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.


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







301 Responses to “Dahua Network Video Recorder (NVR) Review”

  1. 1 TGHD
    September 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    You are churning out these reviews. I love it!

    Couple quick questions:

    1) I am assuming you still need a POE switch?

    2) About the FPS. This is something I have wondered. How does it work when you mix different resolution cameras? I see that this does 120 FPS 1080p or 240 FPS at 720p. What if you did 4 1080p at 15 FPS. Would you then have 60 FPS total to use or if you used 720p cameras would you have 120 FPS for them? I guess I am trying to figure out how the mixture of cameras works.

    Thanks for the review as always!

    • 2 networkcameracritic
      September 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Haha. Empire sent me an NVR and 3 cameras for a short time to do the reviews so I had to crank them out faster than I normally do. As for the PoE switch, yes, to power the cameras. They do make a NVR3204P with PoE switch built in but it’s a) only 4 ports, b) it’s a router, not a switch and makes it neary impossible to port forward through it and your home router so I don’t recommend it.

      As for frames per second, I would imagine the processor has it’s limits. The higher the resolution, the higher the frame rate, the more CPU it takes to run it. That’s not to say if you bought the 8 channel model with 8 1080P cameras, you can’t use it, but it would be limited to the aggreate of 120 fps. So in theory you can have 8 1080 cameras at 15 fps or mix/match with lower res cameras. I only had 2 Dahua 1080P cameras, both at 30 fps and two 1.3MP Dahua cameras at 15 and 22 fps and it was pretty responsive.

      • 3 TGHD
        September 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        I guess I was thinking of it in the wrong way. After all it is basically a pc, so it’s just a matter of what the cpu can handle.

        I was exploring this as a possibility for a 8-12 camera system, but I have a feeling it would not be able to handle it. It would probably be 3-4 15 FPS 1080p cameras and 6-8 1.3 MP probably turned down to 15 fps as well. Then again, if the cameras are on motion, I guess it would be a matter how many are recording at once?

        I am still interested in this NVR tho. My dad has expressed interest in getting a CCTV for his home and this looks like the way to go.

        • 4 networkcameracritic
          September 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

          For the price, you can’t go wrong. There’s plenty of NVR software that will choke on an i3 or i5 processor with 12 HD cameras and there’s plenty of NVR software only that costs more than the Dahua NVR costs. If you want software, check out NVR+, worked very well with Dahua and didn’t use a lot of CPU.

          • 5 TGHD
            September 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

            I am exploring my possibilities right now. Currently I am looking at the dahua nvr you reviewed, a Dell ivy bridge quad (I can get one for about $700 with a 2 Tb cavier black ) or maybe build my own 2 Tb cavier black AMD 8 core which I could do for around $470. I will be testing NVR+ with when my dahua camera comes in.

      • 6 JeffL
        March 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

        Could you elaborate on your comment above about the POE version of the NVR being a router and not a switch? I’m thinking of picking up the 8 port NVR (the vertical version) and it has 4 POE ports on the back of the NVR plus a 5th ethernet port for hooking to the home network. Are you saying with the POE versions you can’t view videos outside your home (i.e. out on the Internet) because port forwarding is required and not possible with these? Sorry if my question doesn’t make sense. Just trying to understand what you are saying about this. Don’t want to buy something that won’t work for what I need.

        • 7 networkcameracritic
          March 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

          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 them outside the NVR directly. To view the cameras remotely, you open the ports for the NVR on your router and you access the NVR using their PSS software. You can use their web interface, but not that good as noted in the review.

          • 8 JeffL
            March 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

            Ok, thanks. I understand now. Is there a reason why accessing the cameras directly is that important? For me, I’d install PSS (which has a nice gui right?) on every PC that I want to view from. I’d also install gDMSS on my Android tablet for accessing the NVR as well. Opening the NVR to the Internet should allow viewing all cameras from outside the local network (on the Internet). There shouldn’t really be any reason to use the not so great NVR web interface for the most part then right?

          • 9 networkcameracritic
            March 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

            Yes, just use their smartphone apps for phones and tablets and use PSS on a PC.

  2. 10 Pascal Roget
    September 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I had an Ubiquity POE injector that turned out to be faulty (confirmed with oscilloscope) – it fried the ability for two of my Dahua’s to be powered via PoE.

    That said, one cheap way to power a lot of cameras via PoE is via the use of a multi-port passive injector. I found one made by a company called Wifi Texas. It gives you 12 ports for $50, and all 12 are powered by one AC/DC adapter – I used an old one I had laying around, rated at 12V/10A which should be a lot more than 12 cameras will ever draw.

    You still need an actual switch upstream, but a used non-POE switch can be picked up for cheap.

    That’s how I power my cameras. It is convenient for me because I have a 19” rack in one of the rooms here, and it already houses all of the A/V equipment for the house, etc.

    • 11 networkcameracritic
      September 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Careful on using Ubiquiti’s injectors, they are 12V and not the normal standard. The PoE used by most cameras is 48V and you can damage the cameras with the improper voltage. Check out this PoE switch, ZyXEL ES1100-8P, can be found on sale for $50-60 and has 4 full power PoE ports. They also make a managed PoE switch, about $240 for 8 full power PoE ports. With a managed switch, you can remotely power a camera off and back on if there’s a problem.

    • 12 Michal
      October 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      WOW !

      The Wifi Texas multi-port passive injector looks nice !
      I have 24port switch without PoE. Can I use this unit for 12 Dahula IP Cams ?

      Thank you :)


      • 13 networkcameracritic
        November 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

        You can use a traditional switch and then use PoE injectors but consider the amount of wires you’ll have. I started off that way but now I’m happy to have one 16 port PoE switch with all my equipment plugged into that.

        • 14 Michal
          November 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

          OK, I understand, but right now I have 24port switch without PoE and 17ports I’m not using.
          I’m thinking that PoE injector will be better in my situation.

          BTW, Can you recommend for me switch that will work well with 12 or 14 cams Dahua ?

          Thank You


          • 15 networkcameracritic
            November 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

            Putting 14 megapixel cameras on one switch will probably ovewhelm the switch. Are you going to be use the NVR or a PC? If you use the NVR, you’ll be limited by frame rate of the NVR, if you chose a PC, you can have two NIC cards and create two subnets for the cameras and get two 8 port switches. I can tell you that even with my 6 cameras, I’m at 70-80Mb/s on a 100Mb network. If I grew to 14 cameras as you describe, since I use a PC, it would be cheapest to get a second NIC card. Alternately, I could get a pair of ZyXel 8 port managed PoE switch that has a gigabit port back to the router with gigabit support, but not sure my consumer grade router would handle that traffic. I’ve overheated routers before with my camera traffic.

          • 16 Mike
            November 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm

            OK, Thank you :)

            I go with 2 NIC card and 2 x ZyXEL ES2108PWR 8-Port Layer 2 Managed Switch with PoE.

            Any other recommendations ?

            Thank you !


          • 17 networkcameracritic
            November 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

            That will work nicely.

  3. 18 Matt M
    September 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Unfortunately, I would have liked to post on the NetworkCameraReviews forum but look like the Admin’s aren’t keeping up with their Forum access requests.

    Thanks for the great reviews. I was looking at grabbing this camera for my backyard but finding a distributor is tough. Where are you guys picking these up?

    I asked Kyle for a price and ship date for the 3mp Dahua dome. I’ll add that up front. Already have a NAS and POE switch ready to go….

    Thanks and keepem’ coming.

    Matt M

  4. 19 Kifaru
    October 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I have the 16 channel NVR, with 3 cameras all running at 30fps & 1 ACTi-7811 running at 15fps. With a 3TB HDD I get about 30+ days of continuous recording.

    I have noticed several issues with the unit that firmware should fix…

    1) Since I currently have 4 cameras I have the unit set to …view 4, camera 1-4. This selection should set the screen to 4 quadrants showing just the 4 cameras I have. However, when the unit reboots, it defaults back to ‘View 16′. This is a screen showing all 16 channels, which is essentially my 4 channels at showing at the top row & the remaining empty 12 channels. This is annoying since I have to manually change the view back to the view 4, cam 1-4 after every reboot. The system has an option to reboot every so often at your predefined time. The system should allow you to set & save your preferred view. This option should be added to the firmware.

    2) If you use the ‘PSS Remote View’ application or gDMSS Lite, for some odd reason it will cause the ACTi-7811 to switch from H.264 to MJEG. When this happens the ACTi-7811 will no longer sends its video stream to the NVR. I will have to log into the ACTi change it back to H.264 & reboot the camera &/or NVR it before it resumes sending video. This means that when you view the cameras remotely it may stop recording from 3rd party cameras. The Dahua cameras do continue to work with no issues. I guess 3rd party integration with this NVR needs some work

    Overall I do like this NVR. I chose this NVR in case I add more cameras, plus I currently have 8+ PCs in the house & did not want another PC just to handle CCTV. I still need to connect a couple a PIRs to this unit & I think I will be set.

    • 20 networkcameracritic
      October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I tested the 4 channel NVR, so clearly it showed me 4 but good to know the default number of cameras it shows is the number of channels purchased, but I agree, it should just store the last setting you chose. It’s good to know ACTi cameras work. AXIS camera worked, but kept dropping out and would not record on motion detect, continous recording only. The 3rd party integration is not very good and in it’s current state, I would only recomend it for people that have all Dahua cameras.

    • 21 CH
      April 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

      I am a little late to the party here, but I bought a Q-See 808 NVR with 4 of the Qsee/Dahua cameras. It appears to be this Dahua NVR unit (except it has the PoE ports). The user interface it identical.

      I have the 4 Qsee cameras up and running and I also have the TCM 7811, but I can’t get it to talk to the NVR. How did you get yours working together? Qsee tells me they never will because their cameras are only HTTP and the Acti is HTTPS.

      Any help would certainly be appreciated!

      • 22 networkcameracritic
        April 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

        I was able to connect certain non-Dahua cameras to that NVR but none worked well with it, none were able to do motion detect recording.

  5. 23 Scott
    October 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I ordered two IPC-HDB3200C 2MP cameras after reading your review and was about to order this NVR and I noticed after downloading the specs that it shows BNC as the input for the cameras. Isn’t this an analog input? How do I connect my new RJ45 cameras? I’m sooo close to understanding this…. Thanks!

    • 24 networkcameracritic
      October 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

      That appears under the Two-way Talk feature, not sure what that is. You don’t connect cameras to the NVR. You connect your cameras to a PoE switch and then connect the NVR to a non-powered port on that switch. Does not come with a hard drive but supports two hard drives. Also, you may want to get a HDMI cable so you can view the NVR on your TV.

      I would recomend the ZyXEL 8 port PoE switch – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181163 . What I like about this switch is that it provides 4 full power 15W PoE ports and plugs straight into 110V (other brands I’ve used have a power transformer and have power limits, like 30W total for all 4 ports).

      • 25 Scott
        October 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

        Thanks. I ordered the 16 port ZyXEL ES1100-16P. I figured that it was still a great deal at $135 and I can expand to 8 PoE cameras. So it looks like I will be ordering the NVR3208. Thanks again.

        • 26 networkcameracritic
          October 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

          That’s the switch I use and I like it way more than the Trendnet PoE switches I’ve used before. I even thought about getting their managed PoE 16 port switch for about $100 more. A managed switched lets you toggle power on/off so you can reset a camera from the internet when you are not home and a camera hangs. Doesn’t happen that often, usually as soon as you step out of your house for a 2 week vacation :)

      • 27 Jeremy
        October 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        Over which network does the remote access flow? Does the NVR only have one Ethernet port? I’d like to be able to remotely access the NVR, but, I’m not keen on pushing all that video over my regular home network.

        • 28 networkcameracritic
          October 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

          The NVR I reviewed has a single ethernet port. If you have PoE switch with all the cameras and the NVR, the traffic should not go onto your regular home network. I run about 70-80Mbps on my NVR PC, but that doesn’t affect my home PC’s or internet access.

          • November 19, 2012 at 3:00 am

            Hey there

            Sorry but im in the same situation here, I dont want the IP cameras to run over an existing network and clog it up but I still want to use the same internet access so i can use the remote view functions?
            Im looking at purchasing the 16 Ch NVR soon, and start with 6 X dahua IP cameras and then a 8port 10/100mbs switcher. The only thing I dont understand is that the existing network has its own huge switcher; would i just run a CAT5 line out of that switcher and then into the new 8port switcher, and then plug all the IP cameras, aswell as the NVR into the new 8port switcher?
            Will the NVR automatically pick up these cameras or will there be interference from the original network? Then would I need to do additional settings or port forwarding etc?

            Hope this makes sense.

          • 30 networkcameracritic
            November 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

            If the cameras and NVR on the same switch and that switch is connected to your router, it should not automatically bleed over to that router unless you chose to access the cameras or NVR from a PC on that router or if you access the cameras or nvr from the internet.

  6. October 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    TPE-S44 (Blue) (Electronics) This switch works but it only can prvidoe a total of 30w or 7.5w per port. This was not enough for my needs so I ended up returning it. Kudos to Amazons simple return. I just ordered the TP-Link TL-SF1008P, also from Amazon, for $10 less and it reportedly supports 53w total or about 13w per port. I haven’t tried it yet but we will see.

    • 32 networkcameracritic
      October 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

      I switched out all 3 of my my Trendnet TPE-S44 for a single XyXel 16 port switch which has the full 15W power per PoE port and there’s no transformer, just an AC power cable. This cleaned up the rats nest of wires I had before.

  7. 33 Ray
    October 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    ZyXEL seems to get recommended a lot, i recent got the ZyXEL GS2200-24P, Hope to get that setup soon, after i quiet it down a bit

    • 34 George
      February 9, 2013 at 1:08 am


      I purchased a ZyXtel GS2200 8HP 8-port managed switch. Four ports are standard PoE and four ports are PoE+ with 30W output. Can I connect the PoE+ ports to my Dahua IP cameras or will it fry them? Do I connect my Dahua Hybrid to the switch and hook the switch to my router. Thanks anyone who knows the answer.

      • 35 networkcameracritic
        February 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

        You won’t fry the cameras putting them on a higher power port. It’s just those ports have the ability handle higher power cameras, usually PTZ cameras like the Axis P55 series that requires a 30W port. Look at it this way, I plug in Mobotix cameras that are rated at 4W into a 15.4W PoE port and it’s been running fine for over 3 years.

        • 36 George
          February 9, 2013 at 11:08 am


          Thank you for your post. I really enjoy reading your reviews too. One more question regarding the PoE switch: Is there a solution for using the four ZyXel 15.4V ports to power four Dahua IR bullet (analog) cameras. I have a hybrid standalone DVR, DVR-9116HFI-H16 (N6 series). It would be nice to be able to control them from a remote location.

          Wonder if I could power a Dahua 1.3M HD Network IR Speed Dome, model PTZ-HD6980(C)from a 30W ZyXel port? Thank you for clearing my mind about using PoE plus and the IP bullet cameras!

          • 37 networkcameracritic
            February 10, 2013 at 9:18 am

            No, you can’t power analog cameras that I know of from PoE (48V, 15.4W). Don’t know about the PTZ camera from Dahua, haven’t seen one in person.

    • 38 Bryan
      February 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

      What do you mean quiet it down? I got the ES1100 and the fans are very loud. I’m thinking of getting something else quieter unless there is a way to make the zyxel quieter?

  8. 39 Mark M
    October 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I purchased one of these NVR’s and I’m having an issue – when I turn it on, it kicks my ONVIF camera off of the network (unable to access it over RTSP or HTTP).

    Has anyone else run into this issue? The camera I’m using is a KNC-VNi120HD, which works with KT&C’s own PC-based NVR software as well as other software’s I’ve tried.

    • 40 Jimbob
      April 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Make sure that you created a reserve IP address in your router for your cameras, so that its the same address always.

      • 41 Tony Simmons
        July 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        I noticed this is an old post, but was hoping I might still get a reply please…

        I’m having the same issue mentioned in this post. (Onvif camera dropped after NVR reboot due to the IP address changing.) You advised that a reserve IP address be created in the router for the camera to avoid this. Can you tell me how to set that up, or steer me in the correct direction? The camera is currently hooked directly to the NVR POE port.

        Thanks so much!

        • 42 networkcameracritic
          July 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

          To configure the camera, you would have to get a PoE injector or PoE switch so you can connect it to your router and go through the camera menus and pick the options that work best for you.

          • 43 akeithsimmons@frontiernet.net
            July 20, 2014 at 6:49 pm

            Thanks so much more the response.

            I do have a POE injector for this camera, so I’ll hook it up to the router and try to configure…

            If I do connect the camera to the router for configuration, does it have to stay connected to the router for daily use?

            Or, is there any way at all to connect directly to the NVR and configure so that the ONVIF camera doesn’t get “kicked off” with every reboot of the NVR?


          • 44 networkcameracritic
            July 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

            It should work. Also, check to see if there’s more current firmware for your NVR.

  9. 45 swaggy
    October 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Has anyone figured out how to delete files (old recordings) from the NVR? I can’t quite seem to figure that out. The only option I found was the “Auto-Delete Old Files” option in the config, but that only gives you so much granularity and I would prefer to pick and choose which files to delete.

    • 46 Jamie
      February 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

      From the looks of it, the only thing you can do is reformat the hard drive. That is located in the HDD Manage section.

      It doesn’t look possible to pick and choose specific recordings to delete.

  10. 47 Mike
    October 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Was wondering where do you guys get this NVR in US with good reputation? thanks.

      • 49 Robb
        October 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

        Hi, First off thank you so very much for the wealth of info here.

        Now my question;

        Regarding the Costco Q-See bundle; I think that NVR is the POE version. Will I encounter the issues you brought up in earlier comments with the NVR being a router and not a switch, etc?

        If so, do you think this is a show stopper from buying this bundle?

        Thnx Robb

        • 50 Mike
          October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

          Also when I look at their 8-channel version, the picture on the back only shows 4 POE ports, and this is from their website, how do you connect 8 cameras with only 4 ports on the back? Just curious…

          • 51 networkcameracritic
            October 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

            4/8/16 channel versions all have the same exact hadware, no difference on the number of ports. You’ll have to get a 4 PoE port switch to add 4 cameras. The least exepensive is the Trendnet TPE-S44, but I prefer the ZyXel switches for slighty more becuase they are full power meaning each port can handle the full 15.4W of power, where the Trendnet is limited to 30W total for all 4 port (potentialy 7.5W per port).

      • 52 Dano
        December 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

        Hi… love the reviews and the sight!!

        Is the Q-see NVR in the Costco bundle a re-branded version of the Dahua NVR reviewed here?



        • 53 networkcameracritic
          December 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

          Yes, except the one I reviewed did not have the PoE ports, but you can a Dahua NVR with PoE ports.

          • 54 Jimbob
            April 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

            I have this QSee version from Costco. I’m quite impressed with the value.

            It allows four cameras, included. Even though its the same hardware as the 8/16 camera version, it is limited in software to 4 cameras.

            I use both the built in PoE switch for a few cameras, plus a Zyxel PoE switch for the other cameras on the LAN.

            In the router, I reserved (DHCP reserve) the IP addresses for the two cameras on the LAN, so that the NVR will continue to see them. You don’t want to not do this, otherwise if the IP address changes, the cameras will disappear from the NVR.

            I do not know if the motion detection is detected in the camera or in the NVR, I hope its in the camera, but I haven’t figured it out yet.
            I can connect to the camera directly when its on the LAN.

            Qsee did release a firmware update for the camera, so that is something I had to do to update it.

            Pleased so far.

  11. 55 Bryan
    October 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Great review…. Any plans on doing a review of the Vitamin D software for a PC NVR? I’m stuck between deciding on using a PC with vitamin D or a dahua NVR for 4 dahua dome cameras. I figured Vitamin D would be a better way to get motion notifications when I am not home vs. using built in motion detection on the camera. I’m guessing there will be a lot more false alerts using digital motion detection.

    • 56 networkcameracritic
      October 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      I haven’t thought about it. VitaminD does analytics and has a very limited set of cameras is supports. Are you sure Dahua cameras are supported? Also, the analytics are very cool but you need a serious PC to run them on. Download and try the free single camera version.

  12. 57 Craig
    November 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I just purchased the 16 channel version of this NVR, the NVR3216. If I want to connect 8 cameras to this NVR do I need to purchase a single switch that has 8 POE ports or is there a way to connect all 8 cameras to the NVR using two 4-port POE switches?

    • 58 networkcameracritic
      November 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

      You can get single port injectors, 4 port, 8 port even 24 port PoE switches, does not matter. Personally I use a 16 port switch that has 8 PoE ports, the reason being less wires, less outlets needed. Also consider the cameras going on the switch as some switches have a maximum power output per switch. They may advertize 15.4W per port, but only support up to 30W for 4 ports or 60W for 8 ports. I use a ZyXel switch because it’s rated for full power on all PoE ports, worth the extra few dollars if you plan on using cameras with built-in IR illuminators and plan to fill every port on the switch.

      • 59 Craig
        November 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Thanks for the reply. I understand that I can connect all 8 cameras to a 16-port Zyxel switch but is it also possible to connect two 8-port Zyxel switches together with 4 cameras on each switch and then connect the two switches to the NVR? The reason I’m asking this is because I can get the 8-port switches locally but not the 16. Is there any advantage to doing this with two switches instead of just the one 16-port switch?

        • 60 networkcameracritic
          November 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

          Having a two switches for the same workload can be a benefit if you create two subnets, for example, if each switch came into a PC or NVR that had two seperate network ports, one for each switch to seperate the traffic. Not so much of a difference if you have a Dahua NVR that only has one network port. You can justify two switches by saying if one fails you only lose half your cameras, but I’ve never had a switch fail. Also, Zyxel makes a managed switch that is 8 port, all 8 with PoE with 9th port being a gige port which would make sense, but it’s not cheap, over $200 but having a managed switch is cool in that you can reset cameras that get hung remotely.

        • 61 Tom
          November 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm

          Yeah you can use two switches just have to daisy chain them so that the nvr, switch1, switch2, your router etc are all on the same network. You can have 4 cams going to one switch, 4 going to the second switch and have a ethernet connection between the two switches on a non-Poe port with one of the switches going to to your router. Your NVR can be connected to switch 1, switch 2 or a port on the router.

          Or you can connect both switches and NVR directly to your router using a non-poe port on each switch, but thats just wasting ports on the router.

  13. 62 Mike
    November 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I’m looking for a decent NVR software, is the PSS one that came with the camera good enough? What are other choices that is easy to learn and dont hog down cpu? BlueIrish, PSS or NVR+? Thanks for any helps.

    • 63 networkcameracritic
      November 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      PSS is not NVR software, it’s CMS software, the camera does the recording and CMS allows you to view it. Some people have had better success than others. A lot of people like BlueIris, just make sure you have enough processing power and today’s i5 can handle a good amount of cameras without a problem. NVR+ was more effecient at processing video, the only caveat is that it has limited cameras support, as long as you stick with the 4-5 brands it supports, your OK. Also in includes smartphone apps. Just make sure you get the USB license key version because the camera license model does not allow you to replace a camera.

      • 64 dgu
        February 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        “PSS is not NVR software”? However, I tried (PSS V4.06) manually clicking the small “Local record” icon on top of each camera window and it does record. Also, you will be able to retrieve the local recording. However, I haven’t tried motion/event activated recording yet.

  14. 65 Mike
    November 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks, I will try BlueIris. Right now I have trouble of using Web Service with IE9, I saw someone post a link at certain website showing how to connect to it, would someone can provide me that link again? thanks.

    • 66 Michal
      November 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Any other software are you recommended for Dahua IP Cams that support WebBrowse from “outside” and iPhone/iPad device ?
      Thank you

      • 67 networkcameracritic
        November 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        NVR+ from Linovision works well with Dahua cameras and has IOS apps. BlueIris also works well with Dahua but does not have IOS apps but you can use the Safari browser to see the cameras. You can download a trial copy of BlueIris and see if it works for you before buying.

        • 68 Michal
          November 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

          I already tested newest version of NVR+ 3.5.10. It not bad :)

          I’m testing right now BlueIris Evaluation Version. Nothing special.

          I like new version of PSS :) but unfortunately PSS has NOT working like server :(

          Did you try DSS version ? This one working like server.

          Thank you

          • 69 networkcameracritic
            November 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

            PSS is not NVR software, it’s CMS software. The camera does the recording and PSS allows you to view it and view multiple cameras at once. I had trouble figuring it out myself but will probably give it a second chance. Don’t know anything about DSS, but if you get a chance to try it, please provide feedback.

  15. 70 claudiu
    November 26, 2012 at 4:19 am


    I need the latest firmware for NVR3216-P .
    I bought the nvr from alibaba and Dahua doesn’t offer firmware update .

    Can somebody help me ?


  16. 73 Greg
    December 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Just wanted to double check the specs line from your review. It states “12o fps at 1080P or 240 fps at 1080P on 16 channel model”. I have been unable to locate the higher fps frame rate online with regards to the 16 ch unit. All the sites I have found including Dahua indicate 120 fps across the board.

    BTW not trying to bash you as I really do enjoy your reviews. Best review site I’ve found on the web!

    • 74 networkcameracritic
      December 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      That was a typo, it’s 120 fps at 1080P or 240 fps at 720P for the base model NVR regardless of channels, but they do make another model where it’s much higher, the reason being they use an Intel i5 processor. Check their website for specs on the NVR6000 as that can handle I believe up to 32 channels of full 1080P.

      • 75 Greg
        December 18, 2012 at 5:21 am

        Thanks for the clarification. I’m good with 120fps at 1080P and actually picked up a 16 ch unit from Empire. Recording at 15fps still yields 8 cameras at 1080p which will certainly be plenty for my low budget home install. Just wanted to be sure there wasn’t a firmware update to increase performance that I might be missing :-)

  17. 76 Ranchcam
    December 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Did any of you try to add any axis camera’s to the NVR? I have a bunch of Dahua’s and a few axis camera’s and am wondering how the axis ones will perform on this one. I see that the revie covers this but not sure if there have been any updates that improve it.

    How are the other features of the NVR like the additional ports for external sensors? Did anyone try to hook up a microphone and a speaker to it?

    • 77 networkcameracritic
      December 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      It’s not that the Axis cameras won’t work with this NVR, it’s that I couldn’t get it to record on motion detect, only continous recording and live viewing.

  18. 78 tonycam
    January 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    i brought the 8 channel Dahua version from http://hdsecuritystore.com/product_info.php?products_id=225
    Is there a reason why I cant watch it on my tv via hdmi, yet im able to watch it via hdmi with a monitor?Its a newer panasonic 65st50 tv, i tried connecting it directly to the tv, also to the AVR.i looked at the hmdi settings on my tv via the menu, everything seems in order from what i can tell.

    • 79 networkcameracritic
      January 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

      I plugged the HDMI into my Tohshiba TV and it worked great. If you want to access it from a PC, it’s best to use their PSS software.

  19. January 9, 2013 at 11:03 am


    Please try changing the resolution of the NVR with your PC monitor to a supported resolution on your Panasonic TV. Unfortunately the resolution is not auto detect. The easiest way to do this is to use your existing PC monitor and set the display to 1920×1080 before connecting it to the screen. There is also another way without the screen but it can be more complicated. Thanks!

    • 81 tonycam
      January 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      thanks for quick response by email Daniel, i got it to work after following your instructions.

    • 82 Mike
      February 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

      I also had the same problem with my Panasonic TC-P55ST50. The resolution change to 1920 x 1080 worked for me too but now it’s just a little large for the screen. Is there any way of fine tuning it so I can use the features on the edges of the recorder ?

      Thanks Daniel,


      • 83 Dale McWilliams
        March 23, 2013 at 10:52 am


        RE: “The resolution change to 1920 x 1080 worked for me too but now it’s just a little large for the screen.”

        Televisions “overscan” (push a portion of the image off the edges of the screen) to cover anomalies that can otherwise be visible near the borders, when viewing signals from a variety of sources and TV channels. The amount of overscan applied can range from 2 to 5 or even 6 percent. Computer monitors, on the other hand, do not apply overscan. They display the entire input signal, pixel by pixel, unaltered, as it is received.

        That’s why the image appears “just a little large” on your TV and causes the loss of ability to see the edges of the desktop display. Many TVs include a non-overscanning aspect mode; Panasonic refers to it as “Just” (Just Native, I suppose) for 1:1 display mode without overscan. When that mode is selected, you should see exactly the same desktop (and the same borders around the desktop) as you see on a connected computer monitor.

        Hope this helps.


  20. 84 porto
    January 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Hello all,

    I am looking for a serious seller on the web to buy:

    1 – DAHUA NVR3204 P
    1 – DAHUA IPC-HFW 3200c 2 mp1080p
    1 – DAHUA IPC-HFW 2100 1.3 mp

    Is that all DAHUA cameras are compatible PAL video if I buy in China or USA.
    I live in France and here I do not find these wonderful cameras
    Help me please


  21. 87 Ryan
    January 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

    HI there from Ireland, congrats on your site hugely impressed on the reviews and leads me to consider dahua products, I do have a customer that has a specific need , Im interested in the NVR 3216-P but its basically the same as the one you reviewed. what I need to know is when the motion is triggered will dvr trigger full screen on the monitor for a few seconds I need an option that will allow that ,I know the avermedia nor will do this but its 3 x the price.

    hope to hear from you lad.


    • 88 networkcameracritic
      January 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

      No, it won’t trigger any changes in the display.

      • 89 Ryan
        January 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm

        What is alarm triggering Screen tips then?? Need a dvr that will expand to full screen if motion on that camera is triggered.


        • 90 networkcameracritic
          January 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

          Not sure as the NVR I reviewed was loaned to me and don’t have one in front of me. Alarm triggering is something different. The NVR has alarm inputs so that you can trigger recordings or alarm outputs based on external alarm inputs, meaning a PIR motion detector, a switch, pressure sensitive mats, smoke alarm, etc.. Alarm outputs can trigger a siren, lights, poisonous gas, whatever you can imagine.

  22. 91 david
    January 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Ive have the Duhua Hybrid DVR. Im recording with Dahua 1.3mp cams. What is the best way to download and play the DAV files of recordings I want to hold on to? Do the DAV files need to be converted into another file type?

    • 92 networkcameracritic
      January 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Just use the player to view the DAV files and if you need to show it to someone else, you can convert it to AVI from the player. Courts may not accept an AVI file as evidence as it can edited where propriatory formats can’t be edited.

  23. 94 david
    January 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Thank You.

    Also, currently I have one Seagate – Barracuda 2TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive- with 5 1.3mp cameras recording at its full resolution, im getting 5 days worth of recording.

    I was thinking of either- getting another hard drive (would you recommend I use the same seagate or another?).

    -Or adjusting the recording resolution.

    Any suggestions would be great.

    • 95 networkcameracritic
      January 30, 2013 at 9:40 am

      I prefer event recording vs. full time recording, then that 2TB drive will last you months. Don’t know which hard drive brand is best but they make up to 4TB drives now.

  24. 96 david
    January 31, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Can event recording be configured through the Dahua DVR web service?

    Or only through the Camera Web Service?

  25. 97 Bryan
    January 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I have a basic question for you. I’m still debating between this NVR and using a PC. I’m not 100% sure on the best way to wire cameras to the NVR though.

    It is my understanding that… all cameras (POE) go to a switch, the switch connects to your router and then the router either connects to the NVR or the computer. Is that correct? What is the best way of wiring that so it does not slow down my wireless network that my computers and other devices are on? Should the switch be plugged into the router everything else is using or have its own dedicated router? If its on its own router can you still access the feed locally on other devices that are on the other router?

    I’d like to be able to view the cameras on pretty much any device that is connected to the internet in my home (laptop, ipad, ug802 mini pc on TVs) and also when I’m away on iphone. I plan to use the Dahua IPC-HD2100 so I’m worried about how bandwidth usage will work.

    Any other tips are greatly appreciated. Your reviews have helped a lot! Thanks.

    • 98 networkcameracritic
      January 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      First you have to understand how a switch works vs. say a hub. In a hub, all network traffic is passed through, there’s no intelligence and you can quickly run out of bandwidth. In a switch, there’s intelligence so that communications between two computers is are contained within the switch. If you put all your cameras and the NVR on a single switch, and then connect the switch to your router, communications between the NVR and cameras will be contained in the switch and not shared with the router. Of course if you want to view the NVR or cameras on your PC that is say outside the switch, in your case the UG802 which is wireless, all the traffic from the cameras will have to go through your WiFi network which can be a lot. So you can limit this by using the sub stream and configure it in a way that provides a good viewing experience without driving the life out of your WiFi network. You may have cameras that are say 2-3MP at 30fps and the recordings at that resolution are invaluable for forensic evidence, but maybe you just want a look at your cameras to see who might be at the front door, is the UPS truck outside, who’s in my backyard and you don’t need many frames per second or high resolution to do this. Many times VGA resolution at 8-10 frames per second with higher compression is good enough.

  26. 99 ST
    February 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Now there is a version with built in POE but it only had 4 ports so I’d. Still need the Poe switch you recommended if I wanted to run 5 or more cameras?

  27. 101 Blake
    February 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    What POE switch would you recommend with eight 2MP IP cameras and one NVR? And one port to go to another switch.

    • 102 networkcameracritic
      February 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      I use a ZyXel 16 port switch (8 ports are PoE) and costs about $100-130 at Newegg depending on if they have a sale or not.

  28. 103 Blake
    February 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Would you happen to have a model number for the ZyXel 16 port switch? Do you think it’s worthwhile to get a managed switch?

    • 104 networkcameracritic
      February 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      ZyXEL ES1100-16P. Unmanaged vs. managed depends on how much you want to spend. The managed 8 port ZyXEL will cost twice as much but offers the ability power cycle the cameras remotely and has a Gige uplink.

      • 105 Mike
        February 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

        Great Web Site !

        Could you tell me if the ZyXEL ES1100-16P has any gigabit ports to connect between the modem and NVR ?

        Thank you,

        • 106 networkcameracritic
          February 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

          No, that’s just a 100Mbps switch, 8 PoE ports, 8 non-PoE ports, what I use myself. If you want a gigabit port, then get their managed 8 port switch, the ES2108PWR, 8 PoE ports, 1 gigabit uplink and it’s a managed switch that can come in handy resetting a camera remotely.

  29. 107 Kevin
    February 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm


    Have you been doing this long enough to recognize a DVR by looking at pictures of the front, rear and internals ? I have a “no-name” DVR with remote software that does not have iris control in the PTZ menu. Without Iris control I cannot select/deselect Pelco menus. I’m thinking that a new version of remote software will have the iris control, however, I don’t know where to start looking. The DVR is discontinued by the dealers that carried it that I can find on the ‘net and no one wants to spend any time to help. If want to take a shot at it, I will send you pics.


    Here is a pic of the details (mine is 8ch);

    the manual;

    and a link to the page with remote software, Active X, I believe (scroll down);


  30. 109 david
    February 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

    In the Configuration menu under Detect- can you tell me what Anti Dither, Latch, and Record Latch means?

    • 110 networkcameracritic
      February 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I don’t know but maybe someone else will chime in with an answer. Have you asked the company you bought it from?

    • 111 Tom
      March 26, 2013 at 6:23 am

      Anti-Dither is the amount of time that the camera will delay before beginning the alarm response. If the motion isn’t detected again during the delay period, the camera will not treat it as an event.

      Latch: when motion detection complete, system auto delays detecting for a specified time. The value ranges from 10-300(Unit: second.

      Delay/Record Latch: I think this means how long the NVR will continue to record after an event.

      I got this from a combination of the Q-See Manual and the Dahua manual and some educated guessing.

      • 112 Paul Claridge
        July 28, 2014 at 11:54 am

        I have spent days trying to get my cam 1 to take a snapshot and email it to me I can’t set the anti dither to zero it will take a snapshot and email but there is no one in the frame if you stand in the motion area for longer than 5 seconds it will work but most if the time the email comes through saying clear or the image with no one to be seen is there anyway around this I have the qvis Nvr thanks

  31. 113 david
    February 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Yes I asked. They are not very helpful.

  32. 114 Jamie
    February 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    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?

  33. 116 Ingrid
    February 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    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.

  34. 118 Steve
    February 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    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?

  35. 120 Jamie
    February 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    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?

    • 121 networkcameracritic
      February 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      I would imagine they are stored on the NVR’s internal memory but never tested the theory.

      • 122 Jamie
        February 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        Well I hope to have my system Friday. If the weekend allows, I’ll bench test a setup then simulate a drive failure by removing the drive and reformatting it in another machine. Then I’ll reinstall it and see what happens.

  36. 123 Ernest
    February 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Here is my setup I ordered.

    Dahua 16 Channel IP NVR


    (4) 1.3 Megapixel IR Dome


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


    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?


  37. 124 Jamie
    February 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    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.

  38. 125 Ryan C
    February 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

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

    Thanks in advance!

  39. 126 Michael Farragher
    February 19, 2013 at 3:40 am

    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 a server althogther would that be better and possibly I could use it for other purposes as well …build up a little rackmount.

    If I did go with the NVR Dahua i was looking at the -P but I see that its better to have a dedicated POE injector rather than getting it built in.

    All questions ….any comments would be good. I’m sure we all been there wanting to get the best that you can afford but not going over the top either.


    • 127 networkcameracritic
      February 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Their NVRs don’t support 3MP, only 1080P 2MP. You can run the HFW3300C as 1080P with the NVR. But from the sounds of it, you probably need their higher end NVR model that supports 32 1080P cameras, their NVR6000 – http://www.dahuasecurity.com/products/nvr60006000d6000dr-3.html

      • 128 Michael Farragher
        February 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

        Looks like a nice machine alright might have a nice price….
        I could ask.

        As its only a home environment maybe it might be ok to limit the cameras recording to 2mb.
        Would it help if one reduced the frame rate.

        I read somewhere that 1mb would be clear enough as well but not sure.

        I also found a post that you wrote saying that you get what you get what you pay for and l agree it does make sense, someone replied and said they put in a 5 yr old DELL Server…

        Others would say your free from limitations then more would say it can be a complicated setup and you’d want it to be dedicated.

        • 129 networkcameracritic
          February 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

          Actually, the 3MP frame rate is 15 FPS, so the output generated is less than from the 2MP at 30 FPS but it’s a limitation in the NVR. But yes, if you want to use this NVR, the 16 channel version, you can have only have 4 cameras at 1080P 30fps, but you can have 8 at 15fps, 16 at 7 fps. You get 120fps to play with at 1080P however you want to distribute that. You can also get multiple NVRs and use their free PSS software to join all the cameras on one display. It can manage 1,000 cameras and display 64 on one screen

        • 130 dgu
          February 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

          Based on my subjective evaluation, there is no big difference between 1.3M and 2M cameras in terms of visual experience. I personally think that Dahua of 1.3M 720p is already superior/equal to top of the line traditional analog cameras.

          • 131 networkcameracritic
            February 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

            The Aptina sensor of the 1.3MP is not in the same league as the Sony Exmor in the 2 & 3MP Dahua. Very hard to get good white balance on the 1.3MP and the low light performance is not as good. Sure, Dahua uses good noise reduction to make it look better than it is but then you get noise reduction artifacts.

  40. 132 DGU
    February 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    @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.

  41. 133 neolschmoe
    February 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    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.

  42. 134 Ben
    February 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    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.

  43. 135 Ben
    February 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    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.

  44. 136 claude
    February 27, 2013 at 1:42 am


    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 )


    • 137 networkcameracritic
      February 27, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Their specs are 120FPS at 1080P or 240FPS at 720P, so adjust the FPS to allow for more cameras. You can easily go from 30FPS to 15FPS on the cameras without noticing much of a difference, then you can have 8 1080P camera or 16 720P cameras.

  45. 138 Ben
    February 27, 2013 at 9:17 am

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


  46. 139 Bryan
    February 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

    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?

  47. 141 VB
    March 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm


    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

    • 142 networkcameracritic
      March 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

      You need the 16 channel NVR and you’ll be limited to 15fps. If you want the full 30 fps consider getting two 8 channel NVRs. Sam’s club offers the same deal as Costco with 4 cameras and one NVR, but their NVR is 8 channel, so you could get two of these, may be cheaper. Then you can use PSS on your PC to view all 10 cameras.

      • 143 VB
        March 4, 2013 at 6:53 am

        Hi, wanted to follow up:

        is there a way to run PSS on anything other than a PC? Maybe rephrase, how can i put together streams from 2 separate NVRs, so that they can come in to multiple TVs, on its separate input. I have each TV outlet equipped with 2 x cat5e and 2 x coax runs just looking for options here to bring on demand viewing (realtime) on separate input for all 10 cameras.

        Also, if i go with 16 channel NVR, can i run some cameras at 15fps, and others @ 30?


        • 144 networkcameracritic
          March 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

          Don’t know, PSS is how you can do it, don’t know of an alternative. You can set frame rate on each camera seperately.

  48. 145 VB
    March 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm


    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

  49. 147 claudiu
    March 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    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


  50. 148 carguy
    March 4, 2013 at 7:12 am

    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.

    • 149 networkcameracritic
      March 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

      You can get two 8 channel NVR’s but they also sell a 16 channel NVR. Two 8 channel NVR’s offer twice the frame rate, so you can have 16 cameras at 30fps vs. 15fps if you have a 16 channel NVR. A 16 channel NVR will display all 16 cameras on one screen on your TV.

  51. 150 tom
    March 5, 2013 at 6:54 am

    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

  52. 151 Jamie
    March 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    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.

  53. 152 tom
    March 6, 2013 at 4:31 am

    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

  54. 153 JeffL
    March 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    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.

    • 154 networkcameracritic
      March 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

      The NVR records video and it’s primary interface is via HDMI to a TV. The other way to access it is to run PSS on a PC and you can see the cameras and recordings that way. There’s no access to the operating system, there’s no way I know where you can setup FTP or other NAS services. The cameras can FTP to an external NAS, but then you have to manually manage it, for example if it gets full it stops but maybe you can setup a command to delete old files via cron. Check out the similar deal at Sam’s Club, they have the 4 cameras + NVR but the NVR is an 8 channel version for $100 more, so you can add more cameras later.

      • 155 JeffL
        March 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Thanks for the response. I wasn’t thinking of having the NVR do FTP but rather a comparison of capabilities of an NVR in a remote outbuilding (i.e. no displaying directly from the NVR) VS having the cameras FTP to a NAS (located in the outbuilding) and then using other means to view the cameras. Any advantages one way or the other of using the NVR’s web interface for viewing vs running PSS when a live view is wanted? I guess you could still do both right (NVR collecting motion triggered videos and PSS live feeds from cameras)? The Sam’s club deal is even better until I realized it doesn’t have the wide lense. A 40-45 degree FOV is not good enough for me and from reading here of people stripping threads, or having other problems trying to change the lens I don’t think I want to deal with that. Now with your comment below about Empire, I’m not sure where to order. I don’t understand Dahua’s lack of interest in selling in the US. Think they would make it easier.

        • 156 Jamie
          March 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

          In my opinion, the PSS software is far superior to the web interface of the NVR for watching live feeds.

          Check the page for the bullet cam review. There are a number of posts there regarding changing out the lens to a wider angle lens. I did that myself and the results are perfect.

        • 158 networkcameracritic
          March 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

          The problem with FTP is the camera doesn’t manage it, meaning when it gets full, it stops, if there’s a problem it stops. I know it works because I did it that way with Dahua for months, 3 cameras FTP’ing events to my NAS. The other problem is concurrency, there’s only so many cameras a NAS can handle. We tried it at one location with 7 cameras and got tons of messages from the cameras saying it lost the recording because the NAS was busy as cameras only have a limited buffer to hold video and when it fills up, the video is lost. As for the lens, several people were able to get 3.6mm lenses for not too much money and replaced them. If you haven’t bought the cameras yet, consider ACTi, they have a nice 720P and 3MP mini bullet in the same price range as Dahua and provide really good NVR software for free and it’s all web browser based. I’m trying to get them soon to review.

  55. 159 VB
    March 7, 2013 at 4:37 am


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


    • 160 networkcameracritic
      March 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

      I had a very poor experience, maybe the worst of any online e-tailer I’ve worked with. They sent the wrong product and then refused to send me the correct product. Had other people complain that their camera broke and they refused to fix it blaming their own customer for the problem. From my understanding, they are going to abandon Dahua and starting to work with another company in China to produce a camera for them.

      • 161 VB
        March 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

        So is there a reseller you would recommend over others? If u don’t mind sharing the once you recommend, that would be great!

        I’m in need for 16 chan. Version, so the bj/Sam club won’t work. Let me know.

        • 162 networkcameracritic
          March 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

          Don’t know any. I used to use one in China but they were told by Dahua not to sell in the U.S. So I’m working on it and will let you know. Officially, in the U.S., Q-See is their distributor and you can buy them from Ingram Micro if you are a reseller.

  56. 163 Ben
    March 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

    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?


  57. 164 Bee
    March 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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

  58. 165 Jamie
    March 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    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.

  59. 166 Roger Daisley
    March 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

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

  60. 168 Ben
    March 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    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?

  61. 170 Scott
    March 19, 2013 at 3:34 am

    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?

    • 171 networkcameracritic
      March 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

      For BlueIris, you want the fastest processor you can afford as it’s a CPU hog. Memory can be 3GB as it’s a 32bit app won’t benefit from more and a large hard drive but those are cheap these days.

    • 172 Jamie
      March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

      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.

      • 173 networkcameracritic
        March 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

        You do if you have 2 and 3MP cameras. I have an Intel I3-540 and I have 6 cameras from 1.3MP to 3MP, but CPU is 100% with 4 cameras so can’t use it on that PC.

      • 177 Sigis
        April 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

        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.

  62. 178 JeffL
    March 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

    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 of the NVR being taken?

    3) The non-POE versions require all the video to come in via a single network port on a switch where all the cameras feed. On a NON-Gigabit port, how many 720p cameras do you think this could handle before becoming a problem? I have a zyxel 8 port switch with 4 POE ports next to where the NVR will be. With a POE version, I was going to have a couple local cameras plugged directly into the NVR. The other two cameras (further away) were going to come from the zyxel switch. Anyway, given the zyxel POE switch is right next to the NVR location, is there any advantage to the POE version of the NVR? I think I’m over analyzing this question so I think your insight will help.

    • 179 Jamie
      March 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      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.

    • 180 Tom
      March 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

      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 posts it doesn’t seem like an optimal solution.

      FWIW, I have all four 720P streams going through a Gigabit POE switch and I have no problems with bandwidth whatsoever. In fact since I haven’t moved it to the wiring closet yet, it is actually plugged into a wall port that hooks into my main switch, so its mixed with rest of the network traffic in my house and it still works great (I have about 20 devices on my network – with at least 5 active at any given time). YMMV with a non-Gigabit switch though. I also read something about how the POE NVRs are also routers and cause problems with port forwarding or something, but I am not sure. The Costco POE NVR (with the camera bundle) is a much better value though.

  63. 181 Sigis
    April 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

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

  64. 182 Ben
    April 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

    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?


  65. 183 Mike
    April 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm


    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,

  66. 185 Ben
    April 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    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?

  67. 188 Nacho
    April 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    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.

    • 189 networkcameracritic
      April 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Dahua makes a nice 1080P PTZ camera, check their website, http://www.DahuaSecurity.com. Don’t know if it works with this NVR.

      • 190 Nacho
        May 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

        One question about the NVR, if you could help on this.

        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 and playback only recordings from 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 form all channels as the timeline gets to them.

        I notice if the recordings in the different channels overlap then it will playback all the overlapped recordings but if there is a break then it definitely will not.

    • 191 Nacho
      May 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

      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.


  68. 192 Noob
    April 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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

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

    • 193 networkcameracritic
      April 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      This NVR is very limited in what cameras it works with and is primarily designed to work with Dahua cameras.

  69. 194 Nacho
    April 27, 2013 at 2:41 am

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

    • 195 Nacho
      May 11, 2013 at 4:54 am

      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.

  70. 196 Redeye
    April 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

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


    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?

    • 197 networkcameracritic
      May 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

      It’s not so much the compression but the post processing done by some cameras for sharpening and noise reduction that causes this effect.

  71. 198 Allen Downs
    May 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    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,


    • 199 Ben
      May 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      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.

      • 200 Allen Downs
        May 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

        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.

  72. 201 Ben
    May 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    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

  73. 202 George
    May 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    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

  74. 203 charles
    June 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    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!

    • 204 Sigis
      June 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

      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!

      • 205 Charles
        June 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

        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

  75. 206 Bobby
    July 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    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.

  76. August 13, 2013 at 2:24 am

    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?

    • 208 networkcameracritic
      August 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Does it happen at night when the cameras switch to night mode and IR LEDs come on? Also, Dahau cameras have a time where they reboot themselves, it’s a menu option on the camera and the default, at least for mine is 2AM.

    • 209 Allen
      September 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      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.

  77. 210 Son Vo
    August 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    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?

    • 211 Son Vo
      August 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      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.

  78. 212 Mehul Soni
    August 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm


    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.

  79. 214 ivan
    September 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    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.

  80. 216 jacob
    September 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    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.

  81. 217 Allen
    September 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    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.

  82. 218 Johnathan
    September 14, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    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.

    • 219 networkcameracritic
      September 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      I never had luck having non-Dahua cameras record properly with a Dahua NVR. Maybe you can send the cameras back in exchange for the Dahua equivalents as he sells both. It’s the downside of getting a camera specific NVR.

  83. 220 Dylan
    September 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

    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?


  84. 221 Jorge
    November 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm


    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,

    • 222 networkcameracritic
      November 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Not sure I understand but what I hear is that you want to start a manual recording from a smartphone and have it record the few seconds that are in the camera’s buffer before you did that?

  85. 223 Ben
    December 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    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.

    • 224 networkcameracritic
      December 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

      That would be bizzare. Get a PC or laptop to grab the 192.168.0 address and then see what the gateway address is by doing an ipconfig command on windows or ifconfig on a Mac. If the gateway address is the NVR, then that’s the culprit, if it’s something else, maybe some other device is doing this.

    • 225 dan
      December 13, 2013 at 1:15 am

      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.

  86. 226 Bobby
    December 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    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.

  87. 227 hussam
    January 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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

  88. 229 Lajos
    February 7, 2014 at 1:46 am

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

    • 230 networkcameracritic
      February 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

      I don’t have access to Dahua’s NVR firmware. Maybe if you post what model you have, someone here can share that with you

  89. 231 jacob
    February 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    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 go to playback records. That’s when you realize that the DVR record settings have changed. And you basically have no records of an important event.

    3. The CMS software/platform has an amazing GUI. the Smart PSS is a great software but when it comes to playback it is a total hit and miss especially if you are trying to perform Playback for more than 4 cameras at the same times. The software has major issues downloading events for playback, and as it does it hangs, so you have to keep on trying over and over.

    4.Dahua makes another software platform called PSS. PSS is limited to playback of 4 cameras at the same time, yet it support 32 channels hardware.

    5. When using Dahua smart PSS for live viewing, you can drag your DVR or site icon and drop it into the live viewing grid and the software live stream all the cameras. If you have 18 cameras on the system, only 16 will stream. 17 and 18 will not automatically load. You need to manually logon into each camera beyond camera 16.

    5. Password security is a joke. Read this independent link:


    6. Dahua has a mediocre online forum tech support where end-users can post their issues and Dahua will write back a 1-2 liner answer. There are 700+ pages of uncategorized Q&A. I posted my issues; they were never published and dahua never wrote back to me.

    7. I contacted my reseller for support, and my issues are beyond their technical capabilities. The generic answer, the new generation product will not have this issue. Basically go upgrade a 3 months old product.

    Overall this product is ahead of its time and competitions in features and innovation, WHEN and IF it works. It has not proven to me that it works reliably. In my professional opinion, the entire product line is not mature and it is being release in beta stages. Furthermore, the company is not interested in any kind of after sale support. I would stay away from this product until it matures.

    • 232 Scott
      March 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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


    • 234 Steve
      June 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      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.

  90. 235 jacob
    March 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

    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 I will not have this box with a public fixed IP exposed to the world.

    Lastly, support. Do not expect firmware support from Dahua period. This company holds back on releasing their firmware to the end-user which is quite awkward to me. The No. 1 problem for us, assume you discover an issue and there is a firmware fix for it, now your challenge becomes as to how to put your hands on this fix. Their method of tech-support is a guy answering questions on a forum with a quick one-liner 2-3 day after you pose the question.

    Try Digital watch-dog, they seem to have a decent family of products, again we have not tested them to know their issues. we bought DVR’s from them many years ago and their tech support was OK at the time. They are a bit pricier but at least you can call them, and talk to someone if you have issues. Do some homework and read reviews mostly on the features that are important to you before you decide on the product.

    Good luck

  91. 236 jacob
    July 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    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.

  92. 237 jacob
    July 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    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

  93. 238 ramunas
    August 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

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

    • 239 networkcameracritic
      August 27, 2014 at 9:08 am

      It’s not the cameras that need to be port forwarded, it’s the NVR. Make sure all the ports required are forwarded, I believe it’s port 37777, maybe 37778 and port 80 you need to forward. Once you’ve done that, verify the ports are active and accessible by going to http://canyouseeme.org/ enter your WAN address and port number one at a time.

  94. 240 TOKYOJOE
    September 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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


  95. 241 TOKYOJOE
    September 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    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?


    • 242 networkcameracritic
      September 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Not familiar with those. I’m waiting to get a new Dahua and Hikvision models soon that’s smaller and lower cost, two good attributes. Stay tuned.

  96. 243 jacob
    September 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    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.

  97. 245 jacob
    September 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    “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.

  98. 247 TOKYOJOE
    September 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    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


  99. 249 jacob
    September 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    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.

  100. 251 jacob
    September 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    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.

  101. 253 TOKYOJOE
    September 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    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?


    • 254 networkcameracritic
      September 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      You have to be careful from China as the newer cameras and NVR are coming all in Chinese and not easily hackable as a few months ago. They also come with China power cords which is not a big deal. Check with Wrightwood Surveillance as they have access to a few US distributors as well the ability to get it directly from Dahua in China.

  102. 255 TOKYOJOE
    September 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm


  103. 257 TOKYOJOE
    September 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm

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

  104. 259 TOKYOJOE
    September 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    So I can’t ask them anything

  105. 261 TOKYOJOE
    September 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    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.?

    • 262 networkcameracritic
      September 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      People in Europe tell me that they get cameras with the words Dahaua, but even at ISC West, the largest surveillance camera trade show in the US at the very large Dahua booth, none of the cameras said Dahua on them. But Dahua has softened it’s stance on the U.S. market and has wholesale distributors that they allow to use their model numbers and name. They even promised to open a office in the So Cal, but have not heard if they ever did or not.

  106. 263 jacob
    September 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

    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.

    • 264 networkcameracritic
      September 8, 2014 at 10:18 am

      That’s not true, Dahua is entering the U.S. market under it’s own brand name. Also, Hikvision, while in the same town is a separate company, about twice the size of Dahua. Dahua still continues to provide very limited support through it’s distribution channel. Dahua tends to favor smaller distributors while Hikvision tends to favor the very large distributors that know little about their product.

  107. 265 TOKYOJOE
    September 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    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.


  108. November 21, 2014 at 5:12 am

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

  109. 267 Michael Till
    November 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    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.


    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.

    • 268 networkcameracritic
      November 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Why do you need a PoE switch? Most of the new NVR’s have PoE built in. But that switch would work. I’m finishing up a review on their new mini-NVR, has 4 PoE ports on the back but can support up to 8 cameras (4 would require a separate switch). It’s very tiny an takes a 2.5″ HDD, you can see it HERE. What I like is their web interface which was quite good for an NVR. It should be fine with Safari on a Mac as are their cameras. They have an IOS/Android app, but have not tried it.

      • 269 Michael
        November 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        Thanks for the reply. I actually ordered that one exactly and was planning on returning the POE switch that I have. Do you think this will be sufficient enough for my 4 camera setup to get decent fps?

        • 270 networkcameracritic
          November 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

          It will be fine with 4 cameras and 1TB HDD.

          • 271 Dan
            January 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm


            I have a question regarding the Dahua NVR-4208 and Hikvision DS2CD2032 and DSCD2732 cameras.The NVR sees the cameras and will record in full time mode but have no luck using the motion record on the NVR side. Was wondering if you could give me any tips?

            Thanks in advance

          • 272 networkcameracritic
            January 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

            Try getting the latest firmware from the place you bought the camera from. I tested one of their latest NVR’s and was able to do motion detect recording from Hikvision cameras.

  110. 273 jacob
    January 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

    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

  111. 274 TOKYOJOE
    January 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    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

  112. 275 David
    February 20, 2015 at 7:03 am

    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:

    • 276 David
      February 20, 2015 at 7:06 am

      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?


      • 277 networkcameracritic
        February 20, 2015 at 7:37 am

        NVR4216 is a nice NVR. The 200Mbps is the most it can handle in terms of bitrate which you set on the camera, so you can set each of 16 cameras for 12.5Mbps. The default on their 3MP/1080P cameras is 4Mbps, and I set mine at 6Mbps, so you will have no bandwidth issues with this NVR. It was an issues a few years ago when these NVR’s had 60 or 80Mbps for 16 cameras, even then it was not that big a deal. Email sales@wrightwoodsurveillance.com, they can get a good price on that unit (or if you want the commercial grade model, the NVR7416, but may be overkill, just holds more HDD).

  113. 278 jacob
    February 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

    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.

    • 279 networkcameracritic
      February 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

      I’m not a fan of analog HD solutions, there’s a few now, CVI, TVI and digital SDI. I like the flexibility of being able to use Ethernet and networking to setup say remote switches to reduce wiring or add cameras to locations with existing runs that you can’t do with coax.

  114. 280 jacob
    February 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    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…!

    • 281 networkcameracritic
      February 20, 2015 at 11:48 am

      I hear ya, a lot of people in the analog world that know analog and used to working with coax and they don’t understand networking, it can be frustrating. Dahua and Hikvision have done their best to make this transparent by having NVR’s that are plug and play and have had people just plug the cameras into their NVR and installing see their cameras, just like analog, no network knowledge required. But with 4K cameras out and the huge variety of network cameras, flexibility and choices side with network cameras.

  115. 282 samer El huseini
    March 18, 2015 at 6:48 am

    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

  116. 284 jacob
    March 18, 2015 at 10:17 am

    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

  117. 286 jacob
    March 18, 2015 at 11:12 am

    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.

  118. 287 chandra sekaran
    April 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm

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

  119. April 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

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  120. 289 Innar
    April 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

    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.

  121. 290 Ric Pepwprth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    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

  122. 291 Mukesh
    June 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    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 .

  123. 292 topeinde
    June 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    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.

  124. 293 schnax
    June 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm


    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.

  125. 294 Janet
    September 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

    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.


    • 295 networkcameracritic
      September 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Janet,
      First, are you talking about changing the pw on the camera itself or on the NVR it’s connected to?
      To change the password on the camera, you’ll login to the web GUI which will be at it’s IP address. Then from there click “Setup” at the top, Clicke “System” on the left, Click “Account” below that, then select the pencil icon next to the account you’d like to change the password for. Then update the password. Here you can make a new user too.
      To change the FPS, go to the GUI, click “Setup”, “Camera”, “Video”, and then about in the middle of the menu you’ll see FPS. Make your adjustment and then click save. Also adjust the “I Frame Interval” to match your frame rate.
      Hope this helps.

  126. September 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

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

    • 297 networkcameracritic
      September 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

      If it doesn’t match the FPS or a multiple of the FPS, it can cause stuttering and or artifacts in your video. The way the video stream works is that the iframe is sent which is the hole picture in an instant, then all other frames are only data on how the image has changed until the next iframe. This is how the video compression works at a very basic high level. Some people suggest 2 times the FPS but I prefer matching the FPS. This will cause a higher network utilization but a smoother video.

  127. 298 David
    September 9, 2015 at 9:43 am

    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?

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