Bosch Divar NVR Tested vs Dahua

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 05, 2017

Bosch has a partnership with Dahua.

But what type of partnership is it? How much is Bosch's own vs taken from embattled mega-OEM Dahua?

We bought and tested a 16 channel Bosch DIVAR network 2000 to see how it compares to Dahua's own models, examining:

  • Software similarities and differences
  • Physical construction
  • Internal components
  • Hard disk mounting
  • Firmware features
  • Web interface similarities
  • Bosch/Dahua software discovery and operation
  • Cyber security issues

See our full findings inside.

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