Home NVR: What Do You Recommend?

I was speaking to an old colleague of mine who asked for a recommendation on a home NVR. He's techy and has collected leftover parts for his house from old demo kits or NFR gear or Costco specials. He'd like to have everything recorded on one recorder, though, so he has fewer clients (web and iOS app).

Current equipment:

  • A 4-channel Q-See HDCVI DVR, with two cameras running on it.
  • A D-Link wireless cube camera
  • A Hikvision dome

He was also looking at maybe adding another outdoor camera, but something inexpensive and wireless (I have no recommendations on that, really, but that's a separate topic).

So the question is, how does he tie all this together?

My recommendation was to use an inexpensive NVR, like Dahua/Q-See, record the RTSP streams from the HDCVI DVR on it (or add it via ONVIF), add whichever cameras are compatible via ONVIF, and have room for future adds.

Thoughts? Better suggestions? Something like Milestone XProtect Go might also work if he has a spare PC, but that's obviously more complex than the NVR would be.

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