Here's what I can gather about a couple of the regulars - please correct me if anything is inaccurate:
Avigilon - single channel license for Avigilon branded encoders.
Milestone - single channel license per IP of encoder.
Exacq (Tyco) - single channel license per IP of encoder up to 4 cameras.
IPVMU Certified | 01/10/15 06:01pm
Video Insight requires only one license for each IP address, no matter the brand. I've got HIKvision, Axis, Dahua, Advidia and Arecont devices running that way (multi-channel encoders, multi-imager cameras, etc)
Exacq and Vivotek
Exacq server version 184.108.40.206.34218 (December 2012) and Vivotek firmware version 0200a
Vivotek 8401 is a 4 analogue input encoder to one IP license with Exacq.
Exacq recognizes and individually archives 4 analogue camera inputs
Also Vivotek VS8801 (8 Analogue inputs 2 IP licenses with Exacq, call Vivotek for special firmware and how to enable operation)
Feedback from Exacq:
Exacq only requires one license per IP address of an encoder up to 4 channels/cameras. So if a 16 channel encoder has 4 IP addresses, you need 4 Exacq licenses. However, if a 16 channel encoder only has 1 IP address, you still need 4 Exacq licenses (unlike Milestone where the requirement is only one).
Feedback from Genetec, short answer is no to this, except for one specific case:
Genetec offers an analog camera connection, which is licensed per analog camera connected to an encoder, rather than per device IP address. Customers can migrate these to a full IP connection as they move to IP cameras over time, helping to spread out the cost of the system. We also offer a bundle with Bosh through Ingram Micro, which includes Security Center licenses, SMA, and a 16-port encoder.
OnSSIshould be added to the list. It is true they are a Milestone OEM. They do use the Milestone recorders but intheir own way they are really good VMS. I can't understand they aren't on the list.
Any idea how I could know how many IP addresses an encoder has?
Full disclosure: I am an RSM for Axis
Just wanted to clear one thing up from the comment thread as I read through it. Our newest 16-channel encoders only have 1 IP address, not 4. For example, the M7010 16-channel had 4 ip addresses but it's replacement, the M7016, has 1 IP address.
This is a really helpful thread, as licensing questions come up all the time!