How Come Hikvision Switches Are Not Cheap Like Cameras?

Hikvision's switches appear to be much more expensive than what you would expect to pay for a comparative managed PoE switch. I would guess Hik is OEM'ing these, but is that the only reason?

Has anyone ever seen or tested one of these in person?


Apparently the PRC's networking industry subsidy pales in comparison to the video surveillance subsidy.

Not tested but found this:

Under Quick Overview (last bullet)... better be "delete this post"

As stated here switches are independently developed... but still I have a great doubt about this statement. Most likely technologies and platform were bought and then OS were modified to fit "independently developed".

As stated here switches are independently developed... but still I have a great doubt about this statement.

I agree. There must be several network switch OEM's in the same general area as Hikvision.

Of course, it doesn't say it was developed by Hikvision, just that it was independently developed.

Of course, it doesn't say it was developed by Hikvision, just that it was independently developed.

it kinda does, no? :)

...that are independently developed by Hangzhou Hikvision Technology Co. Ltd.

Yeah, somehow I missed that.

Look, there is a lot of labor involved in taking one of their $200 POE NVR's and ripping out the display/storage subsystems and then flipping the bezel from front to back, it's a wonder they don't cost more...

Yikes! I hope they don't plan on moving many of those?

Maybe the switches are where they plan to make all their money? ;)

I believe the cost may be due to the fact that they can act as M.F.s, or Master Firmware Servers, for a wide range of devices, both Hik and non-Hik alike, that may be discovered during the commissioning process, or anytime thereafter.

To avoid meddling or detection, the MFs are encoded in the POE magnetics chip, which are normally composed of Analog components thereby making it virtually suspicion free.

Unfortunately, these M.F. chips are not cheap, but then again they are very reliable.

You get what you pay for. ;)