Archive for the 'Software' Category

16
Sep
14

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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09
Jul
14

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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27
Feb
14

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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22
Oct
13

Milestone XProtect 2013 Review

Milestone, the leader in commercial NVR software came out with a new release a few weeks ago and they have made some good improvements. Milestone is one of my favorite NVR solutions and has some of the widest coverage of network cameras out there as well as very good smartphone apps and remote browser access. If you tried Milestone XProtect in the past and were frustrated by installation and configuration issues, XProtect 2013 goes a long way to make that easier.

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29
Jul
13

Synology DSM 4.2 Surveillance Station Review

I’ve been asked about what’s a good reasonably priced NVR that supports a wide range of cameras. I thought about it and most that come from surveillance cameras companies work mostly with their brand although some support a few brands, it’s not wide enough to cover all. So I had a chance to install Synology’s latest operating system, DSM 4.2, mostly for my previous review on Hikvision’s ability to write to NFS, but then curiosity got the better of me and purchased 3 Synology Surveillance Station license (first one if free) and put it through it’s paces over the past few weeks. Continue reading ‘Synology DSM 4.2 Surveillance Station Review’

17
Nov
12

Axis Camera Companion (ACC) Software Review

Axis Camera Companion (ACC) is free software from Axis that allows Axis cameras to handle the heavy lifting of motion detection, recording and notifications without the need for a dedicated full-time 24/7 PC or NVR to do this. The program installs on just about any Windows PC where you want to view the cameras and recordings. The advantages are huge as you don’t have to rely on a single point of failure for recording, you don’t have to have a PC dedicated as a netork video recorder, saving wear & tear, electricity and costs.

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20
May
12

BlueIris NVR Software

BlueIris is one of the bargains in recording software for your surveillance cameras at only $49.95 per server. It has some unique features that makes it idea for home or small business surveillance and it’s easy to use. It also has a huge list of cameras that are supported and new cameras are constantly being added.
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17
May
12

Milestone XProtect Go NVR Software

Milestone is one of the leaders in NVR software. About a year ago, they release a free version call “Go” that’s a limited version of their commercial software. The key advantages to XProtect is the wide variety of device support that is updated regularly with drivers for over 1,000 cameras from almost 100 different manufacturers.
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15
May
12

Zoneminder Open Source NVR Software

For the budget minded, Zoneminder is open source NVR software to record from your IP cameras and allow you to view them from any web browser. The price, free, is alluring, but how well does it work and is it worth the money?

It’s been said that open source is free, like a free puppy. Zoneminder works, but it takes a great deal of effort to set it up so it depends on how much your time is worth. But as hobbiest know, the journey is half the fun. So let me take you on that journey.
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13
May
12

exacqVision Start NVR Software

Some of you have asked what software can I use to record from my surveillance cameras. There’s many choices on the market and I chose to start this series with a popular product that came out in a “lite” version called exacqVision Start about a year ago. ExacqVision is easy to use and efficient NVR software. Their Start version makes it affordable for home and small business users at a reasonable price of $50/camera. The server can be installed on Windows or Linux and the client can additionally be installed on a Mac. Also included are free smart phone apps. This not only works with IP cameras, but can also record from analog cameras.
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