How To Broadcast Video From DVR/NVR/VMS?

We get questions from time to time about broadcasting video from surveillance recorders to large numbers of people (one example is parents wanting to watch their child at school or day care).

The main challenge is that most video surveillance recorders are not designed to handle broadcasting to significant numbers of people. Doing so increases load often far beyond what the machine can handle plus, even if it could, the local upstream connection is usually insufficient to handle many simultaneously streams. Plus multicasting is out as that is rarely supported on the public Internet.

One potential solution is cloud enabled / hosted / managed solutions where a stream is sent to the cloud and the cloud service than handles distribution to clients. Unfortunately, even in 2017, most manufacturers do not support that (though this is clearly growing / improving).

One member asked doing this with Dahua and Uniview NVRs. Dahua recommended using Ivideon's cloud service which Dahua now reports an integration. Anyone used that?

What else would you recommend?

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