INSTAR Deutschland GmbH

IP Symcon Smarthome



The IP-Symcon software is the complete solution in the field of home automation. Combine products of all renowned manufacturers, realize your wishes, and allow your home to think for itself. A multitude of assistants and tools allow a comfortable configuration with a focus on clarity and security. Needless to say, privacy is a must with the optional Cloud connection.

Start by downloading and installing IP-Symcon version 5.x for Windows, macOS, Linux (Debian), Raspberry Pi, QNAP or Synology. Allows communication with an INSTAR camera.

We will be using the INSTAR Module to connect the IP Symcon installation with an INSTAR IP camera.

1. Features

The INSTAR Module can send commands to an INSTAR HD or Full HD camera and alarm events on the INSTAR camera can be used to trigger events in the IP-Symcon software (version 5 or higher).

Send commands to INSTAR:

  • Control (up, down, left, right, stop)
  • Set position and start
  • Camera settings (contrast, brightness, color)

Status feedback:

  • Display a live image
  • The INSTAR camera can send notifications to the IP-Symcon software
  • Email notification for events

2. Requirements

3. Installation

a. Loading the module

Open the IP Symcon web console inside your web browser with http://:3777/console/. Then click on the module store icon (IP-Symcon > 5.1) in the upper right corner:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


In the search field type INSTAR, press Enter and click on the INSTAR module:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


Click Install to install the Module:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras

IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


b. Configuration in IP-Symcon

Before the actual instance is created, a category must be created at a desired position in the object tree. In this category, one image is stored in case of a motion detection event or manual when manually prompted. To create a category open the Object Tree and click on the + icon:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras

IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


Choose Category and name it, e.g. with OfficeCam:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras

IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


Now we can add the module Instance by again clicking on the + icon in the Object Tree and this time select Instance:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


Select INSTAR as the Vendor for the instance, add a name and click on OK:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


You will now be asked for a username and password for the INSTAR webhook that will be used to notify the IP Symcon software through the alarm server on your INSTAR IP camera (720p series / 1080p series).


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


Finally, we can add our camera. Select your camera model and type in it's IP address and web (http) port - default is port 80:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


A little bit further down you can add your camera login (admin user), assign the category we created earlier for the camera snapshots and apply the changes:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


You should now see that your camera is accessible by the IP Symcon software:


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras


4. The Web Interface


IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras

IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras

IP Symcon & INSTAR Cameras