Google Breaks Surveillance Browser Support

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 09, 2015

Now you have a choice.

Broken video surveillance web browser support or an insecure, prone to crashing interface.

As Google has been warning for ~2 years, Chrome has now discontinued NPAPI support. Amazingly many video surveillance manufacturers have been impacted by this, some severely

Inside, we share our test results on which browser implementations still work and to what extent, covering Axis, Avigilon, Bosch, Dahua, Hikvision, Samsung, Exacq, Genetec and Milestone.

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