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  1. 1 Dave
    October 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Hikvision (H-Series) DS-2DE4220IW-DE

    Interesting to see how these cameras hold up in total darkness and what the 100m IR might look like.

    I am wondering how it might hold up powered by battery / solar set up. But just a general review would be nice.

  2. 2 Mike
    September 20, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Newbie Here.
    How do i istall plug-ins . Bought DHI nvr4816-16p . Also remote access via Pc . Is there videos out there explaining the process.
    Any help Thanks

    • 3 networkcameracritic
      September 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      If you use IE (not edge on windows 10) then you should be able to install the plugin straight from the NVR when it asks you to do so. There are a few ways to get remote access to the NVR. Ultimately the router has to have ports forwarded for it and in many cases some kind of DDNS if you have a dynamic IP address.

  3. 4 Rav
    September 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Do you have a Patreon account? PayPal donations? I’d be happy to support you.
    We live in a neighbourhood where cars are being stolen from drive ways or bing broken into. I live at a 4 way intersection and have a cheap ESCAM QD900 pointed at it. The night vision is horrible. Daylight is awesome. So; Which cameras in the $200 and under range do you suggest I look at which would give decent night vision? Lens mm? It will be placed 100ft from the centre of the intersection.
    Current video example
    In the past I purchased a knockoff e-bay hickvision and was impressed by its feature set especially the region entering motion detection.I’m willing to pay full price this time but don’t want to “experiment” till find the correct camera.

    • 5 networkcameracritic
      September 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Rav,
      sorry for the delayed response. I want to get the blog going again before I put up a donation link. I appreciate the thought. If you want a US version hikvision camera, I would look at the DS-2CD2T32-I5 which comes in a 16mm lens and has IR that should work at 50 meters. If you want a really good camera for night vision, i’m not sure you’ll get much better than this for $200 or less. Basically at 100FT you’ll need some strong IR illuminators built in.

      I tried looking at the video but it says it’s been removed.

  4. 6 Ed
    August 28, 2016 at 12:05 am


    I want to install a recording system in a several retail stores with Local Recording. At night, it would backup all the data to Head Quarters so we can view them the next day locally.

    Milestone would definitely do that but it’s way too expensive. We’re talking about 15 stores and 8 cameras in each store.

    What do you recommend? Is Zoneminder a good solution?

  5. 7 Dave Zuber
    April 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I am having an issue with Dahua IPTZ cameras. When they lose power they go through a boot up process and park at default position. I have tried to program them with Presets on power up and nothing worked. They also reboot at 2:00am on Tuesday. Tried to remove that and again, nothing changed. Any help?

    • 8 networkcameracritic
      April 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      have you tried resetting the camera to factory defaults and then trying to adjust those settings?
      The next thing I would think of doing is to reload the firmware on the camera.

      • 9 Dave Zuber
        April 6, 2016 at 11:23 am

        I did Factory restore and tried to adjust the settings. No luck. I did not try to reload the firmware. Not sure how to do it. I have a message in to the Manufacturer with no response yet. Supplier has no idea. With the thousands that have to be out there, I cannot be the only one with the problem. I will get one home and figure out how to reload the firmware. If you think of anything else, let me know. I have about 15 of these out there and some mad customers.

  6. 10 Greg Iverson
    March 1, 2016 at 8:38 am


    I’d love a review of the Dahua IPC-HFW4421S outdoor 4MP bullet camera



  7. 11 Kevin
    February 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Dear networkcameracritic, we really love your sharing of test reports from different manufacturers. we also hope you can run a test on our IP products and comment on our products, how do we do that? how can we send our product to you? Thank you.

  8. 12 sean
    February 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Not sure if you are selling on ebay or is someone using your pictures on ebay. Don’t know if you are aware of it.

  9. 14 Italiese
    January 6, 2016 at 12:56 am


    do you know the Hikvision model DS-2DE2103I/2202I-DE3? Would be nice to read something on that camera as well as if there are similar products from other brands. Thanks.


    • 15 networkcameracritic
      January 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

      I’m looking at these cameras to do reviews. Thanks for pointing them out!

      • 16 Italiese
        February 26, 2016 at 8:29 am


        I know bought the DS-2DE2202I-DE3/W‏ model, so I was thinking that maybe you could be interested in some early review.
        It seems to be a quite good camera, but at the same time I don’t have so much to compare besides a Dlink DCS-932L. The only things to complain is that configuration is not that straigth forward. Not all settings are easy to understand or to apply for someone who has not much experience in the field. Moreover, I already found 2 issues, one regarding email config (i.e. it is not possible to use email) and the other with the browser live view not working in Chrome for Mac.

        One thing I didn’t understand yet is the led in the frontal part of the camera? What is the difference between the various color? Red, blinking red, blue. When the camera is on it just blinks red which is strange. Is other Hikvision model you tested having such led?

        I’m testing the mobile app right now and the thing I mostly miss is the option to activate and deactivate motion detection. That function is present in the Dlink app for their cheaper model DCS-932L. So now I’m trying to figure out how to access the configuration panel from a remote connection to be able to interact with the motion detection and other functions.

        Another issue in the app is the zoom and pan/tilt function, which is not that smooth and has low ease to use factor.

        However, the worst thing with this camera is the Hikvision support! I contacted them to ask about those issues and I just got an answer saying that support is only for those buying their products via authorized distributor. That’s so bad.

        Hope these comments can be of interested. Let me know if you need more info.

        • 17 networkcameracritic
          March 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

          That looks like a very interesting camera. Maybe I can take a closer look at that camera soon. Using PTZ controls through the app is always an issue because of the inherent delay in the live feed. If possible I’d set presets and use those. And for the support, yes that is correct, if you buy unauthorized hikvision products they will not support it. For support you have to go to the seller you purchased the camera from. If you buy your Hikvision camera from Amazon, Ebay, AliExpress, or many other places that actually sale the OEM versions (not the branded Hikvision version), Hikvision will not support them.

  10. 18 Vince
    December 14, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Thanks for the reply, i will look into the Hikvison 4 series. Which company uses the static addresses for the cameras andd requires npmanual inout. I also read that Samsung may be getting iut of security cameras?

  11. 20 Vince
    December 11, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I am looking to purchase a Qnap ts251+ NAS. It includes Surveillance Station Pro software. This will be a central server for a home network system that will include a didital music library. I am thinking to reserve a terabite for storage of 24/7 x 7 days if storage for 4-5 cameras.

    My goals are similar to Bob’s with regard to night time detail. I have read that the Dahua have static addresses that require manual input. Is that true or true of all models? I want to get the right quality level at the best value pricepoint. It sounds like Dahua and Hikvision can reach that goal, but that they are not profrssionel level equipment? Is ther a step up mabufacturer? The qnap provides a list of compatible xaneras, but it is extensive. Any feedback appreciated.

    • 21 networkcameracritic
      December 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Hikvision does have it’s 4 series cameras that are a step up from the typical 2 series that you see (most of which have been reviewed here). Other brand names would be Axis and Samsung (professional series not consumer products) are other that come to mind. Hikvision cameras and Dahua cameras can still come with a 3 year warranty which is just as long if not longer than many products from the higher end companies. Axis cameras are awesome and very solid, but when it comes to on board analytics and video quality they don’t beat hikvision even though they are so much more expensive. If you want the best night vision though, you’ll need to spend more money to get cameras built with great night vision. these cameras usually have a name like darkfinder or lightfinder etc.
      If you need help with selecting a specific one, let me know.

  12. 22 Cmoitili
    November 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Nothing very pro, just for single camera eg:
    but maybe one interesting coming Cloud Acoba ! which has install a soft in the camera to use their backyp service; I should get so more info soon. I’ll let you know.

  13. 23 Cmoitili
    November 23, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Cloud services for vidéo backup recording.

  14. 25 Bob
    November 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I currently have a Swann analog system that I want to replace with IP cameras and a NVR. I’ve discussed with two different integrators. One recommends Digital Watchdog 2MP cameras. The second recommends Samsung 2MP cameras. I’ve also been looking at the AvertX 4MP camera system at My analog cameras work fine during the day, but lousy at night. I want a new system that will provide me with identifiable facial features of people walking down the middle of the street in front of my house at night. I know just enough to know I don’t know enough. I don’t mind paying for a system that will provide me with what I want, but worried I will pay too much and be stuck with something that either doesn’t provide what I want or doesn’t last. Any comments on the above cameras? What do you use to protect your home?

    • 26 networkcameracritic
      November 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      out of those options, I would choose Samsung over Digital Watchdog.
      Getting clear enough picture or enough details at night to ID someone will depend on many different factors. The first and main factor is the distance the middle of the street is from the camera location. Based on that, street lighting, and the type of camera will tell you if you’ll need illuminators and a better idea of how well the camera will actually work for your application. My assumption is that this will be over 50′ from the camera which tells me most IP cameras’ built in IR illuminators won’t be enough to get the detail you’re looking for.

      As for the brands you listed, I don’t have much experience with Digital Watchdog other than I know they are primarily sold through custom integrator distribution channels which for me usually means they are more expensive then they should be. Samsung is starting to have some good cameras and some of their higher end cameras have some amazing night capabilities which I hope to test and review here on this site in the future.

      I personally use Hikvision and Dahua cameras around my house right now. Both manufactures have great options at great prices.

    • 27 Jack Biederman
      December 5, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Regarding your goal “I want a new system that will provide me with identifiable facial features of people walking down the middle of the street in front of my house at night.”

      I would suggest a Hikvision 3mp ip camera with a 12mm lens, and an extra IR illuminator or two.
      To see what was possible, all I had to get was a Hikvision camera that had a 12mm lens and a built-in SD card slot to record on-camera (about $100 or so), a $30 SD Card, $30 illuminator (because most cameras can illuminate well only to about 20feet), $10 CAT5 or CAT6 cable between camera and your home network. If you don’t have a POE switch that will power the camera over the network cable, then a $10 power supply is needed. So for about $180 I was able to get started down this road. Once you have seen what is possible in your location, you will be able to expand your system to do whatever you want it to do. I now have eight Hikvision 3mp ip cameras (between 2.8mm and 12mm) and can look at them all on the same computer screen using FREE hikvision iVMS-4200 software.

      The NetworkCameraCritic website had all the answers I needed to make it happen.


  15. 28 mike
    November 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    looking to buy good night vision camera

  16. 29 Robert
    October 26, 2015 at 1:15 am

    This would be a great review!

  17. 30 Lionel
    September 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

    With Canons purchase of Axis and Milestone it would be nice to look at their product to see what they are brining to the table that may find its way to Axis brands

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