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Inexpensive Way Of Upgrading DVRs

I normally deal with IP systems so I am not that familar with anaolog DVR's. I have a customer that wants to upgrade two old 16 channel pelco DVRs. What is a good inexpensive option? I ran the numbers and it is probalby not worth it to use converters to make the units IP capable. The user wants to be able to have remote viewing, and a mobile app is a plus but not needed.


Axis had a new 16 channel encoder out for integrator costs of about $1100 (M7016). This makes it $75 to convert analog to IP. Most VMS charge per stream, but Exacq only requires 4 licenses for this device (not yet approved but you can use RTSP or ONVIF), bringing it to <$120 per channel plus the workstation/server (2 TB Windows 7 i3 with SSD OS drive about $700). Beware of coaxitron type control for PTZ cameras, since this would require a protocol translator. Integrator cost of $2000 for IP solution to replace a $6000 original integrator cost DX8100/Intellix-500 GB with room to expand for more IP cameras. (Of course, Pelco/AD charged you an extra $2000 for 2 TB of storage over 500 GB). (Hikvision 2 TB DVRs are about $1000 integrator cost and have decent software/apps and come with extra SATA cables for expanded storage. Beware, they only allow 24 video streams total via all remote clients connected)

For the lower end commercial grade stuff, $700-$1,300 on a 16 channel, 1TB, 30FPS@D1 DVR, and that's been trending downward.

For the consumer grade stuff, $500 to $800, with varying levels of suckiness.

Ari, roughly speaking, how much do 16 channel DVRs like that go for?

I like the Bosch Divar-5000 series. Relatively cheap, pretty easy to set up, looks good, has a very decent app.

Alternatively, the Digital Watchdog VMAXFlex series is pretty decent, too. Setup is less intuitive but the software is more flexible. iPhone app is actually a little more reliable.

Full disclosure: I sell both of these products, but of course you're free to buy it wherever.

It currently has remote but not an app. It is a large 5 year old system and for some reason they decided to upgrade it. I think what got them thinking is I put in an IP system in a different one of their locations. I explained that upgrading the DVR wont help the quality, but maybe they want the features that the NVR has.

And let me correct my first post, I think the DVR is a Speco DVR.

So the analog DVR does not have remote viewing or a mobile app? I am trying to understand what is motivating the change?