Iris Indoor Camera

Iris Indoor Camera

Iris Indoor Camera

Lowe's Item # 396427 Manufacturer Model # RC8221
Battery - None (Plugs into Wall)
Type of Wireless Communication - Wi-Fi
Note: This device is compatible with Iris 1st Generation and Next Generation Hubs

Pairing a New Iris Indoor Camera to your Next Gen Hub

Step 1: Start at the dashboard in the Iris app. Tap on the upper-right Add (+) menu, then Device. Browse or search for the camera in the Iris brand or the Camera and Sensors category. This puts the hub in pairing mode, indicated by the hub's blinking green light.

Step 2: First, connect the camera to an open network port on your router with the provided Ethernet cable.

Step 3: Next, connect the provided power cable from the camera to an outlet. The camera will power up and your hub will start communicating with the camera. It may take up to 5 minutes for the pairing process to complete. Please keep your app open during this process.

Step 4: When the hub triple beeps, your device has been paired. The app will ask you whether you wish to name your camera or assign a picture to it.

Step 5: The app will tell you if a firmware update is required. If there is one, please keep the camera's Ethernet and power cord plugged in until the update is complete. If you will be using the camera at its current location or do not plan to set up a wireless connection, your setup is complete. Otherwise, continue below to configure the Wi-Fi settings for the camera.

Connecting the Indoor Camera to Your Wireless Network

Step 1: If there was a firmware update when you paired the camera, make sure it is completed. Keep the Ethernet cable plugged into the router while setting up the Wi-Fi connection. If you disconnected this cable, reconnect it before continuing.

Step 2: In the Iris app, open the left-hand navigation menu (≡), tap on Devices, and navigate to the camera. Tap More, then Settings, and finally Wi-Fi & Network Settings. Here you will enter your network information.

Step 3: Tap on Edit in the top right corner. Tap on each field to enter the name of your Wi-Fi network and the network's password. Be sure to enter the password twice. Tap Done in the top right corner once finished.

Note: You can manually enter the Wi-Fi network name instead of using the Wi-Fi network list by scrolling to the list's bottom and tapping on "Enter SSID Info". This is useful if you don't see the network in your list or you have hidden your network from other devices. When choosing this, you will be required to choose the network's security setting in addition to entering the password. Most networks use WPA2/PSK security.

Step 4: Wait 30 seconds and remove the Ethernet cable. Wait an additional 30 seconds to give the camera time to connect to the wireless network. Give the camera a test to make sure you can see the image. If the test was successful, you are now ready to mount the camera by following in the installation instructions included with your device.

Using Your Indoor Camera

To access your camera, head to the Camera Card from the dashboard.

From there, the Cameras tab shows thumbnails of all paired cameras in one place. Use the play and record icons (► and ) on either corner of the thumbnail to start a live stream or start a recording, respectively.

The Clips tab lists the recordings your camera has made. Tap the play icon to view it. Tap on the download icon beneath the thumbnail to download a clip. You can only download one clip at a time. To delete a clip, tap the waste basket icon beneath the thumbnail.

You can also start a live stream or recording for a specific camera through the left-hand navigation menu and selecting Devices.

By default, your camera's motion sensor will trigger your security alarm when armed on, but not armed partial. Please review the Security Alarm Card if you need to check or change the camera's participation in the security alarm.

Changing the Camera's Image Settings

You may wish to change how the camera renders the image. To do this, starting from the app dashboard, open the left-hand navigation menu, tap on Devices, and navigate to the camera. Tap More, and then Settings. You can change the image quality, the frame rate, and rotate the camera orientation 180°. If you need to update the Wireless Network information, you can do it here, too.

Factory Reset Instructions for your Iris Indoor Camera

You should perform a reset if the device has been force removed from the app. Please note that resetting your camera this way will disconnect it from your Iris network. Be sure to follow the last step before checking that the reset has resolved the issue.

Step 1: To get started, disconnect the Ethernet cables connected from the router to both the hub and the camera, if the camera is still connected to the router.

Step 2: Remove the power cable from the camera and wait 30 seconds.

Step 3: Reconnect the camera to the router using an Ethernet cable, and then power it on by reconnecting the power cable.

Step 4: Wait for the camera to boot up, which may take up to 3 minutes.

Step 5: Power cycle the camera by holding a pin in the reset hole for 30 seconds.

Step 6: The camera will reboot again, which may take an additional 3 minutes.

Step 7: Power down the camera once more by removing the power cable. Reconnect the Ethernet cable to the hub, then reconnect the power cable to the camera.

Step 8: Finally, reconnect the camera by placing your hub in pairing mode. From the dashboard, go to the upper-right Add menu (+), then choose Device. Verify the camera is able to stream while connected to the router via Ethernet cable before changing / re-applying the Wi-Fi settings.


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Technical Specifications

Sensor and Lens

Image Sensor: 1/4" CMOS Sensor
Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (with IR LED)
Lens: Fix Focus Lens, Aperture: F2.0 / Diagonal View Angle: 66° (Horizontal - 57.8°, Vertical - 37.8°)
PIR Sensor: Detection Range: 15 feet (5 meters)


Resolution: 720p (1280 x 720), VGA, QVGA, QQVGA, up to 30 fps (frames per second)
Video Compression: H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG
Video Streaming: Simultaneous H.264, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG, 3GPP Compatible
Image Settings: Flip & Mirror


Ethernet: 10/100 Base-T, Auto-MDIX
Wireless: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; WEP 64/128 bit, WPA/WPA2 Personal


Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.5 in. x 2.4 in. x 1.38 in. (90 mm x 62 mm x 35 mm)
Power Consumption: 12V DC, Max 8 W
LEDs and Buttons: LED: Power, Network, Privacy / Button: WPS, Reset, Privacy
Night Vision: IR LED x 8, Light Sensor x 1, Motorized Day/Night Switch, Range: above 15 feet (5 meters)


Operation Temperature: 32°F - 113°F (0°C - 45°C)
Operation Humidity: 10% - 80% RH (non-condensing)
Storage Temperature: -4°F - 158°F (-20°C - 70°C)
Storage Humidity: 0% - 90% RH (non-condensing)

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Topic Information
  • Topic #: 30143-578
  • Date Created: 12/14/2015
  • Last Modified Since: 08/15/2016
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