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This Week in Self-Hosted (9 February 2024) 8 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (9 February 2024)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on Scrypted - a camera streaming platform and NVR

By Ethan Sholly
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In the News

Introducing rentals on Plex.
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Object Storage Simplified: Introducing Powered by Backblaze
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Software Updates

Security Updates

New Software

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Weekend Discussion (@[email protected])
Weekend Discussion 💬 What operating systems are driving your homelab servers? #selfhost #selfhosted #selfhosting #os #discussion

Content Spotlight: Scrypted

Meet Scrypted, a video integration platform and network video recorder (NVR). Scrypted allows users to integrate video streams from a number of popular camera brands and protocols (UniFi, Amcrest, Reolink, Ring, RTSP, and more) to smart home and automation platforms like Home Assistant, Google Home, and Alexa. The software also supports a paid plugin packaged with NVR functionality including 24/7 recording, smart detections, and notifications. Viewing and managing via remote access can be configured through any of Scrypted's official apps (although the mobile apps are currently in beta), with an optional cloud service plugin available for those unfamiliar with accessing self-hosted resources outside of their internal network.

Scrypted can be installed via bare metal, Docker, Proxmox, Home Assistant (add-on), or as a Windows/Mac desktop application.

Screenshot featuring the camera and event view with multiple cameras.
Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub, Website, Documentation

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

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