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Dahua Network Video Recorder (NVR) Review

After reviewing a few Dahua cameras the next logical step is to review their NVR. This model, the NVR3204 I tested is the 4 channel model available for as little as under $300.  They also make 8 (NVR3208) and 16 (NVR3216) channel versions priced $329 and $349 respectively. This is bargain compared to other NVR’s or the alternative of setting up a PC with NVR software.

It was fairly easy to set up, the menus are responsive and the interface is intuitive. More like an iPhone app than Windows PC.  Has HDMI output so it can be used with a large screen TV or on a computer monitor using the VGA connector.

Dahua NVR Review

Main Features

  • Dual Core CPU – responsive
  • Up to  2 SATA Hard Drives (not included) and  2 USB 2.0 drives
  • Built in Web Server
  • Comes with Remote Control and Mouse
  • Front Panel USB for backing up video
  • 12o fps at 1080P or 240 fps at 720P
  • Power consumption, 20W (not including hard drives)

The NVR works very well with Dahua cameras. Had 4 cameras plugged in, 2 of them 1080P cameras, 2 were 1.3MP cameras, all actively recording and the menus were very responsive. For testing purposes I used a 1.5TB Seagate 5,900 RPM drive that I purchased locally for $69, mostly because these slower spinning drives are quieter allowing the NVR to be quite enough to use in a bedroom. Attached to a HDMI port on your TV, you can get a view of your cameras as quickly as you can switch to the HDMI input on your TV.

Pardon the image quality, but I had to take pictures of the TV screen to show as there’s no way I found to take screen snapshots from the NVR. This is the live view, what you see after you have the cameras set up. In this case, I have 4 cameras setup, the NVR was a 4 channel model, hence a view of the 4 cameras in a grid. 2 cameras were setup as 1080P in a 16:9 aspect ratio, the other two where setup in 1.3MP mode which has a 4:3 aspect ratio, but it displayed both in the same manner but did so a pleasing way with the images not looking stretched or distorted.

Dahua NVR Review

You navigate with the included mouse, the front panel or remote control.   Clicking on a camera with the mouse, or using the remote or front panel of the NVR and pressing the button for the specific channel number will display that camera in full screen. To go back to seeing 4, press “mult” on the remote or right-click the mouse and select “View 4″. Right clicking with the mouse is how you get into the interface and looks like this in the middle of the screen.

Dahua NVR Review

Selecting “Main Menu” takes you to the main menu where you can start navigating and configuring the NVR.

Dahua NVR Review

Selecting “Remote Devices” is where you go to configure the cameras.

Dahua NVR Review - NetworkCameraCritic

You can click IP search to find them automatically. In my case I already had the cameras configured for the reviews so I clicked “Manual Add” and you can see the screen below, not that many options and the defaults seem to work for most people. For Dahua, select “private” as the camera manufacturer. Below I show how I setup my Axis camera.

Dahua NVR Review - Network Camera Reviews

Selecting “Settings” from the main menu brings up another menu with lots more options

Dahua NVR Review - Settings

You have to set up the network options to access the NVR remotely with a web browser. Clicking on the “Network” icon takes you here where you configure the IP address just as you would a network camera. For remote access outside your network you’ll have to configure port forwarding for this address and port.

Dahua NVR Review - Network

Motion detection is set by the camera, but you can change it from the “Detect” option on the settings menu. Each camera is selected separately using the Channel drop down.

Dahua NVR Review - Motion Detection

One thing I’ll warn about. By default, this NVR will record all cameras all the time for continuous video. With 1080P cameras, you can quickly fill up a 1TB drive, maybe get a few days out of it. To only record motion detected events, select “Schedule” off the settings menu, select Channel All, Weekday All,  uncheck Regular and check MD for period 1 (24 hrs) and click Save. You can select different recording schedules. Say you don’t want it to record from 7-8AM and 5-11PM while you are home and moving around the house, you can set the schedules accordingly for all days or by day of the week.  The other thing that is set by default that you may want to change is the NVR is set up to rotate from one camera to the next automatically.

Dahua NVR Review - Schedule

Another important option when you right-click on the main screen is “Search”. This is how you look for and play recorded video.

Dahua NVR Review - Search

As you can see above, their’s a timeline along the bottom that shows the timeframes where video was recorded. In my case, I’m only showing one camera, but you can see all 4 camera at the same time and they pop up as you play the timeline and it finds a recorded video. Here’s a blown up section so you can see the timeline better.

Dahua NVR Review - Search

In the lower right, there’s a tiny icon that looks like a grid. Clicking on that shows you the videos recorded by time and each represents a file. You can play by clicking on the time and it will play on the left. If you want to export the video so you can watch it on your PC for example, stick a USB stick or USB drive in the front USB port on the right side of the NVR and check the boxes of the videos you want to save. There’s a disk icon on the lower right, click that to save the files to disk in DAV format. You will then need the Dahua player program found on the camera CD’s to play them and export them to AVI format if you wish.

WEB BROWSER INTERFACE

If you wish to operate the NVR remotely from a PC using a browser, go to the IP address and port you specified in the Network settings and it should pop up. Click the Open All button to load the cameras on the grid and this is what it would look like with 4 cameras -

Dahua NVR Web Interface Review

Selecting a single camera view from the choices below allows you see one camera at a time if you prefer the larger view

Dahua NVR Web Browser Interface Review

You can also configure the NVR from the web interface but I find the interface on the NVR easier to use.

Dahua NVR Web Interface Review - NetworkCameraCritic

Click Search from the tab on top pops up this menu where you can select time range, which channels to search and it provides a list. It’s limited to the first 100 recorded events. Clicking on an event will play it back on the main screen.

Dahua NVR Web Browser Interface - Search

The NVR works pretty well considering the price and package. Just insert a 3.5″ SATA disk drive and connect it to your network. They claim to support a limited set of other brands of cameras. I tried Axis as that’s the most popular and found that while it worked, it did not work well. The picture kept dropping and I couldn’t get it to record motion events, only continuous recording. I would personally recommend this to anyone that has Dahua cameras but not for use with other brands of cameras although this may be improved in future firmware releases.

The web interface was not as intuitive or responsive to use as the direct interface. I would use this primarily on a TV where you want to use it most of the time and then use the browser interface when you are away from home.

There’s available smartphone apps from Dahua for IOS and Android called iDMSS that will work with this NVR and the cameras directly.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bas
1 month 5 days ago

Hey there, i am facing the problem more people had with Axis camera (M3114-R)
on a Dahua DHI-NVR4208-8P-4K. I still can not fix the motion detection for the Axis camera.

I tried setting up motion detection in the camera itself but that doens´t work either.
Within the camera i can monitor the movements within the border i set up. But the recorder doesn’t seem to recognize. Anyone has an idea?

Bas

anil
2 months 18 days ago

in my office we have NVR3204 dahua make product. NVR acing as DHCP server and releasing 192.168.x.x IP’s to in our network. Please help me how to solve this issue.
My ID anil.hulsure@gmail.com

David
5 months 2 days ago

Hello,
I just purchased a NVR4216. Im having problems using the web service. Each time I try to log in with explorer 11, its trying to install a plugin (webplugin.exe)- it always fails. Not sure why. Any suggestions?
Thanks.

Steve
2 months 28 days ago

For the life of me I could not get this to work with IE11 either…

FYI I uninstalled IE11 and rolled back to IE10 and was able to get this working with my system.

Steve

5 months 3 days ago

What’s exactly the iframe per seconds, and why should you match it to the FPS ?

Janet
5 months 4 days ago

Hve the dahua 720P can anyone tell me how to change the password and how to change the frames per second? Installers were no help and I am not familiar with all this new stuff.

thanks.

schnax
7 months 12 days ago

Hi,

got a Dahua NVR7864-RH and about 30 Dahua SD6a220-HNI PTZ cameras. I can’t getthe NVR to record motion only. Does anyone know what settings I need? I have tried all kinds of them with no luck. My reseller is not much help either – always tells me to do regular (24/7) recording.
Need help.

topeinde
7 months 25 days ago

Hi Guys, good reviews here. i=I have a challenge with my 32 channel dahua NVR, i want to have 2 separate view at the same time i.e 16 (one monitor) and the next 16 the second monitor. without using the PSS software.

Mukesh
8 months 5 days ago

Hi. I want to install 8 wifi cameras as its impossible to lay wires.My house is 500 sqyds .cameras to be installed on extreme corners. Which wifi modem should I use which can handle 8 cctv .

Ric Pepwprth
8 months 17 days ago

Hi
Dahua IP Cameras and Dahua NVR. Is there a standard reasoning whereby the:
Camera settings pass through the NVR or
the NVR intercepts and controls the settings or
Is it a mix between the two
Im confused. Thanks

Innar
9 months 22 days ago

Hello!
I’m having problem with Vivotek FD8136 and Dahua NVR4216.
NVR is my home and Vivotek is somewhere far. From the web browser the camera stream is working fine. In NVR stream is not working. Using ONVIF.
Help?

9 months 25 days ago

I believe that is among the so much vital info for me. And i am glad reading your article. However wanna remark on few common issues, The website style is wonderful, the articles is in point of fact excellent : D. Good process, cheers

chandra sekaran
10 months 3 days ago

i have buy buy LG ip ptz speed doom camera and dahua 4channel nvr both have sopport (both poe suppourt) reply any one person

jacob
10 months 24 days ago

I will be surprised if there is an audio in on the NVR. Assuming there is, he will need to pull a new Siamese coax/RCA cable to power the mic down the line, and to get a signal back into the NVR. Not a good option.

There might be a mic-in on the NVR, and that should not be confused with audio-in. Mic-in is for something else on the NVR.
jacob

jacob
10 months 24 days ago

Hi Samer

The audio is quite easy. However the 2100 does not have an audio input terminal built-in on the camera cable harness. I am not sure however if the camera itself has a built-in mic.

If it has a built-in mic, it quite easy, when you are encoding in the NVR all what you have to do is turn-on the audio feature for that specific channel. The same would apply if you have an external mic plugged in into the camera harness.

I believe most NVR do not allow flexibility on analogue audio in. In fact there might be no Audio-input on NVR’s. I wish I have one here in the shop to confirm, but I don’t have a unit handy.

So your best option is to buy IP cameras with a built-in mic or built-in audio input.
good luck

samer El huseini
10 months 24 days ago

i want ask if there is a way to record voice in the nvr 4ch with the 2100 ip cam type using external micro connected to the micro input

jacob
11 months 22 days ago

I respect that. I just do this work for living, and the amount of time that goes into IP networking, between cameras and DVR and the many things that could go wrong can eat your bottom line.

For indoor cameras, HDCVI is more than enough resolution. However I agree with you, outdoor cameras can never have enough megapixels…!

jacob
11 months 22 days ago

I am a system installer, we install 4 or 5 of these units a month. I am slowely walking away from IP based solutions simply because finally Dahua had built a coax HD solution called HDCVI.

You now can buy 1080 cameras with standard BNC coax connection, jst like the analogue cameras. I have installed few and I am very pleased with the results, your limited to 1080 for now. There is no IP, bandwidth, or routing that any of us have to configure. It is letterly plug, configure DVR and play.

David
11 months 22 days ago

Hello,
Ive been following your site for a while- thanks for all the good info.

I’m currently in the market for an NVR- preferably dahua since I have some experience with the brand. I am looking to run 12 IP cameras throughout a warehouse. I had a couple questions:

David
11 months 22 days ago

Is there a specific model you could recommend?

What does “Max 200Mbps Bit Rate input” mean? Is that in references to the recording FPS rate?

thanks.

name
1 year 22 days ago

Dahua Network Video Recorder (NVR) Review Network Camera … – I’ve never personally had the PoE version but my understanding is the cameras connected to those ports are an internal network for the NVR, so you can’t access the cameras.

TOKYOJOE
1 year 1 month ago

Hi,
Just wanted to give you an update. I received my NVR4416 via Alibaba, and i couldn’t be happier. I have also purchased a number of Dahua cameras from the same supplier and have been playing with different lenses and set ups. I was a network design engineer who designed integrated voice and data networks, so I have a bunch of Cisco gear and have a number of devices requiring POE connected to a 3750 24 port Cisco switch and have no problems with power requirements even though I have 8 Cisco IP phones and 10 3MP Dahua cameras connected to the switch each drawing over 15 Watts. I believe that I paid $150 for this switch over a year ago, but a word of caution, older Cisco POE switches did not support the POE standard, so the cameras will not power up on these switches. thanks for your help

jacob
1 year 1 month ago

Hi Dan

Yes Dahua is finally supporting some 3rd party cameras. I have been buying low end Chinese 2MP IP cameras with Onvif 2.3 profile and they seem to work fine with Dahua NVR’s.

I have tried the same NVR with Arecont vision 5MP cameras, the NVR recognizes the cameras, but won’t record on motion.

If you you are planning to stay within the 1080P universe, I recommend that you look into the HDCVI technology instead of the IP solution. The resolution is very very close to 1080P IP; yet it is done over standard coax. No switch, no Poe, No Onvif, and no worries about what is compatible with the what !

good luck

Michael Till
1 year 2 months ago

Love the site and have learned a ton from reading here. I have been doing a lot of research and was wondering if you could help me with a few questions.

I have 4 dahua IP cameras
(2) Dahua IPC-HDBW4300E (dome)
(2) Dahua IPC-HFW4300S (bullet)

I was planning on using this switch here.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704080&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-

This should provide enough power for the 4 cameras and connect to an NVR correct?

Would this NVR be a good choice for my setup. I’d like one that can run all the cameras at 20 fps@3m or 30 fps@1080p. What would your suggestion be?

I’d also like to view them remotely (quality isn’t an issue) on my phone (iphone 5s) and on my Mac if I can but I guess that would be more the PSS. Can you help me out with any suggestions?

Thanks a bunch.

1 year 2 months ago

You can use http://www.portcheckers.com scan ports or test port forwarding

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

Thanks, you have been an great help. The supplier I am dealing with has said they are a distributor, and I have asked them for English software, north American power cord and and English manual and they have said they will.

Cheers,

jacob
1 year 5 months ago

It appears to me that Dahua is not interested in the retail side of the market, which explain why it is so difficult to get support out of them. The want to be an OEM for the others. Many of the big names in the CCTV business seems to be taking the dahua boxes and putting their name on it. ADT, Honeywell, HiKVision, ICrealtime…and I am sure there is more. That’s why they do not wish to compete with their own big name customers by offering the same product at discount.

In fact some of their better products are not sold in the US. I believe it is simply because a large name has an agreement with Dahua not to retail these products in the US. I wanted to buy an advance PTZ dome with stand alone tracking, I couldn’t buy it yet they make it but don’t advertise it.

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

thanks, I will e-mail them, I am currently not using the UnBlock us service, I suppose because that gives me a US address, I would be able to join then.

One last question:

have you ever seen a Dahua product with their actual name on it or is it that the only products you see are branded with the OEM names for example Swann, Eyeonet, Galaxy, etc.?

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

So I can’t ask them anything

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

what i meant to say is that they do not allow Canadians to join

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

i TRIED TO JOIN wRIGHTWOOD, AND THEY REFUSED ME BECAUSE i AM IN cANADA

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

Chatting both here and on another site, it looks like the 4XXX series is newer, faster, and supports more than the 5XXX given that the Canadian distributor does not carry the 4XXX series. Where can I purchase one looking at the NVR4416?

What can you say about buying from Alibaba, or CCTV-mall in China, do they have a good reputation?

thanks

jacob
1 year 5 months ago

We tested 2 different cameras, and they both recorded in motion, not continuous. That’s great news. Now you can go out and buy any camera and lay it on this poppy.

jacob
1 year 5 months ago

Just a quick update. I am incorrect about Dahua not supporting recording of 3rd party cameras using Onvif. I have just finished testing a Dahua NVR4208-P 8CH Channel NVR Network Video Recorder, 1080P 1U Case 4 PoE. The unit does record 3rd party camera with Onvif.

What’s even more amazing, I used a 3MP 3rd party camera on this 1080 NVR, and guess what it did encode at 3MP. Great little thing.

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

Thanks for the great info

Unfortunately Wrightwood have told me they do not allow registration from Canada, I am sure it is a great resource

thanks

jacob
1 year 5 months ago

“can you comment on the NVR5408/5416″

I deployed one of the 5416 NVR’s. This is a 16 channel that’s capable of supporting 5MP cameras.

I installed 6 5MP dahua box cameras, all streaming at 5MP, 3 frames per seconds, using a 1 gigabit backbone.

The 5416 platform is semi-stable. It works, every few weeks I do drop a camera and I suspect the drop is the result of network overload. I would like to get an updated firmware for this DVR, but boy it is a pain to get your hand on firmware with Dahua. If anyone knows a source, please share.

the setback of the 5416 is the recording baud rate speed, it is 48MB/s. Assuming it is the case, you don’t want to be in the upper limit of that 48MB/S. I personally will no go above 30MB/s. Mix 3 and 5 MP cameras at 4-5 frames per seconds; load 14-16 cameras you can quickly see the limitations.

I believe they are making 7000′s series NVR’s now that have higher recording baud rate.

jacob
1 year 5 months ago

You guys have to be careful when ordering Dahua NVR’s and try to make them work with 3rd party cameras. The NVR will detect the 3rd party cameras, stream live video, and record the camers’ stream BUT only in continuous mode. Dahua NVR’s will NOT record 3rd party cameras (especially onvif) on motion which is a huge setback.

I knew that this was the case about a year ago, I am not sure if it is still the case now. I believe this is done by design to encourage people to buy their cameras in addition to their NVR’s.

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

after reading above I did a search on compatible cameras with the Dahua NVR’s and was supprized that Glaxy and eyeonet are not on the list are they not made by Dahua and are the same NVR’s?

Thanks

TOKYOJOE
1 year 5 months ago

The NVR3204 is an older model I am guessing, can you comment on the NVR5408/5416?

thanks

ramunas
1 year 5 months ago

hello
ihave some issue
i can connect to my nvr(dahua) remotely but it dont shows any of 5 cameras i have done port forwards

jacob
1 year 6 months ago

It does not sound to me like a router issue, unless you have an IP conflict. I am also assuming that you are assigning a fixed IP for each camera and not setting up the cameras as DHCP. Setting up the cameras on DHCP is not a good practice, because the camera IP’s will change with each reboot.

Also if you are using a DVR or NVR with 2 built-in network cards, you must select the camera network (the NIC connected to the field cameras)as the default network card, otherwise you will not be able to scan your cameras on the DVR period.

Good luck
jacob

jacob
1 year 6 months ago

I avoid going the onvif route. Onvif is a joke, and I noticed with Dahua Hybrid DVR’s is that some onvif cameras will work initially. But if you try to control an Onvif camera through the DVR, that’s when you get into trouble. For example I try to make a frame rate change in the encoding menu of the DVR, and what I notice is that onvif changes the contrast instead in the camera and all the sudden I have a very dark image…!

Therefore, I recommend that you stick with native cameras at least until someone figure out the Onvif part. I wish I have a better answer.

jacob
1 year 10 months ago

Hi Scott I wish I can give a good answer. To do so, I will have to test every NVR in this wild market place. We installed Nuuo boxes, they are reliable but they have their set of issues, and they really don’t have a good DVR/NVR solution, all their products are NAS or PC based. I don’t believe you can buy a box today that does not have issues, and that’s reality. This industry is mirroring the cell phone industry where there is a new product every 5 minutes with new feature that most likely you and I don’t need. It is a race of who can pack more features into their boxes. Dahua is a great product when it works. They have built an enterprise level product with poor and awkward tech-support mechanism; meanwhile, they are trying to compete on price with the lower end of the market. Because of what we do, we tend to want to use uncommon embedded features in the box. Depending on your application, some features may not be as critical. For example, the security on the Dahua product should not be an issue if the box is behind a firewall. But definitely… Read more »

jacob
1 year 11 months ago

I am a CCTV system integrators. I purchased a number of these units for a hospital project. We purchased 32 channels DVR, several 32 channel hybrid 960, one 32 channel hybrid D1, and one 16 Channel NVR 5series. I was initially impressed with this product since the entire ahua family of products can be accessed from the same Software platform. We looked at Demos online, and asked all the right questions about the product; all checked out, until the day we deployed 6 of these DVR’s and one the NVR unit. Here are my finding: 1. Dahua does NOT allow you direct hardware/firmware support. You have to get your firmware updates from a Dahua re-seller, and if you are buying from amazon, good luck knowing your reseller. Assume you know your reseller; chances are he a small margin with no interest in after sale support. It has been a total struggle for us to get firmware upgrade. 2. Hybrid DVR Settings are not stable, upon power loss, settings do change, and that’s not good. Sometimes, the systems default into a specific set of settings, and won’t accept new settings. Unfortunately The way you learn about setting changes is when you… Read more »

Steve
1 year 7 months ago

Darn it, I was wishing you had wrote this back in when this review was done and the product had improved over two years.

I really like the .dav player.

Scott
1 year 10 months ago

Jacob, I had been considering Dahua units until I found the authentication bypass issue. As a professional, what brand would you recommend instead?

Thanks!

Lajos
2 years 4 days ago

Hi, Could you please provide the link for the updated firmware?

hussam
2 years 26 days ago

Do you support nvr NVR3208-8P/3216-8P the cameras tp-link

Bobby
2 years 1 month ago

I had the same problem. I posted a question several months ago re: NVR acts as a DHCP server (not client) but it never got posted so I wasn’t able to reply to it.

Anyway, there is a new NVR3216 firmware that disables DHCP server. Contact your vendor to get the firmware.

Ben
2 years 2 months ago

I have a 3216 Dahua NVR that is configured with a static IP address, but recently it’s begun acting as a DHCP server on my LAN. It’s handing out IP’s in the 192.168.0.X subnet, and my LAN is configured in the 192.168.4.X subnet. Any ideas as to turning off DHCP server? DHCP is not checked in the network settings.

One interesting thing is that I have an identical unit with the POE option (4 POE ports, but I don’t use those), but it functions perfectly. I’d expect it to be the one more likely to exhibit this type of router behavior.

dan
2 years 1 month ago

I have the same problem with 3216 Dahua DHCP. No matter if option in the preferences is ticked or not, NVR tries to act as DHCP! This conflicts with my router.

Jorge
2 years 3 months ago

hi,

thank you for the post.

Does this or any other NVR support pre-record from remote or smartphone app? I know it supports motion trigger pre-record. I want to be able to manually start pre-record recording while being away from unit, through app connected to wireless network the NVR sits on.

Thank you,
Jorge

Dylan
2 years 4 months ago

Hi,
I purchased a dahua nvr5216, I’m having trouble configuring motion detection. The cameras connected are dahua 2MP 3200cp. My problem is that when I change workspace md and sensitivity’, after saving the configuration, if I access again in the configuration window, the parameters are back deault, as if there was some conflict or another setting that overrides my changes. Can you give me some help?

Thanks,
regards.
Dylan

Johnathan
2 years 4 months ago

I have purchased this NVR and I see that you say that the motion detection is set by the camera. Could you elaborate more on that. I have the NVR3208 and 2 ESC-IPC-1 from Empire Security Cameras. I have tried to make every setting change in the NVR setup to no luck. If possible, please email me.

Allen
2 years 5 months ago

Hi Jacob,

Actually Yes! I have a Dahua NVR and love it. I’ve had clients that have certain brand of cameras that motion does not work with every NVR. When I asked the manufacture, they advised me that every camera manufacture has a custom motion setup. It’s not standardized across all manufactures. They don’t share their motion setup either so it’s on the NVR manufacture to reverse engineer the motion to make it work on their NVR. I have a Dahua Camera and also a Vivotek camera and motion works fine. The support guy said it’s just a luck of the draw that really there is no “list” of cameras that do and don’t work. I also have used Empire Security OEM NVR and they do not work with Dahua Motion YET, but they will be very soon based off talking to the owner of the company. That is just an example.

jacob
2 years 5 months ago

Does anyone have experience with Dahua NVR’s or Hybrid DVR’s NOT being able to support 3rd party cameras for motion sensing. I Picked up a Hybrid 16 channel box, and I am having hard time making this DVR record 3rd party cameras on motion. The Hybrid DVR does recognize the IP camera (OnVif), I can see the video stream, it displays motion icon on the live screen, and display the motion icon on the recorded playback screen, but it does NOT seem to record on motion.

Any feedback is appreciated.

ivan
2 years 5 months ago

Hi, I got a question for Dahua NVR.
Do this NVR comes with a feature that do the schedule backup? I want to do a schedule backup from my NVR to PC at home at night time everyday. I can only found the way to do manual backup, but not schedule backup. Also, can I use the DSS software that comes with the NVR to do the schedule backup? thanks.

Mehul Soni
2 years 5 months ago

WEB BROWSER INTERFACE problem.

i have brought Dahua NVR3216 – 16 channel model & connected 5 cameras. now while i operate the NVR remotely from a PC using a browser, everything is fine. after login web service page software screen grid is coming but when i click on camera 1, 2, 3 button, msg appear is ‘no right’ i have tried different default login id password of NVR but failed. how can i resolve this problem.

Son Vo
2 years 5 months ago

Dear,
I have an Panasonic IP camera , Model: WV-NW960 ; connected to NVR 4000. We can connected to this camera, displayed via Web browser. I added this camera to NVR4000, but connected fail.
Some settings:
Manufacturer: Panasonic.
IP Address: .xx.
RTSP Port: 554; HTTP Port: 80
User: Admin
Pass: 12345
So, Please suggest me how to connect this Panasonic IP camera to NVR 4000. Or I must change any thing in setting of Panasonic Cam?
Thanks!

Son Vo
2 years 5 months ago

Sorry, The Models of NVR is: NVR6000 with 128 video inputs. The OEM provider of Dahua called NVR4000.
Please suggest me how to connect the Panasonic IP camera, WV-NW960 to NVR6000.
Thanks.

Hi There

I have a problem by a client where the NVR stops recording randomly. I went so far to change the 8ch to a 16ch and still have the same problem, it drops all cameras on recording at different times but the unit still streams all cameras just the green icon disappears on the screen on all the cams. So it wasn’t the NVR at fault, what could be the problem? I went through all the settings and there seem to be no problem with that whatsoever. I have the same unit at home and never had that issue before. Any one have the same problem with this?

Allen
2 years 5 months ago

I’m with NetworkCameraCritic, I think it’s a good chance your switch might be under powered. If you have a web interface, go in and check it out. Also you might check when the IR comes on I’m willing to bet you that your POE spikes above the power supply level and causes your switch to reboot. Most of the time when a switch comes up, it will come up 1 port at a time so it more than likely won’t surge again.

Bobby
2 years 7 months ago

What is the best and easiest way to download all the video during the day into a DAV (or AVI or MPG) format? I’m using SmartPSS and it won’t let me download any video. It says 0MB of free space but I have over 1.2TB on the NVR itself and over 2TB free on my PC.

When I try to connect to the NVR using the website, “Recquery” doesn’t work.

charles
2 years 7 months ago

I recently purchased the NVR-3216V (although the pcb inside indicates NVR-3416). Overall I like this unit very much. There are a few negatives. 1) the remote control is less than intuitive and takes quite awhile to get used to. 2) I can’t get the web interface to work on any of my browsers. I am running win8 and neither IE10, nor Firefox, nor even chrome work completely. On the last two I can see a list of cams and get live feed, but no controls. On IE10, you are asked to install some software which never completes.
It would be very nice indeed if the NVR allowed you to add support for other non-listed brands. Perhaps a url with suitable parms. If it did so, you MIGHT even be able to get Foscams to work with this NVR.
I purchased mine on sale with a 20% discount on top so I consider this quite a bargain and would not hesitate to make this purchase again!

Sigis
2 years 7 months ago

Here is two main problems why you cant access to NVR from browser:
1. You didn’t set all Active X settings correctly.
2. You are running 64bit windows and also 64Bit IE. If you have 64Bit win you need to run 32Bit IE. (Latest version tested was IE8. IE10 untested by me)
Also you can ask for firmware update. May they have released new firmware for NVR`s also.
2013.03 Firmware update for some cameras allows to run and view then via Firefox also!

Charles
2 years 7 months ago

Yes, I am running IE10 under win8 64bit. Dahua has a new firmware update out for their HFW2100 cams.
(Software Version2.210.0001.0.R, build : 2013-05-17WEB Version3.2.1.105704)
After installing that on my cams it also upgraded the activeX web component and now everything works as it should, including the NVR

George
2 years 8 months ago

I am using a 3216 NVR with 3 IPC-HFW3300C and a IPC-HDBW3300.No POE. Resolution is set to 3MP (beyoond specs of 3216) . I can not see the live main stream during daytime (Color) but at night (B/W) it is working. Also no problem with recording the 3MP stream….i check the file-list and download the videos to view them. All events are triggerd by external alarm inputs(motion detectors) . The question arises if it is possible to generate network alarm inputs by connecting a motion detector to the alarm inputs of the IPCs.That would save on the wiring. Has anyone done that?
Best regards

Ben
2 years 9 months ago

Good choice- I’d hate to see your video streaming suffer a bandwidth hit from the cameras connecting (the i7 likely would have handled it well- I run a quad core mini for livestream events- but after you’ve purchased software and enough licenses for the cameras you’d hate to find out otherwise).

Be sure to check back in with your experience with the NVR too- I’m running (2) 16 channel versions (for 17 cameras total), and so far I’ve enjoyed the interface. The IOS app works well too (and it’s free), but I haven’t gotten into motion alarms/email alerts yet. Still just feeling out the system and what it’s able to do.

Last, if you find a good setting for night time license plate capture with those 3200S’s, (though without the varifocal lens that’s likely not your intention) let me know. Thought I had it down, but last night’s images were disappointing.

All the best

Allen Downs
2 years 9 months ago

I’ve dabbled in security alarms and cameras and just purchased me two Dahua HFW3200S. I run mac and was curious if anyone had a great option for a NVR option for mac? I see alot of options for PC, but Mac options seem limited? Any suggestions?

Thank you,

Allen

Ben
2 years 9 months ago

Unless you have old spare macs laying around, you probably don’t want your recording solution boggin down your Mac 24/7. A better solution (depending on budget) would be to grab a 4 or 8 channel Dahua NVR, then just use the free Dahua PSS Mini software to view the cameras on your Mac. Let the NVR do the recording, motion detecting, etc. and still see your cams whenever you want to.

Allen Downs
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks Ben. I have a mac mini that runs my DVR for recording my off air tv. I thought since it was such a high end mac mini (Intel i7 Processor with 8GB of ram and the better video card) and is on 24×7 anyways that might be a good match for me. I went ahead and ordered the NVR3208V 8 Channel NVR from Empire Security Cameras. I then ordered (2) 3TB drives so that should give me plenty of storage room for (2) 2MP & (1) 1MP cameras.

Appreciate your feedback.

Redeye
2 years 9 months ago

I just picked up one of these, which includes an NVR:

http://goo.gl/zHktR

I notice that the image quality of those 720p cameras displayed through the NVR is only slightly better than 600TVL cameras displayed on a Q-See DVR, entirely due to the heavy video compression on the 720p cameras. In other words, its obvious that the underlying image is vastly more crisp and clear with the IP cameras versus the analog, as it should be, but the heavy compression on the IP seems to waste that advantage – is there some way to reduce the compression when viewing the cameras live? Has anyone else experienced this?

Nacho
2 years 9 months ago

Hi, thanks for the replies.
Has anyone actually had any make of PTZ camera up and running on this NVR yet ?
Thanks

Nacho
2 years 9 months ago

Hi again,
Well I now have my NVR and cams, and so far very pleased.

One question about the NVR, if you could help on this as I see you have reviewed it quite thoroughly.

On Playback (Search)
When I select 4 Camera playback, it only plays back the recordings on one of the channels.
For example if I have the following timed recordings.
Channel 1 @ 9-10am
Channel 2 @ 1-2pm
Channel 3 @ 1-2pm
Channel 4 @ 2-3pm

It will only play back Channel 1 recording and then continue playing this back in a loop without playing back any of the other channels.

And sorry a second problem, similarly when on Playback if I select Channels 1-8.
I only have one channel shown in the timeline, normally the lowest number channel with a recording, so in the above example it would show just channel 1.

I am pretty sure this is not meant to be how it works, I believe it should play the whole timeline and bring up all recordings from all channels as the timeline gets to them.
I am hoping that somewhere I have just messed up a setting :-)

Any help you can give greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Noob
2 years 9 months ago

have you try using TriVision NC-326P camera on this NVR?

does it work on both motion recording and 2-way audio ?

Nacho
2 years 9 months ago

Hi, a great site and so informative….

I am relatively a newbie to this but I am a fast learner on a steep learning curve.
I have a domestic requirement and I am looking at ordering the following equipment.

1 x Dahua NVR 3216 with 1x2TB disc
4 x Dahua HFW2100P 1.3 Megapixel cameras
1 x PTZ Outdoor Camera (TBA)
1 x 16 port switch (8xPoE)

My question at the moment (pre-ordering) is what PTZ camera could anyone recommend, I am after a high quality, good zoom and night vision.
And of course most important that it will work comfortably with this NVR.
I would like to keep within a sensible budget but understand that this could cost for quality.

Keep up the good work on the site, without it I would not have got this far :-)
Look forward to any feedback on my post.
Thanks

Nacho
2 years 9 months ago

Forgot to say the NVR is Dahua 3216.

And just another point if the recordings overlap in time then it will playback other channels that overlap with channel 1, until there are no more recordings left to play on channel 1, but it will always skip any recordings that the start does not overlap with anything recordings on channel 1.

I hope I made it as clear as possible.

Thanks

Ben
2 years 9 months ago

Well, I’m finally winding down my Dahua installation (17 cameras, 4000 feet of wire, 3 commercial buildings), and I’ve saved the outdoor standalone installs for last. Any advice for surge protection? I’m burying 200-300 feet of cable at a time, but are there any standalone surge protectors that provide POE? or at least allow POE to keep going through it?

Mike
2 years 10 months ago

Hi,

Does anyone know if you can mix and match the hard drives. Like having one 3TB 7200 rpm and one 1 TB 5900 rpm ? I know that the max is 6 TB but I don’t know if the drives have to be the same size or rpm.

Thank you in advance,
Mike

Roy
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah, you can mix hard drives without issue.

Ben
2 years 10 months ago

I’m having a little bit of trouble with the FPS on the 16 channel unit. I was under the impression that I get 120 FPS total at 1080p, and 240FPS at 720p. I currently have 6 channels set to 720p @ 15fps, and 1 channel set to 1080p @ 30 fps. If I try to add a 7th channel at 720p @ 15 fps, I get an error that “It has exceeded the bit stream limit. Please close channel: 8!”

Is there a bitstream ceiling as well? The 1080p camera is at ~8000 and the other 6 are ~4000- what would you recommend setting them at to still get a good stream?

Thanks!

Sigis
2 years 10 months ago

Can this unit handle 8192 kbps on each channel when running 4 cams in 1080P / 20-25FPS ?

JeffL
2 years 10 months ago

Still trying to decided between this NVR and it’s vertical version and also the POE versions as well. The form factor and non-POE is obviously the best value but I just want to make sure I get the best one for my application. I have a few questions that could help. 1) Is there a fan on this unit? Was curious how loud the NVR is (not counting disk noise which I’m familiar with)? 2) In this form factor, it would be nice to put it on the shelf with other home theater equipment and plug it into the TV via HDMI. But I’m concerned that a thief will just take the unit. The vertical version would be easier to tuck away not as easy to see. So I was wondering if there is a way this NVR can save it’s stored motion triggered videos to an external device on the network. Say FTP new stuff every few minutes or something to a hidden NAS. Or maybe even better (since it wouldn’t impact the network) would be a USB connected drive tucked away that the new files could be backed up to. Anyway, how do you deal with the possibility… Read more »

Tom
2 years 10 months ago

I have the Dahua version and I agree with Jamie about the noise, it’s louder than I was expecting it to be, even when it’s not writing to the disk. Seems like the fan is on 24/7. But I have it sitting in the open, on a table right now while I mess with it so the sound is noticeable. It may be loud enough to be a distraction while watching TV if you have it next to your AV stuff depending on your enclosure or rack. I thought about the security issue for a while also. I have decided to put the NVR away with the rest of my networking gear which is secured with a lock. I have PSS installed on my desktop and I can access the NVR recordings through PSS (I actually prefer the controls in PSS over the native NVR controls for viewing video). Even without PSS, you can access the NVR web server on your LAN PCs (though you have to use IE and mess around with Active X for everything to work). But this solves my noise issue as well. I think it has an FTP option but if you read the various… Read more »

Jamie
2 years 10 months ago

The Q-See unit from Costco (same as this one) does have a fan, and a loud one at that. I haven’t opened up the unit, but I would assume it could be replaced with something a little better. It’s much louder than my HTPC and my Dish DVR.

Scott
2 years 10 months ago

I have inherited a mess from a previous tech who installed four WansView NCB543W IP cameras connected to a supposed NVR. This NVR turned out to be a mishmash of used parts running freeware Ispy software. Needless to say the NVR is just about useless as it reboots intermittently. I have been pondering building a custom NVR and then installing BlueIris. I have looked at WD AV drives. Given four IP cameras, what would be the minimum and/or ideal hardware specs for a NVR?

Jamie
2 years 10 months ago

I run BlueIris at work on a dedicated, headless laptop. If I need to access it, I just use VNC. I see the CPU runs about 40-50% of use and BlueIris is the only thing running on the system other than VNC, and Micrsoft Security Essentials. The laptop has 4GB RAM and an AMD A6-3420M 1.5 GHZ CPU. I have a mix of Wansview, Panasonic and Axis cameras on it. Seven cameras total either recording 24/7 or recording motion events to the laptop HDD. Not the ideal setup, but it works just fine for me.

My point is that you don’t necessarily have to buy the biggest and the baddest machine to run BlueIris. If you plan on using the machine for BlueIris and normal everyday work, then you would benefit from a more powerful machine as NCC has already mentioned.

Sigis
2 years 9 months ago

Thing is what you want to do.
If you want to view all your cameras long time in real time, then you need powerful PC.
If you what only to record and view few cams PC with dual core is enough.
Power is needed only for stream encoding to live view. And it does not matters is it 720p or 1080p cameras. And also it does not matters how many cams you have.
Everything depends from a total bitstream encoded to a live view.
For example if you have 2 cams running at 8192 you will have total 16384 stream.
This stream loads E6750 (2x 2,66Ghz) CPU for ~55%
If you will have 8 cams with 2048 stream you will also have total 16384 stream. This will also load for approx 60-70% same CPU.
BUT if you are going only to record, you will get only 5-10% CPU load.

Ben
2 years 10 months ago

Got my NVR16 all set up, but I’m noticing that both the NVR and the cameras I’m hooking up give me a small static shock when touched. I assume it’s from the POE switch, but I’m hoping it’s not destroying the camera or the NVR. Any ideas?

Roger Daisley
2 years 10 months ago

You use a lot of abbreviations in your reviews. I suggest you set up a folder that explains what these abbreviations mean.

Jamie
2 years 11 months ago

From the NVR web interface, click config. Then select Network. It’s right on that page. Just un-tick DHCP.

I’m sure you can do it directly on the NVR as well with the mouse, but I’m too lazy to go look. I”m guessing the same tick box is there on the network config screens. Just poke around.

Bee
2 years 11 months ago

How do you disable the built in DHCP server for the nvr3216?

Ben
2 years 11 months ago

Sorry if this double posts- I couldn’t get my comment to show on the Acti review.
___

Looking to add a zoom-capable camera to a mainly Dahua setup (this Dahua NVR 16 Channel Version and a mix of 3200C, bullets, and a couple of dome cameras). Would the KCM-5611 play well with my current setup? Is there another PTZ in the same class (quality and $$) that might do better?

Thanks!

VB
2 years 11 months ago

Hi,

Wanted to check if anyone ordered from empiresecuritycameras.com and see how their expiriance was? Did they provide support? Firmware updates? Etc.

Cheers,
VB

JeffL
2 years 11 months ago

First a big thanks for a great site full of fantastic information. I’m so glad I found this site. I’m thinking of getting this NVR and 4 720p cameras from Costco (actually, it’s Q-See but my understanding is that they are Dahua as discussed here. Is that correct?). Anyway, in my situation I’ll be doing a combination of wireless to the cameras (via wireless bridge) and wired. The NVR will be remotely located on it’s own network (wifi & wired) in an out-building and accessed remotely when needed (live viewing on-demand or accessing videos in the event of a theft, etc). Since I wouldn’t be taking advantage of the NVR’s display outputs is there any real advantage to still using an NVR vs just a NAS and FTP’ing videos there when triggered? Can you outline any advantages using this NVR would have? Sorry if my question doesn’t make sense. I’m just starting to figure this all out. Thanks so much.

tom
2 years 11 months ago

Jamie,
i appreciate the response. i will do more digging as well now that i have the NVR at home. i had to give the guy my GeoVision NVR…at least for now. so pls let me know if u come accross the fix.

also, are you aware if the dahua units do whats called Digital matrix or spot monitor? i know they have HDMI or coax out, but again its so silly cause it duplicates the NVR screen and makes everythig u do there appear to public on the front tv/monitor.

im so used to GeoVision stuff…
tnx again guys

Jamie
2 years 11 months ago

Yes. I have the same problem. I tinkered with this a while back and on a whim I unchecked the sync toggle on the playback screen. I can’t remember 100%, but I think that helped things out.

The problem I believe is the pre-recording that happens when a motion event is triggered. In my testing I have the cameras set to pre-record 10 seconds before the motion is triggered. I’m pretty sure that’s what trips up the NVR. I’ll have to mess around with those settings some more to see for sure. Probably going to have to call Q-See (I bought mine at Costco, but it’s the same as the Dahua) and see what they say.

tom
2 years 11 months ago

Anyone having issues with Video replay being out of Sync on Dahua NVR 3816?

if i choose multi cam replay, they all start to play at the same time but out of sync. cam1 will display event at 9am for example, while cam2 is displaying event for 903. this means the same person is showing up on both or more cams at the same time. very confusing and hard to track what someone was doing.

i would appreaciate an answer sent to my email pls. tomtom_165@yahoo.com

carguy
2 years 11 months ago

After reading your review, I bought 2 of the costco cameras to test out and found that they are great for my application. However, I need 12-14 cameras to cover everything. I was originally going to use an extra Dell server that I have as my NVR until I saw the 8 channel Q-see NVR deal at Sams. It made me wonder if it would be easier to get 2 of these NVR’s instead. Would there be any big benefit to using the NVR’s instead of the server from a ease of use, viewing recorded video perspective? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

claudiu
2 years 11 months ago

Hi, On NVR 3216-P (firmware V2.610.0000.0.R.20121101)I have activated main stream and extra stream recording. I have the following problem : when I playback from PSS, it play at low resolution( I think extra stream ) and after a few minute replay the video at a good resolution. What I have to do to playback only main stream ? That happen for a few weeks after I update to the latest firmware version … before it played at good resolution

Thanks

VB
2 years 11 months ago

Hi,

Got a question, if I plan to use a Poe switch with all 10 cameras plugged not it, what type of NVR would I need? Meaning 4,8 or 16 channel? Cameras that I plan to get are 6 x HDW2100 and 4 HFW2100. I was hoping to take advantage of the Sam club’s deal but a little concerned if it will tak all 10 feeds. Please advise, thank you

VB
2 years 11 months ago

Hi,

First of all, thank you for all great reviews. Really helpful, especially for newbi like myself.

I was wondering if you can advise as to the type of NVR (4, 8 or 16 ch) I need for following setup :

4 IPC-HFW2100 outside
6 IPC-HDW2100 inside ( might just go with bullets all around, what you think?)

I have a number of Fw, switches, and router at my disposal but I’m planning to use Linksys 10/100/1000 Poe switch, it will make my setup clean, and I will isolate utilizing vlans

Where I’m confused is How many channel NVR do I need if I will use my Poe switch, can I get away using Costco/samsclub bundle? Or I need to get the 16 ch?

Thanks, VB

Bryan
2 years 11 months ago

Wow I just got the Zyxel ES1100-16P and the fans in it are LOUD. I think I’m going to be sending it back and look for something quieter. Is yours that loud? Any suggestions?

neolschmoe
2 years 11 months ago

Yes, it is loud. I like the unit, though, so I’m looking into just replacing the fans with quieter ones.

Ben
2 years 11 months ago

Additionally to finding the NVR6000, any idea where I might be able to download the Dahua PSS software?

Thanks!

claude
2 years 11 months ago

Hi,

I have an Dahua NVR 3216-P and 4 Dahua cameras ( 2 at 1.3 MP and 2 at 2 MP) . Now I need one more camera, but at NVR specification :
“8-channel 720P, with the transmission rate of 4mbps for each channel;
4-channel 1080P, with the transmission rate of 8mbps for each channel;

My problem is with IPC-HFW2100. If I decrees the resolution to 720P it crop the image ( Aptima issue ) .

My question : if I will buy another 1.3 MP, then the NVR will support 3 cameras at 1.3 MP and 2 at 2mp ? ( Note : for 2 MP cameras I can change the resolution without image cropping )

Thanks

Ben
2 years 11 months ago

Also, if the NVR6000 would be better suited for the task, where would I be able to buy one? Ebay worked well for finding Dahua cameras, but the upper level NVRs are a bit more elusive.

Ben
2 years 11 months ago

Absolutely fantastic site- changed my entire install idea just from a few reads. Had a couple of questions- I’m hoping to power 12-16 Dahua cameras (mix of dome and bullet, indoor and outdoor) to cover a commercial property. The last piece I need is the NVR, and I was all set to purchase the 16 channel version of this one till I read that it might not be able to handle that many cameras as well as I’d hoped.

What would your suggestion be for NVR purposes? NVR+ running on a custom PC? Or am I doing the math right and the 16 channel version would be able to handle 16 cameras @720p and 15FPS? I’d likely load it with (2) 3TB drives, and I’m only hoping for 2 weeks recording time- just need to know if it could handle the load.

Last question- is there a POE switch you would recommend that can handle full power on 12+ ports, or am I stuck buying (2) 8-port powered ones. Additionally, what brand would you recommend to power the Dahua cameras?

Thanks again for the great site- one of the best reviewing sites I’ve seen across the board.

neolschmoe
2 years 11 months ago

Do you happen to have any idea how the color settings work for the NVR3204? I can set them on a schedule (left column for day settings 05:00-19:00, right column for night/IR settings 19:00-05:00) but as soon as I hit OK and then go back to check, they reset to 00:00 – 24:00 in the left column only (wiping out my night settings). There’s no section in the manual on this menu, so I’m at a bit of a loss for how to get it to remember the settings.

Thanks in advance! This NVR and the 1080p Dahua cameras are really nice. This is the only thing that’s driving me nuts.

DGU
2 years 11 months ago

@networkcameracritic, Very true. Thanks for pointing out the difference. I did notice that under low light conditions, Dahua 1.3MP is not very impressive and the white balance can easily get far off. However, I did try Dahua IPC-HDB3200C and I found it is very disappointed under dark conditions (worse than some cheap low lux analogue cameras). Without sufficient lighting, it is useless during the night.

Michael Farragher
2 years 11 months ago

As the reviews seems to be good for the Dahua cameras I was thinking of ordering some and possible the NVR as well. However I see comments on limitations…like 16 1 mb cameras max. I am only going to be using it in my own home and there will not be that many cameras, 4 would cover all sides of the house and I might only start with 2 IPC-HFW3300C 3mb cameras. Seen the comments on the Dome and issues on refletions and halo effects and that has made me think that the bullet ones would be better (have been quoted 23 more for the bullet) thought the Dome might have been easier to mount to the eave of the house. It might be just as easy to turn the bullet at 90 degrees and mount that. I know 3 is better than 2 mb or is it overkill for a house. Would the 16 channel one run 2-4 or 5 at full 3mb if I understand the way its made up is 4 X 2 = 8 or 4 X 3 = 12 the equivilant of 12 channels bandwidth etc. I seen comments on other blogs about setting up… Read more »

Ryan C
2 years 11 months ago

anyone know if vivotek ip cameras will work on this dvr?

Thanks in advance!

Jamie
2 years 11 months ago

Modem to router WAN port. Router LAN port to non PoE port on switch. NVR to non PoE port on switch or an empty LAN port on you router as most routers have four. IP cameras to PoE ports on switch.

Ernest
2 years 11 months ago

Here is my setup I ordered.

Dahua 16 Channel IP NVR
NVR-ELM-16

and

(4) 1.3 Megapixel IR Dome
IPOD-EL1MPIR50.

and

ZyXEL 16-Port ES1100-16P 10/100 PoE Switch

and

ASUS RT-N66U wirless 4 port router

My question which I have been getting so many different responses is how do I route my network.

4 IP cameras to Zyxel POE ports on switch and then Cat5e from non-POE port on switch to Asus router and also NVR to Asus router.

I’ve also been told to go: 4 IP cameras to POE ports on Zyxel switch and then NVR to non-POE port on Zyxel switch and then cat5e from non-POE port on Zyxel switch to my Asus router.

So confused.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Jamie
2 years 11 months ago

Do you know where the settings are stored on these NVRs? When, yes when, the hard drive fails, are all of your settings lost as well, or are the settings stored onto the ROM?

Steve
3 years 6 hours ago

From your review, this NVR appears most convenient to use with the remote control or included mouse, while plugged directly into a tv with an hdmi cable. That makes placing it near your main tv, or at least one of your tv’s the most logical place. However, sitting by your tv near all of your audio and video equipment makes it highly likely it will be stolen if a break in does occur. How would one mitigate this? Hide it somewhere else and use IR repeaters to control it with the remote? Or just use some cloud backup service for the video?

Tom
2 years 10 months ago

My solution is to use PSS on my desktop to view and manage the recordings while the NVR is in a secured location.

Ingrid
3 years 1 day ago

Thanks for all your testing. Can I get some personal infomation of you? For example, your name, which city are you in… Since I am going to introduce our IP cameras to our customers next week, actualy they are the rebrand of Duhua. I hope to mention your review since you do did an indeepth research.

Jamie
3 years 1 day ago

When using a NVR such as this, how does it handle video recording when the hard drive fills up? Does it start deleting the old recordings automatically? Or do you perhaps tell the unit in the settings to keep only 30 or 60 days of recorded video?

david
3 years 1 day ago

Yes I asked. They are not very helpful.

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