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...

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