chip

Grandtec Grand X Guard


Howell-Tempest VC 878B-Q

Ituner Spectra 8

Kodicom 4400r

Kodicom 8800

Tungson TE-8008

Leadtek WinFast VC 100 - the cheapest bt878 model with no tuner on it, just Com/Svideo in.

LinkDelight CCTV H.264 4CH DVR Card

Linux Media Labs LMLBT44

Osprey 100

Provideo PV- series (Bluecherry) Bluecherry - BC-H16480A TView 95/99

UDP Technology NCP3200v2

Videocards with Philips saa7134 chipset

WinFast TV2000 XP

Rapid OS

KesCom PG104

IEI Technology Corp. IVC-268G-R20

bt8x8 Cards

BT8x8 cards are handled by the Kernel module BTTV. A note on the bt8x8-based TV-tuner cards: these usually have beside the tuner input, also a Composite and an S-Video input. You can hook up 2 analog cameras to these, and access from ZoneMinder both of them as individual cameras, at max 15Fps. You don't need two separate TV cards for two cameras!

Pico2000 - 4 port card, one chip bt878, around 2 fps when using all channels

Bt878_4chip_8inputs -4 chips bt878, 8 inputs, around 5 fps when using 2 inputs per chip

bt878 8 chip 8 input - This card is supplied with D-sub to 8 BNC connector and uses the bt878 chip for each input allowing full frame rates and quality. See Kodicom 8800 for more information.

Geovision GV250 bt878a single chip 4 inputs - This capture Card is supplied with 4 video inputs but with NO audio channel

Geovision GV-800 8 inputs - [2] Recommended to review forums.

Most other BTTV (bt878, bt848) cards, see /usr/src/linux/Documentation/video4linux/bttv/CARDLIST on your system for a list. You can also find more details on the BTTV module, such as parameters to pass via insmod, in the kernel and on the v4l wiki 2nd link

Analog Cameras

Any regular composite or S-video camera connected via a supported capture card. Some analog cameras feature camera control - ZM supports several of these camera's Pan/Tilt/Zoom functions via serial port control, as well as camera Presets, Focus, Iris, etc.


  • Just Zoom USB cam
  • Creative Webcam Pro, Webcam 3, LIVE! Cam OPTIA PRO (V4L2, Chan 0, PAL, YUYV)
  • Logitech Quickcam Orbit/Sphere (experimental basic pan/tilt control has also published for testing and hacking [3])
  • Any OV511 based USB camera [4]
  • Any CPIA based USB camera [5]
  • Confirmed basic functionality with Microsoft Lifecam VX 5000 using UVC Streaming method
  • Company name: PU`Aimetis model: PUAN-3656 (2MP / Max resolution: 1920*1080, MJPEG - 1920X1080 @ 30fps / YUV2 - 1920X1080 @ 5fps)

Note that most USB cameras that can use Video4Linux/V4L2, and so can be used by ZoneMinder. Some have older chipsets and can be hard to find new.

Note that PWC drivers are not included in the kernel. Some distribution's add them in and other may not. Here are some relevant links:

X10 Devices

The only device that really needs to be compatable with ZM is the Transceiver, all other x10 devices comunicate through that device.

  • CM11 Bi-Directional Transceiver

Other X10 notes:

Topic 6423

Topic 7082

All other hardware as supported by Linux

To find out if your hardware is supported, check the HCL

Plug Computers

Guruplug Server Plus -> How to install Zoneminder

Single Board Computers

Single board computers such as the Raspberry Pi, Odroid, Beagleboard, and many others.

See Single Board Computers