Dahua UnFavorability Results

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Jan 19, 2017

Dahua, the mega-Chinese surveillance manufacturer not primarily owned by the Chinese government has been trying to break out of the shadow of Hikvision (who is controlled by the Chinese government). They have struggled to differentiate themselves, and the Mirai botnet, which was partly fueled by hacked Dahua products, did not help their overall image.

Security integrators had a strong negative perception of Dahua in our Favorability series, and we share their rationale in this report.

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  • "**** *** ****. *********."
  • "*******, *** ***** ****, ******** ****."
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  • "* ** **** ********* ***** **** ** *** *** *** cameras. * **** * *** **** *** ******* ****** *****. Not ******* *** ******** *** ******** ** *** ****** ** a *******. ** ***** **** * ******** ** **** ******, I ******* *** ******** ** ********* ** ******** ***** **** the ******* ***'*."
  • "*** ****** **** ** *** ***** ********* ****** **** ** wary ** ***** ***** ********. ** **** *** ** ***** using ******* ********* **** ** ***."
  • "***'* **** ** *** *****, ***** ** *** ******* ** don't ***** ***** **********, *** ******* ******* ** ********** ** is *** ******** ** *********. ** ********, ***** ** *** the **** ******** ******."
  • "*** ******. **** *** * ******."
  • "**** *** **** ********* *** ****** ** **** ****** ******** and **** **** **** ***** ******** ******."
  • "**** ******** **** ****. **** *** **** *** *** *****. IT ******** ***** **** **** ** *** **** ** **** seriously."
  • "*'* ** **** *********, *** ***** ************ **** *** ******** of ***** ******** ** ************."
  • "**** **** *** ******* *** ***. **** **** *****. *** scared ***** *** ******** ******."
  • "***** ****** **** ***, ** **** *** ***** *******-**** / owned ******* ** **** ********."

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***** **** ******* **** *** ********* **** ********, **** ******* almost ****** ***** ** *** ************. ******* ******** **** ***** of **** ******* *********** **** *****.

  • "*'** *** **** * **** *** ** ***** ************ *****. I *** ** ****** ** ******* ******* **** * **** because ** ******'* ********* *** *** ***** ***** *** *** Dahua ******'* ****** ******** ******** **** ***** ***** **** ** ONVIF **********."
  • "**** ** ** ********, ****** *'** **** **** *** **** disappointed. ******* ************, ********* ** *** *********, ******** ** ********** toes *** **** * ******* ****** ***** ***** ********** **** dealing **** *******.******** ****** *** ********* **** ***** *** ***** to ***** *****, ***."
  • "***** ***** *** ***** ******* *** * ****** **** ** of ********, **** ***'* **** *** ******* ****** ** *** USA ** ** * *** **** *********. * **** *** to **** **** **** ****** **** ***** **** *** ***** brand. * ****** ** ******* **** **** ********* *** **** me ** ****** *** **** **** ********** *** ****** ***** issues."
  • "**** ********* *** ******* ** ** *** ***'* ******* ** CVI **********. ***'* ***** **** **** *********."
  • "******** **** ****, **** **** ***********. ********* ** ***** ***** *** poor ******* ** *** **. ************ *** **** **** ******"
  • "**** ** *******"
  • "* **** ** **** ******* *********, *** ********* ******* ** sales *********** ** ***********."
  • "* **** *** **** **** *** * ***** *** **** in * ******* **** ** ********* **** **** * ******* product **** *** ******** ******* *** *********"

Product ******* ******

*********** **** ***** **** ******** ** *** ******* ** ********, having ** ****** ***** **** ** ***** ** *******/******. **** too ***** ********* ****** ******** ******** **** *********** *** *** used *** *******.

  • "***** ******* ** **. **** ******* *********** ***** ******* **** their ***, *** ** ***** *** ** ** *** ****** flexible ****** *** **** **** * *********** ***********. ***** ***'* do *** **** **** **** ***** ****** *************, *** ***** integration ** ********."
  • "***** ** *** * ******** ********, ***** ******* ********, * had ** ******* **** ** ** *******."
  • "**** ***** *** *****, **** ******* *** *********** *** ******, and **** **** ******* *** ******** ***** , ****** ***, is ** ****** ***."
  • "**** *** ***** *******."
  • "* **** **** **** **** ********* ** ***** ** * competitor, ****** **** ****** **** **** *** ********* **** *** entire ********. *** ******* ******* ** ** ******, *** * would **** ****'* ** ** ******** **** * ***** ********** is ******** ** **** *******. *****'* ******** ** ********** *********. They ****** **** *** **********. *'** ******* ** ***** ***** several ***** **** *** **** *** *****, *** ****'** ***** once **** ******* *****."
  • "**** ** *** ****** **** **** ******* * *** ** times **** ******** *** ******* *** ********** ** *** ******* installs ** ***** ******** *** **** ** **** ******* ****** than *** ***** ****. ** *** *** *** ******* ********* this ** * ***** ****** **** **** ** * ******** with *** ***** ******** *** ****-***** ******* ** ******."
  • "** ******* **** ***** ** ** ***** *****. * ******* for ***** *** *** *** ********* ****: *** ***** *******: low *****, ******* ** ***** *** ** *** *** *******."

What *********** **** ***** ***** 

*********** **** ******* ***** ******* ** *** ***** / ***********:

  • "**** ********* ******** *** ******* *******. ******* *** *********** **** the ******** ***** *** **** ** *** *****.
  • "**** **** ***** *** *****."
  • "***** ******* ** ****** **** **** ***** ******. ****** ********* and **** ******. **** ******* ** **** ******. ******* ******* is *******."
  • "* **** ** **** ** *** ** **** ***** **** of **! ****** ***** *** *** ***** *** * ***** you **** ** ********** ****. ** ** ** ***********. ***** channel ** ****** *** ************. **** **** **** ** ********** the ************ *****. ** * **** **** ********* ***** ** products."
  • "***** ***** ******* *** *** *****. ***** **** ***** ****** & ****** ******."
  • "******** **** ****. * **** *** ****** ****** ** ****. Security ** ****** ** ***** **** * **** * ****'* have ** **** ****...*** * ***** *** *** *******."
  • "**** ** *** '**-**' ****** ****. ***** ***** ** *******, and ******* **** ****."
  • "* **** *** ***** ******** ***** **** ******. *** ******** does *** * *** ** ** *** ** **** ******** for *** ********. **** ***** ****** *** *** ********* ******** and ******* ******* *****. *** **** ******* ***********."

Dahua *******

***** *** * ********** ******* ** ******** ** *** ******. Their *** ********* **** ** *** ** *** **** *** ******* ****** ********** *** to ** ******** ******* ** *****, *** * ********* ****** generally ****** *** *** ******** ******** *****, ***** **** ** make ********** ***** **** ****** **** ***** *** ********* ***** sales. *** ******* **** **** ** ******* ***** ******, *** then *** ***** ********* ********** ** *********** * ******* ** a "***** *.*" ** *** ****** ** ******** *** ******** sentiment **** ***********.

Comments (22)

******* * *** '** ******** *** ***** *** *** ** the ***** ****** ** ***** ****, **? **, *'** ****.

***** **** ** ** * ****** ******* **** **** ***** brought ***** ******** ** *** ** ******* * ******* ** distributors, *** **** *** **** **** ******** **** ** ****. Plain *** ******, **** **** *** ******. **** **** ** make * ******, ******* ******* *** ******** ** ******** *** tried ** **** ** ******, ******* ********* ******* *** **** decided ** *** *** *** ***** *****. **** ******* ** using ******* ********** (**** *** ** ***** *** **** ****** out ***** **** *** ** ****** ******* ****** *** ******* fans) *** **** ****** ** **** **** *** ****** *** what ****** ******* **** *** **** ** **** **** **** quickly. ****'** ****** **** ******* * *** ***** ****** *** and ****** ***** ******** **** * ********* **** ******* ** has ****** ** ***.

***** *** *** ** ***** **** ** *** **-*** ****** thinking **** **** ***** **** **** *** *****, *** **** typical ******* ***-********* ***** *** *** ********** **** ** ******* components ***** ******, **** ****** *********. *** ******* ******* * can ***** ** ** ***** **** **** **** ********* ** Grain ***** *** ***** ********** ** **** ******* ***** ***** was * ******* ******* **** ********* ** ***** ******** *****.

****** ****** ** **** *****, **** ******* **** *** **** way **** ***** *** **** ***** (******** * ***** ***?) was ** *** *** ******* ** *** ************ **** **** them ** *** ** *** ** ******. "**'** **** ******* a ******* ****** ** *** **, **'** ***** **** ******", hmmm, ******** *** ******* ** ***** ***** *** ******* *** same ****? ***** ** ****** *** **** *** *** **** were ****** ****** *** ** ******* ******* "**** ******" ************ who **** ************** *** **** **** **** ** *** ***** that *** ******* ***** ** ****** ** **** **** *** the ***** **** ** ** *** *** ***** **** *******. Now **** *** ** **** ******** **** ***, ******** *** however **** *** ** ****** *** ******* (*** *********, **********, distributors ** ******* ****** ***** ******). **** **** **** ******** out *** **** "** **** ** ********* *** ****** *********/*********** layer ** *** ****** *** **** ****** ** ********".

**** *** ********* *** *** ******* **** **** ******* *******, less ******** *** ***** *** ** ***. **** **** ******* for ********, **** **** ** ************** *** *** ***** *********, "that *** *** ****** ** **** ********** *** ************ *** didn't **** **** **** **** ***** *** ****'* **** **** dahua ******* ******, ** *** *** *****". **** ******* ** fail, ****** ****** ***** ****** ***** ** ** (*** ***** countries) ********* *** ****** ** **** **** ******* ** ******** could ****** ** **** **** ***** ***** ***** *** ******* in ***** ** ******** ***** ******* ********* *********.

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

** ***** ** **** ** *** *** ********* **** ** have * ********** ** **** ** **** ***** ********** **********.

***'* **** ***** *** ********** ****** *** ****? ;-)

*** ****, ** ***** *** ****, ***** ** **** ** read ****

** **** ******** ** *** ***** ******** ********* *** *** OEMs ** *** ** ******** ** ***** ***? *** ****** I *** ** ******* **** ** ***** ** *******, ** it's ***, ******* ***** **** *** *********** *** ** **'* branded ***** *** **** ******* ***** **** ****. *** ********** can ** **** *********.

*** **, *****'* ******* ******* ** ***** *** *** *****, but **** ******** ***** *** **** ******* **** *** *** availability ***** ** **** ***** **** ** ************ ****. **'** always ******* **** *** ******** ******** **** ** **** *** do. ***** *** *** **** ******* ** *** **** **** the ***** **** *** *'* *** **** ** ****'** ** enough.

* **** ******* ** **** **** *** **** **** ** so **** ** **** *********.

*** ****** **** ***** ** ** ****** ******** ** *** brand ******, ****** ** ** ******** **** **** ****** ********* about ***** ******** ***** **** ***** ** *** *****.

***** ***** ******* ***** *** ** *** *** ***** ********. We'd *** ********* ****** ** ** ******* **** **** ** was ***** ******* *** ********. ** **** ****'* **** ** and ****** ******** ** (*******), **** ** **** * **** computer **** ***** ******.

************* ** **** *** ****** **** *** **** ** **** Dahua ***, ***** ** **** **** ******* ****** **** **** to ******** ***** *** ***** ***** **** *** ******.

**'** **** ***** ***** ***** **** *** ***** *** ***** Dahua **** ***** *** ***** ******. ******* ****, ******* * sales **** **** ***** *** ** ** **'** * *** lead **** ** **** *** ** *** ***** * ** 4 ********* ** ****** *** ******* **** *******...

* **** ***** *** *** ****** **** **** ****** ** saying *** **** *****. **** ****** ** **** **** ** our ******* ****** ******* *** ***** **** ***** *** ********* we **** ***** ***** **. ** *** **** * **** the **** (*** *************) **** ** **** ******* **** ** about ******* *****.

* *** ***** ** **** *** ** **** *** ** were ** *****, *** ** **** "** *****, ** ******* have * *********** ** *****". * **** ** *** ** Oklahoma, *** ** **** "*** ** ****, ** ******* **** distributor ** **** *****"

* **** ** **** ***** **** ** *** *** ** make * ********, ******* *** ** **** ***** *********.

* *** ***** ** **** *** ** **** *** ** were ** *****, *** ** **** "** *****, ** ******* have * *********** ** *****". * **** ** *** ** Oklahoma...

***, ********** ***** *** **** ***** * **** **** *** map ** *****.

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

**!

"*** ** ****, ** ******* **** *********** ** **** *****"

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

** *** ***** ** *********** ******* *** ** *** ********* using *****, *** ****** *********?

*****, **** ** *** ********.

*** * ****** ******** ********* ******** ******* **** ** *********** in *** **. ** ******** *** **** ********* ** ** directly ********* ** ***** *** *** ***** **** **** ** with ***** *** *******. ** ******** ** **** ** ****** your **** ****** ***** ** **** ****** ***** ******* ****-*** very *****. ** *** ***** ** *** ** ******** ** receive ********** ** ******** ******* **** **** **** ******* *** of ***** ******** ** **** ***** *** *** **** *** newest *******. ***'* ****** ******** ** ** *****, **** **** pull *** *** *** **** **** ***** "***** ** ** problem **** ****" *** ** *** ******* **** ***** *******, being **** ***'** *****, ******* ******* **** ** ****** **** there ** * ******* ** ***** ** **** "** **** be ***** ** *** **** *******, **** *** *** *** ones". *** **** ***** ** ******, ***** ******** ****** *** the **** ************ ***** ***** *** ** **** ***'** ** prepared **** **** **** ** ********** *** *** ** **** with ****. **** ** ****.

***** ***.

*** **************? ** *** **** ********* ** *** ***** **** Asia, ************ **** ** *** ***********.

* *** *** ***** *** *** **** *** ***** ******** in ***, *** *** * *** ***** ********?

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

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

** *** ******* ** ********** ******* *** *** ***, ***** is ******* **** *** ** *** **. ** ****** ** do ***** *** ***** **** *** ** ******** ***** ********. Vendor **** **** * **** ******* **** ** ** ** our ********.

** ***** ******, ******** ***** *** ************ *** **** ** change ******.

**** *** ***'* **** ** *** ***** ***** *** **** them.

*** *** *** **** **?

*****, ****'* * ******** * **** ******** *** ***** ***. I ****** **** **** *** **** ** **** ** * comments ****. ** *** ***** ** ****, *'** ********** *******.

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