HD Analog DVRs With Exacq, Milestone and Genetec VMSes Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Aug 23, 2016

HD analog offerings have proven to deliver HD video at radically lower prices.

However, the main limitation for professional applications is their recorders / VMS software. The advanced features and usability of Dahua and Hikvision's DVR / VMSes are not close to that of the Favorite VMS Manufacturers 2016.

In this test report, we share results of integrating Dahua and Hikvision HD Analog DVRs with VMS software from Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec and Milestone. Essentially, we made the DVRs act as encoders feeding video into the VMSes.

Some combinations worked, some did not, and one crippled a VMS.

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ONVIF *******

*** ****** **** ***** *** ********* **** ******* ***-******** ***** streaming *******, ******** **** ***** ** ******* ** **** ** they ***** *** ***** ***** ******. ***** ***** ************* ******* (CODEC, ***** ****, **********, ***.) *** ** ********* **** *** VMS ******* ** ********* ***** ** ****** *** ****** *** interface, **** ** ********** ** **** *********.

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VMS *** ***** *******

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  • ***** ********* *-******* ***** ***
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**** ***** ******* *** ******* ** ****** ***** **** ** Milestone:

Genetec: ***** ***/*** ******

******* ******** ****** *** ******** * ***** ***/*** ******, ***** properly ********* ******** ***** ********* ** ******.

**** **** ***** **** ******** ****** *** **** ** ***** their ********'* ********** **** (********* *****), ******* ** *** ******* port ** **** ** **** ******* *******.

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ExacqVision: ********* *** ***** ******* *** *****

*********** ** **** ** ******* ** *** ***** **** (*** not *********, *** *****) *** ******** **** ******* ** *** DVR ** ** ***** ********** ***** * ************* ****** ** the ****** ***, ********* **:

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**** ***** ***** *** ******* ** ****** ***** **** ** Exacq:

*******: When attempting to add the Hikvision DVR to Exacq using the same method, we encountered critical errors requiring services to be restarted or server reboots in order to remove the DVR from the server. In one extreme case, our test server became nearly inoperable and required reinstallation. As such, we do not recommend trying to add these models to ExacqVision.

Avigilon ** **********

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*** ***. ********* ******** ** *** *** ** ***-*******.

*******,

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