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INSTAR Command, Status and RAW Topics

Q: I want to switch my cameras Alarm Areas through the INSTAR MQTT Interface but I don't understand how to use the corresponding MQTT Topic.

A: The corresponding MQTT Topics to switch the areas 1-4 are alarm/area1/enable - alarm/area4/enable. And they expect a payload {"val":"1"} to activate the area and {"val":"0"} to deactivate it. If you cannot find the correct topic in our list, you can also connect a Debugging Tool like MQTT.fx or MQTT Explorer to your camera's MQTT broker and use the webUI to update those topics. The example below shows the Alarm Areas Menu and below the MQTT.fx. Just click on submit in the camera webUI and you will see all MQTT updates that are triggered in MQTT.fx:

INSTAR MQTT Explorer for ioBroker

Now that you found your MQTT Topic you now need to make sure that it is directed at the correct camera. As we said, we need to update the topic alarm/area1/enable. The complete Command Topic for my camera is:


The value 10D1DC218F96 is the MQTT ID of my personal camera and will differ in your case. The MQTT ID is generated from the LAN MAC Address of your camera.

If you only have one camera connected to your MQTT Broker you can simplify this by swapping the MQTT ID with local. The Local Topic will target the camera that runs your MQTT Broker:


The topic in this case requires a JSON formatted payload, e.g. {"val":"1"}. We can further simplify our setup by using the RAW Topic instead. This way we can use the raw value of the payload instead of having to bother ourselves with JSON formatting - in this case the raw payload is simply 1:


INSTAR MQTT Explorer for ioBroker

When we publish this update we can see both the RAW and regular Command Topic in MQTT.fx. And shortly afterwards we receive the Status Update from our camera, telling us that the camera setting was updated successfully.