Camera Configuration Manager Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision

By Sean Patton, Published on May 01, 2019

Which camera manufacturer has the best management tool? We tested 6 manufacturers - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision to find out.

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The software tested included:

In this test we scored the software across 11 categories, rating each strong, average or poor as the preview shows:

Inside, we detail the full results including who won and lost and how the systems performed across each of the 11 categories, including 6 video screencasts, one for each manufacturer in the shootout.

Camera ***** **** ****

**** **** *** ****** with ~** ******* ** each ************. ***** *** be ****** **** ******* the ***** ******* ****** camera **** **** ** could *** ****** *** to **** **********.

Performance ********

******** **** ******* **** 2 ****: ******* ************* and ******** ********.

******* ************* ******** ** common ***** ********* ** part ** *** ***** or ***** *******, ********* ease ** *********, ************** (assigning ***, *********, ******** configuration), *** ******** *******.

***** ** *** *****, Camera ************* **** ******* Configuration *********** ***** **** two ******:

  • **** ***********:**** ******** ****** ****** for ****** ************** *** Firmware ******, ******* **** scored ******* *** ********* because ** ******** ******** steps ** ****** *** factory ******* *******. ***** received *** **** ****** score *** ****** *********, was ***** ** ******** cameras *** ***** ***** and *** ***** *******. Hikvision ******** * ****** score ** ****** ************** for ***-***** *********.
  • ****************: ********'* *** ********** was ****** ************** ******* it **** *** ******* a ********* ***** ************* function, ***** *** ******** technician ***** ******. ******** offers * ****-**-**** *** camera *************, ** ***** configuration ** ****** ***** (e.g. ** *** ******, administrator *******/********) ** *** import. ***** *** ****** both *** ****** **** bulk ******** ****** *** slow ****** ********* ***** did *** **** ******* default ******* ** *** test ** *** *** in *** **** ******.

******** ******** *** ******* as **** ****** ***** more ****** ******** ** Enterprise ************ *** *** provided ** **** *****. These ******* ** ********* camera ******** (**** ******* image), ************* *******, ****** replacement, ****** **********, ****** information, ************* *******, ******/*****, and ********* **** ******.

***** ** *** *****, Advanced *********** ***** **** three ******:

  • **** **********:****, *****, *** ****** were *** *** **********, scoring ******** ** * out ** *** * categories. ***** ******* ** not ******* *** ***** plugins *** ******** ** "NA" ***** *** **** category.
  • ******* ***********:********* ****** ******** ** 3 **********, *******, **** not ******* ********* ****** plugin **********, ** ****** replacement.
  • ***** ***********:******** ****** ******** ** 2 *** ****** ****** in * ********** ********* Cybersecurity *******.***** *** *** ****** scoring ****, *** ******* strongly ** *** ** the ******** **********, *** scoring ****** ** * out ** *.

**********, ******** **** ***** is * *** ******* of ***** ****** ************* Tool ********* ** ****** 2019, ***** **** *** more ************ ********* ********* configuration.

Summary ** *******

*** ***** ***** ***** the **** ******* ****** each ********. **** ** the ************ ****** ****** in *** ** *** Basic ******* ************* ********** though ***** *** ***** overall.

** ********** ******* *** to ***** *** ******** but **** *** ********.

Key ***************

*** ********* ********** **** areas **** ****** *** most ******** ******* *****:

  • ************* *******: ** ******* ********, camera ************* *** ******* tools, *.*., ** ***** enable ***** **************, *** upload *** ******** *** certificates. **** *** ***** scored ********, ***** ******** and ***** ******* *********** to ****** **** ****** using *** ****** *** interface. ****** *** ********* support ***** ***** ************* but ** *** ***** SSL *********** ********** *************.
  • ****** ****** ****: * ***** ****** at ******* ** ************** cameras ** ***** **** troubleshooting * ****** ******. Also, ***** **** ** export ****** **** *** technical ******* ** *** resulted ** * ****** score.
  • ****** ****** *******: ******** ******* ********** cameras ** ***** **********, frame *****, *** ********* configuration ** ***********. ******* with *** ****** ******** and *******, **** *** be ******** ******** ** a ****** ***** ****** testing.
  • ****** ****** / *****: *************** ** ******* often ******* ********* ** unresponsive ******, *** ** some ***** ********* *** camera ** ******* ******* settings. * ****** ***** in **** ******** *** the ****** ** ********** camera ******, ******* ******** reset, *** **** ******* reset.
  • ****** ***********: * ****** ***** for **** ******** *** the ****** ** ************ primary ***** ********* *** recording ********, ********* *** camera ** *** ***** views, **** **** ********* with ***-********* ****** ******. This ** * ******* offered ** **** *****, for *******, ******** *** offers * *********** ****, however, ** ***** ******** cameras **** * ***-***** VMS, ******** ****** ************* Tool **** *** ***** that *******.
  • **** ****** **********: ** *** ** date ****** ************* **** may *** ******* *** features ** ******** ** latest ****** ********, *** requiring *********** ** ************ check *** ******* ** unproductive. * ****** ***** resulted **** *** **** notifying *** **** ** an ****** ** ********* a ******* *********** ***** automatically ********* ******* (*.*. Hanwha ******* ****** **** Updater, ********* ***** *******)

Manufacturer ********** ******

** *** ********* ******, we ****** **** ************* Tool *******, ****** ******** examples ** **** ** performed ******** ** ******.

********

******** ****** ******** *** average ** * ********** each, *** ****** ****** in * **********

****

**** ****** ******** ** 7 **********, *** **** scored ****** ** **** Update **********

*****

***** ****** ******** * categories *** *** *** score ****** ** ***.

*****

***** ****** ******** ** Camera **************, ******* ****** in *, *** **** of *** ********** **** tested.

******

****** ****** ******** ** 6 **********, *** **** scored ****** ** ****** Replacement.

*********

********* ****** ******** ** 5 **********, *******, **** scored ****** ** *.

Camera ********* ***********

*** * ** *** tools ****** ******* ** better ** *** ******** of ****** *********. *** criteria *** ****** ********* was ********* * **** of ********* *******, ******* multiple ************* ***** *** choices. ***** * ******* is ***** *** ******* to ***** ********** ** the ****.

** ******* ** * strong **** ****** *** Bosch's ****** *********. ** soon ** *** *********** is ******** ** ******** and ******* ******* ******* from ******** *************, **** direct ****** *** ***** supported *******. ** *** the **** **** ***** discovered *** ***** *******:

*** ********** ** **** and *********'* ***** ** failing ******* ************* ******* with ******* ******* ** addresses ** ******* ** the ****** ***** ** the ************* **. *******, using **** ***** ***** Axis ** ******* *** Hikvision ****, ***** ******* are **********:

Cybersecurity ******* ******

**** **** *** ***** scored ******** ** ************* Support, ******** **** ******** of ***** ************** *** management ** *** ************, including ********** **** *************. Avigilon *** ***** **** scored ****** ******* ******** HTTPS *** ********* **** communications *** **** ** completed ******* *** ****** web *********. ********* *** Hanwha ******* ********* *** certificates, *** ** ********** of ******** ************.

** ******* ** * strong **** ***** *** Axis ****** ******* ******** signed ************ **** *** be ******** ** ******* and *** *******, **** variable ********** *****. **** said **** *** ******* on ** ****** ** automatically ******* *** ************ with **** ****** ******* VMS *******, * ******* which ** ********* ******:

***** **** ******** ******** HTTPS *** ********* **** in ***** ********* ***-***** cameras, ** **** ******* from *******, ****** *** Dahua ******* **** ******* at *** **** ****:

Firmware ****** ******* ******

******** ********** ******** ** one ** *** ******* tasks ** **** * video ****** ***********, *******, the ********** ** ****** of ****** ******, ******** releases *** ******** ********* is *********. *** ** the ********** ***** ******* firmware ********, ******* ********, Axis *** ********* ******* checks ** *** ******** needed ********, *** ******** and **** **** ******** synchronization ** ******** *** latest ******** ******** ** the ********** ****.

****** **** ********* ******** check *** ********, *** the **** *** *********** does *** ************* ****** and *************** *** ************ during *******. ***** *** Dahua **** ****** ******** update **** ****** **** updating *** **** ***** devices.

********'* ******** ****** ***** tool *** ** ******* of * ****** **** result, ******* ***** ******** versions *** ******* ********** to *** **** **:

******* ******* ** ****'* Firmware ****** ***** *** Firmware ******* ******** ****:

Camera ****** **** / **** ******

**** **** *** ****** scored ******** ** ****** Health ****, ******** ****** online/offline ****** *** **** camera ***** *** *********, important *** *************** **** manufacturer ******* *** *** processing.

********, *****, *** ********* scored *******, ******** ******* event *** ****** **** multiple *******. ********* *** Bosch **** * ****** monitor **** ***** ******** real-time ******* ***** **** a *** ******, *******, it ** * ****-**** report *** **** *** include ******** **** ***** event **** ** ******.

***** ********** **** *** offer ****** ** ***** log *******.

Camera **************

* *** ** *** 6 ***** ****** ******** in ****** **************, **** Avigilon ******* ******* ******* it *** *** **** software ****** **** **** not ***** *** *******/*** camera ******** ****** ***** can ******** ************* ****** due ** ****** *****. However, ******** ***** ****** minimal ***** *** ****** bulk ****** *************.

*** *********** ******** ******* in ********* ** *** ONVIF ********** ******* **** in *** "***-***** *********" setup ******, ***** ** primarily ********* **************** ******* **** **** ONVIF ********.

Camera ******* ***** / ****** *******

*****, ******, *** ********* scored ******** ** ****** Reboot/Reset, ******** ****** ********* as **** ** ******* settings ***** (*** ******** except **), *** **** factory *****.

**** *** ***** ********* reboot *** ******* ******** reset, *******, ******** ***** the ****** ******* ** perform * **** ******* reset. ******** **** *** support ****** ** ***** in ****** ****** ****, however, **** ******* ***** functions ** ***** *** VMS.

** ******* ** * strong ***** *** ****** Device ******* ********** *** 3 ******* ********* ** a ****** "*******" ****:

Version ******

  • ******** ****** ************* **** 1.4.0.0
  • **** ****** ******* *.**.***
  • ***** ************* ******* *.**.****.*
  • ***** ********** *.**.*
  • ****** ****** ******* *.*.*.*
  • ********* ***** ************ **.*.*.**********

Comments (19)

** ***** ** ******* to ****** *** ***** of ******* ** ***** configuration ***** (***** **** Hanwha)?

***, *** *** ***** had ************* *******. ** there * ******** **** of ****** *** *** asking *****?

**** ******* **** ******* they *** *** **** the ******* ****** ****.

(****** ********)

***** ****** *** **********.  Thanks ****.

* **** * *** comments ********* *** ***** showing *** ****** ******* Device *******, ** ***** are * *** ***** that *** *** ******* in *** ******.

*** ******* ****** ******* will ******** ******* **** are ** * ********* subnet **** *** **, as ** **** * UDP ********* ** *******.  It **** ******* * Not ********* ******* ** it *** *** *********** with ** ** *** to ************, ***.  ** your ** *** ******** NICs ***/** ** *********, you *** ****** ******* which *** *** **** should ***, ** ***** where ******* *****'* ****** correctly.  ****** ***** *** advanced ******, **** ***** network ******, *****-***** ** an ** *******/******* *** select ******.  *** * will **** ** ******** which *** ** ******.

** *******, *** **** will ****** * ******* for ** *******, ** case *** **** ***** subnets, ***.  ******* *** can (*** * ********* in *** ******** *******, technician ********, ***.) ****** the ******* ** * seconds ** *** ****** menu > ****** ****** Time *******.  **** *** set ** ** * seconds, ********* *** ******* just ****, *** *** don't **** ** *** there ******* *** *** dialog ***.  *** *** also ****** ***** *** X ** ***** *** search ****** *** ***** it ** ****** ***...

*** ********** **** **** is ********* ** *******, is **** ***** ** a ****** *** ******, where *** *** ******* a ****** ** *******, subnet, ***** * ****, or ****** * *** file.  *** ****** *** will ** * *** connection ** **** ******, which ** ******* ** cases ***** *** **** VLANs ** ** ******** and * *** ********* won't ****.  ** ****** do *** **** ** plug ** ** *** local ****** ** ** able ** ******** *** cameras *** *** *** IP, ***.

********* *** ******** ******** capability, ***** ******** ** not ************* ********, ***** is * ****** *** can **** ** ** show ******* **** *** on **** *******.  **** simply ***** *** *** for ***** *** **** to ********.

*** ******** ******* ****** is *** ** *** fact **** ** ******** changed *** ******** ****** scheme ** **** * more ******* ********* ****** models/lines.  *** **** ****'* been ******* ** ********* this ***.  ** * camera ** ******* ** the ******, ** **** then ******** **** ******, etc.  ** ** **** an ***** **** ******** between *** *** ****.

******** *** **** *** other ***** ** ******** done ** *** ** Assign ****** ** *** top. *** ** & Port **** ** *** right ** ******** **********. It ** ******** * new **** ** ****** a ******’* **** ****.

*** ****** *********** ********, you *** *** *** config ******/******* ** ******** and **** ****** * camera’s *************.

** *** **** *** additional *********** ** ******** on *** ** ** allow *** ** ****** HTTP *****, ******** ******* across ********* *******, ***** up *** ******, ***., please **** **** ** reach *** ** **.

******.

****** *** *** ********, I **** ****** ***** details *** ****** *** report ** *********.

** *******, *** **** will ****** * ******* for ** *******, ** case *** **** ***** subnets, ***. ******* *** can (*** * ********* in *** ******** *******, technician ********, ***.) ****** the ******* ** * seconds ** *** ****** menu > ****** ****** Time *******

** ** **** ******** to ****** ***** *** 5 ******* ** **, even ** *** **** that ** *****'* ******** everything? ** **** ********** it *** *** **** of *** *********** *** cameras?

*** ******** ******* ****** is *** ** *** fact **** ** ******** changed *** ******** ****** scheme ** **** * more ******* ********* ****** models/lines. *** **** ****'* been ******* ** ********* this ***.

** *** **** * timeline **** **** ****** will ** *********?

** *** *******, *** tool ****** *** ********** for ** *******, ******* after *** ***** *** seconds, ** **** **** finished *********** *** *******.  

**** *** ****** ** to * *******, ** will ** **% ** cases ***** ******** *** of *** *******.

*** **** *** **** for ****** **** * seconds ** *** **** large ********, *** * personally **** ***** ****** to *** ******** ****** than * *******.

* ** *** **** a ********* *** ** update ** *** **** to *** *** ******** unknown ******.  *'** **** when * **** ********.

**** ********. *'* * 100% ****** **** ****** and *'* ********* **** of *** ****** **** halfway ****** 

*** *** ** ***** tools ******/****** ***** ** have *** ****** **** the **** ****? 

********** * *** ********* remoting **** * ******** pc ** ****** ******* now * **** **** install ****** ******** ** the *** *** **** them ****** ******* - saves **** ******** *** no **** **** ** remote **** **/******. 

*** ********** ** *** they ****** ******** ** the ********** **** ******?  My ******** ***** **** me ******* ****** ** the **** *** ** which * **** *** I ***** ** * must ** ** ********** network. 

 

 

**** ** *** **** tool **** *** ******/****** based. **** ***** ******* and **** *********/*********** ********** cameras, ***** ***** ** an ********* ** ****** a ****** ******** ******** is ******* *** **.

**** *** ***** ******** can ** *** ** with *********, **** ****** you *** ******** ******* specific ******* ************* *****, but *** *** ***********.

** ***** **** ***** the ****** ** ******* a ******/****** ***** ****** and **** **** ** was ** * ***** customer ***********, *** **** believe *** *********** ******** of *********** *** *** users ****** ** ** a ****** ** (******/****** on *** **** *******).

**** - **** ** excellent ****!

*** ****** **** *** third ***** ******** **** Viakoo ** ****** ******* at ** ********** *****?  I ** ******* ***** 300K+ *** ***** ******* from ******** ************* ** imagine *** **** ** folks * **** ********* process **** ****.   ** all *** ****** **** has ****** *** ******** updating ** *** ******* challange, *** *** *** platform ** *** ****** of *** ****** *** should ****** *** ******* from * ****** **.  Major *** ********* ****** be **** ** **** advantage ** *** ****** SDK's **** ***** ********** but *** **** ****** they **** **** *** the **** ** **** up.  * ** **** talknig *** **** ******* platforms **** ****, *****, and ****** **** **** solid ***'*.

**** **** *** *** high, *** ******* ** VaPix ******* *** *** devices (** **** *****) and **** ********* ***** it ****** ** ******, I **** ** * heavily ********* ***** ** assureance *** ********** ** the **** ** *** game.

** ***#*,  ** ******, we **** **** ********* using *** ******** ****** manager *** *** *** want ** ***** *** to *** ***** **** for * ***** ** referrals.

**** ****** **** ***** it, ****** ***** * powerful **********, ** *** global **** ** ********** for *** **** ******* regardless ** ************. ****** each ************, *** *** then **** ********** ****** down ** ***** *** launch ******** ***** ** devices **** *** *** of ********** **** **** spec. ******'* ******* ********** are ************* *** *****, particularly ****** ******* **** area ********. ** ********* have ******* *** ******* but *** ******* ****** any *** ****** *** might **** ** **** infrastructure. 

** ** **** ********** to ******* *********** *** have ******** ********* ** deliver **** ** ** extension ** ***** *******. 

** *** **** *** your ******* **** * single ************ ** * fairly ********** *******, *** may *** **** **. However, ** **** ********** is ** *** ***** you ******** *** *** want ** ** ** eval.  

 

***** ***** **, * found ** **** *********** and ****** ******** **** it ***** ** **** to ******* *** ************* tools **** *** ******* manufacturers!

*'** **** ***** ** supply **** *********** **** is * *** **** technical. ***** *'** ***** the **** ***** ***** building **, * *** go * *** **** in *** ***** *** maybe *** ******** ****** for ****** ** *******.

Distributed ******

* **** **** ** our ************ ** *** distributed ******* ** **-******** agents **** *** ** each ** **** ********* servers ** ****** ******* servers. ** **** ********* the ************* *** *** be ******** ** ******* additional ******* (******** **** IP ******). 

************, ***** ****** **** been ******* ** *** service ********* *******. ***** agents *** ******* **** from ********** ********* **** this ******* *****. **** includes *************, ************* *** performance **** **** *******, storage *******, ******** *** devices **********. **'** **** significant *********** ** **********, security *** ***********.

*** ***** ****** **** been ******** ** ******* in-network ************ ** ** firmware ******** ***** ***** them ****** ***** *** and ******* ** ******* than ********** **** *** relying ** *********** ***** to ** ***** *****. Though ** **** *** Firmware ******* ********** **********, all *** ******* ********* have **** ******** ******* assurance ********* ****** **** capability ** ***** *************.

Cloud ** **-********

*** ****** ********* * secure ********** ** *** Viakoo ********** (** **-******** Viakoo *****) ** ******* a *********** ******* *** alerting, ********, ********** *********, reports *** ***********. ****** Firmware ****** ******* ******** a **** ** **********, ability ** *** ******** profiles, ****** ** ******** upgrade **** *** ***** the *******.

*** ******** *** ** hosted ** **** *** private ***** *** **% of *** ********* *** using *** ****** *******. The **-******** ******** ********** our ****** ***** ******* and ** **** ******** enterprise ***** ************** ** your **** ******.

*******

** ** ******* *** devices ** **** ** VMS ************. *** ****** drivers **** ******* ***** and ******** *********** ** well ** ******** ******** and ******* *** **** upgrade ******. ****** *** always ******, ** **** have *** ******* **** disable ********* **** * device ****** ******** *** then **-****** ********* ***** upgrade. *** *** ****** is *** ********** ******, it ** **** ***** for ***** ********* **** a ******. *** **** of ********* ************* ** constantly ***** ********.

Firmware ********

*********, ***** (** ********** partners) *** *** ******* to ****** ********** ** model/firmware ******** ********. ***** also **** * ******** file *** * ********** make *** *****. **** file *** *** ****/***** association ** **** ********* in *** **** ** a ******** *******. ** has ** ************ ******* a ****** ** **** make *** ***** ** least **** ****** ** is ******* ** ** used ** **** ******* jobs. ** *** ** used ** ****** *** standards *** ******** **********. Moreover, **** ******* ********* statistics ****** *** ******* rate ** ********* ******* of **** **** *** model. *******, **** ******* can ** **** ** define ********** ********* *** your ************. 

*******

*** ******* ** ******* on ****** **** ******** features, **********, *********** ********** information **** *** ************* and ****** **** *** more *******. 

Scale ***** ******

*** ******* ********* ** date **** **** ** thousands ** ******* *** the ************ *** ***** to ******** ** *******. That ****, ***** ** GA'ed **** *** ******* last ****, ********* *** are ***** ****** ******** Upgrade ******* ***** *** currently ** *** ****'*-**,***'* of ****** ***** *** large *********** *** ***** it ** ****** *********** of ***** ********* *********** the ***** ****** ***** asked ***** ** ***#*.

*** ******** ** **** delivered ******* ******* ********. 

** ****** **** ******** questions, *** ** ****.

***** ****. **** **** solution **** **** *** Linux ***** ** ** it ****** *****?  

*** ***** ***** ** in **** ******. ****** it **** *******.

 

(***** ********)

***** **********!  ** * side ****, **** *** Bosch ************* *******, ** is ******** ** ****** the ********** *** ****** the ** ** **** cameras ** ****.  *️ don’t **** ** **** is **********, *** ** you ****** * ****** on *** ****, **** the ***** ***, *** then ** **** *** list *** **** ***** on ******* *** **** multi ****** *** *******.  You **** ** **** to ****** *** ******** on **** ******* ** once (******* ** *** number ** *********** *** PC *** ****** *** typically ~**).  ** *** the ******* **** *** same *********, *** **** server, *** *** ****** the ****** ****** ** once.  ** *** ***** is **** ******** *** can **** ** ******** type *** ***** *********, updating **** ***** ** all ******* ** **** type ** *** ****** and ** **.

****** *** *** ******** and ********** ***********. *****-****** setting ******* **** *****, specifically ************ **** *** party ****** *******.

********* **** ***.

*** ****** ** **** article ** ******* ** the **** ****** ******* in ******** *** *********:

*** ********** ** **** and *********'* ***** ** failing ******* ************* ******* with ******* ******* ** addresses ** ******* ** the ****** ***** ** the ************* **. *******, using **** ***** ***** Axis ** ******* *** Hikvision ****, ***** ******* are **********:!!

*** *** ******* ***** Non **** ** ******* ??? ** *** *** saying *** ******* ** general ********* **** ******* ??? 

* ** ******* ***** Axis ******* ** **** are ** ***** ******* 192.168.0.90/24 *******, *** *** PC ******* ****** ******* is *** ** **** subnet, ** **** *** discover ***** *******. *******, Axis** *********** ******** ***** *******, but *** *** *** configure ** *********** ****, only ********.

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