Exacq M Series Low Cost NVR Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 12, 2017

With recent cyber security issues hitting NVRs and cameras from low cost leaders Dahua and Hikvision, users are increasingly seeking alternatives to this low priced gear.

Exacq's M series NVRs aim to challenge low cost models from Dahua and Hikvision, building Exacq's VMS into a compact recorder with built in PoE, at a price point much closer than traditional PC/VMS offerings.

We bought and tested the M series NVR, examining the following features and how they compare to low cost models from Dahua and Hikvision:

  • Physical features
  • VMS features
  • Adding cameras
  • Camera compatibility
  • PoE budget
  • PoE monitoring and control
  • Throughput handling

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** *** *****, *** ***** * ****** *** *** ******* positives, *********:

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  • *** ********** *** ******:*** * ****** ****** **** ********* ** ******* *** *** Exacq ******, ** **** ** ********** ** *** ****, ******** not ***** ** ******* *** **** *********.
  • ****-******** ******** *************:******** *************' ******* **** ************* ********** *** ***** ** *** M ****** *** ******* *** *************, ********* ****, ******, *********, and ****. ******* *** **** ********* **** ************* *** *** same ***** ** ******.

*******, ***** *** ******* *** *********** ******** ** *** **** models **** ** ***** *** *********, ** ****:

  • ****** ******** *******:**** *** * ****** *** *** ** ****** ** * time ** *******, * ********** ** *********** ***** ***** ***** loaded ** *** ***. ** ********, *** **** **** ********* allow ******** ******* ** ** ****** **************, **** ****** ********* in *** ******** ** *********. ***** *** **** ******** * series **** ** ********* ** ***** ***, *** **** ******* costs ****** ** **** ** *** ******** ******.
  • ******* ******* *******:**** * *** * **** * ****** ********* **** **** 2 ** ***, ***** ***** *** ********* ********* ********* ******* options ** ** * **, **** **** ****** ********** * second *****, *** ** ****** ** *** * ******. ***** says **** **** ***** ** ********* ********* ******* ******* ****** the *** ** ****.
  • ****** *** ******:******* ** *** *** *** ******, ***** *** **** ****** connecting ****** ***** ******* ** *** * ******, **** ** outdoor ** *****, ********** ***** **** ***** ** *******. **** low **** ****** **** ***** *** ********* ******* ****** ***-**** PoE ******** *** ******* *** ***.***.
  • ***** ***** ***** ******** ********:*** ***** ******* ******** ** *** * ****** ***** ******* advanced ******** ***** ** ***** ***/** *********'* ********* **** **** with ***** *** ********, **** ** **************,****** ***********, ****, ***-*** *****, *** ****. ***** ******** *** ** added ** ********* ** ***** ************, ****** **** ************* ********* cost.

****: *** * ****** **** * **** ******* ************* *****, *********** ********* ******** ** ******** **** ******** ** *** VMS. ********** ******* ****** *** ******* **** ****** ** ******** **** ***********.

User ********* **********

**** **** ** **** ****** ** **** *** ******** *** user ********** ** *****, *****, *********, ** ******. ***** **** features *** *******, **** ********** *** ********** ************ ******* ****** which ** ** "******" ** * ***** *******.

Exacq ****** ***** ******** ******

***** *** *** ***, ** *** ******* ** ***** ***********************/********, * ******* ********* ******** ** ********* *** *****, *** have **** *** ******** *************** ********* ** *** **** *** years (************ ******** *******,******* ******** ********* ***** *********, *** ******** ** ****** ******).

Potential **. *********/*****

*** ***** ******* *** * *** **** *** ** ******* with ********* ** *****, *** * ****** ****** ***** ******** at * ******** ***** *******, ** **** ** ***** ****** model *******, ********* ***** *** **** *************, *** *** *******, not ***** ** *** **** ******.

*******, *** ***********, ********** ** *****-**** ******* *** ******* *******, as **** ** *** **** ** ******** ******** ***** ** Dahua/Hikvision ********* *** ***, *** ****** ** ** ************ *** some *****.

*******

*** * **** * ****** *** ***** *** ***** $*** USD ******, ********** **** ********* **** * **** ********* ******, ~$400-500 **** *** **** ****** (**-******-**/**-********-******-**/**-***). *******, **** **** ********** ********* *** ***** **** ***** viewing ** ******** ********* ************** ***** *** * ****** ******** an ******* ** *** *** **** *******, *** ********* ******* higher *** *******, ****** ********* *****.

* ****** ******* ** ***** $*,*** **** **** *** **** lowest **** ***** ******, *** **, ***** ****** ****** $*,***. The ****** ****** *** ********** ******** *** ***** ***** *** ***** $*,***.

Physical ********

*** * ****** *** *** ******* ******** *********** **** ******* PoE ****:

  • ***, ***, *** *** *****:** ******** ** *** *** *****, *** * ****** ******** two ***-*** *****, *** **** ** ******* ** ****** ******* (connected ** ******** ******* ** *** ** ***** *****) *** one **** *** ****** ** ******* *** (******* ***) *** viewing *******, ***** ****** ****** *** **********/******* ******* ** ** separated. ******* **** **** * ****** *** **** ** ******** to ** ***** *** ***** *** ** *** ******** **** traffic.

  • ****/****** **** ******:*** * ****** *** ** ****** **** ** ** ****, opposite ** *** **** ****** ** ******* ****, ***** *** typically ****** ** **** ***** ***** (**"). **** **** ****** makes ** ********** ****** ** ***** *** **** ** *** unit **** **** *******, ** **** ***** *** ****** ** the **** ** *** ****, *** *** **** *** ** many *****.

** ****** ***** ******** ******** ** **** *****:

Major **********: ****** ******** *******

*** ** *** ***, ***** *** **** ***** **** **** one * ****** *** ** * ****, * ********** ** ExacqVision *****. ** ********, ********* *** ***** ********/****** **** ******** viewing ** ******** ******* ************** **** ** **** *********, **** limits ** ***, ***, *** ******* ** ******* ********* ** which ****** ** ****** *** ** ****.

***** *** **** ***** **** **** **** *** ******** ** upgrading * ****** ******** ** ************, * ~$*** ******* **** (estimated ****** *****), ******** *** **** ** *** ****.

Other ******** ******** *******

** ******** ** *****-**** *******, *** *** * ******/***** ***** lack ******* ***** ******** ***** ** ******* *****, *********, *** other *********, *********:

  • ** ***** ******:***** ***** *** ********* ******* **** ***** ****** *** ***** Hik-Connect *** ******* *********, ***** ***** **** ******** **** ******* (port *****) ** *** **** *** ****** ******.
  • ** ****** ******* ***********:************ ********* **** ******** ****** ******* ******* ***** ********** **** video *** ***** ******** *** **** ******** **** ** ******* fees. ****** *********** ** ********* ** *****, *** ******** *** M ****** ** ******** ** ************.
  • ** **************:* ****** **** ** *** ***** *** *****-********* *** ** the *** (******** ******* ** ************), ***** **** ***** *** Hikvision's *** ********* ***** ********* ******* **** ********** *** *** resolution ******* (****** ****, *** *********).
  • ** ****:******* ** *** ******** ** *********** ***** (******* ************ *******), but ******** ** ********* ****-**** *** ***** ********.

PoE ******/******

* ****** **** **** * *** *** ****** ** ***, enough ** ****** *.** (***** *) *** ** *** *****. This ** ***** **** **** *** ****, **** ***********'* ****** ******** ******, ***** **** ***/**** *** *****.

** *** ** ****** ******** ******* ****** ** ******* ******* models (***** *******/*****) ** *** *****. *******, **** ****** **** models **** ******* ****** ** ***** ** *** ** ****** power ************. ***** ****** ** ***** ** **** ********** *** plan ** *** ******** *** ******** ** ********* *** ***** models.

PoE *******/**********

*** ***** ****** ******** ** ********** **** **** ********* ** M ****** **** *** *** ********** *** *******. ***** *** see ****** ** ***** ********* ** ***** *** ****** ******* with *** ***** (***** *****).

************, *** ****** *** ******* **** *** ***** *****, ***** with **** ******:

Some ******* ***** *************

*** ********* ******* (*******, ****, ********, *********, ******), ***** ****** need ** **** *** ****** **** *** *** **** *** the ******** ************* ******* ** ** ******* *** **** ** to *** ***:

Most ******* ******** *************

*******, ***** *************' ******* **** ********* ** ******** ********** *** then ********* ** *** *** ****. *** ******* ***** ** shown ** *** ***** ********* ** *** *** **** *********** cameras *** *********, ****** ***** ************ ** *** ** *******. In *** *****, ******* **** *****, *****, *********, *** **** Hanwha ****** ******** **** *******.

Driver ********* *** ** *********

** **** *****, ********** ******* **** ***** ***** *** ***** driver. *** ********, ***** ******** ********** ********* ******* ** ******** (above), *** *** ***** **** ** ***** *** *****, ******* there ***** * ****** ********* ****** *********. ** ***** *****, the ****** *** ** ******** ******* *** **-***** ** *** proper ******, *** ***** ** ** *** ** ****** ****** driver ******* ***** **.

Local ********* *** *******/*************

*** * ****** *** *** * ***** ********* ***** *** be **** *** ******* *** *************, *** ** *** ***** it *** **** ****** ** *** **** *** ***** *******/*** client ******* ** ****** **** ********. *** *******, ****** ******* the ***** ****** **** ** ******* ** *** ***** ********* when ***** ****** **** (on ******** ******* *** *** ******** ******. ****** ******* *** changing **** **** ** ************* ** ******** *** ********* ********.

**** **** ***** ** * *** ******* ******** ** *** M ******, *** ** ** *** ****** ***** ** ********* as * *******. ***** *** ***** *** ********* ******* ** a ******** (********* ** *** **** ***) ** **** ********, including *** ********* *******, ** *** ******* *******:

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**** **** **** ******* **** ** *******, ** **** ***** aside **** ***** ** *********** *** ************* *** ** ******* for **** ******** ***** ******* *******, *****, ** ***** *******.

40 **/* ********* ***** ********

** *** *****, ** **** **** ** ************ ****** **** 40 **/*, *** ***'* ********* ********* ****, **** ** **** while **** ***** *** ***** ********* *** ******* *** ******** searching *** * ******** ** *****. **** **** ***** **** such ** ***** ** ********* **** ****** **********, *** **** is ********* *********, ********* ********* ** **** ** ****** ******* streams.

******* **** *** ******* ******** *****, ***, *** *** **. Average *** ********* **** ***** ****** ******* *** ~** **/*. Cameras **** ****** ***** *********** ***** ** **** ******* ********** (** **/*+).

Fan *****

*** ***** ** *** ***** * ****** *** ********** ****** than ******* *** ****. ** ****** *** * ****** **** 4 ******* ********* ** *** **** *** ***** *** **** view ******* ******* *** ***** *********.

**** *** ******* ***** ~*' **** **** *** ***, *** Exacq * ****** **** ~****, ~**** ***** *** ******* **** noise ** ~****, ***** ** *** ***** *****:

*** ********* ******-**/** *** ********** ******* ** ~****, **** *** over *******, ***** *****:

Comments (18)

*** ******* *** **** * ****** ** ******/****** ******? ** seems **** ******** *** *** ***.

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

******* *** ******* *******, *** ******* ******* **** *'* *** **** ***** ***** specifically ***** ** *** ******/****** ******. **** ******** ****, ****, it ***** ****'** ****** *******.

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

*** ******** **** ** **** *** ******** ****** **** (***** was * ******** ********** ***** *** ******* ***** (*** *** upcoming ******* ******** ****** ******* **** **********).

* ** ***** ***** *** ***** *** ******** ********* **** to **-******* **** ******** **** ****** ******** ***. **** ****, 'premium' ******** ****** ************. ***** *** * ***** ***** *** where ******* ****** ** *** * ******* ** **** ******** recorders ** *** **** **** **** *****. ** **** *** know. *** *******, ** *** *** ** ******* ** ******** Exacq *******, ** ***** **** **** **** $*,*** **** *** the ******** ******* ** *** ******* ****** ***** ******* ** the **** ****. ****'* **** ********* ** ******* **** ** is ** ******** ********* **** *** ** * ****** ***** to **.

*** ** *** ***** *****? *** *** **** ********** *******? I’m ********** ** **** **** ** * **** ***********/*** **** unit, *** * **** **** ***** ** ********* ** ******* Comms ****.

*** ** *** ***** *****? *** *** **** ********** *******? I’m ********** ** **** **** ** * **** ***********/*** **** unit, *** * **** **** ***** ** ********* ** ******* Comms ****.

****, *** **** *** ********** *******. * *** ** * decibel ***** ~*' **** **** *** *** *** ** ************ read ~** **, **** ** * ***** *****:

****: *** *** *** * ******* ********* ** *** *** ports *** * *** ******* **** **** ** *** *********.

* **** ********* ***, *** *** ***** ** ****** ******** too ********* *** ** *****. ****** ** ********* *** ******* in * *********** ***********.

** ** ****** ** **** ** ****** **********

* **** ********* ***, *** *** ***** ** ****** ******** too ********* *** ** *****. ****** ** ********* *** ******* in * *********** ***********.

*****, * *** *** **** ***** **** *** ********* **** NVR (* ******* ********* ***** ******* **** **** **** ** meter ~*' ****), ** ************ **** ~** **.

***** ***** ****:

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

**'* ********* ** ******:

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

****'* * ***** ** *** ****** ** *** *** (***** *** **** **** *******):

*** ******* *****: *** *** ******** * ****** *** ********** on *** ***********, *** ******** ***** *** **. ** **'* technically ******** ** *** ******* **** *****, *** ***** *****'* offer ** ** ** ******.

******* ********** *** **** * ***** *************, ** *** **** of ******* ** *********** ******** ****** *** ******* **********, *** processor *** *** *****.

* **** *** ***** ** **** **** **** ******** *** others.

** ******* **** *** ** *** ********** ********** ** **** is * ********** ******* ********, ***** *** *****. ** *** this **** *** ****-****** *** ****** ********** ******** ********/******** **** of ********, *** * ***** ** *** ****** ** ****, too, **** *****.

*** **** *** **** ******* **** *** ******* ** *****-***** NVR **** ****** ******* ** ******** ***** **************, **** **** is ** ***** ***** ******** ** **** *****.

** **** ****** **** ***** ***** ******, *** ********* **** better **** *** *** **** **** *** **** ****** ***** hardware.

** ****** *** ******** ** *** ****** ***** ***. ***** is ****** ******* ** **** ************.

****** -

***** * ******* ********* *** ***** ******* ***** * ****** and ********* ****.

******: ***** *** ********* *** ***** **** ******* ** *** M ******, **** ** ** *** *** ********* ** *** 4 ******* ***** *** ** ** *** ** *** * channel ***. **********, *** *** *** *** *** **** ******* counts.

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