Hikvision DS 2nd Gen Intercom Tested

By Brian Rhodes, Published Dec 12, 2019, 09:56am EST (Research)

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** ********* *** ****** *** ******, ***** ** *********'* ***************, ** see *** ** ******** ** *** competition.

** **** ******, ** ******** *** test *** *********:

  • ********* ******** ********* & **********
  • *** ******** ****** ****** *******
  • ***** ******* ***********
  • ********** ****** ******* ********
  • ** *** *************
  • ****** ****** ***-******* *** ***********
  • *** *** ******** ***** *** **** subassembly ******* ********
  • ****** ******* ******** ** ***********
  • *** **** ****** *********** *****

**** **** ******* ****'* ******** **** series **************** ** ****** *,******** ** ********,******* *** ********,**** ****** **** *******, ***** *****. **** *** ** ******** ********.

Key ********

** *** *****, **** ********* ******* intercom ****** ******* ****:

  • **** ****** ******* ********:****** **** ***** *********, ********* ******** full ****** ******* ********* **** ********** management, ****** ******, *** **** ********.
  • **** ****** ***: ** ****** ***-******* *** *********** in **** **** ** *****, *** the **** ****** ****** ******** *** without *******.
  • ******** ********* *********:****** ***** ******** *******, ********* ***** involves ******* * **** ****** **-******, with ******* ** *** * ****** station, **, ** *****. **** ********* a **** **** ** ******** ****** rather **** * ******* **** ** dial ****.
  • ****, **-******* *************:******* ** * *** ******** ****** is * ****** *** ** ********** license ******* ***** **** ****-**** ******** or *** ****** ****** ******* ** just * *****.

*******, *** *** *** **** ******* weaknesses **** ********* *** ********* ***:

  • ********* ******** ****:*** **** ***** *** ******* ** limited ** ***** ********** **** **** Hikvision ******** *** *** *** **** with *** ***** *******.
  • ***** ****** ******:**** ********* ***** ***** *** ******** master, ***** ***** ***** **** ******* seconds ** *******, ******* ***** **** a ***** ****** ** *****.
  • ** *** ************** *******:******* ******** *** *******, ********* ******* confirmed *** ******* ** ******** *** not ******, ******* ******** ********* *** for ********** *******.
  • *********** ****** *******: ***** *** ****** **** *** vary ******* ****** ***** *** ****, reader ******* ** *** ****** ******* or **** *** ****** ** **** by ***** ****** ******* *******.
  • ** ******** *********: ** ***** **** *** ****** intercom ** '*******' ** *** * mm *** ******, *** ****** ****** and ** ******* ***** *** ******** to ******/***** *** ******.

Good: ********** ****** *******

*** ** *** **** ****** *** uncommon ******** ** *********'* **** ** that **** ****** ******* ********** ** included *** **** **** *** ********.

** ******** ** *** ******* ****** features ** **** ******* ********* ******* ****** *** *********** *** ********* ********** *** ******* or ****** **** *******:

*** ****** ****** ****** **** *** support *** *** ** *** ****** formats, *** **** **** **** ***** MIFARE, *** *** ******* *******.

***** ********* **** ******* **** ********* are *** ********, *** ********* ******** unit ******** *** **** ******* ** a ****-******* ****** ******:

  • **********/******* **********
  • ***** *** *********** **********
  • **** **** *** ****** ****** (*** Indoor **** ******* ** ********* ***)
  • ********* *** ****** ***** *******

***** **** ******* *** *** **** described ** ****** ** ************ ****** ******* **********.

*******, ** ******** ** **** *********, the ******** ****** ******** ** *** integrate ********* ****** ******* ********** *** ******* ** (****) ***** Hikvision ****** **********. *** *******, *** unit's ****** *** ****** ************* ** not **** ******* *** **** ****** options ** *** ***** ***********.

*** ******** **** *** **** **** management *** ********** ********** ******* ** other ********* ****** ********:

** ********, *** ******** **** ** added ** ******** ** *** **** manner ** ***** ********* ****** ***********:

Bad: ******** ***** ********** ****** ** ****** ******

** ***** ** ******** ***********, ** noted ****** ** ~* - ** seconds ****** ********** ***** ** *** indoor ****** *** *******. ******* ****** did *** ***** **** ***** **** to *** ********* ****-**** ****** ***** video ********* ******* *****.

****** ***** ******, ***** ***** ** heard ** **** ** * **** was ****, *** *** ***** ******* of *** **** ***** **** **** time, ** ****** ** *** .*** below:

** ***** ** *** **** *******, the **** ******* ********* ** *** environment **** *** **** *******, ******, and **** ****-**** ******.

Surveillance ****** ***********

** *******, *********'* ***** ***** ******* was ********* ****** *** ****** ***** making ***** ****** ***** ***** ** the ******, ~*' - *' ****.

*** **** ***** ***** ******** ~*** lux ** * ****** ******** ********, and **** ******* *** ******** ******** were ********* ******** ****** *** ****** for **************:

IR/Night *****

*******, *** **** *** *** ** LEDs *** *** ***** *** ********* use, *** *** ******** ***** ****** generally ******.

*** ******* **** *********, ~*' - 5' ****, *** **** ************ *** the **** ** ******* **** ***** and ********* ** ******** *** ** seen:

*******, ************ ******** ******* ************, *** even ~**' - **' **** **** subjects *** ** *** **** *** images ** ** ******.

***** ** *** **** *******, ******* light ** *** ******'* *** **** be ****** ** ***** *** *** DS2 ***** ***** ** ** ********* useful *** ************.

******** ******* ** **** ***, ** activating **** ** * ******** ** not *********, * ****** ** ********* with *********.

Locked ***** ********* ** ********* ****

* ******* ********** *** *** ** 2 ****** ** **** ***** *** video *** **** ** ******** ** an ****** ****** ** ********* ****, and *** ****** ******* ****** ***** via ***** ** ******* ** *** party ***.

*** *******, ***** ***** ******* *** intercom, ** ****** ** ***** ** the ********. *****-**** ******* ** ******* ********* ** *******.

********* ******* ********* **** ** **, calling *** ****** '***********'. ** **** tested ******* '****** ****' ********* ********, notably*********-***** ********** ***** *****.

Video ****** ******* ********

*** ~$*****-******-****** ** ** *****, *** ******* 'traditional' ****** ******* ******** ** ******* and **** *****:

******* ****** *********** ** *** ******* was ********, ******** ***** *** ***** delayed **** ********** *****. (*** *** section: '******** ***** ********** ****** ** Indoor ******' ***** *** ****.)

*** ********** *** *** **** ** or ***** ** ******* ****** ** executing ********. *** *******, *** ***** 'unlock' ******* ****** ~** ****** ******* error.

*** ***** ***** ***** *** ****** Master **** *******:

Emergency *****

** ******** ******* ****** ** *** door ******** *** ****** ******* ** ring ********* ********** ********.

** ******** *** '*******' ****** ** the ****** ******, ***** *** ******** call ********** ****/******* ** *** ********* Hikvision *** ********.

** **** *** *****-**** ******* **** the ****** ******* *****:

Hik-Connect ***

** ******** *** ****** ******* ** remote ******** ******* ** ********* *** a ********* ***-******* ****** ***.

****** *** ******** ** *** *** is ******* ** ***** ********* ******** via ******** * ****** ** **** on *** ****** ****** **** *******.

*** *** ****** ************* ** ******** intercom *****, *** ** ***** ** actually **** *** **** *** ****, the ***-******* *** *** ** ** opened.

******* *** *** *** ** ** started ** ******* *****, *********** *** generally **** ********** **** *** '**** answer' ****** **** ** *** **** Companion *** *** ***** *********. *******, reliability *** **** **** ** ****** notifications ** ******* ********.

*******, *** ******* ******** ** ***** Hik-Connect, **** **** *** ********* *******,***** ** ****** *** **********, *** *** *** ** ******* for ***.

iVMS-4200 ******* ******

** *** ****, ** ***** ********* has **** ******* ******* *** ****** with ***** *********, ********** ***** ***** that **** ******* ** ****** ****** station.

** ***** ** **** ************, ********* VMSes (********* **** ****-****) ******* ** option ** ****** **** ******* ***** to ****** *** ****** ****** (** default) ** ****** ** * ** 'Call ******' ******* *** ******** *******:

*** **** ***** ******* ***** * Hikvision *** ** ***** **** ********** software, **** *** ***** ** **** intercoms **** ******** ******** ********.

Bad: ** *** *******

******* ***************** *** *************, *** **** *** ************ ** integrating *** ******** ********** *** **************************** **** ** ********-***** ***.

** ***** *** ****** ********* *** logins, *** *** '***' ****** ** the ****** *** *** ****** ****:

** ********* *** **** ** *** compatibility **** ********* **** *******, *** clarified *** *** ****** ** ****** off *** ********* **** **** * proprietary ******.

**** *** ** * ********* ******* for ********* *********** **** *** **** existing **** ***** *******, **** **** certain ******* ** *** ******** ***** available. ** *******, **** ** *** tested ********* *** ******* ** *** smaller, ***-****** ***** *** *** **********.

*******

****** ****** *** *** **** ******* as ****** **** * ******* ***** ~$700, *** *** ******** ****** ****** costs ~$***. ******** **** ******* ******* ranges **** ~$*** ** $*,***+ ********* on *** ****** *** **** ** subassemblies ********.

**** **** ********* ** *** ********** pricing **** *** **** ** ******* ** ***** ****** ** ~$*,***, *** ******** **** **** ************ ******* ** ~$****** ******* *****-* *** ~$***.******* *** ********* *** ** ************* lower **** *** ********* ************ *****-** ** ~$*,***.

Physical ********

*** ***** ***** ***** *** ******** in ***** ******* ***** ** ******* door ********, **** *** ********* *** smaller **** ******, ********** ** ****** with *** *** ******** **** **** 1 ***** ****** ******* *****-**** **** * ******:

*** **** ** *** (*** *******) station, ********* ~*.* ****** * *.** inches * *.* ****** *****, ******* it ******* **** ******* ******* ******** from ** *** ********* ******* **** most ***** ******* ***** *****.

** *** ***** *****, ** ******* the ********* *** ** ***** ***** intercoms:

Compared ** ** *****

** *** ***** *****, *** *********** between *** ********* *** *** ** Verso ** ***** ********.

**** *** ******* *********, ***** ******** for **** ************, ******** *** ******** of *** **** **** ******, *** camera ****, *** *** ******* ********* submodules ** ****** *** ****:

*** ********* ******** ** ********* ****** weatherproofed **** ********** **** *** ****** within *** ********, ***** ** ******* are ***** ******* ******* ******.

*******, *** ** ***** ****** ************* more ********** ** ****** ****, **** more **** ** ***** ** * variety ** **** ******, ******, ******, fingerprint, *** *** ****** *******.

** ********, ********* ****** **** ***** modules ** **** *******, **** ******, keypad, ** ********* ******.

*** ********* **** **** ******** * companion ****** ****** **** ******* *** remote ******, ** ********** ~$*** ****** not ****** ** **.

*******, ***** ***** ***** ****** $*,***, ***** * ********* ********* ********* DS2 **** ******* ***** ~$***.

Surface ***** ***/***** **** *******

** ****** *** **** ******* *** master ****** ******* ***** ***.*** *** and *********** ** ************ ** **** than ** *****.

*** ******* ****** ******** ** ***** resolution, ******** *** ****** ****** ******** 1024 * *** *****. *** **** resolution, ******* ******* ** ****-**** ** is ******.

*** *** ******* ** ********* ** surface ***** ** ******** ********.

******* ****** ** ****** *****, *** is ** ***** ******* ***** *** dust *******. **** ******* ********, *** unit ****** ** ******* ** * semi-protected ********:

****** *** '****** *****' (**** ******** tab ** *** ***** *******) ****** normally ** ******* ** ******* *** internal ****** ******. ** **** ** instead ** ******* *** ******* ****** and ****** **** ******* *** *** submodules (******* ******* *** ********), *** to *** ******** ******* *** ******** of ******* ****** *** ****.

** ****** *** * ****** ******* mounted ****, ******** ******* *** ***, two, ** ***** ********** *** ********* for **** ******* *** ******** ******. The ******** *** ******* ****** **** the **** *****.

Modular *********** *******

*** *** ******** **** *******,*** **-**** ***** **** ** ********, *** ** ** ***** ************* can ** ********* ** ***** *** the '*******' ******.

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

******* *** *** ************* ***** **** ~$50 - $*** *** *** ************ to *** ** *** *****/***** ******* of *** *** ******* ******.

Video **** *** *** */* *****

*** ********'* ********** *** ******* ** the **-**** ***** ****. * *** of *** ******* ********* ****** *** adjacent ** *** ****'* **** **** and ****** ****** *********.

********** */* ********** ** **** **** can **** ******** ********* ** ******** the ******** ** *** **** *** the ****** ********** *** ******* ******* with ** **** ******.

***'* ******** *** ** ** * inputs *** * ***** ******* ***** for ** ** ***** *** * amp ****:

** ****** *** ***** ** ********** a***** **** **** ********* ****** ******** PIR***** *** **** ***** ********** ** ** ******. ***** *********** were ******** *** ****** ******* ***** in ~** ******. ** **** **** ****** ***** ********* **** *** ******.

Bad: ** ****** ******

***** ******** ******** ******** ******** ***** to ****** ** ********* *** * strong ***** ** *** ***** (*** exception ************* ** ********), *** ********* *** ** ******-***** hardware ** ***.

****** *** **** **** *** ******** 2mm *** *** ****** ** ****** the ***** ***** ** *****, *** removing **** ***** **** ****** ** unplug ** *** *** ******* *****:

***** ******** ********* **** *** ******** tamper **** ********, ****** ** ******** type ***** **** ******** ** ****** them ** ********* ******** ****** ****.

*** ********* **** **** ******* ******* more **** * ****** *** *** driver ** *********** *******.

Upcoming ******** ********

**** *** ********* ******* ********** ***** and **** *******/***** **** *** ******* each ***** ** *** ****** *****. In-depth *********** ** ***** *******, ***-***** performance, *** ***** ******* **** ** a *****.

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

Firmware/Software ******** ******

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  • ********* ****-****:**.*.*.** ***** ********
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Comments (5)

"No SIP implementation Support"

For this reason... I'm out

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The lack of SIP indeed does limit the appeal of the unit. Combined with the fact that is 'Hikvision only' in terms of software, it makes it a better fit for small business and multi-tenant, but not large commercial/enterprise customers.

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I wouldn’t use it for the Home either, Ring rules that roost.

They are user friendly have reliable apps for everything.

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We can connect to freePBX, it’s work on sip but only audio.

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Looks like they almost directly copied the 2N door station and just slightly changed the dimensions...

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