Intel NUC DN2820FYKH (Celeron) as an NVR Server

Many have asked if they can run NVR software on the Celeron version of the NUC. The advantage of this version is that it costs a lot less, about $130 making it a very appealing alternative to an NVR because of it’s low power consumption, flexibility and size.

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Intel NUC as an NVR PC w/Milestone XProtect 2014 Review

Having a PC as an NVR has some physical drawbacks, they are large, they use a good amount of electricity, fans can be noisy and they give off heat. Along came the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing), Intel’s first foray into making consumer PCs. Using the latest 4th generation i5 processor, promising low noise, low heat, low power consumption and a PC that fits in the palm of your hand.

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Hikvision DS-2CD6412FWD-30 1.3MP Covert Camera Review

Ever want to make a camera less visible, hide it from view, be discrete? For example, maybe condo rules prohibit you from having a camera, or you want cameras in your home, but you don’t want them to stick out for aesthetic reasons. The Hikvision DS-2CD6412FWD-30 may be for you. The camera electronics are in a box about 4 x 3″ and 1 1/4″ tall, the camera itself is about 2″ long. While the concept is not new, the Axis P12 has been out about year, but the price point makes this an affordable choice.

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Dahua SD59230S-HN 1080P 30X IR PTZ camera review

This is one of Dahua’s latest PTZ cameras with IR LEDs and 30X optical zoom. If you have lower zoom needs, the same camera is available with a 12X zoom as the SD59212S-HN. What makes this camera unique from other PTZ as well as other IR PTZ’s from Dahua or Hikvision is that it can tilt up 15 degrees above the horizon.  If you have ever owned a PTZ, you know what I mean, very annoying when you can’t see past the horizon. If you compare this to prior IR PTZ’s from Dahua, this one is considerably smaller. What also makes this PTZ unique is the more affordable price.

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Dahua IPC-HFW2200S 1080P HD IR Mini Bullet

Dahua is now offering it’s “Lite” series and this is their flagship camera in this new series. It uses a 3MP CMOS sensor but at the moment displays a maximum of 1080P at 30 fps. So what makes this camera “Lite” is the low price because feature/functionality, this cameras is on par with others priced higher. The camera delivers with good image quality, good responsive interface in a well built compact mini bullet.

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ACTi E77 10MP Outdoor Vandal Dome Review

ACTi is pushing the boundaries of high megapixels at an affordable price. This camera offers up to 10 megapixel  resolution, has 2 way audio, alarm input & output and an SD card slot for internal recording. Combine the SD card slots with ACTi’s new Edge Recorder Client to view multiple camera and recordings without a need for an NVR or NVR PC and it all looks like a good solution.

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ACTi B95 1080P Outdoor Mini PTZ Review

Many PTZ cameras cost thousands, may require special power supplies or PoE+ injectors and are large. ACTi introduced a new line of mini PTZ cameras at various resolutions that is the size of a standard dome, uses standard PoE and comes with a street price of under $1,000.

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ACTi Announcements – ALPR, Analytics, VMS supports ONVIF

ACTi has made some big pre-ISC announcements that I wanted share with you including new ALPR software, new Analytics software and ONIVF support on their VMS software.

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New discussion forum for network camera enthusiasts

Many people angry with the German owned cam-it forum for their strict censorship are abandoning that forum and going to a new forum, IPCamTalk found at http://www.ipcamtalk.com.

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Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-IW 3MP IR Cube Camera Review

For those that need a simple indoor camera, easy to set on table or even mount on a wall or ceiling, provides great video quality at 1080P or 3MP, WiFi and PoE, IR illuminator, PIR motion detector, in camera recording and built in microphone and speaker, this may be the camera for you.

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Hikvision DS-2CD2532F-I 3MP Outdoor IR Mini Dome Review

This is by far the smallest IR Mini Dome I’ve ever reviewed. The actual dome measures about 1 3/4″ and the entire camera sits in the palm of my hand without touching any fingers, that’s small. Small usually means sacrificing features and quality, but in this case, this may be one of the better Hikvision cameras I reviewed.  Continue reading ‘Hikvision DS-2CD2532F-I 3MP Outdoor IR Mini Dome Review’


License Plate Recognition – Milestone LPR, ipConfigure, OpenALPR

I’ve been asked about license plate recognition many times and how can one capture readable plates day & night. The answer is actually counter-intuitive to what most people think.

I’ve tested a few solutions from a free open source solution to costly commercial solutions.

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