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SWANN HD-820CAM (Hikvision DS-2CD2032) 1080P IR Bullet

This is another bargain brought to us by Costco.com, the Swann 1080P IR Bullets, at press time, $349 for two of them. Originally designed to work as part of their NVR package, I took a look at it as a standalone camera. This camera is manufactured by Hikvision and is OEM’ed to various companies, Swann and Lorax included. Hikvision is selling the camera as the DS-2CD2032 with the added bonus that it’s capable of not only 1080P, but also 3MP mode.  At this time, Costco.com seems to switching to the Lorax branded version of this camera.

Main Features

  • 1/3” 2.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • H.264 dual-stream encoding
  • Max of 30fps @ 1080P (1920 x 1080)
  • 4mm fixed lens (75 degree viewing angle)
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • IR LED advertised working distance 35m
  • IP66 Rated Outdoor Bullet
  • Powered by PoE
  • Smartphone apps available

Overall, this is an impressive camera with very good image quality, good low light performance, well-organized menus and very, very small. The IR illuminators are bright and have good coverage. The lens, while it says it’s 4mm actually feels wider because it’s view.

This is what the web interface looks like when you first log in. There’s options to take a snapshot, manually record, chose a stream and more.

Here’s some of the setup screens. First thing to do on any network camera is set a fixed IP address, this is done here BUT, as a word of warning, the camera comes setup with a fixed IP of 192.0.0.64. There’s no easy way to change it. I downloaded iVMS-4000 from Hikvision and this had an option to find the cameras and change the IP but I had to manually change the IP on my laptop to the 192.0.0 subnet for it to work. I think Swann or Hikvision can make it easier on us and provide a simple IP camera finder app.

The next thing is to set the time. I use times.windows.com with port 123. Then go to the DST tab to set your daylight savings time days.

The reason you want the time set correctly is because these cameras have the coolest On Screen Display (OSD). It looks at the contrast for each letter and makes it black or white depending on the background.  You can see that the date/time is black when over the concrete and white over the grass. This happens automatically.

The image setup screen is where you fine tune the image, select WDR and noise reduction settings. Probably one of the most configurable camera in this price range.

Now onto the images. I mounted this in the usual spot, under the eave of my garage. As before, you can click on the image to see the full size, 1080P image straight from the camera. Also as before, I set the max exposure time to 1/30th.

This is a day shot, color balance is quite good and it’s just a nice sharp clear image. This is taken in the late afternoon, the harsh sun shining towards the camera. With WDR set moderately low, you can see the tire tread in the shadow of the car. With WDR off, this would just be black. This is actually one of the better WDR implementations I’ve seen at any price.

Here’s a b&w image at night. Good contrast, small amount of noise, good IR coverage.

Since there’s streetlights I have no control over, I also mounted the camera in my backyard which is only lit by the moon. As you can see, the scene is well lit by the built in IR illuminator, noise is slightly increased.

Some of you use BlueIris software, good low cost general purpose NVR software, now with IOS and Android smartphone apps, and a streaming server so you can embed live streaming video from your cameras on a web page.

There’s some quirks you have to look out for. First, select Hikvision RTSP as a camera choice. I was able to get smooth video after making some tweaks. On the camera, I increased the CBR max bitrate to 5120, I set the key frames to 30 both in BlueIris and on the cameras, I set BlueIris to 29 fps, and set the received buffer to 10MB and I was able to get smooth video as you’ll see from the videos.

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube. To see them at the full 1080P resolution, you must click on the gear icon and select 1080P resolution and then click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen. The video was extracted from BlueIris and represents several events pieced into one extract I did.

Some of you may be trying to compare this to the similar looking Dahua cameras, IPC-HFW2100 sold as Q-See 720 IR Bullet currently at Costco for $299 for a 2-pack that I previously reviewed HERE.  The cameras look nearly identical. There’s the obvious difference that the Dahua is 720P and this is 1080P. To me, side by side, the image quality both day and night is superior on the Swann. The color balance, the WDR, the noise reduction is better handled on the Swann. Also, while Dahua will not provide factory support in the U.S., Hikvision will provide factory support on their branded cameras and of course, if you buy the Swann or Lorex versions, they will support you directly. For example, a lot of the software Hikvision provides is readily available along with documentation on their website, www.hikvision.com. Also, they have a U.S. headquarters just outside of Los Angeles, CA. If you never heard of Hikvision it’s because they are fairly new to the U.S. market but they are the worlds largest manufacturer of security cameras. Swann, headquarterd in Australia also has offices in the U.S. and Lorex is headquartered in the U.S. in Indiana.

Some people have successfully loaded the Hikvision firmware for this camera allowing it to operate in 3MP mode. The NVR can not record past 1080P (2MP mode), so you would have to run NVR software like BlueIris to derive benefit from 3MP resolution.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price
  • 1080P at 30fps
  • Bright IR illuminators
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter

The shortcoming of the camera are;

  • They need an easy to use IP camera finder
  • Was not able to get the camera to FTP motion triggered video

Click here to go to the company web page for the camera

 

 

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Bob
4 months 3 days ago

I have the Swann cameras and have recommended them to many, many others. Several are having water intrusion issues that cause the camera to short out. I had one of my more exposed cameras suffer the same fate. When I installed the replacement I sealed up the cavity where the wire goes to the camera and I haven’t had a problem since then. Has anyone else had water intrusion issues?

Mike
5 months 19 days ago

I replace the cable with a Cat 5e and it’s working. The Cat 6 one doesn’t work on long distance (I tested for 125-150ft) but it works fine on 20-30ft. The Cat 5e I tested up to 150ft without any problems. I know, doesn’t make sense but this is my situation. Thank to everyone that answered.

B.A.
5 months 27 days ago

I am using Swann & Hikvision cameras on a network using a pc as my nvr. Some of my runs are approx 300 ft and working.

I am using a poe switch.

KK
5 months 27 days ago

One good test for your cable run might be a power injector outside of the switch, or temp power the camera itself just running the data across the Ethernet cable.

Mike
5 months 29 days ago

Can someone confirm that the NVR 7200 (sold by Costco) can send power for more than 100ft through the CAT5e (I use CAT6)? I have 6 cameras, 4 swann 820 and 2 Hikvision. They work perfect but I would like to relocate one of them and it is ~ 130ft from the receiver. The IR leds are lit but no signal on the monitor, the receiver doesn’t get anything. I tried different camera and same results. Checked the cable, making a short piece (25ft) and is working. I called Swann and they told me the receiver should work up to 300ft but they do not offer cable longer than 100ft. I checked the longer cable with a network tester and is ok. I’m wondering if I should use a Power injector.

JD
7 months 3 days ago

Hello, I have a hikvision DS-2CD2032-I3MP camera and was hopping to use it with my swann nvr8-7300. Swann tell me that it should be plug and play, but just pugging it in does not work. I have set the camera to DHCP with port 9000, that did not work. I set the ip to match the Swann cameras with the next available IP and port 9000. The camera works fine using hikvision software on my pc. I understand that this is the same camera that swann uses. Any Ideas on what I am missing? Thanks

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T H
1 year 3 months ago

Can I plug the DS-CD2032-1 to Swann NVRS system without changing any setting?

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Michael Michael
1 year 7 months ago

anyone know where to find the latest firmware for these cameras?

Chuck E.
1 year 7 months ago

I’m having trouble saving the camera settings on the “image” section of the configuration page. The page is missing the “save” button. When I leave this section, the setting changes are lost, because I’m unable to save them.

I noticed your screenshot, of the “image” section on the “configuration” page, is missing the “save” button as well. Do you have any insight here; it would be greatly appreciated.

Pierre
1 year 8 months ago

Hello, Can you tell me which camera firmware version you were able to record to a NAS with. I am having problems with all 4 of my hikvision cameras, and they are all running V5.1.2 build 140116. So I was wondering if that is why I cannot record to; a. Windows 8.1 PC 32 Gigs of ram xeon E3-1230 V2@3.30Ghz processor, 4 x 2 Tb hd with i. Hikvision iVMS 4200 2.02 stand alone or with the storage server ii. or the above I. plus NFS software allergro running as well, or b. Linux ubuntu 14.04 running NFS Server. I know that all the above scenarios are not NASes,(I am aware of your post indicating problem if not going to a NAS) but I would like to know that the firmware is not the culprit for what I am attempting to do. I have got as far as initializing the hard drives, but that is it, except I was able to continuously record, one night, then nothing. My network speed is 1Gig, with 5 un-managed switches in a star topology. I have 4 hikvision cameras, 2 foscam and 2 webcam (the foscam and the webcam, are running on different software,… Read more »

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

Given that switch seems to have poe on all ports, but only 70 watts total budget, how many IR enabled cameras will it actually support?

Leo
1 year 9 months ago

I’ve been looking at the Zyxel GS1900-8HP.

http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Fanless-Managed-Switch-GS1900-8HP/dp/B00GU1KULM/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1406090786&sr=1-3&keywords=zyxel+poe+switch

It looks like huge bang for the buck. I plan to have 8-9 cameras running through two of these along with 3 PCs and an automation controller.

-Leo

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

Ah yes. They are passive poe, not really sure why…

That said, I read that it just means you have to manage the poe setting on the port yourself, does that make sense?

And have you found any specific cameras that have problems? I’m fairly set on starting with the acti e?32 vandal and bullets for support and nvr reasons.

On a switch topology note, I was going to put 4 cameras on a switch in a detached garage, and the run cat 6 from that garage to another switch in my basement rack, to which I’d attach the laptop used for nvr and all house cameras. Those 2 switches would be just for cameras, with a further uplink to my general house network. Does that make sense? And any need to mess with different subnets in that situation, or does the fact all the cameras are handled within local switches stop the network from clogging up?

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

Thanks, makes sense.

On switches, I know you like zyxel, but have you ever looked at the ubiquiti toughswitch ts 8 pro managed switch? Pretty reasonable for 8 port poe and managed gigabit all ports. I’ve been really happy with it used to run my wifi networks, and it seems like it might be a great camera switch as well?

charles
1 year 9 months ago

As always, your responses are incredibly helpful. 2 follow on questions:

How important is WDR for say face identification? I’ve read your write ups on it, but still don’t have a firm grasp.

Bullet vs Vandal dome – aside from the obvious vandal advantages, is there any reason to favor one or the other these days? The stuff I’ve read on the forums etc. is really unclear, seems to say the camera matters far more than the form.

Charles Frankenhoff
1 year 9 months ago

And on a related note, if I “downgrade” the 10mp acti camera you reviewed to 3mp, does it work as well in low light as the hikvision? I read the back and forth on the subject on that thread, but the conclusion wasn’t clear to me

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

Is there an acti equivalent to the 3mp hikvision? Meaning, roughly same capabilities and price point. Unsurprisingly, I’m mainly interested in low light/nightime performance, as that’s when bad things tend to happen in urban areas.

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

Ah, ok. Any ideas, or does anyone here know, How to find out who the manufacturer is? They claim it’s a 16 channel DVR but of course they don’t tell you the bandwidth…

The other thing I was thinking of doing was sticking with Acti cameras and using the Acti NVR software. How do the new 10mp cameras You recently reviewed compare with these cameras from hikvision? Is is worth paying more to get the actis?

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

Sorry, I don’t think I asked that clearly. What I meant was does the NVR aspect of the Costco package make the deal worthwhile? The drives etc. look Solid, and it would save me from dedicating a computer to an NVr, but no benefit if the nvr is fundamentally not that good.

The other advantage for me would be “plug and play” for the package, not sure whether that’s just marketing hype

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

How about the NVR aspect of the package?

Charles
1 year 9 months ago

Any chance of a review of this setup from Costco? Seems like quite a lot for the money, its 1,500 now

Lorex 16 Channel Stratus HD NVR Security System with 3TB HDD and 9 1080p Cameras

http://www.costco.com/.product.100087430.html

AG
1 year 10 months ago

what are you all setting the video standard at 50hz or 60hz

Bob Hargis
1 year 10 months ago

I just LOVE these little Hikvision bullets (DS-2CD2132-I}. I bought the Swann 4mm version from Costco and also bought 6mm and 12mm from Wrightwood Surveillance, http://wrightwoodsurveillance.com/ and got the Chinese version for $168 each including shipping. I bought the 12mm for a tight shot of my drive way and two 6mm for a little tighter shot of my sidewalks. They took about 2-3 days to get to me and all 3 transactions and cameras were picture perfect. All the set up screens are in English. The are only guaranteed for 90 days and don’t come with the Costo cables. Very happy with them and they did very well in the subzero Rocky Mountain winter! I would highly recommend the fixed over the variable models. I was very unhappy with the Hik variable focal Bullet and the Dome and sent them both back to Costco. I would not recommend them as the bullet is huge and both are very hard to focus. I lost connectivity to the bullet sent it back and had the same thing eventually happen to the replacement. I had nothing but maximum IR bleed at night with the dome version and am stuck with that one. I… Read more »

cam
1 year 11 months ago

ok, sounds good. I saw the note on the Wrightwood site that said the day of the week would be displayed in Chinese unless turned off, so I was wondering what that meant for the rest of the UI.

Cam
1 year 10 months ago

The testing-adventure continues. Although we’ve selected a Hik 2632/2732 as the optimum camera to go with, I still haven’t fully proven that the concept will work. So, since the gym owner’s cousin runs a video surveillance install biz, we borrowed an obsolete Hik 752 ptz dome cam from him, which accepts audio-in. Got it hooked up and working with both the Hik iVMS 4200 software and the SecuritySpy mac NVR software. Audio-in from my Rode shotgun mic works as well. Our next step is probably to buy a couple of the 2632s. And maybe find a couple of cheaper microphones that are still directional (suggestions welcome there). But, there are a couple of minor niggles. The Hik iVMS software accesses this old cam fine, allowing me to change it’s IP address, settings, etc. However, I don’t see anywhere to change the time/date (presented in the overlay), and it’s off by about 15 minutes. Nor can I get the camera to go beyond 10 fps (spec sheet says 15), and although I’m able to adjust the resolution somewhat, it doesn’t look anything like 1600×1200 (spec sheet again) resolution. PTZ doesn’t seem to work either, but the camera may just be broken… Read more »

cam
1 year 11 months ago

I don’t see anything in the Hikvision manual about how to wire in the external mic. is there a separate installation manual or something ? Also, it’s clear that Wrightwood carries the Chinese firmware version of the cameras – does that mean I need to read Chinese in order to adjust camera settings? thanks again.

Cam
1 year 11 months ago

Thanks again. GoPro doesn’t have motion-detection; not even sure if it can be made to record to anything other than it’s internal SD card (I do know it can stream at least low-quality video out though). We were just using the GoPro because I had one, and likewise the shotgun mike. It kind of gave us confidence that the audio would be good enough, with the right mic, and what lens field-of-view would be required. But it’s totally not the right tool for the job.

So, it sounds like the 2632 would have audio-in available also?

Internal SD card is still a weird feature in a security cam – I mean, you’ve got to give it power anyway, so why not run the data down the same cable? I guess if you had a nanny-cam application it could make sense on the 2432, and the guts of the cameras are probably re-used from model to model. Still seems like a solution looking for a problem, but that’s product marketing…

B.A.
1 year 11 months ago

I have a couple of IMacs here (not the latest and greatest, but adequate for most things) running intel 2 core processors, at 2.6 and 3.1 Ghz… I found that they just did not really have the horsepower to adequately host multiple IP (4) cameras using the ivms-4200 on IMac or hosted in a Win 7 emulator.

Yes, they would kinda sorta work, but I would miss chunks of video while real time monitoring.

My solution (as mentioned here previously) was to build a Win 7 Pro box using an AMD FX8320 eight core processor running at 3.5 GHz.

What seems to take most of the CPU time is rendering the real time video. Recording, not so much.

Real time monitoring 4 cameras uses roughly 17 – 25% CPU.

Recording alone, no monitoring, takes 14 – 16% CPU.

This beats my older IMacs which were mostly pinned at full CPU use.

Cam
1 year 11 months ago

Thanks for the input. My situation is a little unique here. I’m looking to capture martial arts classes (plus sparring) and auto-upload them to the web on a daily basis. For this particular location, two cameras are probably more than enough, and *no real-time monitoring* is required.

So, it sounds like I might be able to pull it off, at least at this limited extent with my existing hardware.

FYI for anyone interested: There are quite a few mac nvr apps; seems like SecuritySpy is the most established. Evocam is another. Macs and PCs have been running on the same underlying hardware since 2006. My 2011 Macbook Air has an i7 1.8GHz, and my 2011 iMac has the same at 3.2 GHz. The macbook is graphically challenged though, without a separate graphics card.

Separate question: I really need audio capture. Is there a similar camera to Swann/Hikvision that supports audio? What about audio-in at the camera, so I can use a more focused microphone on one of the two cams?

Thanks much

Cam
1 year 11 months ago

I’m trying to repurpose a couple of these cameras over from a Swann NVR8-7200 to Security Spy NVR software running on a Macbook Air. There’s a good reason to do this that I won’t go into here.

So, I have a POE switch, a Zyxel ES-11008P, and I have one of the Swann cameras (camera 4, IP address 172.16.1.5, according to the Swann NVR) plugged into the switch.

This is where I kind of get into the stupid questions – how do I hook up the Macbook to this arrangement? I’m thinking I just plug an ethernet cable from the mac into the Zyxel also – I did that but of course the Mac complains that the switch isn’t connected to the internet, and I can’t hit the camera IP from either the NVR software or a browser.

Someone fill me in a little please?

Thanks,

Cam

Nicolas
1 year 11 months ago

Hi all, wanted to know since all these camera are from the same Hikvision. Can I get hikvision or lorex version to work with the Swann HD NVR.

The one I purchased is from Costco, with only 4 cameras, It looks like they sold out the 2 pack for the Swanns. Was thinking of getting the Lorex 2-pack, same price…. But in the description, they states these NVR IP cameras will only work with a Lorex NVR.

The NVR system I purchased was this from costco.

http://www.costco.com/Swann-8-Channel-HD-3MP-NVR-Security-System-with-2TB-HDD-and-4-1080p-Cameras.product.100070789.html

Much appriciated.

Nick

David
2 years 1 month ago

One other thing, the hood that covers the camera seems to be flimsy plastic and falls off easy. I drop one of the cams about 4 feet in my garage and now it doesn’t work anymore. Thank God for Costco :-)

Other than that I’m really impressed with the quality of the cams.

David
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Jimbo,

I have that version you are talking about but the 9 CAM Lorex NVR version, it was on sale a few weeks ago for $1700. I can tell you that from the look of the menu that it appears to be a Hikvision like networkcameracritic reviewed above. All the menu’s are identical and as well as the WDR and Date/Time that changes color. I even used the SADP tool to find and configure my IP Lorex cams to be on my LAN instead of the private VLAN Lorex has.

Model MCNB2153
Serial No. MCNB2153012**********
Firmware Version V5.0.0 130729
Encoding Version V4.0 build 130516

jimbo
2 years 1 month ago

Good info David, much appreciated! I definitely want the cams to be on my LAN as well. I just placed the order online (didn’t have the set at our local Costco) so I should have it in a few days.

jimbo
2 years 1 month ago

It looks like Lorex has replaced the Hikvision cam (Lorex model LNB2151) with model number LNB2153 recently. Any info on who makes this bullet cam for Lorex?

A side by side can be seen here. http://www.lorextechnology.com/support/self-serve/LNB2151-LNB2153-Bullet-IP-Camera-FAQs/5900079

I was more interested in the Hikvision based (Lorex branded) hardware but I just ran across this set-up at Costco and I wasn’t familiar with the make of the NVR or the bullet cams. http://www.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-Stratus-HD-NVR-Security-System-with-2TB-HDD-and-4-1080p-Cameras.product.100087416.html I guess that being said, any info on where this NVR originates from as well would be great.

Thanks in advance!

Michael Michael
2 years 1 month ago

hi there,

i could not find any details on whether the SADP software allows you to set alerts to get both an image and a video clip when motion is triggered. I am looking at the two camera sets that Costco offers, the “Lorex HD 1080p IP Add-on Bullet Camera” or the “Swann HD 1080p NVR IP Add-on Bullet Camera”. like it’s mentioned in here and in the comments, these seem to be the same cameras (albeit the lorex version has a longer night vision reach).

i only need 2 cameras and don’t have a NAS or an NVR. I simply want to get an email alert with a video AND a snapshot when motion is triggered. i can also accept an FTP upload of the same instead of email. Does SADP have this functionality?

thanks in advance

David
2 years 1 month ago

Just hooked up the Lorex NVR and Cams up and man do they look good. Thanks for all the tips in this thread to help me get them connected. I noticed with my 16CH Lorex setup. The 8 Channel on board POE jacks, when I hook up the cams using my personal LAN 192.168. *.*, Lorex wipes the IP and issues their own 172.168.1.*. I’ll have to then go through the entire IP configuration process again to get it to work with BI and Lorex NVR!!!!!

It looks like it only retains my IP’s if I use the other separate 8 port POE switch and not the on board one. I can then just add my 192.168.*.* Cam’s to channel 9-16 within the Lorex NVR software.

Anyone have luck getting the first 8 on board channels to be on their own LAN vs Lorex’s private 172.168.*.*?. I see that there is an Internal NIC address that starts with 172.168.1.1, but it won’t let me change it.

hanson
2 years 25 days ago

Hi David,

How do you configure the Blue Iris to work in parallel with the NVR? Mine is LNR-380 and the Blue Iris does not recognize it. It works with IP CAM viewer so I know router port forwarding is correct.

Thanks in advance,
Hanson

David
2 years 1 month ago

Wow, what a great thread, I was up all night reading all the posts. I thought I knew a lot about CCTV stuff until I came here :-). I have a question about this Costo Lorex system. it’s on sale right now at $1700. http://www.costco.com/.product.100087430.html#BVRRWidgetID From reading this thread they seem to be the identical camera’s discussed here so that is good news as I’m upgrading from an older Swann DRV8 analog 480TVL system. Had a few break ins and those cams just did not cut it for recognition of the thief. Did a good job of showing me how they did it though :-) At any rate, I run Blue Iris in addition to an old Swann DVR8 which is recording 24/7. The BI is setup to record on motion and send me alerts, make noise by triggering .mp3 etc and has been working great, a lot better than the native DVR app, also b/c I use the BI mobile app that has playback which I believe to be invaluable. I would like to know if I could run the Lorex HD NVR system in the same capacity. Meaning running that 9 cam NVR system in a 24/7 mode… Read more »

Yes! Finally something aboiut varifocal costco security camera samsung
costco 8 cameras.

Andy
2 years 2 months ago

I spoke with Swann yesterday. The customer service rep said that they have two cameras at Costco:
The first one: “Swann HD 1080p NVR IP Add-on Bullet Camera 2-pk” $349.99 are 2.1 megapixel.
The second one: Swann HD 1080p 3MP IP Vari-Focal Add-on Bullet Camera $249.99 is a 3 megapixel.

They also said that the 16 channel NVR with eight cameras comes with 3 megapixels cameras.

I ordered one today, so after I get it hooked up I will check the resolution and report back.

Drew
2 years 2 months ago

I ordered the two pack last week from Costco and I received 3MP cameras that show SWNHD-825CAM running 5.0.0 firmware.

Q
2 years 2 months ago

Yep…that’s what other folks have reported…the 2-pack is a 3MP camera sunning the 5.x firmware.

gene
2 years 2 months ago

Can you not upgrade the firmware to make the 2.1MP cameras 3MP cameras?

Q
2 years 2 months ago

Costco is now advertising these cameras as “3 Megapixel”, and I believe they are shipping with the new 5.x Raptor firmware.

http://www.costco.com/Swann-HD-1080p-NVR-IP-Add-on-Bullet-Camera-2-pk.product.100039914.html

gene
2 years 2 months ago

Hello – thanks again – I’ve spent a lot of time reading your site to try to understand what I should get. From your reviews, I’ve been amazed at the quality of cameras today. I want to get a POE camera – probably Hikvision manufactured. So, since I learned from you that Lorex is made by Hikvision, are the Lorex 1080p cameras below the same as ones you have reviewed?

It seems like their focus is only 4mm vs others where they are variable focus cameras? If you use the 3 way dome camera, can you hang it at on an angled overhang and still be able to point it where you need to?

http://www.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-Stratus-HD-NVR-Security-System-with-2TB-HDD-and-6-1080p-Cameras.product.100048586.html

thanks,
Gene

B.A.
2 years 3 months ago

Compatibility between brands is a bit iffy.

I am running similar cameras here, 2 Swans, and one Hikvision, with a 2nd Hikvision in house, but not yet installed.

I am also running an ACTi IP optical zoom IP camera.

The Hikvision/Swans are running against the Hikvision software NVR running in Windows 7.

The ACTi is running against the ACTi software NVR running on the same box.

A Dahua/QC DVR is running 6 600 line RF cameras and those are visible over an IP connection to the Dahua/QC DVR to the same box using internet explorer.

Works fine.

The software is free from each manufacturer (download) for up to aprx 16 cameras.

The box is running an AMD FX 8320 eight core processor, and 16 Gigs of ram are installed.

Running all this simultaneously does not stress the system, the CPU is running between 17 and 27% and task manager indicates 2.6 Gigs of the 16 installed Gigs are actually in use.

I suggest you consider something like this if you want to use multiple brands of cameras against the same DVR/NVR, unless the manufacturer certifies to you that your proposed cameras will work.

Anyway, that has been my solution.

Colin
2 years 3 months ago

I bought the Swann twin pack from Costco, as well as a Hikvision-branded dome camera from Wrightwood. They’re quite apparently the same manufacturer when you see the construction materials, cables, hardware and even shipping boxes are the same.

However, I’m trying to use them with a 1080P 8 channel Dahua NVR, and it doesn’t seem to be working – the NVR will record a few seconds of video, then it’ll stall for about 10 seconds, continuously. If you view the bandwidth per camera graph you can see each camera comes online at the same time (though if you fiddle around with buffer sizes and UDP/TCP you can make one camera last a little longer than another). It happens with both the Swann cameras (which still have the Swann firmware in them) and the Hikvision.

Am I doing something silly? Is the Dahua NVR just not compatible?

B.A.
2 years 5 months ago

I am running several of the swann cameras and a hikvision camera using the hikvision software NVR in a win 7 virtual mavhine using the free hikvision nvr software available on the hikvision web site. The nvr software has camrra dection and ip change software built in. As mentioned you will need a Poe Switch 60 $ from amazon and a seperate large harddrive that can be formatted for the nvr sotware.

Nelson
2 years 5 months ago

Does anyone have any advice on how to setup this up as a stand alone system? This requires the PC to be on all the time to record. I got the Swann HD820 cameras to work with HIKvision software, blue iris and via the browser. Blue iris was the easiest. Blue iris didn’t need NFS. I couldn’t figure out how to record with the others…I assume that I need to convert my NAS to NFS. I didn’t realize you can’t record without the PC being on. I might as well buy a standalone Swann system unless there are drawbacks?

2 years 5 months ago

Ok, the email feature works too.

I think the issue was the browser. Chrome caused lots of issues with the raptor upgrade to the Swann camera. Need to try a couple more things. And I need to figure out where in the world the videos are being stored, to make sure its actually going to the NAS and not my laptop’s HDD…

Keep you posted.

2 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the replies, networkcameracritic and Q.

I uninstalled Webcomponents and tried again. On Chrome, same issue. On IE, all the pages render correctly. So, maybe it was just the browser. I am using IE 8 on XP.

This time, I tried to set up the NAS again and it failed. Same- HDD Initialization Failure. And then, on the second try, it worked fine. I did notice my laptop lost its connectivity around that time. Maybe a network glitch. Anyway.

Then I set up a manual recording. It recorded fine. However, what I don’t understand is where its recording the video. I looked in all the folders on the NAS and I didn’t find any .mp4 files that are greater than 0 bytes. There was only 4 files with a .bin extension (index00, index01, index00p index01p). I tried renaming them to .mp4, but they wouldn’t play on VLC.

So, where are the files being saved?

I will post the details of the settings on the Synlogy and the camera shortly.

Q
2 years 5 months ago

<<>>

You need to reinstall the new Web Components bro.

diy
2 years 5 months ago

Ok, So I bought the Swanns and tried to hook them up to my synology 412. First I tried to use he swanns as is. Everything looked good, except they wouldn’t be able to “format” the shared folder on the synology. They start to do it, go upto 35% and then display “HDD Initialization failure” and quit. The disk shows up as uninitialized. They were able to do motion detection and send out emails and such. I saw all the directories and shell .mp4 files that it created during formatting. But, no video. Next, I downloaded the latest firmware (raptor) from the http://ftp.hikvision site. Updating the firmware was a breeze. With the new firmware, the NAS was recognized and became available. However, 2 things happened- 1. It still wouldn’t record on the NAS. Just having it configured is apparently not sufficient. I didn’t see any switch that let me turn the recording on to NAS. When I hit record from live view, it would record locally, on my c drive. But there seemed to be no way to record it to NAS. I used a NFS mount. 2. Certain configuration pages were all messed in the user interface. The network… Read more »

tony pham
2 years 5 months ago

Before plugging t directly to your PC make sure the IP address is configured. Make sure you use the correct cable when plugging it directly to pc.

JoeLansing
2 years 5 months ago

Do you have lights on your switch to see what speed it is connected at? 100/full on the camera and 10/half on the switch can mess things up. Swapping cables is good. You can even try plugging it straight into your PC with no switch or anything if you have other power for it. This confuses me though “I tried plugging a windows computer and mac computers directly into the switch and a router to view wirelessly”. You are plugging in to view using wireless?

Bryan
2 years 5 months ago

This camera is driving me crazy today. I can’t seem to get a smooth video stream. I’ve got it running over CAT5e POE to a netgear switch. I tried plugging a windows computer and mac computers directly into the switch and a router to view wirelessly but every time I try to view it on the web interface via the ip address the video is choppy and takes 5-10 minutes to show up. When I try to view over SecuritySpy software I get the same thing and it shows as 1fps.

The substream on the web interface loads an image faster but even that is choppy and I can see the seconds on the clock freeze and then count up faster and freeze again.

Anyone know what I’m doing wrong?

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

It’s very foggy here, so can’t use night mode, but daytime is great:
email for a link to the server (Blue Iris) if you want to check it out.

As for which way to go:
I can only comment on the BI option. You need a very high end pc (I7) to run more than a few cameras. The pc has to be on 24/7 if you want to be capturing motion. Plus you need a good POE switch.

Eric
2 years 6 months ago

Which do you think is better the swann 8 channel 4 camera nvr system 1080p 3mp bullet camera or the same lorex system? eBay has swann for $1119 and best buy has lorex for $999 which has since sold out. Or would you recommend getting cameras separate and go with blue iris software? Also have you ever got square trade warranty on anything 3 year is around $150. Any input would be appreciated. Also I saw your swann 1080p camera video on YouTube and they look awesome even through YouTube compressed video. Probably looks ever better in person on 1080p screen. Thx

EveryLittleThing
2 years 6 months ago

Has anyone noticed that the effective focal length of these cameras change when you change the resolution?

For example, when set for 1080P(1920×1080) , the camera will show a physical area that is wider then what you will see when it’s setup for 3MP(2048×1536). Why would the lower resolution image show a wider area of coverage?

This seems odd to me, there probably is some reasonable explanation for why it’s happening, but I sure can’t figure out what that would be.

2 years 6 months ago

Hi

does anybody know how I can query http://camera_ip/Streaming/channels/1/picture without a password? im running a script on my website that queries the camera with the link above, but since IE dropped using usernames and password in the HTTP Auth header, I can only view it using http://admin:12345@camera_ip/Streaming/channels/1/picture in Firefox

Help would be much appreciated
Pieter

AC
2 years 6 months ago

Hello everyone, I think it’s been about 4-5 weeks since I bought the first set of 4 cameras and then 1 week later I bought the entire NVR8-7200 package to total 8 cameras. I only use MAC so all the NVR software I tried on an old XP box laying around was a complete waste of time. Blue Iris , and all the other software recommended above is clunky. I’m extremely happy with the results of the NVR8-7200. It’s rock solid. I think I spent a total of 50 hours configuring and fine tuning the cameras and NVR. For the last month, everything has been running smoothly. The only problem with OSX / Safari and the NVR8-7200 web front end software is the ‘cursor’ at the bottom to navigate through the daily motion events. It’s pretty flawed, but there is a trick to get to the right time. This flaw does not occur on PCs. I’m really hoping they update the firmware for the NVR8-7200, but based on their past products, it doesn’t look like it will happen soon. Also the the switch from night vision to daytime does flicker back and forth during sunrise and sunset (which triggers all… Read more »

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Sorry, Just use:
http://peterjenkins.chickenkiller.com
Guest/Guest

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Gave up on the Xprotect s/w.
Couldn’t get help from the forums. Email options were not present in the installed version (bug??)
Could not access remotely without turning off the Firewall.

Installed Blue Iris and had no problems, so nothing wrong with my system. Problem was all with Xprotect’s install.

Need to get the email alert to work though. Will post on Blue Iris review on this site.

Meanwhile, the link “http://peterjenkins.chickenkiller.com:8081/index.html” works, but now using Blue Iris.

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Swanns are accessible at the fol. address if any one cares to check the live stream:
http://peterjenkins.chickenkiller.com:8081/index.html
User/Pass = Guest

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Didn’t find out how to fix my firewall :(

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Finally able to log on. I disabled the firewall on the system running the server.
So now I need to add rule to allow smart client access when it’s turned on.
I’m not sure what to do here, so will investigate…

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion.
I’m actually posting in the Xprotect forum, since this is probably not Kosher to post in this forum as it’s slightly off topic :). Don’t want ppl getting mad at me :)
I did get someone reply stating to use port 80 or just leave the port out all together. The 8081 and 8082 ports are only for mobile server access.
Still can’t connect, nor from work, using the direct ISP.

The other thing that is weird, is that the cameras ip’s do not show up in my routers list of connected h/w, even though they are viewable by entering their addresses directly in Chrome.
I did try re-booting the router, but that did not have any affect.

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

So Smart Client is installed on my other computer, but it just keeps trying to connect without actually connecting.
I use the same address and port (8082) as the Tablet, but no connection.
After a few minutes I get the “Failed to connect. Check the server address” msg.
Damn!

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Oh, I think I need the Smart Client :)

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Ok. After removing the software (Uninstall) didn’t resolve the problem, I did a Windows Restore.
Didn’t solve it either. After looking on their forums, I noticed that there were a TON of left over files in 3 different directories – I don’t know why a company could not create a proper uninstall!!!
Removed all remnants of the program and re-installed and was successful in getting the Manager to use Port 80.
Got the Mobile app and can view on my Android tablet.

So then I uninstalled it again and put it on a different computer.
That was successful too and I can view on my Tablet still.

Now, how to I view on another computer? Obviously I found & d/l’d the mobile app ok, but I can’t find a desktop app…
Where is it on their website??
(I feel a bit dumb – should be there somewhere?)
Peter

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

I’m guessing that Port 88 is not one that can be accessible from a remote computer.
I will try (again) to change the Management s/w to use 80. May have to remove and re-install…

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

So I am almost there! I am able to view cameras on the computer that the ‘Management’ s/w is installed. I can also view the recorded files using the ‘Client’ s/w. The motion detection seems to work as expected, though I may want to play around with the options. The cameras seem to be quite good so far, but I have to look at the settings for my environment: During the night, if motion is detected in my driveway, my security lights come on. The slider that determines the wait time for the camera to flip between day/night or night/day mode can only be set as low as 5 secs. That means at night, the image will be washed out for 5 secs after the security lights come on. Again, I haven’t had time to do extensive testing. The Xprotect s/w has the server port set to 88. I cannot change this to 80 – says something about port not avail.. I can’t be exact as I am now out of the house for the day :( I checked my router port fowarding and 80 is enabled (as well as 88) for the computer the server s/w is running on,… Read more »

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Yup it was a port thing – got the Client running now :)

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Problems with ports:
Working on it!

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Oh ok thanks.
I added a ‘Windows User’ successfully and then ran the Client.
I can’t get past the Connect to Server screen though.
Localhost
Basic Auth.
User is Admin
Pass is ***** (Which is what? 12345?
Tried that and I get ‘Check the server address’ error msg.
Changed to Windows authentication, but that didn’t work either.
Any suggestions>>>?
Thanks!

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Oh, there are files there: .pic files
What do you use to play those??

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Yup the converter works great.
I’m trying out Xprotect right now….
Can’t seem to get it to record on motion detect…
Says in the log it’s working, configured save dir. ok, but no video files there…

B.A.
2 years 6 months ago

As far as I know, the VSPlayer is what Hikvision recommends.

As for the cops, the ones around here have some speialized hevy duty stuff which according to them can read almost anything… but if they had difficulty I would provide VSPlayer, and I am sure they would use it.

Peter
2 years 6 months ago
Peter
2 years 6 months ago

So I found VSPlayer and got to playback the recordings. But I don’t want to have to give the police a file that they cannot play without a special player, or even codec for that matter!
They want to be able to just dbl click it to watch it. They are not going to want to fart around.
Does the ACTi s/w convert the video to a common format that will be hassle free?

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Thanks BA.
Just got the cams a couple hrs. ago.
Got them running and flashed with the HIKVision firmware.
The Parameter Error is weird. I uploaded the firmware via Chrome, changed to the 2048×1536 res. and got the error.
Closed Chrome, started IE and changed the setting there.
Went back to Chrome and the error is now gone.

Started playing around and, yes the HIKVision s/w needs to format a drive. Not going to go that route!
I will look into ACTi and see if that’s suitable (for the cost) for me, on your recommendation.
I tried the ‘Record’ button. on the web interface and I get it to record a video, but I cannot play it back using WMP. So it seems I need a codec. I will look on HIKVision’s d/l site for one.

Using the ‘Playback’ tab takes me to the calendar, but no files are shown. Not sure why that is…
Still playing around though, but if you know anything about the video playback issues, let me know!
Cheers.

B.A.
2 years 6 months ago

Peter, if you go the ACTi route, their NVR creates .avi files. These will play in Windows Media Player.

However, the best tool I have found for playing these back is Real Player (on the Mac – I use the free version). This allows you more control, you can move the slider forward or back to review the video at what ever speed you like. Makes a review very easy. The version I use is Real Player SP (for Mac) version 12.0.0.

B.A.
2 years 6 months ago

Peter, the ACTi software works with ACTi cameras.

I very seriously doubt it will work with Hikvision cameras.

You probably know that, but just in case… I thought I would make that clear.

B.A.
2 years 6 months ago

Some other differences to note about the hikvision NVR software vs the ACTi NVR software:
The Hikvision NVR software is a windows forground app with a lot of moving parts, some of
Which you may not use, such as a “storage server”. It seems to use more overhead than the ACTi app which is a different archiceture (see below). You can connect to this app as described in my previous post to split the load… but to monitor your cameras and record, the app must be up and running.

The ACTi app is essentially client server. The recording application runs as a Window’s Service… so you are recording whenever Windows is up… no foreground app necessary. Thus, low overhead. The oreground app is used for monitoring & playback… and only needs to be open when you need those functions. Cleaner & more efficient.

Also playback cleaner with ACTi app.

B.A.
2 years 6 months ago

I am running the Hikvision software. It requires a lot of processor to run, they recommend an I7… I am running 4 IP cameras, one ACTi KCM 5611 and 3 Hikvision of the type we are discussing on this thread. Two of those are Swans, one is pure Hikvision. There is a Mac version of the software (IVMS4200) but the Mac version does not contain the NVR, and can only be used for remote playback, or real time monitoring. The Windows version of the IVMS4200 contains the NVR, and the Mac version can connect to it. I am running all 4 with their respective software NVR’s (ACTi and Hikvision) hosted in VMWare on an IMac 3Ghz Core 2 Duo. I am viewing the Hikvision playback on a separate Mac to split out the load. The Hikvision software works, but takes some getting used to. Since its free, there is really no cost in playing with it. However, you must format a separate disk to store your video. I have allocated 1 TB for each Hikvision camera as drives E,F, H. The Hikvision NVR will format this for you (you tell it which drives to format). It writes a bunch of… Read more »

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Thanks.
Is that the “iVMS” s/w in the “Video Software Management” folder?
Anybody here tried it?

Peter
2 years 6 months ago

Software question.
I see on this site reviews of various NVR software and was wondering about the software capabilities that come with this Swann and/or the HIKVision (if the Swann is flashed with the HIKVision firmware).

I am used to the Geovision s/w that came with my GV-800 Analog-Digital card. I have used it for several years and love it’s stability and motion capture abilities/options, such as being able to mask out certain areas, event pre-record buffer etc.
The only downside is that you need to convert the proprietory video to WMP format to avoid having to install a codec on everyone’s machine that you send a video to. (The cops would not be open to that).

So I am wondering if the supplied software can even allow you to record video to a shared network folder/drive and has ‘basic’ event capture ability. Or do you need something like Blueiris or Xprotect?

Byron
2 years 6 months ago

Firmware problem resolved.

The “Parameter Error” problem was due to my browser. I was using Chrome to modify settings. I went over to IE and deleted browsing history. Restarted IE and changed the setting which saved successfully.

Byron
2 years 6 months ago

About upgrading the firmware

I found this site that carries the physically exact camera as different model numbers and resolutions.

http://www.ezcctv.com/cat/Hikvision-IP-Cameras-123.htm

I wonder which model My Swann really is?

Input anyone?

Riddleywalker
2 years 6 months ago

*UPDATE*

Make sure to reboot your cam after flashing firmware.

Solved previous “Parameter Error” issue(s).

Riddleywalker
2 years 6 months ago

For those of you looking to flash your firmware here is a working link to HIKVISION’s directory of firmware downloads:

http://www.hikvisioneurope.com/portal/index.php?dir=Product%20Firmware/Cameras/Raptor%20Platform%20IPC%202%20series%20firmware/

That being said, I did just flash my firmware to the latest version as of this writing (5.0.2) and I too get a “Parameter Error” when switching the video stream resolution to 3MP (2048×1536). Most or all other new features seem to function fine.

Curious if anyone else has gotten this “Parameter Error” message and has been able to resolve this issue.

JacktheRipper
2 years 7 months ago

Just a little detail for those of you working with the Swann NVR 7200: I was unable to get the NTP time update working while pointing to pool.ntp.org. It just never worked. I took the following steps:
(1) I made sure port 123 was open on my uVerse modem/router (a manual process, since the unit does not support uPnP).
(2) I turned off daylight savings time, just for good measure in Menu>>Configuration>>General>>DST.
(3) In Menu>>Configuration>>Network>>NTP, I replaced pool.ntp.org with 72.13.92.34 (A public tier 2 server in San Jose). I presume this is a static IP, but we’ll see.
With these steps, the time was updated correctly for my time zone (Pacific time), including the offset for DST.

Byron
2 years 7 months ago

Has anyone attempted and successfully installed the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I firmware in this Swann camera?

I have just upgraded and instantly went to the setting “Resolution” and changed it to 2048*1536 and pressed save. Next to the save button it said ” Parameter error. ”

I have also noticed that the web interface still has SWNHD-820CAM it in the upper corner. It seems as though the firmware loaded but only change things superficially. Was expecting it to change to the Hikvision model #.

The firmware file name was digicap.dav.

I had my hopes up and was excited while watching the percent increasing to 100% then suddenly let down. :(

Peter
2 years 7 months ago

Hey! Thanks for this post! I’m only 1/3 the way down, but after a bit of research and checking out your videos, I plonked down the cash and bought the 2 pack from Costco today.
Now I just need a PoE…. :)
Many thanks!

EveryLittleThing
2 years 7 months ago

Ok, I got a call from a Australian tech support guy this evening, he explained a few things to me… Namely , that the 172.16.1.0 subnet is on the newer NVRs , they changed from 192.168.1.0 due to conflicts with many well known home type routers that use that space. Also, learned that the camera ports on the back of the NVR, are not really unique and there’s no need to connect camera1 to port1, camera2 to port2, etc… the cameras don’t always get the same IP address and that doesn’t matter, the camera name, and other settings are stored in nonvolatile memory and the actual IP address that gets assigned to any given camera is not all that important. Bottom line is that you can indeed connect a remote ethernet switch/hub and connect cameras to it, without any concern for the overall operation of the system. Another thing I discovered today, my camera calls itself a SWNHD-825CAM, not a SWNHD-820CAM. The firmware rev is 4.0.9.130510. I’m not sure if there is any functional difference associated with this model/name change or not. So, it looks like I’ll be buying a POE ethernet switch soon and connecting my cameras to it,… Read more »

EveryLittleThing
2 years 7 months ago

The saga of connecting a Swann NVR8-7200 to four SWNHD-825CAM(s) using a remote ethernet switch, has nearly come to a conclusion. I have learned some things along the way, which I believe are worth putting out here… Swann basic customer service, will not be able to help you at this point in time, if you should try this. Their higher level support, know that it can work, but also seem perhaps a little unclear as to exactly how it needs to be done. Both levels of support have been very willing and able to do whatever it is they can, so all in all I really am happy with the support they have given me, with what is NOT a officially supported feature. First… it seems, that the ‘video input’ ports on the back of the NVR, will not connect to one of these cameras, unless it’s done in the ‘plug and play’ mode. That is, you can not manually set the IP address of the camera you intend to connect to it, and get it to work. Also, in ‘pulg and play’ mode, you can not connect more then one camera to one of these ports, not even if… Read more »

2 years 7 months ago

I’m looking at getting a couple of these.

I currently have a junky Swann 4 camera NTSC system and the wife wants something better. So do I.

The camera has a 4MM lens. The 4MM is good for covering my front yard, but may stink at high resolution after a certain distance? I’m planning on using Blue Iris and a newer fast I5 computer. How far out will I get good facial recognition during the day, and at night? I’m hoping for 60-70 feet during the day, and all I can at night. I’m all wired GB networking in the house. I’ll probably start at 10FPS, not sure what bit rate. My loose plan is 2 of these nice cameras outside, and maybe a couple of junk Foscam or such indoors all hard wired with PoE. I’ve been doing computer networks for 15+ years, but this will be my first try at IP cameras. Thank you very much for any responses. I really love this site for researching good unbiased information!
- JoePTZ

EveryLittleThing
2 years 7 months ago

Interesting… I have been playing, trying to find out how things work, how to connect to the camera through a ethernet hub, powered by 12 volt source, etc… I tried the 192.0.0.64 address, but its not working, I’m thinking, maybe I don’t understand networking as well as I thought, or something… Well long story shorter, I get the latest iVMS-4000 software thinking you can’t just connect via a simple web interface… At first I’m getting nowhere fast… then I use this feature in the software to like look for a camera, I see one, and tell it to connect… It seems my camera is configured for 172.16.1.5, and connecting to that with web browser does indeed get to the camera. Also… it seems you can tell this camera , with the firmware that came on mine from the factory, to operate at 2048×1536 AKA 3MP. So, what’s this tell me? what configured the IP address to 172.16.1.5 ??? did the NVR do this, when I had previously plugged it into the NVR? did it come that way from the factory? or what? Soon, I’ll try my other cameras… if they are configured with unique addresses, all on the 172.16.1.0 subnet,… Read more »

JC
2 years 7 months ago

Any place to find firmware updates for the new Swann 3MP cameras? I noticed that it’s missing some IPV6 and other features the latest Lorex cameras seem to have. Lorex seems to be on a higher firmware version. I’m having trouble getting the camera to return a snapshot when in the 3MP resolution. It was working in 720P and 1080P, but not 3MP, though this morning it doesn’t want to work with 1080P either. I’ll try resetting it tonight.

EveryLittleThing
2 years 7 months ago

I too, obtained one of the Costco sold Swann 8 Channel ( 4 cameras ) NVR setups… I haven’t gotten around to installing all the cams yet, I’ve just been playing with things to make sure I understand it all before I do a full install.

Can anyone tell me, if it’s possible to connect the cameras to the NVR using a external switch with POE? I really would rather not have to run four ( or more ) separate Cat5 cables back to where I intend to put the NVR. I would much rather run one cable to another location, closer to where all the cameras will be located, connect them to a switch, etc.. Is this possible? or do you really have to connect each camera via it’s own cable to one of the ports on the back of the NVR?

tony
2 years 7 months ago

You can.It is also best you put them in there own vlan as long as you know how to configure it to where you can view it from you pc.

EveryLittleThing
2 years 7 months ago

Could you give me a bit more of a description of how this would all work? or point me to some site or such that would give more details? As I understand things, out of the box, all the cameras have the same IPv4 address (192.0.0.64), and that the standard NVR connection has each camera connected to it’s own individual port ( 1 through 8 ). Based on the product manual, it seemingly identifies each camera and names it based on the port that it’s connected to. I know a bit about networking, yet I’m having a bit of trouble understanding how it would be able to identify these cameras when connected though a remote switch/hub. Do they use DHCP, or what? and if DHCP is used or something similar, how do they uniquely identify each camera, ( possibly with MAC address I suppose ) but initially, how does it know which camera should be camera one , which is two, etc… ? is it done by the sequence in which they are connected? if so, what happens at power outage, do they have nonvolatile memory? Or… well, I could invision that the user has to manually configure the cameras,… Read more »

Madmin
1 year 7 months ago

I have been fighting with this issue myself. I have a call in to tech support but they do not seem to be pursuing it further. Technically you should be able to statically set the Camera’s IP and have the NVR recognize each camera through a single port based off of IP.

Did you get any further with this?

JC
2 years 7 months ago

Got my order from Costco yesterday with the new 3MP cameras and NVR. Didn’t have time to do anything yet except plug in one of the cameras. It does show the 3MP resolution, but when I set it to that the FOV changes and I loose some of the image on the right and left. The image also seems to be darker and not as well defined. Does this sound like it’s not really 3MP, and they are just playing games with the image?

Amit Chandel
2 years 7 months ago

Looks virtually identical hardware wise. They might have opened up hardware’s capabilities with a software update and are charging $300 more for it.

JC
2 years 7 months ago

I looked at the manual a little more, and though all the pictures are for the 4 channel model, I did find a couple of places where they mention that the 8 channel will have an extra 4 ports. All of the alarm info seems to just talk about 4 channels…guess it’s just a really generic manual. Still curious what differences there may be between the one I just received and the new one they are offering for $300 more.

JC
2 years 7 months ago

Finally got my Swann system from Costco today – ordered back on the 5th. Pulled the manual to take a quick look while at work, and it’s for a 4 channel NVR! Had me worried that maybe somehow I had goofed and ordered a 4 channel by mistake. Went to the website, and now the Swann 8 channel NVR is $1199 instead of $899, and has a different part number. Checked my email and sure enough it said 8 channel. Went back to the car and pulled the NVR out to check, and it is 8 channel. I’m wondering if the new setup at Costco is the same one, or the one I have is an older NVR? Descriptions look the same, and I don’t notice any differences except for the price. Maybe they goofed and advertised the 8 channel when it was meant to be 4? I’ll take a detailed look tonight and see what the model of the NVR is. The box with the cameras says 3MP on it, so that appears to be the same. Very odd to say the least – any ideas?

Thanks!

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