Smartvue Cloud Connected $299 NVR

Author: Sarit Williams, Published on Jun 24, 2013

NVRs typically cost thousands of dollars. Now one manufacturer has released one that costs less than $300 plus offers a cloud connection. Is this too good to be true? What's the catch? In this note, we review the key features and pricing of the Smartvue S9i, and compare it to other Cloud based comparable options.

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Comments (6)

When I clicked the link to their website, it shows the unit as being able to handle up to 16 HD cams, not the 20 cams in the article/video.

Also, it is suprisingly limiting not to be able to connect to a local NAS vs cloud (paid) storage. If local NAS storage was an option, I could see this being VERY popular.

Cool idea, definitely on the path to the future, but here's a reality check. Forget NAS for a moment because as noted, you can't access the NAS storage from the client yet. So that leaves the potential 256GB storage on SD card (if you want to pony up the extra $600, and now turn it into a $1,000 NVR).

Let's say you have four (4) 1080p cameras, all streaming 30 FPS at 3-4 MB a second (I'll be charitable and say 3 MB). That's roughly 42 MB per hour, or about a Terabyte per day. Okay so let's knock it down to 10 FPS and just to be charitable again let's say that's 1 MB per second per camera, so 4 MB/sec or about 14 GB/hour. In that config you still can't get one whole day of 4 cameras assuming constant recording on all 4. I'm assuming you get one window to upload to the cloud per day to offload whatever has accumulated on the NVR.

Now, if you're only recording on motion, or maybe 8 hours of everything then thin for motion, you could probably make this work with 4 HD cameras, but I think having access to the NAS via the client will be critical for this to be successful, cloud notwithstanding.

Gary, you are absolutely correct. We noticed the same thing and Smartvue response was that it is 20 channels, but their site and marketing materials have not been updated yet. We found the discrepency by noticing the overview video above did not coincide with the website.

Jason, Gary, yes, the local storage limitations are critical. If they removed that, this becomes quite attractive.

We appreciate the feedback. As we support NAS backup already, we are considering native UI access to NAS storage for our customers who do not want to pay for cloud storage using our Cloudvue service. You can expect more information in August.

from end user point of view; my experience says that majority customer will prefer to stay with onsite storage(NVRs) to avoid recurring cost like they prefer with VMS nowadays, however this option is good for a customers with multiple location surveillance.

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